The JCC has both a Jr. Olympic size indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool that is open in the summer months. We offer group and private lessons, aquatic therapy, lifeguard training, a swim team, and more. Grab your suit and dive in with us!

Justine Bergen, Aquatics Program Director, 718.475.5215 or

Aquatics Registration


  • Parent & Me – 4 months-3 years

Fee: $155 member/$230 non-member

This is the exciting first dip into the pool for children and we make it special for everyone involved! Parents bring their children (ages 4 months to 3 years) into the pool for a fun lesson with one of our wonderful instructors. Children will learn to ask permission before entering the water and how to call for help. They will explore complete water submersion of the mouth, nose, and eyes, buoyancy on the front and back and changing body position with support. We offer our Parent and Me classes in two separate age groups:

Baby Nemos (4 months-16 months)

Baby Dolphins (16 months-3 years)

Swim diapers are required.

Levels 1-4 – 3-7+ years

Fee: $160 member/$235 non-member


Level 1 Suggested Age 3+ 

For the beginner who is comfortable in the water. Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going underwater, supported front and back and back to front, supported gliding, supporting flutter kick, supported front crawl arms, and jumping in.


Level 2 Suggested Age 4+

Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put head under water. Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from  front to back and back to front, independent front to back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.


Level 3 Suggested Age 5+

Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back. Swimmers will work on gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deep water, treading water, jumping into water, and compact dives.


Level 4 Suggested  Age 7+

Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards. Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and side stroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to flip turn, treading water, and diving.

  • Gym & Swim

5 sessions, with 1 make up class offered

Gym & Swim for preschoolers is a great way to introduce your child to the gym and pool. After 30 minutes of structured games and activities using music, balls, parachute play and more, we’ll head into the pool for structured lesson in the water.

Parent participation is NOT required for this class.

Fee: $180 member/$250 non-member

ECE: $160 members/$230 non-member

*ECE participants must show proof of current enrollment to receive ECE prices.

  • Beginning at the current level of the child or adult and working towards independent swimming skills or stroke improvement.
  • Scheduled by appointment only.
  • This class is designed for one-on-one instruction.

Fee $35 member/$50 non-member per 30 minutes

The mission of our Aquatic Therapy team is to provide individuals with a therapeutic experience that will leave a lifelong impact. Aquatic therapy allows individuals of all ages and backgrounds to gain a sense of comfort and safety in water. This environment promotes the development of confidence and independence, which is carried beyond time spent in the water.

This evidence-based treatment is especially effective for swimmers with diagnoses such as: attention difficulties, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory challenges, physical disabilities, orthopedic injuries, muscle spasms, spinal stenosis, arthritis, and coordination difficulties. Aquatic Therapy consists of 30-minute one to one sessions. Our Certified Instructors work to help individuals improve motor skills, core strength, endurance, body awareness, motor planning, coordination and self-regulation.

Fee $50 member/$65 non-member per 30 minutes

Lifeguard Training and CPR by the American Red Cross

Adults 18 years and older

This is an 24-week course consisting of stroke improvement and conditioning for Tri-athletes and Masters Swimmers. The course is ongoing and can be joined at any time.

8 classes – $80 member/$100 non-member

24 Classes – $200 member/$265 non-member

Pre-requisite Swims:

Swim 300 yards continuously

Tread water without using arms (hands in armpits) for 2 minutes

Swim 20 yards, surface dive, retrieve object, swim 20 yards with object and exit water within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Upon successful completion, the student will be given a valid ARC certification.

Fee: $290.00 member/$385.00 non-member

If swims are not passed, a refund will be issued minus $25 administration fee.


Trident Aquatic Club is our competitive swim team. All of our groups practice out of the Bernikow JCC’s 6 lane, 25 yard pool.

United States Swimming

Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC is a registered member of United States Swimming. All members of Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC will be able to compete at United States Swim Meets.

Metropolitan Swimming

Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC is a member of Metropolitan Swimming. This is our Local Swim Committee (LSC) for the New York Metropolitan Area.

There are five separate levels to the Trident Aquatic Club swim team at the JCC. The groups are separated by skill, ability level, and dedication. Swimmers must try out for the team and are placed in each group at the coaches’ discretion. The coaches will evaluate movement from one group to the next at the end of each swim season (in March and September).  Practice and meet attendance is expected of all training groups.  During the short course season, we attend one meet per month (October – January). There are championship meets that swimmers must qualify for in February and March.  The same goes for the long course season.  We attend one meet a month (May – July) and championship meets occur in July.

We also have a pre-competitive program for children ages 6-18, which helps those who wish to become competitive swimmers. Focus is on the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. The class also promotes the perfection of starts and turns. Designed for beginner swimmers with basic knowledge in all strokes or the more advanced swimmer not quite ready for competition. This is an ongoing program that has 42 classes per session. Please call for tryout times and appointments.

Justine Bergen, Aquatics Director


We can't wait to give you a tour of the JCC and show you how your family will fit in with ours.


1466 Manor Road


1297 Arthur Kill Road


485 Victory Blvd

Select JCC facilities are available to all organizations, groups and individuals for life cycle events, meetings and celebrations. Call 718.475.5261 for information.

For Membership Inquiries Please Contact:
Membership Services 718.475.5223 

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