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Aquatics: Fun in the Water All Year Round

Maybe swimming is one way you stay healthy and fit. Maybe you’d love to splash around with your kids in a spotless pool. Or maybe you’re looking for swimming activities for your children. The Weinstein JCC has it all in two beautiful indoor pools and Camp Hilbert's outdoor facilities.

Swim Classes

The Weinstein JCC Aquatics Department brings you more than just swimming pools. We bring you a sense of community in a place where you and your family can get involved in learning water activities and more. Elements of this program are open to both members and non-members.

 

Swim Classes at the Weinstein JCC

The Weinstein JCC has dozens of swim classes for all ages and all levels of skill. Our highly qualified instructors can make enjoying the water part of your family’s life. Scroll down to see all of our Aquatics classes. Or, visit our Activity Finder and click on the Aquatics filter in the right-hand box.

American Red Cross Certifications


Interested in becoming certified? We are now offering blended learning for the following American Red Cross courses. Contact the Aquatics office at 545-8640 for the next available class or to set-up a customized class that fits your schedule needs. (Classes have a minimum of 4 participants.) The class certification is good for two years from the completion date.

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Shallow Water Aerobics - Fall


This water aerobics class is great for adults looking for a fun, low-impact physical activity. During class you will perform various movements in shallow water to improve joint flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength to the sound of up-beat music! 

shallow water in the Recreational Pool 

(Maximum of 10 participants)

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Deep Water Aerobics - Fall - 2021


This water aerobics class is great for adults looking for a fun,

low-impact physical activity. During class you will perform various movements in 8-10 feet of water to improve joint flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength. Aqua belts

are provided and are required to participate. (Maximum class size: 15)

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Masters Fitness Swimming Program


Are you an aspiring swimmer, competitive swimmer, fitness swimmer, triathlete, or open water swimmer?  Our fitness swimming program is here to help each athlete reach their individual goals, create new friendships, and connect with your community in and out of the water.  All workouts are conducted with an experienced USA swim coach, in a fun team environment. Join us today!  (must be able to swim freestyle) 

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Aqua Zumba - Fall 2021


Join Instructor Jill Carrillo for a class that’s perfect for anyone who’s looking to make a

splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine.

How it works: Aqua Zumba integrates the Latin/International dance rhythms and

movement of Zumba with traditional aquatics fitness principles and exercises, creating the ultimate “Pool Party” that you won’t want to miss!

(Maximum Size:10)

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Aqua Fit Bootcamp - Fall - 2021


This class mixes calisthenic exercises with interval cardio and strength training in a pool environment. The entire length of the lap pool is used from the shallow to the deep end. Deep water aqua-belts will be worn, kickboards, aqua fitness barbells, and noodles will all be utilized throughout your workout.

Exercises will consist of swimming, aerobic arm and leg movements, and other various calisthenic exercises in and out of the water. Pump-up your workout with this medium to high intensity class guaranteed to keep you moving and burning those calories while minimizing the stress on your joints!

(Maximum class size: 15)

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Parent and Child Aquatics Level 1 - Fall


Level 1 introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics. (Maximum Class Size: 10)

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Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2 - Fall


Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2 builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills in Level 2. As with Level 1, water safety topics are also included in this level. (Maximum Class Size: 10)

Parent & Child Level 1 is not a prerequisite for this course

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Preschool Aquatics Level 1


For first time young swimmers who are not yet comfortable in the water

Level 1 orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatics skills. These skills include entering and exiting the water, blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, submerging mouth,

nose, and eyes, opening eyes underwater and retrieving submerged objects, front and back gliding, back floating, rolling from front to back and back to front, treading water, alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front and back, combining arm and leg actions on front and back and age-appropriate water safety skills. (Maximum Class Size: 6)

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Preschool Aquatics Level 2


A class focused on skill development for young swimmers who are comfortable in the water

Level 2 helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water. Skills to be taught include entering and exiting the water, bobbing, opening eyes underwater and

retrieving submerged objects, front floating, back gliding and floating, rolling from front to back and back to front, treading water using arms and legs, combining arm and leg actions on front and back, finning arm action on back and age-appropriate water safety skills. (Maximum Class Size: 6)

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Preschool Aquatics Level 3


For the more advanced young swimmers who are extremely comfortable in the water and swimming independently with breaths.

Preschool Level 3 helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water. Skills to be taught include entering the water, fully submerging and holding breath in the water, bobbing, rotary breathing, front, jellyfish and tuck floating, front and back floating or gliding with recoveries, changing direction of travel while swimming on front and back, finning arm action on back and age-appropriate water safety topics. (Maximum Class Size: 6)

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Level 1: Learn to Swim Fundamentals - Fall 2021


This class is for the first-time swimmer that doesn’t know how to swim. Skills to be taught in this level include: entering and exiting the water, blowing bubbles, bobbing, opening eyes underwater and retrieving submerged objects, front and back gliding, back floating, rolling from front to back and back to front, treading water, alternating simultaneous arm and leg actions on front and back, combining arm and leg actions on front and back and age-appropriate water safety topics.

(Maximum Class Size: 6) 

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Level 2: Fundamental Aquatics Skills - Fall 2021


This class is for the child who can swim independently and has not mastered his/her stroke techniques. Skills to be taught include: entering and exiting the water, submerging, bobbing, opening eyes underwater and retrieving submerged objects, front, jellyfish, and tuck floating, front kicking and gliding, back kicking and gliding, rolling from front to back and back to front, rotary breathing, treading water, combining arm and leg actions on front and back and age-appropriate water safety skills.

(Maximum Class Size: 8)

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Level 3: Stroke Development - Fall 2021


The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 3 are to expand proficiency of previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. We begin the introduction of the scissors and dolphin kicks and extend the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at the poolside. As in all levels, new and previously addressed, water safety topics are included. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.

(Maximum Class Size: 8)

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Level 4: Stroke Improvement (equivalent to Pre-Fins Beg. Novice)  - Fall 2021


In Learn-to-Swim Level 4, participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 (i.e., front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissors kick and breaststroke kick to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall.

(Maximum Class Size: 8)

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Pre-Fins Group - Fall


Pre-fins is a great way to keep your child active this year while introducing them to Dolphin Club swim team program! Practices are ran as a hybrid between a swim team practice and group swim lessons. This gives the swimmers more personal attention from our coaches to improve their strokes, while also giving them a taste of the competitive swimming world. We will be holding fun intra-squad meets at the JCC throughout the year. The Pre-Fins program emphasizes learning, fitness, and fun!

Pre-Fin swimmers will learn the basics of all 4 competitive strokes in an encouraging atmosphere.  The coaches focus on teaching proper stroke techniques, introducing starts and turns, and developing a joy of swimming using games, activities, and challenges. The interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming also will be taught – working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun.

Participation in swim meets is a family’s / swimmer’s choice.  Coaches will assess each swimmer to make sure they are ready to compete and will only enter them in events they are eligible to swim.

Practice Recommendations

2 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each practice session lasts 45 minutes. Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 500 to 1,000 yards per practice session.

Pre-requisite for the Pre-Fin Group

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Able to complete a 25 yd freestyle and backstroke without assistance

In addition to registering below, please fill out our Pre-Fin Registration Form.

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Swim Lessons

The Aquatics Program is supported in part by: Gerrie Cairns Aquatics Fund and Evelyn Zaben Benson JCC Aquatics Endowment Fund. All of our swim classes are supported by The Kathie and Steve Markel Learn to Swim Program.

Private Individual & Semi-Private Swim Lessons


Our private swim lessons are customized to meet the participant's needs. Instructors use a gentle and encouraging approach enabling students to overcome fear of the water and progress quickly. Contact Assistant Aquatics Director Myles Phelps at (804) 545-8640 or mphelps@weinsteinjcc.org for more information.

Lessons expire 6 months after purchase.

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The Dolphins Club

There has been something special happening here at the Weinstein JCC with the Dolphin Club Swimming program. With the “Fin Family”, athletes can experience competitive swimming in an environment that facilitates self-confidence, teaches patience throughout a process, and encourages positive relationship building. For more information visit the swim team website at teamunify.com/vadcst. Families now have the option of month-to-month payments! 

Please contact Coach Craig Clift at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org to set up a free evaluation/tryout to see which level is the best fit for your swimmer!

 

 

 

About Head Swim Coach Craig Clift

Coach Clift graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a concentration in Finance and Management. While at VCU from 1982-1986, he swam for the Rams. He holds four individual records and was a part of five record-holding relay teams. Coach Clift has 31 years of coaching experience encompassing all ages and ranges, from Summer League and High School teams to teams with Age Group, Top 10-16 in the USA, Zone and National Select Camp athletes, NCSA Junior National, USA Junior National, US Open, Nationals, Olympic Trial athletes, and top 100 World ranked athletes. He has 25 years of team management experience and brings with him innovative and sound ideas for the Dolphin Club. Coach Craig is a lifetime member of the American Swim Coaches Association and is qualified for Level 4 certification. Craig Clift is the father of two children and enjoys living in Mechanicsville, VA.

Coach Craig brings a consistent philosophy of total involvement with athletes in and out of the water, development and education of swimmers and their families, guidance of swimmers progressively through their swimming experience at their own pace, dedication to the mastery of required technical skills before focusing on training to swim faster, program development from Novice through National programs recognizing that all successful clubs are built on a foundation of younger swimmers, teamwork, friendship, support and training for all athletes.

 

About our Swim Team Groups:

Level 1 / Dolphin 

Level 1 is our introductory Dolphin group for 9- to 12-year-old swimmers as well as advanced 7- 8-year-old swimmers. The Dolphin Group focuses on teaching the basics of all 4 competitive strokes and starts and turns in a fun, challenging environment.  Coaches will emphasize proper stroke technique, starts, and turns, and building cardiovascular endurance through drills, sets, and enjoyable activities. Coaches will work on the interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming– working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule: 

Sunday - 2:45-3:45pm

Monday - Thursday

4:00-5:00pm

DC recommends that Level 1 swimmers participate in monthly area swim meets to assess their progress.  

Practice Recommendations

3 to 4 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each practice session lasts 1 hour.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 1,500 to 2,500 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 1 Dolphin Group

7 – 8-year-old swimmers must be legal in 3 of 4 strokes, and perform legal starts and turns 

9–12-year-old swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yd freestyle & backstroke without assistance.


Level 2 / Wahoo 

Level 2 Wahoo Group is designed for swimmers with previous swim team experience who are legal in all four strokes, know how to perform all starts & turns, as well as read the pace clock. The Wahoo Group will continue to work on stroke technique while introducing race strategies in practice by learning and performing stroke-specific drills during practice.  Training will begin to include a focus on longer-distance events and IMs.  Coaches will introduce race strategies and techniques used by swimmers in the next level practice group and continue to emphasize the importance of working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun. Coaches will work with swimmers to understand and use USA Swimming time standards to set & achieve personal goals using interval training in practice. DC recommends participation in monthly swim meets with a focus on qualifying at the end of the season for regional and state championship meets.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule:  

Sunday - 3:45-5:00pm

Monday - Thursday 5:00-6:15 pm

Practice Recommendations

4 to 5 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each swim practice session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 3,000 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 2 Wahoo Group:

• 9-14 years of age

• Legal in all four strokes 

• Can perform legal starts and turns 

• Can read the pace clock 

• Familiar with interval training and drills

•USA Swimming B/BB times or higher in their age group

• Able to complete a 200 Free and 200 IM


Level 3 / Sailfish 

Level 3 Sailfish group is designed for 12–18-year-old swimmers who have goals of participating in District, Regional, State, and National level invitational meets. Dolphin Club coaches emphasize proper stroke technique while working on overall athletic conditioning and endurance.  The primary focus will be on competing in every event with a secondary focus on specific individual events. The advanced race strategies and techniques used in the Level 3 group will be introduced. Each Sailfish swimmer will establish personal goals and work towards achieving those goals using interval training in practice.  Coaches will emphasize, encourage, and highlight important topics associated with achieving success both in and out of the pool.  Topics will include teamwork, time management, race strategies, mental training, and other life lessons. Participation in monthly swim meets is suggested to help prepare athletes for end-of-the-season championship meets.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule:  

Sunday - 5:00-6:45pm 

Monday - Thursday 6:15-8:00pm

Suggested Practice Commitment

5 practices a week is suggested if the goal is to achieve Age and Senior Championship time standards or higher.


For more information about all of our swim groups, as well as pricing information, practice schedules and more, please visit our Dolphin Club website.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Pool Parties

Kids love pools—and pool parties. So, call our Party Coordinator at (804) 545-8640 to set up your child’s pool birthday party today! The party consists of one hour in the party room and one hour of pool fun. Parent-tot parties are also available for 2-4 year olds. Our salt-water Sternheimer Recreational Pool features a beach entry, small slide, large spiral slide, lemon drops, mushroom waterfall, lazy river and whirlpool. Lifeguards will be provided.

Party times vary: Saturdays 11 – 5 pm or Sundays 12 – 5 pm

Parties for 2 to 4-year-olds (includes 12 kids)
*Each child under age 4 must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.
$250 JCC Members

*$5 For each additional child

Parties for 5-year-olds and up (includes 20 kids)
$250 JCC Members

*$5 For each additional child

For more information about the other birthday parties we offer, visit our Birthday Parties page.

About Our Pools

The Francis A. Lewis Pool

The ideal place to immerse yourself in health. Kept at between 80 and 84 degrees (with a set point of 82 degrees), this 25-yard, six lane salt-water pool is used for everything from general lap swim and deep water fitness to instructional swim lessons. It’s also the home pool for the Dolpholinas Synchronized Swim Team and the Dolphin Club Summer and Winter Swim Teams.

Please note that based on time of day and usage of the pool, lifeguards may intiate circle-swim. There will also be signage during programs and private swim lessons to indicate which lanes are open for free swim. Open swim lanes are reflected on the pool schedule, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact Myles Phelps at (804) 545-8640.

The Sternheimer Recreational Pool

It’s family fun year-round. Our recreational saltwater pool is our own tiny water park. Kept at between 84 and 88 degrees (with a set point of 86 degrees), the Sternheimer Recreational Pool includes two waterslides, a lazy river, a sitting area with whirlpool-like jets, a mushroom waterfall and lemon drop and wall sprays. Programming includes recreational play for all ages, instructional swim lessons and shallow water fitness.

Hours that the Rec Pool is open to the community are also posted.

Go to our schedules for the Lewis and Sternheimer pool schedules.

 

Weekends at Hilbert:

Hilbert will be opening up this Sunday 5/30 and Monday 5/31. The Hilbert pool will be open to members throughout the summer on the weekends with our last day of the season being Labor Day 9/6. We will offer 3 sessions each day (11am-1pm, 1:30-330pm & 4-6pm).

We will allow 100 swimmers per session and 2 guests per family (click to purchase passes). Each family is limited to 1 session per day. However if we do have an open reservation in a following session and you would like to wait the 30 minutes in the parking lot to see if there is an opening you are welcome to but you will have to exit the pool area and we cannot guarantee that there will be enough open spots. Reservations can be made for these sessions a week in advance through Signup Genius. It will be important that you accurately specify how many family members are attending as a front desk person will be checking each person’s ID as they enter and providing a quick health screening.

We will encourage everyone to social distance themselves but we will not have the pool sectioned off like we did last summer so you will have access to their entire pool. You will be asked to wear a face covering when you are moving around the pool deck, but you are not required to wear one while in the pool or when sunbathing. We are looking forward to a fun and safe summer!

Interested in having a pool birthday party? For more information, please go to our Birthday Parties page.

Pool Rules and Policies

  1. No swimming without a lifeguard on duty.
  2. No running or rough play.
  3. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted in the pool area without an adult.
  4. Children under the age of 5 must have an adult actively supervising them in the water.
  5. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper in the pool.
  6. Proper swimwear is required.
  7. Excessive talking to the lifeguard is not permitted.
  8. Consumption of food and beverages on the pool deck and in the pool is prohibited.
  9. No glass allowed in the pool area.
  10. Persons with open sores, skin infections or other similar conditions are prohibited from entering the water.
  11. At the first sign of thunder, the pool will close for 30 minutes. Each additional clap of thunder or lightning will delay the re-opening of the pool 30 minutes from that point.
  12. The pool area is reserved for members and their guests during open swim times.
  13. Persons using the water slide must be able to swim and also meet the height requirements indicated on the penguin sign by the foot of the slide.
  14. Weinstein JCC is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  15. Lifeguards have the right to enforce additional rules deemed necessary to keep patrons safe.

Want to learn more about Aquatics at the Weinstein JCC? Contact Aquatics Director Myles Phelps at mphelps@weinsteinjcc.org or (804) 545-8640.