About our Program

The Alpert JCC is the place to learn to swim in the Greater Long Beach area!

According to the Talmud (Kiddushin 29a), a parent must teach their child three things: Torah, how to earn a living, and how to swim. And through our swim program, the AJCC can help you give your child the swimming skills they need with competitive pricing and flexible scheduling. 

 We teach each student to swim with confidence using a 9-step swim program created by the American Red Cross (an organization with over 100 years of teaching and developing water safety programs) that will keep them safe in and around the water.

Preschool Aquatics Program

Levels 1-3

The Preschool Aquatics Program is designed to get young children comfortable in the water and begin to work on basic skills. Children learn arm and leg movements as well as breath control to help them not only feel safe in the water but love the time they spend there.

Program Objectives

Level 1

Swimmers are introduced to basic skills. These skills lay the foundation for developing water competency and the future skill development of swimming strokes. In addition, the swimmer will start to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around the water.

Level 2

Builds on the skills learned in Level 1 and gives swimmers success with fundamental skills, such as floating and basic locomotion.

Level 3

Builds on the skills in Level 2 and improves swimmers’ coordination of simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions.

Learn-to-Swim Program

Levels 1-6

The Learn-to-Swim Program focuses on building skills one step at a time by giving students the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next. 

  • All instructors are certified in Water Safety by the American Red Cross
  • Participants will receive a booklet, shirt, and sticker upon completion for each level along with a certificate.

Program Objectives

Level 1

Introduction to Water Skills. For the beginner who is comfortable in the water. Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding, supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.

Level 2

Fundamental Aquatic Skills. 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 and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

Level 3

Stroke Development. Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper waters. Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.

Level 4

Stroke Improvement. Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills. Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, and diving in kneeling position.

Level 5

Stroke Refinement. Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Swimmers will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, refinement of: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, feet-first surface dive, and treading water.

Level 6

Swimming & Skill Proficiency. Refine strokes with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Work on: all six strokes, front and back


Ready to make a splash?

The Alpert JCC is the place to learn to swim in the Greater Long Beach area!



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  • Canceling within 24hrs of the day of your lesson guarantees that you will receive a make-up lesson placed in your file to be scheduled by you at your earliest convenience.
  • Make-up lessons will expire within 30 days. Make-up lessons may be scheduled in advance, within the current month. We do not reschedule previously scheduled make-up lessons. Current enrollment is required to schedule a make-up lesson.
  • If you arrive late for your lesson, we will do our best to give you the full lesson time; however, we can only guarantee the remaining time of your scheduled lesson.
  • Please note there are no make-ups for group lessons missed unless canceled by the AJCC due to weather or equipment malfunction.

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