After a short evaluation, students are placed in appropriate class levels. JCC Chicago’s teacher to student ratio gives each child the personal attention they need to be successful. Step-by-step, students build proficiency through levels that teach kids to swim through all four competitive strokes; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.


Group Lessons

For most students this is the ideal lesson structure for swim lessons. This type of class is good for children who can follow direction and work effectively in a group environment. We make every attempt to group students of comparable ability, as well as maturity and age.
Class Size: 4 x 1
Duration: 25 min

Private Lessons

We recommend private lessons for infants and toddlers or any child who has fear or anxiety in the water. We prefer the group setting with swim lessons so as soon as we can help the child gain confidence, we will recommend a group lesson.
Class Size: 1 x 1
Duration: 15 min or 30 min

Parent-Tot Program

The Parent-Tot program is for children under 2 years old. This class helps to establish comfort in the water and it is also a great bonding time for parents and their children. In this class the teacher will teach the parents how to correctly hold their child in the water, the correct way to take them underwater and the importance of the back float. Our technique is taught using songs and games that introduce what the child will soon be learning later in private lessons.

Evaluation Class

This class is for all new people coming into the PT program. It will help ease the transition of new students coming into existing classes. The teacher focuses on explanations of our method and everything that is done in PT classes. The explanations also help to inform the parent why we do each song/drill/game and teaching the parent how to correctly teach their children to swim
Class Size: 8 x 1
Duration: 30 min

Beginner Class

This class is an introductory course to the SwimRight® Method and focuses on the skills in the first level of our method. It is designed for parents that want to spend time with their child while teaching the basics of swimming and safety through songs and games.
Class Size: 8 x 1
Duration: 30 min

Advanced Class

This class is for parents that are ready to push their child in the progression of the SwimRight® Method, focusing on the skills in the second level of our method. It is designed to allow the child to swim more independently while in the structure of a parent-tot curriculum.
Class Size: 6 x 1
Duration: 30 min

Stroke Advance

These classes are for more advanced swimmers who can swim 25 yards with effective flutter kick, on both their front and back. Our stroke development curriculum provides a transition between swim lessons with an instructor in the water, and pre-swim team orientation where the coach is on deck. Graduates from this program usually are able to swim all four strokes and confidently move on to joining a swim team.
Class Size: 6 x 1
Duration: 30 min

Developed by Lenny Krazelburg, the SwimRight™ curriculum uses the swim-float-swim technique as its foundation. This allows students to develop the water safety skills that prepare them to safely and confidently enter any body of water.


Swim Levels

Our swim school moves children at their own pace through seven levels of proficiency:

  • Splasher – Getting wet, assisted back float, assisted basic swimming skills

  • Floater – Independent back float, master basic skills

  • Kicker – Safety drills, kicks, deep water confidence

  • Streamliner – Body position drills, streamline rolls, diving skills, safety skill 1

  • Freestyler – Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 2

  • Glider – Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 3

  • Flyer – Freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 4

Children receive a swim book to keep track of all the new skills they learn (with stickers to match), a color-coded swim cap corresponding to each level and for each mastered level, a ribbon to celebrate their achievements.

Lenny Krayzelburg is a four-time Olympic gold medalist from the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games who swept the backstroke events and led the world record-breaking medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Games. In 1999 and 2000 Lenny Krayzelburg was named the USA Swimming “Swimmer of the Year,” and became captain of the team at the 2004 Games.

He created the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy to utilize his proven SwimRight method to teach kids all over the country how to feel comfortable and be safe in the water and create a foundation for proper swim technique.

Class and Price Information at Bernard Weinger JCC

Students are placed in appropriate class levels after a short evaluation.

ClassRatioLengthMonthly Fee*
Group Swim Lessons4:125 min$84
Private Swim Lessons1:115 min$125
Private Swim Lessons1:130 min$250
Parent Tot Lessons8:125 min$72
Advance Parent Tot Lessons6:125 min$84
Stroke Advance6:125 min$72
Adult Private Lessons1:130 min$32 (per lesson)
* Plus a one-time, $50 enrollment fee which includes swim cap and student progress book.
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