J-Ray Swim School

Swim Lessons at The Tucson J!

Jrays_logo_wbubblesJ-Rays Swim School is Open to Ages 6 months – 14 years old. The Tucson J offers private, group and Parents & Me style swim lessons. All levels are welcome! We offer 7 different levels of classes. The new J-Rays Swim School uses a step-by-step lesson plan to develop a swimmer’s skills. Our swim lesson curriculum is built around constructive play and skill progressions that are built for children of all ages and skill levels.

For more info or to register your child in the correct skill class, contact Jennifer Felix, lesson coordinator at 520.299.3000 x116 or jfelix@tucsonjcc.org

Parent & Me

Ages 6 months through 36 months
Your child will learn:
• No crying
• Social skills
• Being independent from their parent
• Swim unassisted 3ft to the platform
• Comfortable in water on supported back float
• Monkey walk on wall
• Learn to to front assisted & to back assisted
• Goes on 1-2-3 cues/jumps to coach
• Bubble boats
• Get treasure rings from shallow water (platform)
• Assisted elevator to wall and grabs wall 1-2-3
• PRIMARY GOAL: No crying and building trust

Level Two: Juice Weasel
Your child will learn:
• Water adjustment no crying 4 consecutive lessons
• Social skills with coach and class
• Entering and exit pool safely and on their own
• Pool rules and why they are important
• Relaxing in water (“sleepy float”)
• Floating with support on front and back
• Drift swimming\swimmer is pulled in the coaches draft
• Face down in water and hold breath (5 sec)
• Bubble boats (without drinking the pool water)
• Kicking with help
• Complete submersion by their self
• Assisted rollover\attempts at independence
• Prone glide\stream line to coach “mouse in the house”
• Comfort with holding on the wall\monkey
• Swim with head down and hold hands of instructor
• PRIMARY GOAL: put face in the water and swim with assistance

Level Three: Sea Monkeys
Your child will learn:
• Social skills with the coach and class
• Water safety
• Unsupported back float
• Vertical drop to elevator float
• Glide with kick\attempt bubbles\attempt “big arms”
• Rollover from back to front head down swim
• Bubbles and bobs (5+ in a row)
• Jumping in water and swimming back to wall
• Retrieve object under water at depth
• Elementary backstroke, “chicken bird soldier”
• Sim float swim (pool length 25 feet)
• Swimming with clothing
• PRIMARY GOAL: to swim and roll on back\float and roll back over and swim again 25 feet

Level Four: Safe Turtles
A child that has some experience with lessons from a previous swim school program. Your child will learn:
• Constructive play
• Water safety and importance of water safety
• Streamline and glide off wall (15 feet)
• Streamline with flutter kick (15 feet)
• Can swim-float-swim without arms and head down
• Bubbles while propelling through the water
• Introduction to side breathing on a board
• Intro to out of water arm recovery
• Coordination of arm strokes with swim-float-swim
• Elementary backstroke with better coordination
• Retrieval of object at great depth (2-3 feet)
• PRIMARY GOAL: swim elementary freestyle and backstroke the length of the pool

Level Five: Great Bull Frogs
This child knows how to freestyle and is learning breaststroke.
Your child will learn:
• Basic rescue safety skills
• Arm stroke with side breathing\breathing to right and left sides
• Head is only looking sideways during freestyle breath
• Backstroke has no arm shoulder roll
• One length backstroke\side to side
• Into to breast stroke (breathing and kicking)
• Intro to backstroke and the start
• Intro to dolphin kick
• Intro to turns
• Sculling in noodle\can move forwards five yards
• PRIMARY GOAL: work endurance of strokes so they are strong enough to do the stroke right. Perfect front and back swims at a distance of 50 yards with rest.

Level Six: Wise Dolphins
This child does not know butterfly yet. Your child will learn:
• Perfection of free and back
• Backstroke start with dolphin kick eight yards
• Swim one length of pool with legal breaststroke
• Flip turns and open water turns
• Dolphin kick can move five yards underwater confidently
• Has correct timing of breaststroke kick and breath
• PRIMARY GOAL: perfection of free, back and breast stroke

Level Seven: Stingrays in Training
This child is preparing for the swim team. Your child will learn:
• Perfection of free, back, and breast stroke
• Great breathing skills
• Intro to 25 fly and drills
• Focus on turn and streamlining 7 feet under water
• Advance rescue and water safety
• Endurance as 50s in three strokes
• Explain sets and use of clock
• Stroke mechanics and drills and lots of kicking-kicking!!
• PRIMARY GOAL: can swim 100 M legally within USA swimming rules. Build a family by team. Sportsmanship. Set goals. Deal with disappointment. Handle success with grace. Swims as “moving art”

Private Swim Lessons Any Age

Any age and skill level (from the most fearful to the advanced competitive swimmer). We can accommodate your needs. To schedule call Jennifer Felix at 520-299-3000 x116
Price: $40/$30 member for 30 minute lessons

Hear What People are Saying…

Annie Symms – “We joined The J upon moving to Tucson this summer 2016. My greatest interest right off the bat in this amazingly supportive family activity center was getting my 2 year daughter comfortable in the water. She was initially very fearful and spent most of our time at the pool trying to climb out and run on the pool deck. Despite my taking her 3-4 times per week, we weren’t making any progress.

I reached out to Brandon after witnessing his success running the swim team. He recommended private lessons with an expert on little kids. Savannah has been such a blessing. My daughter took to her quickly. Savannah is patient, dependable, kind and very skilled. With just a few months a twice-per-week lessons, my daughter can kick her feet, get her head wet, jump into the pool to her teacher, and perhaps most importantly, she races to her lesson and fights getting out! What a change! Bath time is even better. Private swim lessons with Savannah has become a highlight of our week. It is especially nice to be at the J because my baby son is also well taken care of in the child care center during the swim lesson. Thank you for helping me help my daughter learn to love swimming! Hopefully in a couple years we’ll have her on the swim team, which I never thought possible a few months ago. ”