Thank you for choosing the JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy!

The Lenny K SwimRight Method® is a comprehensive, dynamic program that can help infants, children and adults learn how to swim or improve their skills. This exclusive curriculum presents an exciting, new approach that gives everyone the tools needed to be safe and confident in the water.

The JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy begins with a complimentary evaluation, and then uses a simple award system as swimmers master each new skill. The program was developed by four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, whose academies, presented at JCCs throughout the country, have successfully taught thousands how to swim. The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, in both West Bloomfield and Oak Park, are proud to be the only facilities in Michigan that offer the Lenny K Swim Academy and SwimRight Method®!


Swimming Is a Gift for Life
According to the Talmud, a Jewish parent is required to teach his/her child three things:
1. The first is Torah – that is, the rules of the world as we understand them, and wrong from right.
2. The second is how to make a living.
3. The third is how to swim.


The SwimRight Method®
The SwimRight Method® has a proven record of success and is based on progressive learning techniques, so that swimmers will receive all the tools necessary to master the water.
The three foundations of swimming are reinforced at every lesson:

1. Correct body position and proper alignment. Both will be taught, with emphasis on the back float.
2. Lateral rotation. Learning this skill allows swimmers to immediately roll to breath and move quickly and properly through the water.
3. Propulsion. This will be taught after steps one and two are mastered.

A good kick, combined with correct position and lateral rotation, is a cornerstone of correct swimming and is attainable for all students in the Lenny K Swim Academy. Water safety and stroke development are integrated within the curriculum and will turn students into safe, strong, efficient and confident swimmers.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How is progress measured?
How do swimmers advance to the next level?
Swimmers learn and progress at their own pace. Upon registration, each student receives a swim progress book. Fun exercises and positive reinforcement encourage progress. Rewards are earned as swimmers complete new skills. Swimmers participate in safety tests to confirm proficiency, enabling them to move ahead with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Do you really teach babies how to swim?
The JCC Lenny K Swim Academy begins lessons with babies as young as 3 months old. In fact, infants make outstanding students because they have an automatic breath-holding reflex and are very comfortable on their backs, which make learning to float quite simple.
The aquatic environment provides babies with complete freedom, comfort and virtual weightlessness. Repetitive motion and patterning help develop their muscle strength, confidence and self-esteem.

How frequent are the lessons?
Lessons are recommended year-round at least once a week (two lessons a week are even more beneficial) and should be continued on a regular basis. Consistency is the most important factor in gaining proficiency and confidence in the water.

Who are the instructors?
All JCC Lenny K Swim Academy instructors are certified in the SwimRight Method®. They are specifically trained in working with infants, teens and/or adults, and it’s a job they love.
The JCC of Metro Detroit is dedicated to matching the right instructor with each student, and we are confident that every teacher brings an exceptional skill to the program. So as participants progress, they are paired with new teachers. It also is important that students do not come to rely on only one teacher, but rather learn to be dependent on themselves.

What is the Survival Test?
Unique to the SwimRight Method® is the Survival Test, to guarantee that swimmers are truly water safe. To simulate a real water emergency, this test is done when the swimmer is fully clothed – though remaining in the secure and safe environment of the JCC. The test gives students the knowledge and confidence that they are truly able to survive in an actual worst-case scenario. We are proud to say that we put our teachings to the test!


What if my child does not want to go to swim lessons?
The question is, what do you, as a parent or caregiver, want for your child? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Water can be a scary environment for children - and appropriately so! Young swimmers typically go through several stages while learning to swim, from fear and uncertainty to cooperation and interest. They often experience these stages more than once. Do not get frustrated if children resist lessons; persistence and encouragement from parents will help them move through the stages. And with skill comes confidence. As children learn respect for the water and how to be safe in it, swimming will become a fun activity.

If my child seems worried during lessons, is it helpful if I stay?
If children seem worried during lessons, they will benefit much more if they are able to focus on the instructor and concentrate on swimming rather than looking to parents. As a general rule, sometimes it is best if the parent leaves.
It is natural for novice swimmers to be anxious; after all, this is a completely new environment. Once they learn to trust the teacher and themselves, though, swimming will become easier, and students will understand why they are learning. As they become confident and comfortable in the water, children will enjoy showing their new talents to parents.

Why do swimmers need swim caps?
The JCC Lenny K Swim Academy uses color-coded swim caps to denote ability. Students are required to wear swim caps at each lesson to help staff identify skill levels, to keep hair off their face and to give students a goal for which to strive. As a swimmer’s ability increases, a new color cap is earned.

What about teens or adults who never learned how to swim?
Is the JCC Lenny K Swim Academy for them?

Absolutely! The JCC Lenny K Swim Academy is designed with flexibility, yet structure, so all students can learn and progress at their own pace. Even adults very fearful of the water can learn through the SwimRight Method®. I already know the basics of swimming.

Is the JCC Lenny K Swim Academy really for me?
Yes. Those who already know how to swim can improve their skills, polish strokes, increase strength and receive many more benefits through the Lenny K Swim Academy.


JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy Classes


(8:1 student-teacher ratio)
For infants/children ages 3 months to 2 years, and their parent/caretaker, who will be in the water with the student. This class is ideal for the parent who would like to take an active role and more relaxed approach to lessons. Instructors work with participants as a group and individually, using songs and simple drills to acclimate children to the aquatic environment and teach beginning back-float survival skills.

Advanced Parent-Tot

(6:1 student-teacher ratio)
Children progress in the SwimRight Method® as they learn to swim more independently.

Group Lessons

(4:1 student-teacher ratio)
Group lessons are structured for children 3 years and older, at any level, who can follow directions and work in a group. Students are placed together based on comparable ability, maturity and compatibility. Lessons are 25 minutes long.

Private lessons

(1:1 student-teacher ratio)
For swimmers ages 3 months to adults. Parents, if your goal for your infant is independence and water safety, but you prefer not to get wet, this is the best choice! These private lessons also are recommended for older students with extreme anxiety about the water or who might not initially benefit from group lessons. Private lessons are 15 minutes long. Older children, teens and adults may combine two lessons into one 30-minute session.

Stroke Advance

(6:1 student-teacher ratio)
Ambitious swimmers, ages 5-15, receive advanced instruction from in-water, but mostly on-deck, coaching/instruction on all four strokes. Graduates confidently move on to joining a recreational or competitive swim team.

Who is Lenny Krayzelburg?


Lenny Krayzelburg is a Jewish, Ukraine-born, Southern California backstroke champ and four-time Olympic gold medalist. He won gold medals in backstroke at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and won gold on the USA team at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2001. Krayzelburg showed considerable swimming promise as a junior in Odessa, and continued his development in America when, at age 13, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. He lifeguarded and swam at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, and his first major age group competition was at the 1990 JCC Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit. Krayzelburg is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the USC Hall of Fame. He is a member of the International Jewish Hall of Fame, and recently was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Many consider Lenny Krayzelburg the finest backstroke swimmer in the world. The JCC of Metropolitan Detroit is thrilled to have his professional expertise at Center Splash!

To learn more about Lenny Krayzelburg, visit

The JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

at the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit

To schedule your complimentary evaluation or receive more information, please call:

The JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (West Bloomfield)
Ronda Brodsky Aquatics Director,
Kahn Building
248.432.5430 |

The JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (Oak Park)
Judy Front Director
Aquatics/Sports/Camp, JPM Building
248.967.4030 |

THE GOAL of the JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit is to develop swimmers who are happy, safe and confident.