JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

The JCC Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy offers comprehensive youth swim lessons and aims to develop swimmers who are happy, safe and confident.

The program 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 Metro Detroit is proud to be the only facility in Michigan that offers the Lenny K Swim Academy and SwimRight Method®!

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 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.

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swim Classes

Parent-Tot (8:1 student-teacher ratio)

For infants/children ages 3 months to 2 1/2 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 swim 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 Swim Lessons (4:1 student-teacher ratio)

Group swim 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 Swim 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 are also recommended for older students with extreme anxiety about the water who might not initially benefit from group lessons. Private swim lessons are 15 minutes longs. 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 champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist. He won gold medals in backstroke at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and own 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, the USC Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Many consider Krayzelburg the finest backstroke swimmer in the world.

To learn more about Lenny Krayzelburg, visit www.lennykswim.com.

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