Pool News – 7/29

Our final swim lesson week is here for Camp Chai and Simchah which means testing week is again upon us! Final progress reports will be going home at the end of this week so please be on the lookout for those. If you do not receive a form and your child attended Session 2 of Camp Chai or 3 for Simchah, please contact me directly at 214-239-7141 or dtaylor@jccdallas.org.

Summer camp lessons may be coming to an end but swimming fortunately can be a year-round activity! If your child enjoys swimming and had a great time this summer at camp we are ready for them at the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy or the Devil Rays Swim Team! Adults, we have lessons and programs for you too!

To schedule your free evaluation, please call Jenny Ingram at 214-239-7196 or e-mail jingram@jccdallas.org. Provide code: JCAMP2015 to receive one free lesson to the LKSA. (Offer valid with minimum two-month commitment to the LKSA and does not include registration fee. Offer is not redeemable for cash or is transferable to any other JCC program).

Camp last week

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Pool News – 7/20

Week 6 is here! Only two weeks until the JCC Maccabi Games®! Camp swim lessons will wrap up for the season next week. We will have a special offer to all camp participants in next week’s pool news who wish to continue swimming in the fall with the LKSA!

Progress sheets have gone home from Session 1 for Camp Chai and Simchah. Camp Chai progress sheets have been mailed so look for those in your mailboxes. If you do not receive one by the end of this week please reach out to us directly.

Please see some highlights from Boat Day for Camp Simchah below! The kids had a lot of fun meeting the dolphins and mermaids and taking a boat trip around the Simchah Seas!

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boat day 1

If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or dtaylor@jccdallas.org.

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Pool News 7/13 – 7/17


Whew! Four weeks has flown by quickly! Week 5 has begun and for Camp Chai this means we are evaluating again this week! Camp Simchah evaluated last week and progress sheets from the Session 1 have gone home directly for Camp Simchah.

Camp Chai progress sheets will be going home via mail later this week so keep an eye out for those!

This week is a very special week for Camp Simchah where we will have Boat Day on Friday from 10 am – 11 am! This is a very fun day and an annual camp event at the pool!

If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or dtaylor@jccdallas.org.

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Pool News – Week 3

swimmingSummer is zooming by and our swimmers are flourishing in lessons each day! Part of our success is the wonderful curriculum we have with the Swim Right™ method developed by four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Lenny Krayzelburg. We also owe credit to our fantastic instructors who spent over forty hours in training before the summer and who work hard each week to provide excellent instruction.

We want to ensure that our campers are getting the most out of our swim program. Therefore we increased the number of instructors so our ratios have dropped for Camp Simchah to 4:1 and for Camp Chai to 6:1 & 8:1 max. Lower ratios for camp lessons allow for each child to get more one on one attention each day.

Camp Simchah and Chai students are going to be tested over this week and next and progress sheets will be going home. If you have specific questions on your child’s progress please contact me directly at 214-239-7141 or dtaylor@jccdallas.org.


Camp Swim Lesson FAQ

Q: Why does my child say they are only floating or not swimming a lot at camp lessons?

A: The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy focuses primarily on water safety first for the first three levels of the program but continues all the way through level seven. While we do back float a lot, we also swim though we do not utilize arm movements until level four, Streamliners.

Q: My child swims across the pool at home, why do they need to learn how to float?

A: Most children tend to “doggy paddle,” or even may have the ability to swim a freestyle stroke across the pool. In a state of panic neither of these abilities are particularly helpful since they do not support an open airway and require a lot of energy to perform. A back float is requires the least amount of energy and can be maintained for a long period of time while leaving the airway open for effective breathing.

Q: Why is my child is in “x” level at “x” swim program but a lower level in the LKSA?

A: The Swim Right™ curriculum has a specific set of skills and drills many unique to our program that must be mastered before moving onto the next level or to be evaluated in a particular level. Many programs only teach children strokes while we teach water safety and correct body position first.

Q: Will my child master a level or the program by the end of the session/summer?

A: Varies. Each child works at their own pace and we encourage that rather than trying to fit each child into a mold. Some skills or drills will take longer to master but that does not indicate a lack of progress.

Q: If I have my children enrolled into lessons elsewhere or the LKSA do they have to take camp lessons?

A: No, you may choose to have your children not swim during their lesson time. Please contact the camp director and make this request. We do encourage that your children take lessons especially if they are not able to swim.

Q: What is the ratio of swimmers to instructors at Camp?

A: Camp Simchah we strive for a 4:1 ratio and for Camp Chai we strive for a 6:1 ratio.

Q: My child was a Floater last year, why are they a Floater again this year?

A: They either have regressed in between summers or did not fully master the skills required last summer. It could also be that they showed a lack of ability at evaluation time but can actually do more. In that case, we are open to re-evaluating children by request. Particular levels, Floaters for instance, may take longer to complete.

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Pool News 6/22 – 6/26

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Week two has begun and after evaluation week and the rain we are now on a roll with lessons! This week we are working on the first set of skills and drills for each level of the Swim Right™ curriculum. For a quick review the swim levels have been listed below with the skills we are working on for this week.

Splashers (Level 1): Comfort in the water, submersion and assisted back float

Floaters (Level 2): Independent Launch, Independent Back Float and Launch, Kick Kick Kick

Kickers (Level 3): Kick Float Kick, Kick Roll Kick and Streamline Arms on Front and Back

Streamliners (Level 4): Streamline Roll to Streamline, Side Kick, 1-Big Arm Roll to Side Kick

Freestylers (Level 5): 6 count switch, Superman Catch-up stroke (freestyle), Backstroke

Gliders (Level 6): Freestyle review, Backstroke, Breaststroke Kicks

Flyers (Level 7): Freestyle & Backstroke review, Breaststroke, Butterfly Kicks

We do emphasize that for level placement or graduation requires a mastery of skills. Many skills in our program are unique and patented therefore if a child has not been exposed to them they will typically assess lower. It is also true that children who do not regularly practice skills then to lose said skills or regress some in between summers. The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy does offer year round classes to anyone who would like to continue instruction in the fall. Consistent instruction weekly is the key to continued success in swimming and water safety.

If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or dtaylor@jccdallas.org

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Misconceptions About Water Safety

Many people, including parents or even professional swimmers have a misconception or a false assumption when it comes to water safety.

Misconception: my child can swim to the edge of the pool therefore they can save themselves in an emergency.

False: Parents who say this typically have a child who can “doggy paddle,” to the edge of the pool but have no breath support or ability to roll to their back for safety. This type of swimming cannot be maintained for a great length of time and in moments of panic is nearly useless. Even children who can swim a Freestyle stroke cannot always support that stroke in an emergency and the stroke does not allow for adequate breathing in a state of panic.
floaty kids

The Swim Right™ curriculum places great emphasis on the back float and has a patented Kick-Float-Kick technique that allows a child adequate time to catch their breath and regain control in an emergency situation and can be repeated over a great distance.
LKSA child floating on back

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Remember Recess? How about P.E?

active kidsRecess and P.E look a lot different today as more and more schools are actually cutting the amount of time kids are active during the day. Kids are now more likely to come home from school and either work on homework (probably not) or (more than likely) bury their faces into screens from phones to iPads to televisions.

According to kidshealth.org, there are many benefits of regular exercise for kids. These benefits include:

  • strong muscles and bones
  • weight control
  • decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • better sleep
  • a better outlook on life

Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. Additionally, physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

What happens when school is out for the summer when the limited amount of time kids have for recess or P.E suddenly disappears? How do kids stay active both mentally and physically?

We are here to help with options to get kids away from their screens when the final school bell rings to the first day of summer camp!

A new option this year is Camp SPARK! Camp SPARK is a unique camp run by kids for kids. SPARK stands for Strong, Powerful, Athletic, Rockin’ Kids. The camp was founded in Dallas, Texas by brothers Ryan and Blake Lieberman. The camp is as much about sportsmanship as it is sports, where the kids learn important messages and social skills in a cool, fun way. The camp provides kids between the ages of five and thirteen with a great experience during the summer that they will cherish for a lifetime. There are options during both of the first two weeks of June! Visit the Camp SPARK website for more information and to register.

Need some fun program solutions before Summer Camp begins on June 15? We have plenty of J Summer Pre Camps that are filling up fast so sign up TODAY.

Kids need to be active and the summer is a time where they can do it while enjoying not being in school. Say no to screens and yes to an active lifestyle this summer!

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