Swim Lessons

Welcome to Swim Lessons

Learn about our Group Swim Classes for youth and adults, or for those who work better alone, Private Swim Lessons!


Swimming helps to develop cardiovascular endurance for aerobic exercises, the most important factor of physical fitness. Since all major muscle groups are used in swimming, muscles develop in good proportion. No other sport does this as well as swimming. It also helps develop superior coordination because it requires a combination of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing muscle function, balance, and range of motion. Swimming is the most injury-free of all sports.

Private lessons are recommended primarily for those who have an extreme fear of the water, as well as swimmers who otherwise need special attention. Each class provides the one-on-one instruction needed for the swimmer to excel.

Summer 2020 Private Swim Lessons:

Private swim lessons are available for all ages. To schedule, please contact Steph Kegelman at 302-478-5660.

New policies and procedures for Private Swim Lessons:

  • Swim instructors will be physically distanced from swimmers at all times, so if the participant cannot be taught comfortably from the deck 100% of the time, a parent or caregiver must be in the water with the participant. The instructor will stand on the pool deck and give directions on how to hold and position participants so that swimming skills can be taught and practiced. The instructor will only enter the water in an emergency. Your swimmer will fall into one of the cases below:
    • Case 1: Our staff is comfortable teaching your swimmer from the deck 100% of the time, so having a parent in the water is not necessary unless it makes you feel more comfortable.
    • Case 2: Our staff is not comfortable teaching your swimmer from the deck 100% of the time, so please ensure that a parent/caregiver accompanies your swimmer into the water for every lesson.
    • Case 3: Our staff is comfortable teaching your swimmer from the deck, but feels that they need occasional support and/or breaks. Please come with a parent/caregiver prepared to accompany your swimmer into the water, and as the lessons progress, it may not be needed every time.
    • Case 4: Since we have not taught your swimmer before, please have a parent/caregiver accompany your swimmer into the water for the first swim lesson. After that, a determination can be made with the instructor whether it will be needed for the rest of the lessons.
  • Participants and their families are encouraged not to linger before or after their lesson.
  • With the exception of JCC swim lessons, the indoor pool is exercise swim only, and only by reservation. Family members that are JCC members that wish to open swim during another family member’s swim class must use the outdoor pool.

Youth Group Swim Classes

Learn to swim at the J with group swim lessons, private swim lessons, or preschool aquatics! 

AMERICAN RED CROSS LEARN-TO-SWIM: Learn-to-Swim teaches people of varying ages and abilities how to swim skillfully and safely. Each level includes training in basic water safety in addition to aquatic and safety skills taught in a logical progression. At least one instructor in each class has successfully completed American Red Cross training and is a certified Water Safety Instructor!

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim will be offered each season and is designed for swimmers ages 6 months and above.  

The world is a different place than the last time we held Fall Group Swim Lessons, so we’re changing the way we run our lessons, as well. This fall, we are excited to introduce Buddy Lessons! Each class is limited to 2 participants to ensure there is always at least six feet of distance between them and the other participant. Face coverings are to be worn by everyone inside the JCC, unless you are entering, exiting, or in the water. Since social distancing is still in effect, and to slow the spread of COVID-19, caregivers support their children that are not yet 100% independent swimmers in the water while the instructor wears a face covering and teaches swimming skills from the side.

There are two ways to sign up for Buddy Lessons. The first is very similar to our previous Group Swim Lessons. All you need to do is select your swimmer’s level and sign them up. You can do so online by clicking here. If your desired class is full, please join the waitlist! We will try to open more classes based on demand. These classes have the following schedule:

Saturdays, October 3rd – November 21st

  • 10:00-10:30am: Parent & Child Aquatics A
  • 10:30-11:00am: Parent & Child Aquatics B
  • 11:00-11:30am: Preschool 2
  • 11:30-12:00pm: Preschool 3

Sundays, October 4th – November 22nd

  • 10:00-10:30am: Parent & Child Aquatics A
  • 10:30-11:00am: Parent & Child Aquatics B
  • 11:00-11:30am: Preschool 2
  • 11:30-12:00pm: Preschool 3

The second way to sign up is give us your information, and we have a limited number of slots to plan classes after 12pm based on who is looking for lessons. To be considered for a slot, please fill out this Google Form. If you are looking for a “buddy,” we will try to pair you up with someone with similar swimming skills and scheduling needs. Additionally, if you already have someone in mind, we can schedule you both together. People who fill out the Google Form first will have priority, but we will try to fit everyone into the schedule if possible. We will also try to open up more classes to accommodate people on the waitlist.

These “open” classes will be held on the same schedule. Saturdays, October 3rd – November 21st, and Sundays, October 4th – November 22nd.

The cost for any of these sessions is $120 for members and $150 for non-members. The Siegel JCC reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration. Make-ups and refunds will not be given if an individual class is missed.

Adult Group Swim Classes

Whether you want to learn how to swim or improve your skills, our instructors can help you meet your goals!

Adult Swim: Learning the Basics - introduces basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke. Participants also learn skills and concepts needed to stay safe around water, in addition to those needed to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency.

Adult Swim: Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes - seeks to improve participants' proficiency in basic aquatic skills and the six basic swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke). Participants also learn skills and concepts needed to stay safe around water, in addition to those needed to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency.

COST: $100/Members, $130/Non-members

*Non-members enrolled in this program will be provided with a guest pass for use during off weeks. Members are encouraged to come and practice. 

Ready to apply your skills? Join our Masters Swim Team, for swimmers legal in 3 of 4 strokes! 

Home school Swim Classes

This 10-week program gives homeschoolers an opportunity for physical education and to spend time with swimming friends in the Indoor Pool! We offer two groups: a Swim Class for beginner swimmers (ages 3 and above) and a Stroke Mechanics and Conditioning class for more experienced swimmers.


Employment opportunities are available for those aged 15 and older. Contact Steph Kegelman at 302-478-5660  for more information.

101 Garden of Eden Road

Wilmington, DE 19803


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