Who We Are
North Jersey Aquatics is a premier swim school that provides a customized or ages 3 months to adult in an ideal learning environment for each individual swimmer. We were founded with the mission to meet each swimmer at his/her current cognitive and physical level and formulate a curriculum plan that will ensure they achieve their goals efficiently at a speed they are comfortable with.
We teach the SCIENCE behind swimming to even our youngest swimmers including body position, buoyancy, movement, and propulsion. As swimmers progress and mature, we continuously develop an updated daily lesson plan to continue to challenge each swimmer at every lesson.
Month to Month Scheduling
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children, but swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. With month to month scheduling, our families have flexibility in their swim schedule. Swimmers are able to transfer days/times/locations at the end of any month through our online transfer form, so working around other activities and family obligations is easier than ever. A class of 2-3 swimmers will naturally level up at a similar pace, often enabling swimmers to stay in their class month to month. This ensures that swim lessons are a CONVENIENT part of everyday life and families can swim consistently year-round.
Continuous lessons have been proven to provide CONSISTENCY so that all swimmers can learn new skills progressively. Each swimmer graduates from one level to the next INDEPENDENTLY, so they are never held back or forced to keep up with a specific group.
Why is a 2:1 or 3:1 student to teacher ratio important?
Small class size is one of the most critical factors to success. Our classes have a SMALLER RATIO than most programs for a WELCOMING and PERSONAL approach which enables swimmers to become COMFORTABLE, CONFIDENT, and SAFER in the water.
PARENT CHILD BEGINNER: 3-20 MONTHS – 3:1
Breath Control, Balance, buoyancy, movement, and comfort in the water
This class is designed as a child’s first experience in an aquatic environment. Using a model of early childhood education, our program works to help infants and toddlers develop a life-long love of water through song and play while also incorporating large safety components of learning breath control, buoyancy and finding the way back to the safety of the wall. We offer a compassionate introduction to water and safety and therefore create families who love the water and will continue swimming for recreation, health, and competition.
PARENT CHILD ADVANCED: 15-36 MONTHS – 3:1
Acclimating and separating from parent/guardian
This class is designed for infants and toddlers to continue to work on more advanced safety skills while adjusting to separation from their parent/guardian. Swimmers continue to work on breath control, buoyancy, and movement, building on the skills from Parent-Child Beginner. This could also be a first introduction to water for children ages 20+ months who have never taken a class before. At age 30 months, swimmers become eligible to move to a Level 1A curriculum if they are ready to begin following directions, complete class independently with a teacher, and are safe in the pool with a flotation device. A child can go directly from PC Advanced to 1a (without moving to a transition class) if they receive a recommendation from our teachers, are completely ready for 1a, and are at least 2.5 years old.
PARENT-CHILD TRANSITION TO 1a: 2y3months to 3.5 years – 3:1
Acclimating and separating from parent/guardian
This class is designed for toddlers who have already been in swim lessons and are ready to move out of the PC Beginner/Advanced class but still need a parent in the water. This class is designed as a true transition to 1a, with students working towards independence within the next 3 months. Students can move to a 1a at 2.5years as long as they are ready to be independent of a parent safely and happily. Every parent will be in the water for this class, so when a student is ready to move to 1a, they will need to move to a different class in order for the parent to get out of the pool.
1A: AGES 2.5-6 – 3:1
This class is designed as a first experience for swimmers ages 3+ who are ready to learn to swim independently of a parent. In this class our swimmers are working on safe entry and exit from the water, breath control, submerging of eyes, nose, ears and mouth as well as buoyancy and overall body awareness in the water. Introduction to more complex movements in the water begin here. All swimmers in level 1A still require a flotation device or teacher assistance in order to swim. In this class, swimmers will work to gain the skills necessary to become safer in water.
1B: AGES 3.5+ – 3:1
This class is designed as the next experience for children ages 3.5+ who have already graduated 1A in our program, or a first experience for swimmers ages 6+. Swimmers in this level are physically and cognitively ready to learn to swim independently of a flotation device. In this level swimmers build strength and endurance in the water by swimming longer distances and beginning to use unassisted back floats for rest. Swimmers will exit this level able to perform a swim-float-swim progression unassisted.
AGES 4+ – 3:1
Transition to stroke technique
This class is designed for swimmers who no longer need flotation assistance and are over 4 years old. In this class swimmers will continue to use swim float swim to build endurance and travel longer distances independently while refining stroke technique. Swimmers will learn the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke with little assistance. Treading water and more complex survival skills will also be introduced.
AGES 5+ – 3:1
Stroke Technique & Long Axis
This class is designed for swimmers over 5 years of age who are ready to learn more formal swim stroke technique. In this class swimmers will become more aware of their bodies in the water using the key principles of buoyancy, movement, and propulsion to continue their stroke development. Swimmers will become stronger in rotary breathing while long axis drills are introduced and applied. Short axis strokes and drills will also be introduced as well as diving with safe return to the wall. After successful completion of this level swimmers are eligible to join our clinic program which meets at our competition size pools.
AGES 6+ – 3:1
Advanced stroke technique & short axis
This class is designed for swimmers over 6 years of age who are ready to learn all 4 strokes formally and master their legal techniques. In this class swimmers will learn how to legally swim all four competitive strokes while also learning how to save themselves in the case of an aquatic emergency. Swimmers will master both long and short axis strokes using a variety of drills and detailed technique work. The curriculum for this class is similar to our clinic program with the main difference being that our clinic program meets in a larger class size, competitive length pool and mimics a pre-swim team atmosphere. The Level 4 class still follows a 3:1 ratio and is often in our smaller pool facilities while the clinic program is more focused on competitive level skills including block starts and flip turns in our competition size pools.