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Student learning to swim in the LKSA

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Anyone can be a happy, safe and confident swimmer. This is the philosophy of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA) at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. LKSA is a unique aquatics education program organized around swimming foundations and designed with an emphasis on safety. From the age of three months, children (and adults) can start at any time—and learn and progress at their own pace!


Academy Hours

Group and private lessons:
Monday-Thursday: 1-7:30pm
Friday: 1-5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Free Evaluation

An evaluation is required for all swimmers before beginning the program. Call 617-558-6468/469 to arrange for an appointment. 

About LKSA

What is the program?
Following a free evaluation, swimmers are assigned to a learning level and elect a format option: 

  • Parent-Tot sessions (max. 8 per class)
  • Group lessons (4-6 per class)
  • Private lessons (children and adults)

Students are taught the SwimRight® method which focuses on correct body positioning and proper alignment from the early stages of lessons. Progress is captured in personal swimming journals complete with fun exercises and lots of positive reinforcement.

As swimmers advance, they participate in safety tests to confirm their proficiency, enabling them to move ahead with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

How does the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy compare with the American Red Cross program?
The Red Cross program is very highly regarded and the JCC has hosted it for many years. The selection of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy is inspired by the emphasis on safety from a very young age, and by the flexibility it allows families and children who want to enter the program and learn at their own pace.

There are some parallels in proficiency levels between the two programs, but no swimmer will be automatically assigned to a new level based on where they are in the Red Cross system—everyone gets evaluated so that the instructors know exactly how to work with their individual students.

How long are the lessons? How frequently do I need to take lessons?
Lessons are 25 minutes in length for group lessons and 15 minutes in length for private lessons. We recommend that students take at least one class per week, year round. Consistency is the most important factor in gaining proficiency and confidence in the water.

One of the unique aspects of the LKSA program is the perpetual sign-up method, allowing parents the flexibility to join the program whenever you'd like and change days, times or instructors at your convenience. Call the office at 617-558-6442 to request a lesson time.

Who are the instructors?
All instructors are accomplished aquatics instructors who have more than 40 hours of training in the SwimRight® method.
In only a few short weeks, the Krayzelburg program has helped our son become more confident in the water. The incentive program is brilliant, getting the children enthusiastic to attend lessons and earn stickers toward their next swim level. I highly recommend LKSA to all parents. Matt A.


Weekday Parent/Tot Swim Class

25-minute weekday afternoon classes forming based on your interest and availability. If you are free early weekday afternoons (around 1-1:30pm) and would like to introduce swimming to your child (it’s never too early!), then contact aquatics@jccgb.org or 617-558-6468. This beginner class is designed for parents to spend time with their child while teaching the basics of swimming and safety through songs and games. Class will be held on an ongoing basis so join in!

Learn More

Call 617-558-6468/469 or email lksainfo@jccgb.org. To learn more about Lenny Krayzelburg, four-time Olympic® swim champion and founder of LKSA, visit the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy website.

Lenny Krayzelburg JCC Swim Academy Boston slide show
Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy information sheet 
Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy video
Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy rates/holiday schedule
Lenny Krayzelburg offers tips on teaching kids to swim - aired on Fox 25 News Feb 12, 2013
New England Cable News (July 2014) story on the JCC's LKSA program
6 Things You Need to Know About Survival Based Swim Programs - article from Boston Mamas blog - March 2015


Of Interest

JCC Aquatics/Swim Team
Leventhal-Sidman JCC Indoor Pool
Leventhal-Sidman JCC Outdoor Pool
Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy