Swim Lessons

Here at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, we offer our own type of unique academy style swim lessons that is set in a productive, professional, and nurturing environment. We focus on teaching water safety and work to instill a passion for swimming in all of our participants. 

Lessons take place in our shallow end at our Olympic Pool where the water is heated and children swim beside our Barracudas swim team and also share the pool with Olympians. This always provides an end goal and possibility for a sparked future in swimming. 

We currently offer lessons starting at age 4 and up. We book our lessons for the month at 30 min sessions twice a week for a total of eight lessons per month. All of our lessons are with certified and highly qualified instructors and we offer various options for lessons. We offer Private (One on One instruction with one of our instructors)and Semi-Private lessons (2-3 on One instruction offered only to those who have two swimmers at time of registration). In the summer months, we offer Group Lessons that consist of 5-6 swimmers to one instructor. 

Registration Process

Thank you for your interest in Swim Lessons.  Please complete our pre-registration process.  Please complete for each of your participants. Our Aquatics staff will contact you after reviewing your information to discuss our Swim Lesson Options. For additional information please contact Mary MacDonald, Aquatics Coordinator, at 858-362-1226 or e-mail marym@lfjcc.org.

Barracuda Swim Team

About the JCC Barracudas

We are a swim team dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and personable team environment.

Our program is designed to provide a team environment that fosters growth from an introduction to the world of competitive swimming through competing at a regional level. We hold practices year-round in a heated, outdoor pool. Practices are held Monday-Friday.

We offer five different groups to best suit your swimmer’s needs.

  • Pre-comp I

    • Pre-competitive group

    • Ages: 5-8 years old

    • Times & days: M-Th 3:45-4:30pm (45 min)

    • Focus: Learning correct breaststroke, butterfly, side breathing for freestyle, freestyle and backstroke flipturns, refining freestyle and backstroke, becoming familiar with team swimming, listening, and having fun.

  • Pre-comp II

    • Pre-competitive group

    • Ages: 7-10 years old

    • Times & days: M-Th 4:30-5:30pm, Friday option 3:30-4:30pm (1 hour)

    • Focus: Learning swim legal strokes, all turns, IM order, dives, refining all stokes, increasing endurance, becoming familiar with competitive swimming, having fun and enjoying swimming.

  • Barracudas 

    • Competitive group

    • Ages: 8 & up

    • Times & Days: Mon-Thur 5:30-6:45pm, Friday’s 3:30-4:45pm (1 hour and 15 min)

    • Focus: Swimming legal strokes, refining starts, turns, and finishes, adding endurance, increasing speed and stamina, enjoying the team environment, attending C level swim meets.


All swimmers must be evaluated before joining the team. Evaluations are held by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please email Coach Grace or Coach Elijah.



Weather Policy

We practice rain or shine, but we do cancel due to extreme wind or thunderstorms. If there is ever any danger to our swimmers, we will send an email out before practice to inform you of the cancellation. We only cancel when it becomes unsafe conditions to practice in.

There will be no dry-land practice held if it is raining.

Payment Policies

  • All payments are due on the fifteenth of each month.

  • Notification of withdrawal from the team must be submitted in writing prior to the 1st of the month prior to withdrawal (regardless of permanently leaving the team or taking a leave of absence). Any notification received after the 1st of the month prior (or no notification) will result in the obligation of dues for that month.

  • No refunds

  • No pro-rated prices

Trial Period

The Barracudas are happy to offer a one week free trial period for our team.


Coaching Staff

Our well-qualified staff is dedicated to providing the best possible training for your swimmer. We seek to provide efficient learning and endless enjoyment for all swimmers at all levels.

For more information, please follow our link: About the Coaches

For any other inquiries please contact Assistant Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Director Spencer Lynch at spencerl@lfjcc.org.