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J Splash Academy

swimming lessons

More Levels, More Confidence, More Fun

Welcome to a new and exciting program for swim lessons at the J! The J Splash Academy is our new, all-encompassing swim program, designed to create confident, strong, lifelong swimmers of all ages (starting at 6 months).

Our instructors are trained to offer compassion-based instruction, positive reinforcement and encouragement each step of the way. There are three broad areas of J Splash: Introduction to Water & Water Safety Skills, Basic Swimming Skills, and Competitive Swimming Technique. As children progress, they will “swim” their way through the fun development tiers. The new program provides more opportunity for skill level progression, regular feedback and accomplishment awards for swimmers as they progress through our “fishy” levels.

Group Lessons Details: Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur or Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield

Splash Academy

Winter Session: Once-a-week (10 classes/45min)
Saturdays: January 9 – March 13
Sundays: January 10 – March 14
Mondays: January 11 – March 15
Wednesdays: January 13 – March 17
$120 members/$170 public
$132 members/$187 public (after December 28)

Spring Session: Once-a-week (8 classes/45min)
Saturdays: March 27 – May 15
Sundays: March 28 – May 16
Mondays: March 29 – May 17
Wednesdays: March 31 – May 19
$96 members/$136 public
$106 members/$150 public (after March 12)

Splash Babies

Winter Session: 10 classes/30 minutes
$75 members/$95 public
$83 members/$105 public (after December 28)

Spring Session: 8 classes/30 minutes
$60 members/$76 public
$66 members/$84 members (after March 12)

Splash Academy is an all-encompassing, learn-to-swim program or all ages, designed to create confident, strong and lifelong swimmers, starting at age six months. Instructors are trained to offer compassion-based instruction, positive reinforcement and encouragement each step of the way. 

In this session of Splash Academy, all lessons will be held in the indoor pools. If your child(ren)
requires assistance, a parent will need to be in the water with the swimmers to maintain appropriate distancing. If your child can swim with enough ability, he/she can work with the instructor only.

You Call It Splash Class

3 years and older. Create your own Splash Academy lesson group. You determine the day and time and we’ll arrange the class to meet your needs! Children of similar age and swimming ability recommended. We’ll maintain a 1:4 instructor ratio. Pricing based on a six-week session. Call to set up your group today!

Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield
$63 members/$93 public per six-week session

Cancellation policy: Cancellations prior to the first lesson will receive a 75% credit. No refunds once a program begins.

There are no personal make-ups for missed classes. Classes cancelled due to weather or pool-related issues will be rescheduled.

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex: Heather Cheseman, 314-442-3296
Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building: Shyanne Martin, 314-442-3495

Fishy Levels

Splash Babies (6 months to 3 years)

Classes introduce basic skills and safety to parents and children, while comforting parents as they teach their infants about putting their face in the water, blowing bubbles and being relaxed in a pool. Parent(s) are required to be in the water with their child.

Starfish (3 years and up)

This is an introduction to basic water skills thorough interactive play for children with little or no experience in a pool. Get in, get wet, and get comfortable.


Children comfortable in the water, but with limited skills, will be encouraged to do all Starfish skills independently. Pufferfish focus is to learn basic swimming survival.


Swimmers will receive an introduction to strokes and kicks as instructors focus on underwater breath control, kicking and pulling to result in forward-motion swimming and in-water safety skills. Students must be able to perform all Starfish and Puffer fish skills independently.


Angelfish step up to stroke development  by learning and practicing beginner stokes, and an eventual introduction to advanced strokes and kicks. Instruction will also include diving and various techniques for treading water.


Stingrays will receive further instruction on proper stroke techniques and proficient rotary breathing. Swimmers will improve their skills practicing specific swimming and breathe control drills.


Once swimmers are able to perform all strokes and dives proficiently, instruction shifts focus to distant and endurance swimming, while introducing competitive swimming skills.

*Starfish – Angelfish will have a 4:1 students to instructor ratio. Stingrays and Hammerheads will have a 6:1 ratio.