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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.

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Group Lessons Details:

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur or Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield

Upcoming Sessions

Winter (ten weeks)

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex or Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building

Once per week, 45-minute sessions

Saturdays, January 7 – March 11
Sundays, January 8 – March 12
Mondays, January 9 – March 13
Tuesdays, January 10 – March 14
Wednesdays, January 11 – March 15
Thursdays, January 12 – March 16

Splash Academy:
$110 members/$160 public
$121 members/$176 public after 12/26

Splash Babies:
$75 members/$95 public
$83 members/$105 public after 12/26

Spring (eight weeks)

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex or Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building

Once per week, 45-minute sessions

Saturdays, March 25 – May 13
Sundays, March 26 – May 21 (no program 4/16)
Mondays, March 27 – May 15
Tuesdays, March 28 – May 16
Wednesdays, March 29 – May 17
Thursdays, March 30 – May 18

Splash Academy:
$88 members/$128 public
$97 members/$141 public after 3/13

Splash Babies:
$60 members/$76 public
$66 members/$84 public after 3/13

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

Beginning in Fall 2016: There are no personal make-ups for missed classes. Classes cancelled due to weather or pool-related issues will be rescheduled.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur: Heather Cheseman, 314-442-3296
Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield: Tracy Branson, 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.