Swim Lessons at the JCC

Whether you are looking for a safe, nurturing place for your preschooler to get comfortable in the water, or a team of instructors who can help your child take his/her swimming technique to the next level, learn to swim lessons at the J are for you.


Click here to learn about swim lessons at the J.

The JCC of the Lehigh Valley offers American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes taught by certified instructors, designed to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their skills in the water, as well as, essential safety skills in a positive and safe environment. Choose from a variety of private and small group swim classes for preschoolers, children, adults, and seniors. We also offer Mommy and Me classes for children 6 months through 2 years and Adaptive Special Needs Swim.

Lessons follow the Red Cross Learn to Swim system with a JCC flair. Swimmers work their way through a 6 level curriculum beginning at Bubbler Level and going through Whale Level. We start with blowing bubbles and water adjustment, progress to floating, kicking and swimming on tummies and backs, and then to stroke improvement. Advanced swimmers have the opportunity to progress through an additional two levels: Fitness Swimmer and Junior Lifeguard.


Not sure what level your child is at currently? Check our Learn to Swim Flowchart.
Contact our Aquatics Department to schedule a free stroke analysis at 610.435.3571 ext. 118.


Please see our Program Guide for the most recent swim lesson times and pricing.



Private lessons are one-on-one with a certified instructor. To schedule private lessons, please contact Jodi Lovenwirth at 610.435.3571 ext. 118.


Semi-private lessons consist of a two person group. Children can benefit from taking semi-private lessons by having more one-on-one instruction time as well as the additional moral support of a family member or friend swimming beside them.


In group lessons, a small ratio is maintained to ensure each child gets one-on-one time with the instructor. Group lessons are available multiple days a week, as well as, by appointment.

MOMMY AND ME (6 Months - 3 Years)

Mommy and Me classes are designed for children 6 months to three years. This class focuses on introduction to water safety for caregiver and child and having children become comfortable in the water.


Add a little splash to your day with Toddler Swim Lessons. This class is designed to help Preschool and Pre-K age children improve their skills in the water.


Do you know that the J has instructors trained in working with special needs swimmers in our Adaptive Swim Program? We offer many options for students of all levels and abilities to join our excellent aquatic education programs. Our goal is to incorporate basic lifesaving, social, and learning skills necessary to be more independent in and around an aquatic setting. Days and times are flexible to meet client needs.

Meet Our Instructors

Jodi Lovenwirth


Jodi is currently the Director of Aquatics and Coach of the JCC Lightnings here at the J. She has been a staff member for over a decade and she has taught preschool enrichments, swim lessons, and worked at Camp JCC in many capacities including, Unit Head, Sports and Ropes coordinator, Aquatics Director, and Camp Rosh. Jodi’s love for swimming started at the age of 3 at the Jewish Community Center of Scranton, where she participated in swim lesson and the Aquanaut swim team.

Jodi is the mother of three children, Benjamin, Hannah, and Adam who all learned how to swim at the J and participated in the Swim Team. Jodi’s mission is to educate the community of the importance of water safety. Jodi is an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and CPR/First Aid Instructor. Jodi also participated in a course to teach individuals with special needs how to swim.


Kay Fried


Kay is a Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, and Aqua Aerobics Instructor. She has taught swim lessons for 25 years at various pools in the area including West End Fitness Center, Swim-In-Zone, Boys and Girls Club of Allentown, Great Valley Girl Scout Camps (Mosey Wood and Wood Haven).

She was in charge of the swim programs at both Mosey Wood and Wood Haven, and also conducted the boating programs. She teaches Aqua Aerobics here at the Jewish Community Center of Allentown. The Jewish Community Center is where Kay does most of her teaching, along with lifeguarding and teaching Aqua Aerobics classes, some of which are Silver Sneakers Aqua Classes. Kay lives in Orefield, PA and has a daughter named Allison.


Susan Ritter


Susan is a lifelong swimmer and water lover. Her summers growing up were spent at the Emmaus Community Pool. While attending Emmaus High School she was active in the Dolphin Club, a synchronized swimming club, which included presenting shows every year! The last 6 years she has been teaching children of all ages at Swim-in Zone, Center Valley and since becoming a trained Miracle Swimming Institute instructor Susan has been teaching adults who have not had prior swimming experience, or have had a bad experience in the water, but still have the desire to become a friend of the water. Susan uses the Miracle Swimming Institute method of teaching for all students which stresses the importance of being in control and having comfort come first. She is certified in CPR/AED, First Aid, and a certified Water Safety Instructor.


Sallie Smith


Sallie has been giving swimming lessons since she was 16 years old and a lifeguard at the Emmaus Community Park. As a college student, she worked sum­mers as first a lifeguard and then an assistant pool manager, keeping up her certifications as both lifeguard and water safety instructor. After college, Sallie gave lessons year around for different facilities and ended up giving lessons with Penny Pantano part-time at the Emmaus Aquatic Club from 1983 till 2004. During that period, she increased her knowledge by attending various conferences and training sessions on new and updated techniques for successfully teaching both adults and children how to swim.

She gives lessons to all levels of children and adults. In 2009, she attended the Miracle Swimming Institute in Sarasota, FL to become a trained instructor on teaching fearful adults. Since then, Sallie has been giving adults MSI lessons in Allentown at the JCC, in Annapolis, MD and NYC, NY. She also gives kids lessons at the JCC as well as special needs students who want to learn to swim. Sallie is certified in CRP, First Aid, WSI, and will shortly be re-certified in Lifeguarding. She has also taken courses in teaching Autistic children how to swim.


Peggy Waite


Peggy was born in Irvington, New Jersey but grew up here in Allentown. She graduated from William Allen High School, then attended East Stroudsburg University and graduated with a degree in Health and Physical Education. She has worked at the JCC since 1974. Peggy also taught physical education at the Jewish Day School for thirty years. Her past teaching experience also includes the Hillside School and Parkettes. She loves working with children and the JCC has been her second home for many years.

For more information about any of our Learn to Swim programs or to schedule lessons, please contact Jodi Lovenwirth, Director of Aquatics, at 610.435.3571 ext. 118 or jlovenwirth@lvjcc.org.

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