Swim Lessons

JCC Camps at Medford is equipped with four age-appropriate pools, each geared for the specific age and swim level of our campers. At the JCC Camps at Medford, campers swim twice a day. A period of Free Swim and an Instructional Swim Period. We are proud to teach our campers to swim using the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA).

LKSA is a learn-to-swim program for babies as young as three months old through adulthood. The core purpose is to teach water safety and proper swimming techniques using the SwimRight® Method.

The SwimRight® Method was designed by Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg. It utilizes the swim-float-swim technique as its foundation, and focuses on teaching students confidence and safety in and around the water. From these basic skills we build to teach the advanced techniques of all four swim strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

The SwimRight® Method includes eight levels of learning. At each level, students receive a color coded swim cap to represent their level. We celebrate campers when they progress to the next level. The color coded swim caps also designate the areas of the pool the camper is permitted to swim. Camp provides the caps and they are kept at camp during the summer.

Our certified instructors are thoroughly trained in the SwimRight® Method to ensure all swimmers receive a quality swim lesson and to help each swimmer continue to improve confidence in their skills. All our lifeguards are American Red Cross certified.

Campers are evaluated in their first week at camp and placed in groups of 6-8 campers based on skill level. Returning campers or year-round LKSA participants are placed based on their most current level. When campers have mastered the skills in their level, a senior camp aquatics staff member will perform a Level Test to evaluate readiness for the next level. Swimmers in Camp Hilltop and Camp Shalom will receive weekly swim messengers during Weeks 2-7, which will record your camper’s progress through the summer.


The JCC Camps at Medford’s beautiful 4 acre lakefront is where campers come to cool off and have fun! Our lakefront has separate docks for fishing, swimming, inflatables, and boating. The boating dock includes kayaks, pedal boats, row boats, stand up paddleboards, and bicycle boats. Campers begin learning boating skills as young as five years old. Our swimming area includes our amazing WIBIT Park with obstacle course, slides, twists, turns, and more! Campers begin using Lake Inflatables when they enter Camp Shalom.

Water safety is our main priority! All lakefront staff are certified by the American Red Cross as Waterfront Lifeguards.  Lifeguards are stationed on the beach, dock, and in boats out on the lake. All campers and staff are required to wear a size-appropriate life jacket provided by camp when entering the lake.

Want to Learn More?

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