Jeff Ellis Swimming Program
We've Made Some Changes... About our New Methdology
Our previous mode of instruction focused on breaking skills apart and teaching them piece by piece to swim students - which was great for advancing levels but not necessarily giving the strongest form of instruction. Our new methodology focuses on teaching you the basics - all the basics - from the get-go, and making endurance and technique the focus of more advanced levels. It's not about MOVING UP, it's about SWIMMING. Within each level, classes will be broken into skill groups to provide individualized attention. While your child may remain in a level longer than you expect, when they complete that level you WILL be impressed with their skills.
In order for participants to be safe and learn properly, it is critical to enroll in the level matching current skills. JES levels have particular skill sets and differ from the previous PDOP program. JES is intended to reinforce skills and may not always lead to “passing” a level right away. Each level builds on the previous and it may take more than one session and outside practice to move on. “At Home” drill cards will be distributed during each session for practice beyond the lesson. Please see the conversion guide here or at one of our Customer Service Desks.
Swim Academy classes are held at the RCRC, Rehm Pool, and Oak Park River Forest High School (location varies based on season). View our current Swim Academy programs. Detailed information regarding JES Level Descriptions is listed below.
Parent Tot Aquatics: Adult companion required. Your child will learn to be comfortable in the water through games and songs as well as a little free playtime. Basic swimming skills will be introduced throughout the class. We introduce the WaterSmart Rules that are encouraged by Sophie the Safety Seal the mascot for the Jeff Ellis Swimming Program. (Adult companion does not need to know how to swim.)
JES Preschool and Parent: Adult Companion Required. Intended for students 2-3 to help students feel comfortable with mom or dad at their side. Students will learn various floats, glides, kicking, and arm techniques, and general water acclimation. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio. Swimmers with little to no experience. We introduce the WaterSmart Rules encouraged by Sophie the Safety Seal the mascot for the Jeff Ellis Swimming Program.
JES Preschool: Prerequisite: Participants should have no fear/anxiety about water and be comfortable away from guardians. Intended for students 3-5 to help students feel comfortable without mom or dad at their side. Students will follow the same curriculum as Preschool and Parent class, but parents are NOT in the water (but should remain poolside). Sophie the Safety Seal’s WaterSmart Rules are reinforced for increased aquatic safety. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio.
JES Beginner - Stroke Readiness (Formerly Kids 1 & 2): Intended for students comfortable in the water and begins to teach skills such as floating, glides, kicks, and full front crawl and backstroke. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio. Little or no swim experience required to register for this class.
JES Advanced Beginner - Stroke Development (Formerly Kids Swim 3 and Super Swim): Intended for students comfortable in the water and begins to teach skills such as floating, glides, kicks, and full front crawl and backstroke. Required Skills for Enrollment: Comfort floating on front/back, 25 yards Front Crawl, 25 yards Elem. Backstroke, 25 yards Backstroke. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio.
JES Intermediate - Stroke Refinement (Formerly Kids Swim 4): Focus changes from water skills to entirely stroke development. Intended to strengthen coordination of key strokes such as Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Elementary Backstroke, Butterfly, and introduces treading water. Required Skills for Enrollment: 25 yards Front Crawl with rhythmic breathing, 25 yards breaststroke, 50 yards Elem. Backstroke, and 50 yards Backstroke. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio.
JES Advanced - Skill Proficiency (Formally Pre-Swim Team) Intended to polish strokes to increase ease, power and smoothness in the water over greater distances. Focus is on developing endurance to complete six (6) different strokes and treading water. Swimmers must be able to complete: 25 yards Butterfly; 50 yards Front Crawl with rhythmic breathing; 50 yards breaststroke; 50 yards sidestroke; 75 yards Elem. Backstroke; 75 yards Backstroke; Treading Water. Class Size: 6:1 student to instructor ratio.