Swim School at the J 

The Shalom Austin JCC offers youth swim lessons founded in the principles of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Classes are 30 minutes in length and have small instructor-to-student ratios. We also offer pick-up and drop-off services from the JCC's after school program, Kids Connection, and for the JCC Early Childhood Program students.

For more information regarding youth lessons at the Swim School at the J call Heather Brands at (512) 735-8222 or email youthswimlessons@shalomaustin.org.

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to COVID-19, group swim lessons are currently on hold. We will keep you posted when we can begin classes based on CDC, state, and local guidelines.

Pick the days and times that work for your family!
Just make sure to sign up for at least two days a week to give your child enough time in the water to make progress.


Parent & Child Lessons teach basic skills that help make children comfortable in the water and prepare them to learn how to swim when they are older. Parents will learn how to orient your child to the water to promote proper swim technique and the skills to safely supervise water activities.

*The Parent & Child program is not designed to teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

Your children will learn swimming and water safety skills through enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate them to want to perform and learn to swim. These skills lay the foundation for developing water competency and the future skill development of swimming strokes. Classes are divided into 3 levels. For more information, click here.

The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program is designed to teach aquatic and personal water safety skills in a logical progression within four levels. Students will begin by learning basic skills and as they progress through the levels, they will refine the different strokes and build endurance. Safety education is a vital element incorporated into each lesson to promote safe behaviors in, on and around different types of aquatic environments.

Swim Team


The Piranhas Swim Team is a recreational swim team located at the JCC. We strive to provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere as we expose kids (ages 5-18) to the great sport of swimming. We also provide opportunities for kids to swim throughout the year in a positive environment, where they can make new friends and excel at their swimming skills.


Pre-Team is an opportunity for swimmers who still need more refinement before joining swim team. Instructors will work with swimmers to help them pass the tryout and introduce additional swim team strokes and skills. Swimmers can repeat the course as many times as needed.

Private Swim Lessons

Get one-on-one training with one of our American Red Cross certified and knowledgeable JCC swim instructors. Private lessons will focus on whatever it is you feel you or your child need to work on from basic water comfort to advanced swimming skills.