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Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

A comprehensive & result-driven swim method for all ages—from infants to adults
An award system upon completion of each skill
Students as young as 2 months – adults!
Stresses water safety and learning!

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the JCC of Louisville provides an environment where swimming is a respected, healthy, fun and safe sport for all ages. We offer a number of different lesson options for infants, children and adults.

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Why Choose Us?

  • comprehensive & result-driven swim method for all ages—from infants to adults
  • An award system upon completion of each skill
  • Starting with students as young as 2 months!
  • Watch our LKSA video that stresses water safety and learning!

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the JCC of Louisville provides an environment where swimming is a respected, healthy, fun and safe sport for all ages. We offer a number of different lesson options for infants, children and adults. Lessons are available Monday-Thursday 3-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Our swim academy is located at the Jewish Community Center at 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205. For more information, contact Johhny Kimberlin at jkimberlin@jewishlouisville.org or 502-238-2742.

Meet Our Directors

Johnny Kimberlin, Aquatics Director
DJ Herald, Swim Instrutor

How long have you been with The J?
Johnny
-I have been the Aquatics Director for 2-1/2 years, but I have worked at The J for 10 years.
DJ-I’ve been at the JCC for a little over year.

How long have you been coaching?
Johnny-I have coached swim teams for 8 years.
DJ-I’ve been teaching some lessons for 11 years. Teaching swim was my very first job when I was 16 years old. I became a water safety instructor through the Red Cross and learned their method of teaching swim lessons. I’ve been lucky enough to have learned multiple methods of teaching from the Red Cross to the YMCAs in Louisville and in New York. I also spent a summer working with children with special needs in Pennsylvania at Summit Camp.

Where are you from?
Johnny-Louisville. I graduated and swam for Saint Xavier High School, and graduated from the University of Louisville.
DJ-I’m from Louisville, Kentucky.

Favorite stroke?
Johnny-Backstroke was always my stroke.
DJ-Does the doggy paddle count? I really enjoy still working on my breast stroke! It was the hardest stroke for me! I had a scissor kick instead of the whip kick. There still are times I catch myself.

What do you love about your job?
Johnny-I love teaching and coaching swimming.
DJ-I love watching children have that moment of success when we have been working toward a skill. I love teaching people. It’s what I’m most passionate about.

Why is it important for parents to enroll their children in your swim classes?
Johnny-So they are water safe, first and foremost. When they learn to swim at a young age, it will stick with them forever. Also, it’s a great full body exercise that they’ll be able to benefit from for the rest of their lives.
DJ-The number one reason is safety. Secondly is that a group activity gets children involved in exercise and social skills. There are so many people in Louisville who cannot swim. Lessons are not just for children. I had a student once who was 55 years old and couldn’t swim, and that’s ok. She waited so long to learn to swim because she was traumatized as a child. But we worked on it and, together were able to conquer her fear.

What’s your favorite pool memory?
Johnny-One of my favorite memories has to be a moment I experienced as a coach at The J.  In 2012, our swim team, The J Gators, had a chance to win the championship.  The meet was very close and it came down to the last event, our Open Boys Relay. Well, the team got disqualified so we came in second place, which we celebrated at our banquet. A few days later, I received a phone call that the officials of the meet had disqualified the wrong relay team, so our team was not disqualified and we won the championship.  It was the first championship for the Gators in a long time and I was very proud of our swimmers and to be a part of it.
DJ-The summer I was working at the camp we were in the Poconos Pennsylvania huge storm came through and knocked out the power for three days. The entire water front staff decided to take a bath in the lake because we needed it.

About Our Swim Academy

About Our School
The JCC of Louisville is proud to be launching our formal partnership with the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, bringing this premier swim instruction program to Louisville. As soon as we learned of the opportunity to replicate Lenny’s successful California program, we jumped at the chance to work with him. We are confident that many more children, including young toddlers, will become water safe and will learn to swim correctly, a skill that will be theirs to enjoy forever.

SwimRight Method
The SwimRight Method is a curriculum that teaches swimming through the use of a swim-float-swim technique as its foundation. We focus on providing children with the confidence and skills to be safe in and around the water. All the students are first taught to have an instinct to roll over onto their backs to breathe. Not only does this provide the proper body positioning for learning the strokes later on but, it gives children the ultimate tool for saving themselves in a time of need.

While other swim methods teach children to breathe by lifting their heads up, we have found that this only makes them tired. If a child can relax, rest on their back and float they have a much better chance of survival.

From these basic skills we take students all the way through learning the strokes, from elementary freestyle or “big arms” to breaststroke and butterfly.

SwimRight Method Curriculum Award System
The SwimRight Method has six levels of learning. Each level has a fun name attached to it, so that each child belongs to their very own level in the academy. Whether a Splasher, a Floater, a Kicker, a Streamliner, a Freestyler or a Flyer all students in the program will receive color coded swim caps along the way to recognize their achievements and inspire them to move up to the next level.

Also, each student in the program gets his or her own swim book to help keep track of their progress. As they move up from one level to another they receive ribbons recognizing graduation from a particular level.

Survival Tests Curriculum
Besides learning various skills in each level kids pass survival tests. This is a very unique and valued part of the SwimRight Method and our swim school. In the survival tests we provide parents and the children the confidence of knowing that their child can survive in a real-life situation. We are proud to say that we truly put our teaching to the test!