From the Binghamton Jewish Community Center:
Summer Swim Camps at Binghamton JCC
This August, the JCC is offering two in-depth, specialized summer swim camp programs. Back to Basics Competitive Swim Camp, and Intro to Synchronized Swimming Camp are week-long, full day programs taught by certified instructors, designed to enhance and build on basic swimming skills. Both camps are $175 for non-members, or $125 for members of the JCC, and run from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Campers should be prepared with one or two swimsuits, towels, sneakers, water bottles, and bagged lunch each day of camp.
Back to Basics Competitive Swim Camp, from August 13th-17th, focuses on the four strokes, getting your child ready for competitive swimming. Open to ages 8-15, exercises on technique and race strategy are conducted in and out of the pool by USA certified swim coach, Jamie Burns. Campers should already know at least two of the four competitive swimming strokes and should be able to swim 50 yards unassisted. Time will be spent in the classroom with instruction on setting goals, nutrition, and sportsmanship, as well as time in the pool to work on drills and technique, with added skill drills and workouts both in and out of the pool. According to Burns, “Skills learned during camp will help kids in and out of the water,” because of the focus on sportsmanship and personal improvement.
The JCC is also offering an Intro to Synchronized Swimming Camp. From August 20th-24th, kids from ages 6-12 will be taught beginning skills for synchronized swimming by nationally ranked synchronized swimmer and experienced coach, Emily Pullis, who has worked either coaching or swimming with the BGC Gaviatas for ten years. Exercises both in and out of the water will help swimmers build strength, flexibility, and stamina, as well as learning basic synchronized swimming moves. A small routine will be taught over the course of the week and be performed for parents and guardians at the end of camp. Learning synchronized swimming, according to Pullis, provides several advantages. “Synchro encourages teamwork and self-confidence, in addition to being a fun sport. Learning these skills is also a great way to increase flexibility, stamina, and coordination.”
For more information about the summer Swim Camps, JCC Aquatics Programming, or the JCC, contact the JCC office at 607-724-2417.
The JCC is a not-for-profit organization and partner agency of the United Way and the Jewish Federation of Broome County that serves the community at large regardless of age, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Financial assistance is available to all who qualify as long as funds remain.