JCA Aquatics is committed to the water safety of swimmers of all ages and skill levels in the Jacksonville area.

Swimming is a lifetime activity, and our programs let you focus on enjoying the health benefits of swimming or participate in competition. JCA Aquatics offers private swim lessons in our Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs in addition to group swim lessons for children and adults. Youth and teens are eligible to swim in our year-round, swim team program or can participate in various specialty aquatic programs. Aqua aerobics, swim team and swim lessons keep adults of all ages active in the water. For more information about the JCA Aquatics Department, contact Josie Martin at (904) 730-2100 ext. 240.

The JCA Makos is a co-ed swim team for ages 4-18.  Swimmers of any level are welcome, but each swimmer must be able to swim at least one length of a 25-yard/meter pool unassisted. JCA private and group swim lessons may be recommended by our coaching staff if the swimmer’s skills need development for his or her age group.

Our JCA Makos team concept includes sportsmanship, dedication, discipline, cooperation, team spirit, pride, goal setting and humility. We believe these values contribute greatly to the development of a well-rounded athlete.

Volunteer Info

The operation and facilitation of the Makos Swim Team is a combined effort by the coaching staff and parent volunteers! Parents are required to participate and volunteer in a fair share different job titles to make the swim team run effectively and efficiently. No experience is required!

The River City Swim League requires our team to provide workers for all dual meets (home and away) including championships. The dual meets require between 24 workers per meet, and we need each swimmer(s) family to volunteer to help out at least four times during the dual meet season.  Per child we require at least 3 shifts per child (multiple children family gets a shift “discount”) During championships, the work load will increase to almost 50 shifts of work, depending on the number attending Champs and we need every family to volunteer for at least one of these shifts.

Please be accountable and do your fair share of volunteering, so that the responsibilities of these duties do not fall on a few select families because it has to be a total team effort. These positions are very easy to work and should not be something that will impact participation.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Parent Volunteer Positions for Home and Away Meets

• 6-Timers (2 shifts)=12 total
o Timer has stop watch to record time of swimmer in particular event and records time on swimmers event card, 2 timers per lane, one from each team.

• 2-Clerks of Course (2 shifts)=4 total
o Clerk of course hands out event card for each swimmer when there heat is called to line up for their event.

• 1-Runner (2 shifts)=2 total
o Runner will relay the event cards from timers to Computer Official.

• 1-Bull Pen (2 shifts)=2 total
o Organizes swimmers into right lanes for their event and helps get swimmers where they need to be.

• 1-Starter (1 shift)=1 total (Home Meets Only)
o Announces upcoming heats, announces when swimmers need to get to the clerk of course and starts each race.

• 2-Official [same person for all meets]=2 total
o Watches each race to determine if anyone is not doing the right stroke or illegal turns.

• 2-Concessions (1 shift)=2 total (Home Meets Only)
o Sells food, drinks and swimming equipment.

• 1-Awards/Computer Helper [same person for all]=1 total (2nd half shift only)
o Works with computer official to get a race records entered and coordinates the awards to be handed out to both teams.

Dual Meet Responsibilities

Dual meets are the method of competition to prepare each swimmer to participate in RCSL Championships.  The league will sponsor a complete dual meet schedule and will post all relevant information regarding meets, standings, points, etc. before and during the season. Dual meets are usually held on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Since we are a Jewish agency, we are not allowed compete on the Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown). In the event of a rainout the coaches will determine if any of the events will be made up at a later date which we will inform everyone via email. The meet schedule will be posted on the registration form.

The age groups for dual meets will be the same as for championships (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18).  Ribbons will be awarded to the top eight finishers in each individual event and to the first place relay teams, which usually results in every swimmer winning at least one ribbon at each meet. Should any swimmer fail to win a ribbon, the team awards them “participation” ribbons for their effort. Ribbons are available throughout the practice week in each swimmer’s file folder that will be located at the outdoor pool following each dual meet.

While dual meets are scored on a team basis, our coaches measure success more by how our swimmers improve over the course of the season than by places and points in the meets. This emphasis makes every swimmer a winner. Our coaches and swimmers take these meets very seriously and everyone is urged to participate in as many of the meets as possible. If your swimmer will be unable to attend a particular meet, please notify the coaches in writing by the Monday practice preceding the meet so our entry will be correct.

RCSL Championships

The biggest meet of our season is RCSL Championship Meet held at Cecil Field Aquatics Center. This meet is one of the largest meets in the country from year to year.  It is the only meet where all 20 teams in the league come together to compete for the coveted team championship trophy.
This year’s championships will be held July 26 – 29.  The 6 & under Championships will be only on Thursday, July 26.  The rest of the age groups will compete Friday evening, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday.

The 6 & under session is set up to run in about 2½ to 3 hours on Thursday evening and for these novices to the sport of swimming, it will offer a taste of what they can expect in years to come when they compete in the older group championships. The awards for the 6 & unders include medals for the top 16 places while the awards at Championships include team trophies, medals for “A” times and “B” times and the fastest 16 “C” times. Each child will also receive a RCSL participation pin.

Pool Rules

• No food in the indoor pool or locker rooms.
• No glass containers on either pool deck.
• No one over the age of 5 in the baby pool.
• No swimmers in the lifeguard stand.
• No using diving blocks unless supervised by a coach.
• No running in pool areas.
• No diving unless under coaches supervision.
• No pushing or horseplay.
• Please place all trash in trash receptacles and return soiled towels to designated towel bins.
• Parents must make sure that swimmers ages 9 and below are picked up promptly at the end of their swim practice. They are not allowed to free swim after practice.

Rain and Weather Concerns

We will almost always swim (practice and meets) in the rain.  However, in the event of thunderstorms and lightning, practice may be canceled or meets may be postponed or canceled. For practice or meet updates related to weather, please call the courtesy desk at 730-2100 ext. 243. Please do not drop off children under 9 years of age for practice if a threat of bad weather may force a cancellation of practice or meet. If the lifeguards close the pools due to weather, please remove all belongings from the deck and go inside the JCA until advised on a plan of action by the coaching staff.

The JCA offers instructional swim programs designed by the American Red Cross. All instructors are certified through the American Red Cross as Water Safety Instructors. The JCA assures program quality by maintaining small class sizes, monitoring instruction and adhering to Red Cross standards. The JCA boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Our fitness schedule provides more information about pool and locker room hours. Lessons by appointment only.

 

Junior Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 6 to 12 to help participants achieve maximum success. Introduction to water skills, fundamental aquatic skills, stroke development, stroke improvement, stroke refinement and personal water safety are the core topics covered. Classes have a 6-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Little Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 3.5 to 5 years. Children participate without a parent in the water, and swimmers are introduced to breath control, arm coordination, kicking and development of basic strokes. Classes have a 5-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Parent and Me Learn-to-Swim

This program is to teach parents how to work safely and effectively with their child (infant to 3 years old) in the water. The program emphasizes fun and enjoyment, water adjustment and preparatory activities for future swimming. This program is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or even to survive in the water on their own. At least one adult must accompany the child in the pool.

 

Mini Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 2 to 3 years. Swimmers will learn the foundation for water adjustment, floating, breath control, kicking, arm movement and safe entry and exit of the pool. Children must be able to function in a group lesson without a parent in the water. Classes have a 4-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Private Swim Lessons (All Ages)

Our one-on-one private lesson instruction for all ages leads you closer to your individual goal. Learn to swim or learn to swim more efficiently. Each lesson is 30 minutes long.

JCA Aquatics offers classes in Red Cross lifeguard and water safety instructor certification. Water safety training is a valuable skill for anyone who wants to become a swimming instructor, diver or life guard.

Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training:

  • Must be at least 15 years old.
  • Must swim 300 yards freestyle and/or breaststroke.
  • Must swim 20 yards to retrieve a ten-pound brick from seven to ten feet of water in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Must tread water for two minutes.

The JCA offers two beautiful pools on its campus: the Richter Family Indoor Pool and the Howard and Joy Korman Outdoor Pool. Below you’ll find the schedules for each pool.

 

Richter Family Indoor Pool

Our heated indoor pool has at least one lap lane open at all times, Monday through Friday. Open swim in the indoor pool is available at all times, except during aquatics group fitness classes.

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9:15 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Howard and Joy Korman Outdoor Pool

The hours for our outdoor pool are dependent upon weather conditions and the change of seasons. As such, our outdoor pool closes from November to March.

Below are the schedules for the months during which the outdoor pool is open.

April and October Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9 AM

4 PM – 7 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 9 AM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

May and September Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 8 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

June through August Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9:15 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

Makos Swim Team

The JCA Makos is a co-ed swim team for ages 4-18.  Swimmers of any level are welcome, but each swimmer must be able to swim at least one length of a 25-yard/meter pool unassisted. JCA private and group swim lessons may be recommended by our coaching staff if the swimmer’s skills need development for his or her age group.

Our JCA Makos team concept includes sportsmanship, dedication, discipline, cooperation, team spirit, pride, goal setting and humility. We believe these values contribute greatly to the development of a well-rounded athlete.

Volunteer Info

The operation and facilitation of the Makos Swim Team is a combined effort by the coaching staff and parent volunteers! Parents are required to participate and volunteer in a fair share different job titles to make the swim team run effectively and efficiently. No experience is required!

The River City Swim League requires our team to provide workers for all dual meets (home and away) including championships. The dual meets require between 24 workers per meet, and we need each swimmer(s) family to volunteer to help out at least four times during the dual meet season.  Per child we require at least 3 shifts per child (multiple children family gets a shift “discount”) During championships, the work load will increase to almost 50 shifts of work, depending on the number attending Champs and we need every family to volunteer for at least one of these shifts.

Please be accountable and do your fair share of volunteering, so that the responsibilities of these duties do not fall on a few select families because it has to be a total team effort. These positions are very easy to work and should not be something that will impact participation.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Parent Volunteer Positions for Home and Away Meets

• 6-Timers (2 shifts)=12 total
o Timer has stop watch to record time of swimmer in particular event and records time on swimmers event card, 2 timers per lane, one from each team.

• 2-Clerks of Course (2 shifts)=4 total
o Clerk of course hands out event card for each swimmer when there heat is called to line up for their event.

• 1-Runner (2 shifts)=2 total
o Runner will relay the event cards from timers to Computer Official.

• 1-Bull Pen (2 shifts)=2 total
o Organizes swimmers into right lanes for their event and helps get swimmers where they need to be.

• 1-Starter (1 shift)=1 total (Home Meets Only)
o Announces upcoming heats, announces when swimmers need to get to the clerk of course and starts each race.

• 2-Official [same person for all meets]=2 total
o Watches each race to determine if anyone is not doing the right stroke or illegal turns.

• 2-Concessions (1 shift)=2 total (Home Meets Only)
o Sells food, drinks and swimming equipment.

• 1-Awards/Computer Helper [same person for all]=1 total (2nd half shift only)
o Works with computer official to get a race records entered and coordinates the awards to be handed out to both teams.

Dual Meet Responsibilities

Dual meets are the method of competition to prepare each swimmer to participate in RCSL Championships.  The league will sponsor a complete dual meet schedule and will post all relevant information regarding meets, standings, points, etc. before and during the season. Dual meets are usually held on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Since we are a Jewish agency, we are not allowed compete on the Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown). In the event of a rainout the coaches will determine if any of the events will be made up at a later date which we will inform everyone via email. The meet schedule will be posted on the registration form.

The age groups for dual meets will be the same as for championships (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18).  Ribbons will be awarded to the top eight finishers in each individual event and to the first place relay teams, which usually results in every swimmer winning at least one ribbon at each meet. Should any swimmer fail to win a ribbon, the team awards them “participation” ribbons for their effort. Ribbons are available throughout the practice week in each swimmer’s file folder that will be located at the outdoor pool following each dual meet.

While dual meets are scored on a team basis, our coaches measure success more by how our swimmers improve over the course of the season than by places and points in the meets. This emphasis makes every swimmer a winner. Our coaches and swimmers take these meets very seriously and everyone is urged to participate in as many of the meets as possible. If your swimmer will be unable to attend a particular meet, please notify the coaches in writing by the Monday practice preceding the meet so our entry will be correct.

RCSL Championships

The biggest meet of our season is RCSL Championship Meet held at Cecil Field Aquatics Center. This meet is one of the largest meets in the country from year to year.  It is the only meet where all 20 teams in the league come together to compete for the coveted team championship trophy.
This year’s championships will be held July 26 – 29.  The 6 & under Championships will be only on Thursday, July 26.  The rest of the age groups will compete Friday evening, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday.

The 6 & under session is set up to run in about 2½ to 3 hours on Thursday evening and for these novices to the sport of swimming, it will offer a taste of what they can expect in years to come when they compete in the older group championships. The awards for the 6 & unders include medals for the top 16 places while the awards at Championships include team trophies, medals for “A” times and “B” times and the fastest 16 “C” times. Each child will also receive a RCSL participation pin.

Pool Rules

• No food in the indoor pool or locker rooms.
• No glass containers on either pool deck.
• No one over the age of 5 in the baby pool.
• No swimmers in the lifeguard stand.
• No using diving blocks unless supervised by a coach.
• No running in pool areas.
• No diving unless under coaches supervision.
• No pushing or horseplay.
• Please place all trash in trash receptacles and return soiled towels to designated towel bins.
• Parents must make sure that swimmers ages 9 and below are picked up promptly at the end of their swim practice. They are not allowed to free swim after practice.

Rain and Weather Concerns

We will almost always swim (practice and meets) in the rain.  However, in the event of thunderstorms and lightning, practice may be canceled or meets may be postponed or canceled. For practice or meet updates related to weather, please call the courtesy desk at 730-2100 ext. 243. Please do not drop off children under 9 years of age for practice if a threat of bad weather may force a cancellation of practice or meet. If the lifeguards close the pools due to weather, please remove all belongings from the deck and go inside the JCA until advised on a plan of action by the coaching staff.

Learn to Swim

The JCA offers instructional swim programs designed by the American Red Cross. All instructors are certified through the American Red Cross as Water Safety Instructors. The JCA assures program quality by maintaining small class sizes, monitoring instruction and adhering to Red Cross standards. The JCA boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Our fitness schedule provides more information about pool and locker room hours. Lessons by appointment only.

 

Junior Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 6 to 12 to help participants achieve maximum success. Introduction to water skills, fundamental aquatic skills, stroke development, stroke improvement, stroke refinement and personal water safety are the core topics covered. Classes have a 6-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Little Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 3.5 to 5 years. Children participate without a parent in the water, and swimmers are introduced to breath control, arm coordination, kicking and development of basic strokes. Classes have a 5-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Parent and Me Learn-to-Swim

This program is to teach parents how to work safely and effectively with their child (infant to 3 years old) in the water. The program emphasizes fun and enjoyment, water adjustment and preparatory activities for future swimming. This program is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or even to survive in the water on their own. At least one adult must accompany the child in the pool.

 

Mini Makos Learn-to-Swim

This program is designed for children ages 2 to 3 years. Swimmers will learn the foundation for water adjustment, floating, breath control, kicking, arm movement and safe entry and exit of the pool. Children must be able to function in a group lesson without a parent in the water. Classes have a 4-to-1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Private Swim Lessons (All Ages)

Our one-on-one private lesson instruction for all ages leads you closer to your individual goal. Learn to swim or learn to swim more efficiently. Each lesson is 30 minutes long.

Red Cross Certification

JCA Aquatics offers classes in Red Cross lifeguard and water safety instructor certification. Water safety training is a valuable skill for anyone who wants to become a swimming instructor, diver or life guard.

Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training:

  • Must be at least 15 years old.
  • Must swim 300 yards freestyle and/or breaststroke.
  • Must swim 20 yards to retrieve a ten-pound brick from seven to ten feet of water in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Must tread water for two minutes.
Pool Hours

The JCA offers two beautiful pools on its campus: the Richter Family Indoor Pool and the Howard and Joy Korman Outdoor Pool. Below you’ll find the schedules for each pool.

 

Richter Family Indoor Pool

Our heated indoor pool has at least one lap lane open at all times, Monday through Friday. Open swim in the indoor pool is available at all times, except during aquatics group fitness classes.

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9:15 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Howard and Joy Korman Outdoor Pool

The hours for our outdoor pool are dependent upon weather conditions and the change of seasons. As such, our outdoor pool closes from November to March.

Below are the schedules for the months during which the outdoor pool is open.

April and October Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9 AM

4 PM – 7 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 9 AM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

May and September Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 8 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM

 

June through August Schedule

Sunday

8 AM – 5:30 PM

Monday – Thursday

5:30 AM – 9:15 PM

Friday

5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday

1 PM – 5:30 PM