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Aquatics at the Kroc 

Offers many levels of swim lessons for everyone who wants to learn to swim, from Pre-School through Adult.

Unless otherwise noted, youth level lessons & adult level lessons last 30 minutes. Classes are held with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 participants. There will be no refunds after completion of week 1. There are no makeups for missed classes unless cancelled by the Kroc Center. Participants cannot change from a weekday class to a weekend class, but you may enroll in both and get two classes per week with each class being a separate charge. To register, visit our Member Services Department at our Welcome Desk. 

Pool Temperatures

Comp Pool: 80-82
Water Park: 83-85
Spa: 101-103

For more information email NJKrocAquatics@use.salvationarmy.org 

Swim Lessons at the Kroc!

Learn-to-Swim provides school-age children and young teens with positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experiences. Learn-to-Swim classes are;

  • Kroc Tots: Ages 6months - 36 months
  • Preschool: Ages 3-5 
  • Level 1: Ages 5-9
  • Level 2: Ages 7-11
  • Level 3: Ages 7-13
  • Level 4: Ages 7+
  • Adult Swim Courses: Ages 16+

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Kroc Tots AGES: 6 months - 36 months

Parents participate in the pool as their child learns basic swim skills and water safety. Both swim diapers and tight-fitting plastic pants are required for children under three or any age not toilet trained.

Wednesday 4pm   Saturday 9am

Preschool Water Exploration AGES: 3-5

We introduce students into feeling comfortable and confident in the water. They will learn safe, elementary level water skills that provide a foundation for advanced training.

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Kroc 1: Beginner Skills AGES:5-9

We introduce beginner swimmers to water safety and basic swim techniques. At every lesson, we assist students with guided support.

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Kroc 2: Primary Skills AGES: 6-11

Students learn basic and fundamental swimming skills with recovery support.

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Kroc 3: Stroke Readiness AGES: 7-12

Students will begin basic stroke patterns, including front and back crawl. Must be able to float on stomach and back without assistance.

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Kroc 4: Stroke Development AGES: 7+

Students develop competitive stroke skills and begin lap swimming. Level 3 advancement required.

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Kroc Tots AGES: 6 months - 36 months Parents participate in the pool as their child learns basic swim skills and water safety. Both swim diapers and tight-fitting plastic pants are required for children under three or any age not toilet trained.

Preschool Water Exploration AGES: 3-5 We introduce students into feeling comfortable and confident in the water. They will learn safe, elementary level water skills that provide a foundation for advanced training.

Learn-to-Swim

Level 1: Beginner Skills AGES:5-9 We introduce beginner swimmers to water safety and basic swim techniques. At every lesson, we assist students with guided support.

Level 2: Primary Skills AGES: 6-11 Students learn basic and fundamental swimming skills with recovery support.

Level 3: Stroke Readiness AGES: 7-12 Students will begin basic stroke patterns, including front and back crawl. Must be able to float on stomach and back without assistance.

Adult Level 1 AGES:16+ It is never too late to learn to swim! No skill requirement is necessary. We will design instruction to meet the needs of the individual and class so everyone learns at a comfortable pace, in a safe environment.

Adult Level 2 AGES:16+ Students will begin to develop confidence in basic water skills and progress to other fundamentals.

Lifeguard Training

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. 

GENERAL POOL RULES

Lifeguards have the final authority on enforcement of all rules, regulations and safety measures. Policies and Procedures may change to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all patrons. All emergency procedures must be observed. Persons refusing to obey rules may be asked to leave the facility.

  1. The Emergency Alert System is two long whistle blasts. Upon hearing this all patrons must exit the pools immediately.

  2. Safety checks of the Pool including missing child procedures and children under 12 unaccompanied by an adult parent or guardian will be conducted daily and randomly. Please exit the pool quickly and safely while gathering your children to be accounted for. Fire Drills will require exiting the pools thru the rear exits towards the fields and not the locker rooms.

  3. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.

  4. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prohibited within the facility.

  5. Please refrain from holding conversations with lifeguards on-stand. Request to speak with a “down guard” or MOD if needed.

  6. Please use the designated locker rooms to change into or out of swim wear at all times.

  7. Cotton or Denim clothing is not permitted (lint/ fibers rub off and ruin pool filters) and proper swim attire is required (family friendly bathing suit/ trunks, athletic shorts, rash guards, Dri-fit only). Children 3 & under must wear both a swim diaper and waterproof plastic pants/pull ups.

  8. Facility Age Guidelines Must Be Followed, 0–5yrs old allowed with an adult 18+ engaged and within arm’s reach of the child in the water. 6–17 must have adult supervision 18+ on the pool deck and paying attention to their child.

  9. Please rinse to remove any lotions, makeup or perfumes and use the restroom before entering the pools. Healthy pools are a shared responsibility, people with open sores, infections, communicable diseases, or persons currently having active diarrhea (or who have had diarrhea within the last 14 day) are not permitted within the pools.

  10. Prolonged underwater swimming or breath holding is not permitted.

  11. Pool may close at any time for contamination removal or necessary maintenance.

  12. Eating food, chewing gum, and drinks (besides bottled water) within the pool is not permitted.

  13. Glass, ceramics, sharp metals, or breakable containers in the pool or on deck

  14. Limit public displays of affection (PDA). We strive to maintain a family friendly facility; lifeguards will respectfully address concerns regarding excessive PDA in order to promote this family friendly environment.

  15. Photography/ filming is not permitted in the pools or facing the pool- to protect the privacy and well-being of all participants at The Kroc (TSA, KEEP SAFE) Exceptions include Swim Team Coaching Staff and official Kroc Staff.

  16. No animals, except for service animals, shall be allowed in the swimming pool, wading pool, hot tub, or spa area, dressing rooms, or other parts of the enclosure.

  17. No rafts, tubes, or inflatables allowed except noodles and kickboards. Unless for Kroc Center Sponsored Events.

  18. Balls, Water Toys, Squirt devices, Snorkeling accessories, Diving Rings/Sticks etc. are at the discretion of the lifeguard and may change at any time for the comfort and safety of all of our members.

  19. The facility is not responsible for lost or stolen items. There is no saving of chairs or lounges. Please keep excess belongings in the locker room

  20. Lifeguards may stop any activity which may cause potential harm, damage or is deemed inappropriate including foul language or behavior. Conduct which endangers the safety and comfort of others shall be prohibited.

  21. We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently prohibit patrons from using the facility at any time

Spa

1. Spa Pool is for adults (18+).

2. Shower before entering the Spa.

3. Pregnant women, elderly persons, those suffering from heart disease, high or low blood pressure, or those using prescription medications should not enter the Spa without prior medial consultation and permission from their doctor.

4. Do not use the Spa while under the influence of alcohol, anticoagulants, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, antihistamines, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics, or tranquilizers.

5. Do not use Spa alone.

6. There is a 15 minute limit on time spent in the Spa. Long continuous exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, or fainting.

7. Diving, jumping, and lap swimming is not permitted.

River Walking

1. Water Walking is intended for walking laps, water exercise, or practicing swim technique. This time is not intended for recreational family open swim.

2. Inflatable toys and arm swim floaties are not permitted.

3. Kick boards/ buoys may be used only during Parent Supervised Swim Skill (unless over the age of 18).

4. All general rules apply.

Designated Jumping Area Rules: During open swim children can jump in the designated areas. Lifeguards are responsible for monitoring and enforcing rules in these areas

· One person at a time, once the first jumper has swum outside of the marked cones the next person can jump.

· Feet on the edge of the pool before jumping.

· Facing forward jumps or cannon balls only, no spins, flips, flops, or backwards.

· No jumping into Shallow Water.

Family Open Swim & Water Park

Please take a couple of minutes to review our Family Open Swim rules and guidelines before joining our lifeguards on deck. Reviewing these rules helps yourself and Kroc Staff maintain a safe space in and around the water.

1. Running is not permitted: Please remind your children to walk to, from, and around the pool at all times; walking is the best way to prevent any slips, trips, or falls.

2. All swim types and ages welcomed: We want to keep Family Open swim a safe and appropriate space for everyone. Please use this time to recreationally use and share the pool space, this time is not intended for vigorous water exercise or lap swimming.

3. Age Guidelines Must Be Followed: Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water. If guardian is unable to enter the water for any reason, they must remain at pool edge within arm’s reach of child.

4. Lifejackets are allowed: A properly worn life jacket should be tight enough to keep the child's head above water comfortably and should not be used as flotation toys. Children using lifejackets must be accompanied by an adult in the water and must stay within arm’s reach of adult unless 4 feet 11 inches or taller. There is no swim test for the Water Park due to our running water and rip tides. All participants must be able to clearly stand with head and shoulders above the water line. A life Jacket is required for anyone not meeting this standard. All Flotation devices must be coast guard approved. Anyone wearing a flotation device must be closely supervised by an adult at all times

1. No Diving in pool headfirst: The Water Park Pool does not have an area deep enough to safely dive headfirst. During open swim children can jump in the designated areas. Lifeguards are responsible for monitoring and enforcing rules in these areas.

2. Water Toy Usage: You are welcome to bring in your own small plastic toys and use with a guardian present. However, toys such as squirt guns, hard balls, torpedoes & floatation devices such as rafts, and tubes are not allowed.

3. No Kick boards, Snorkels, or Fins: Due to the increased volume of people in the pool during family open swim and water park hours, these items offer up a potential hazard we would like to avoid.

4. Horseplay is not permitted: Rough play in the pool puts younger or vulnerable children at risk. Please remember to be aware of your surroundings. Horseplay includes chicken fights, excessive splashing, pushing, riding on the back/ shoulders, dunking under water, or any other behaviors deemed unsafe by Lifeguards.

5. Have a blast at Family Open Swim: We want the community to have fun; we want your kiddos to love the water and learn how to interact safely while having a blast! Please never hesitate to ask a question of the aquatic leads on duty if you have one. Thank you for keeping an eye on your kids and enjoying the community blessing of The Kroc Center!

6. All General Rules Apply

Family REC Swim can experience high volume and access may be limited at times. First come, first served.

Competition Pool

  1. To avoid conflict and make everyone’s swimming experience enjoyable, kindly refer to Lap Swim Etiquette sign regarding proper lane sharing during peak times (Lifeguards will ask you to share lanes during peak times).

  2. This is a fitness pool. Anyone engaging in a non-fitness activity may be asked to leave the pool. Playing is only permissible and encouraged during designated hours.

  3. Diving blocks are only to be used by coached swim team participants, preapproved programs, and Kroc swim lesson participants with instructor present.

  4. Hanging on lane lines is not permitted.

  5. Open access is intended for inclusive recreation/fitness use; any extra personal or group training/coaching/therapy is prohibited/ contact the Aquatics Departments for group requests or rentals.

Age requirements must be followed, if swimmer is 16 years or younger, please complete a Teen Lap Swim Test.

Competition Teen Lap Swim

 

  1. Children 16 and under must take the Teen Lap Swim Orientation before lap swimming
  2. The orientation swim test consists of 25-yard freestyle (arm recovery out of water and face put into water) and 2 minutes treading water (face must remain above water for entire tread).
  3. If child is 13 years or younger, then the child must be accompanied by adult after completing the Lap Swim Orientation.

*The Salvation Army Kroc Center reserves the right to change rules and policies at any time*

 

  • All swim lessons have a total of only four participants. 
  • Arrive early to check-in at the Welcome Desk. Please have your child ready for class at the start of the lesson time.
  • Group lessons are 30 minutes.
  • Have your child go to the bathroom before lessons. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper and plastic pants (available for purchase at the Front Desk) to prevent bathroom incidents in the pool.
  • Classes will be cancelled and a refund issued if we experience lightning or mechanical issues. Make-up lessons are not available and no other refunds will be given.
  • Each Preschool/Youth class has total of only four participants. The parent and child classes can have up to five participants.

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