Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

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Save the Date: March 26, 2023
Lenny Krayzelburg visits JCC Dallas to celebrate 9 years of LKSA!

Teaching Excellence One Stroke at a Time

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the JCC Dallas teaches excellence one stroke at a time with the comprehensive and results-driven SwimRight® Method. The curriculum stresses water safety and an award system that engages and motivates your child, providing an environment where swimming is respected, healthy, and fun. We welcome all members and non-members in the community.

Free Evaluation
We begin our registration process for ALL new swimmers with a free 20-minute evaluation class. The evaluation provides an opportunity to introduce the child to the program and to assess the child’s comfort level in the pool. An instructor will recommend private or group lessons and the appropriate starting point in one of eight levels of the program.

How to Sign Up

  1. Schedule your free swim evaluation by clicking the button below.
  2. Attend evaluation and a level will be assessed.
  3. Schedule private or group classes based on level.
  4. Prepare for a confident swimmer!

Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Monday and Wednesday: 9 am – 11 am, 12 pm – 7 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 – 7 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm

Lia Brown

Lia Oberstar-Brown
LKSA Managing Director


Sam Neckar
Aquatics Director

Lenny Krayzelburg is a Jewish, Ukraine-born, Southern California backstroke champ and four-time Olympic gold medalist. At age 13, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. He lifeguarded and swam at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, and his first major age group competition was at the 1990 JCC Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit.

Krayzelburg is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the USC Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Hall of Fame. He was recently inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Many consider Lenny Krayzelburg the finest backstroke swimmer in the world.


Krayzelburg won his first two U.S. National Championships in 1996 for the 100m and 200m backstroke. His “Breakthrough Moment” was taking the title for 200m backstroke in the 1997 NCAA Championships, finishing with the fourth fastest time in history.

At the 2000 Olympic Games, Lenny Krayzelburg won his first gold medals in all three of the events he participated in (100-Meter Backstroke, 200-Meter Backstroke and 4×100-Meter Medley Relay). He also established new Olympic records in the 100m (53.72) and 200m (1:56.76). His lead leg set the pace for the 400m relay gold medal victory, setting a new world record of 3:33.73.

Lenny has reunited with the JCC to start a new and exciting program. The Lenny Krayzelburg JCC Swim Academy is a year-round learn-to-swim program for children of all ages and levels. LKSA’s mission is to teach and inspire children to be water safe and to provide an environment where everyone learns and enjoys the benefits of swimming. Lenny, who owns the academy, is involved full-time with daily operations and future growth opportunities. He is passionate about what he does and will continue to educate and inspire children in the world of swimming. The Dallas JCC is proud to be able to offer this program to our community.

One of the unique aspects of our business model is perpetual registration. Students can join lessons at any time. Lessons are ongoing, year-round.

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy offers weekly swim lessons to the students (ages 3+) of the Goldberg Early Childhood Center. These lessons are built into the GFECC curriculum and use the same SwimRight Method® as the swim academy. This builds a uniform platform for students who may take LKSA lessons in concert with their weekly lessons or may choose to continue their skills after they graduate from preschool.

The lessons are conducted by Chelsea Bailey who has been teaching with the LKSA for 3 years. Coach Chelsea bring years of experience in swim instruction of all ages and has a teaching style that motivates all children to learn.

Progress reports will be sent via StoryPark twice a semester. Up to date information can be obtained by emailing Lia Oberstar-Brown at lbrown@jccdallas.org.

The LKSA also offers lessons as an enrichment option for GFECC students Monday through Friday, Monday – Friday. Students can be picked up directly from their classrooms to go to their lessons. After the lesson, students may be picked up by a parent or guardian or returned to their classroom. To set up lessons or a pick-up, please email Lia Oberstar-Brown at lbrown@jccdallas.org.

The SwimRight Method® has a proven record of success and is based on progressive learning techniques, so that swimmers will receive all the tools necessary to master the water. The curriculum uses the swim-float-swim technique as its foundation, enabling students to safely and confidently enter any body of water. This approach also teaches swimmers the proper body positioning used to master the 4 competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly).

Three foundations of swimming are reinforced at every lesson:

  1. Correct body position and proper alignment
  2. Lateral rotation: Learning this skill allows swimmers to roll and breathe, moving quickly and properly through the water.
  3. Propulsion: This will be taught after steps one and two are mastered.

Water safety and stroke development are integrated within the curriculum and will turn students into safe, strong, efficient and confident swimmers.


Swimmers of the SwimRight Method® progress at their own pace, moving through seven levels of proficiency:

  1. Splasher: Introduces the student to the pool environment, teaches assisted back float and rollover.
  2. Floater: Learn independent back float, rollover and pass the Survival Test 1.
  3. Kickers: Achieve complete independence and confidence in the water, learn proper kicking on back and front and pass the Survival Test 2.
  4. Kickerboarders: Provides an introduction to rotational skills and body position with the assistance of a kickboard.
  5. Rollers: Solidify side kick skills and introduces arm stroke drills.
  6. Streamliners: Master catch up stroke and backstroke switch, learns breaststroke and butterfly kick.
  7. Freestylers: Develop the freestyle and backstroke, starts the breaststroke and butterfly development.
  8. Gliders: Fully master the freestyle and backstroke, further develops the breaststroke and butterfly, starts and turns.
  9. Flyers: Solidify breaststroke and butterfly and do advanced drills for freestyle and backstroke.

Earn Awards as You Learn

With our seven levels of learning, each student will earn motivational awards that inspire them to move up to the next level. Your child will receive:

  • A color-coded swim cap corresponding to each level
  • A swim book to help them set goals, keep track of the new skills they learn (with stickers to match), and record their accomplishments throughout the program
  • For each mastered level, a ribbon to celebrate their achievements


My daughter has been taking weekly lessons here for the past 3 years. She is now 6.5 years old. She loves it here. She seems to have progressed well through the different swim levels. I like that parents and child can see the progress on paper, with stickers illustrating each skill achieved within each level. Teachers and staff are super friendly and the pool facility is nice.


My boys have been at LKSA for a year and a half. We love the great instructors and the progress we have seen in their swimming. Great program!


Today was our first swim birthday party since Ray started LSKA. I went into it prepared, to get in the water and help him with everything. I was pleasantly surprised to see my once “cling to Mom and refuse to swim” child turn into a confident, excited, happy swimmer! I actually had difficulty getting him out of the pool! He wanted to run and jump in over and over again, not bothered when he went under water and then floated right back up. He wanted to swim on his back the length of the pool (and it wasn’t small at the Coppell Aquatics Center)! He spent most of his time in the big pool because he didn’t want to be in the small splash pool where the rest of the 4-year olds from the party were swimming. I can’t wait to see how he swims this summer, and we owe it all to you and LSKA. The number one change I see in him from start of the program until now is confidence. He actually couldn’t get enough of the water! Thank you so much for all you have done for him and our family!


I am so happy that we enrolled Isabel at 12 months. We have seen her go from splashing to floating and now kicking! She loves the water and we are extremely proud of her confidence and all that she has accomplished with the help of all her swim coaches at LKSA!


All three of my kids take swimming lessons at LKSA. My son graduated a year ago, my older daughter is currently on level 6, and my youngest daughter, who started the Mommy and Me program when she was 6 months old, is currently at level 2.

As far as swimming lessons go, from personal experience I can say that the LKSA method is far superior to other swim schools. The focus is on correct technique and learning the strokes to perfection. My son who graduated from LKSA often got compliments on technique when he tried out for various swim teams in the city. I chose Lenny K because it was an indoor facility, coaches are well-trained, and my kids truly enjoy their lessons here. My youngest is terrified of the water and no lesson is tear-free, but the way the Coach Daniel handles her anxiety is truly commendable. The coaches are patient, fun, and very adept at handling kids with a variety of temperaments.

What I love most about the program is the focus on passing the survival test at every level before moving onto the next level. While it is amusing to watch the instructors throw the kids or push them into the water with their clothes and shoes on, it is also reassuring to watch your child make their way back to the edge of the pool and know that they will know what to do if they ever face that situation in real life.

As for the front office, Jenny Ingram is so wonderful and strives to work out a schedule for each family and handles all inquiries with such efficiency – particularly when it came to make up lessons, vacation periods, or rescheduling classes. I love the program and am so happy that my kids are learning how to swim here!

For more information, contact Lia Oberstar-Brown at lbrown@jccdallas.org

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