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  • My Mission

    To provide quality stroke instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities to improve their speed, efficiency, and endurance. Swim With Beth focuses on each swimmer’s individual abilities and works to perfect their strokes through drills, verbal and physical reinforcement and conditioning.

    The goal of the program is to perfect young swimmer’s strokes so they can be successful in summer swim and year round swim, and give them the skills that will enable them to swim in high school and beyond.

    I believe that a young child can stregnthen their performance by focusing on their strokes without committing to multiple days a week as a swimmer until they are older. By developing strokes properly, these swimmers can be competitive later in life with their peers who may have put much more time into swimming at a young age. Many of the swimmers in this program are multiple sport athletes who have not committed to just one sport.

Updates: Swim Instruction and Video Stroke Analysis

Sunday Morning Video Stroke Analysis at ANCC

Video analysis of swimmers’ strokes. Swimmers will be videoed under water and above. The swimmer will have the opportunity to view the video with Coach Beth and talk about improvements needed in the stroke. The swimmer will then be able to get back in and work on specific drills to improve their stroke. We will work on two strokes per week.

Cost: $50.00 per clinic.

Location: Army Navy Country Club – Fairfax Location. If you are an ANCC member, please provide your Member Number in the Comments Section.

Swim Instruction-Sunday June 3 through Sunday June 24, 630-730pm, or 730-830 pm

Stroke development for eight and under swimmers who can swim 25 meters. This lane of 8 swimmers will focus on developing freestyle with side breathing, backstroke and introduction of breaststroke kick and butterfly. This group is geared for the beginner swimmer.

This is a four week class and cost is $96.00

Location: JCC

Video Stroke Analysis

Video analysis of swimmers strokes. Swimmers will be videoed under water and above. The swimmer will have the opportunity to view the video with Coach Beth and talk about improvements needed in the stroke. The swimmer will then be able to get back in and work on specific drills to improve their stroke. We will work on two strokes per week.

Cost: $50.00 per week.

JCC Updates

 

Dear Friends,
We are excited that the construction phase of our new front entrance canopy is underway. While we continue to make adjustments to our operating procedures to minimize inconvenience, we sincerely appreciate everyone’s flexibility and cooperation, as well as constructive feedback during the Capital Projects in the queue. With that in mind, we are now ready to formally announce that the much anticipated locker room renovation will begin on or about Monday, March 12!
Phase I: Closure of the current men’s locker room
The new temporary showers have been completed and are ready for use when the men’s locker room closes for this phase of the renovation. Please note that the new temporary shower space will have a capacity for 3 showering and changing. Temporary lockers have been added to the vestibule between the pool and locker room areas for storage during this time. Anyone who currently has personal items stored in a rental locker in the men’s locker room should make plans to remove them no later than Friday, March 9. There will be temporary portable toilet facilities available for use by men during this construction phase, as well as the option of using the family changing room located on the pool deck, offering ADA compliant shower and toilet facilities. The women’s locker room will remain open and usable during this phase; please be aware that there will be noise associated with the demolition phase of this project.
Phase II: Renovation of the new women’s locker room
Once the renovation of the current men’s locker room is completed, it will become the new women’s locker room and Phase II will begin. The women will transition from their current locker room to this new and beautifully renovated space and then, the former women’s locker room will close for its own renovation. The men will continue to use the temporary shower room and facilities during this time. This entire undertaking, including installation of the saunas, will take the better part of the next few months. We are certain that the final results will be well worth the wait and inconveniences along the way.
Minimizing Disruption
We want to assure you that we are working hard, behind the scenes, to create contingency plans for operational challenges during construction. Our goal is to provide ample communication to prepare our members and guests for what to expect.
The contractors who are working on this project will be using the hallway outside the fitness room to access the locker rooms. The access route for construction personnel and materials will lead from the construction area on the west side of the building, entering the emergency stairway leading to the lower level, and using the fitness hallway to access the locker room areas. A portion of the linear training area- the area furthest from the elevator – will be sectioned off for this purpose. There will be signage to indicate areas that are off limits to members during construction.
Members will be able to access the fitness center as usual and adjustments to personal training will be made to accommodate the loss of a portion of the mirrored hallway. There may be times when large or heavy materials may need to be brought down using the elevator nearest to the pool. When possible, these deliveries will be coordinated and timed to minimize member interaction. Although there will be times when members and construction crew will share the hallway, the bulk of the work will be contained within the walls of each locker room during Phases I and II.
We recognize the need for adaptability that is required during any construction undertaking and thank you for partnering with us in patience during this “Pardon Our Dust” renovation period. Please feel free to provide feedback and/or suggestions along the way about ways in which we might serve you better.
The front entrance canopy and the locker room renovation are just the first two Capital Projects in the queue for 2018. There is much ahead to look forward to with the new Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center and Fitness Center addition. As stated in the beginning, this is certainly an exciting time for the J and for the community as we grow our footprint both inside and outside the building!
Shabbat shalom,
Jeff Dannick
JCCNV Executive Director
Interested in learning more about the Capital Campaign?
Get in touch! We’d welcome the opportunity to share the J’s exciting plans.
703.537.3033 or email Michelle.Pearlstein@jccnv.or

JCC Update

Dear J Members,

 

What an exciting time to be at the J! While our Capital Campaign is still going strong, we want to make you aware of two major Capital Improvement Projects that will begin in the near future and prepare you for the impact they will have on daily operations for our members and guests.

 

Beginning on or about February 19th, the first of these projects, theinstallation of the entrance canopy, is scheduled to begin.

 

The new canopy will provide members with protection from the elements while entering our building, and will be part of our new front entrance plan with enhanced curbside appeal and signage. The timeframe for this project is estimated to last 6-8 weeks, during which the front entrance will be closed to members, guests, and staff.

 

Parking
Beginning February 19th, the west parking lot (between the J and the fire station) will be utilized for construction staging, vehicles, deliveries, and construction personnel only. All members, guests, and staff will be directed to park in the larger, east lot during this time. There will be directional signage onsite to this effect.

 

Points of Entry
There will be two entrance points to the J during this construction phase; one on the east side of the building near the Early Childhood wing, and one on the west side of the building through the west playground. 

 

The west entrance  will be the primary entry point for all members, guests, staff, and deliveries. There will be front desk, as well as security personnel, stationed at this entrance during all hours of operation. All members will continue to need to show J membership ID badges to enter. Members forgetting their ID badges, or guests visiting the J, will be asked to sign in as is currently standard procedure.

 

During the time periods of 7:30am-9:30am, and again between 4pm-6pm, the doors on the east side of the building will be open and staffed with front desk and security personnel to receive parents and children from the ECLC and the BASE program for pick-up and drop-off. This entrance will be limited to only these program participants during these times. All families must remember to have member ID cards ready and should be prepared to sign in at the temporary desk should the badge be forgotten. Any ECLC/BASE parent who arrives outside of one of these time frames will be required to use the primary entrance located on the west side of the building. Program specific communication will be forthcoming from the Early Childhood Services and School-Age Services departments for all families participating in the ECLC or BASE programs.

 

Following soon after the canopy project gets underway, the next new and exciting Capital Improvement Project will begin – the renovation of our locker rooms and the installation of our new saunas!

 

This work will start with the closure of the current men’s locker room.We are currently constructing a temporary shower room for the men to use during this closure. This temporary shower space will be completed prior to the closing of men’s locker room. We will provide updates on this timing to give our male members time to remove any personal belongings from the current locker room facility prior to closure. In addition to temporary shower construction, there will be temporary portable toilet facilities available for use by men during this construction phase, as well as the option of using the family changing room located on the pool deck offering ADA compliant shower and toilet facilities.The women’s locker room will remain open and usable during this phase.

 

Once the renovation of the current men’s locker room space is completed, it will  become the new women’s locker room. The women will transition from their former locker room to this new and beautifully renovated space and then, the former women’s locker room will close for its own renovation. The men will continue to utilize the temporary shower room and facilities during this time. This entire undertaking will take the better part of the next few months and while we recognize that may sound like a long time, rest assured that the final result will be well worth the wait and the minor inconveniences along the way.

 

Minimizing Disruption

We at the J want to assure you that we are working behind the scenes to create contingency plans for operational functioning during this bi-modal construction phase. Our goal is to minimize disruption to member activities and plan for unforeseen circumstances. Signage is being created to aid in our communication efforts and to assist members. In order to keep everyone up to date as we progress, there will be a special “Construction Zone” section in each week’s  “What’s Hot” email blast as well as additional real time communication as needed.

 

While we work diligently to be as prepared as possible, we also recognize the need for agility, flexibility, and adaptability that is required during any construction undertaking. We ask everyone to join with us in this exciting time and to partner with us in patience during this “Pardon Our Dust” renovation period – the result of our collective Capital Campaign efforts. Please feel free to provide feedback and/or suggestions along the way about ways in which we might serve you better.

 

These are just the first two Capital Projects in the queue for 2018. There is much ahead to look forward to with the new Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center and Fitness Center addition. As stated in the beginning, this is certainly an exciting time to be at the J – and the future is looking terrific!

 

B’shalom,

 

Jeff Dannick
JCCNV Executive Director

JCC Delay and Schedule Updates

Swimmers;

Unfortunately when I called the JCC facility manager today to ensure the pool would be ready for us to start this weekend, I was informed that there would be an additional delay. Despite their contractor’s best efforts, they suffered a burst pipe that has delayed the completion of the renovation. Though the pool looks beautiful, the secondary systems (ventilation, lighting, decking), etc) are unlikely to be finished before September 25th. This makes the first day of the Session 1 Saturday program October 7 and the first day of the Session 1 Sunday program October 1. So as to disappoint as few swimmers as possible I will maintain the first session at ten swims, extending to December 9 (Saturday) and December 3 (Sunday).

I am going to review the rest of the swim season’s schedule to determine where to make adjustments during Session 2, Session 3, and the Summer Warm-up. I will determine those adjustments once we get into the water to minimize any later changes. Of course, if you paid for the entire year in advance, I will be issuing a refund check.

I will keep in close contact with the JCC and keep you informed via emails and updates to the Swim with Beth website (swimwithbeth.com).

I look forward to seeing everyone soon and I apologize for the delay.

Beth Bedell