ABOUT BRAINS

Programs are conducted at Fort Hamilton High School's 
Thomas Greene Natatorium

8301 Shore Road
Brooklyn, NY 11209

For information, call (347) 26-SWIM-9 / (347) 267-9469

Swim Instruction 

The Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute (BRAINS) offers various swim instruction programs throughout the year during its share of community time at the Thomas F. Greene Natatorium located within Fort Hamilton High School on 83rd street between Shore Road and Colonial Road in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Below you will find brief descriptions of BRAINS instructional swim programs offered during the Fall/Winter, Spring and Summer Permit periods. 

Please Note:

  • These activities are not sponsored nor endorsed by the New York City Department of Education. The views and opinions expressed by the sponsoring organization or its participants do not necessarily state or reflect those of the New York City Department of Education.

  • The FHHS pool is a competition pool, not a bathing pool - water temperature is cool.

  • BRAINS does not offer refunds for variations in temperature or condition of the water or facility. Maintenance of the FHHS pool facility is performed by the school's custodial engineer and is not, in any way, under the control of the Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute.

Fall/Winter Permit Period (September to December)

Winter/Spring Permit Period (January to mid-June)

Beginner Learn to Swim - BRAINS offers a limited number of Learn to Swim classes for children no younger than 5 years old who do not already know how to swim. Swimmers already enrolled in a BRAINS Spring beginner class will have an opportunity to register for the Fall classes before these classes are offered to others.   Availability is limited.

 

Each class meets once a week. Classes are conducted in the pool extension, which is approximately 3 - ½ feet deep. Children must be water comfortable and ready to learn in order to take the class. Bathing suit, cap and goggles are required to enter the pool. Please note: The FHHS pool is a competition pool - water temperature is cool.

Adult Lap Swimming Groups - BRAINS offers supervised swimming on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings during the Fall and Winter permit periods.  Registration is available for either or both sessions as space allows. Applicants will be registered according to training level (must be able to swim two lengths of the pool without stopping):

  • Slow/Beginner

  • Medium/Intermediate 

  • Fast/Advanced

  • Competitive/Masters

Lane assignments and use of fins will be at the discretion of the staff in charge.  If you wish to use fins or switch lanes you must obtain the approval of the staff member in charge of that lane.

Beginner Learn to Swim - Swimmers already enrolled in a Fall beginner class will have an opportunity to register for the Spring classes before these classes are offered to others. Therefore, availability will be extremely limited. It is suggested that those wishing to enroll call 347 267-9469 and ask to be placed on a call list to be notified in the event that a spot becomes available..

Intermediate Learn to Swim -  Prerequisites: Children must be able to swim freestyle, breaststroke kick, and backstroke for 25 yards. Participants must be comfortable and confident enough in the water that group instruction will be both beneficial to the student and the other students in the class. This class is taught in deep water.


Students are taught advanced swimming drills and techniques to help them become efficient swimmers. Swimmers must have cap and goggles to enter the pool and should bring a towel and flip-flops. 

 

"Practice Makes Perfect" Stroke Clinic - 

Offered from late April/early May to mid-June, this abbreviated course focuses on developing efficiency and endurance for all strokes.  

Pre-requisite: This offering is for swimmers that are involved in competitive swimming.  Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards without stopping and be able to perform all four competitive strokes demonstrating proper technique.

 

 

 

Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute (BRAINS)

 Summer Swim 2020

At Fort Hamilton High School

 

I.  Harbor Seals Swim Camps

    for intermediate and advanced swimmers

For swimmers already involved in competitive swimming. Limited enrollment.

Pre-requisite:Swim two lengths of the pool and have a basic knowledge of the four competitive strokes. Ages7to 14.  

Cost per session:$425  

Session A: Weekdays 9AM  – 10:30AM*    Monday July 6th – July 30th  *** No classes July 17th ***

Session B: Weekdays 10:30AM  – Noon*   Monday July 6th – July 30th  *** No classes July 17th ***

 

II. Harbor Seals Mini Swim Camps

    for novice*, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

Pre-requisite:Swim two lengths of the pool and *have a basic knowledge of the four competitive strokes.

9-day mini-camp For swimmers already involved in competitive swimming. 

Emphasis is on stroke mechanics.Limited enrollment. Ages7to 14. 

Cost per session:$225                                                                                      

Session C: Weekdays 9:00 AM – 10:30AM  Monday August 3rd- August 13th

Session D: Weekdays 10:30 AM – Noon*   Monday August 3rd- August 13th

 

III. American Red Cross Learn To Swim Classes

For beginners, novices and intermediates. Ages 6 to 13.  

Cost per class:$225         

Note:

Novice / Intermediate Learn to Swim Classes 4, 8 & 12 take place in the regulation pool (with lane lines in place).

**Pre-requisite: Students should be able to swim two length of the pool without stopping, tread

 water, and float.

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LTS   1         Monday July 6th  -  July 16h   weekdays   Noon  –  1:15 PM*

LTS   2         Monday July 6th  -  July 16th  weekdays 1:15PM –  2:30PM*

LTS   3         Monday July 6th  -  July 16th  weekdays 2:30PM –  3:45PM*

Nov./Int. 4  Monday July 6th  -  July 16th  weekdays 4:00PM –  5:15PM*

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LTS    5        Monday July 20th -  July 30th  weekdays  Noon   –  1:15 PM*

LTS    6        Monday July 20th  - July 30th  weekdays 1:15PM  – 2:30PM*

LTS    7        Monday July 20th  - July 30th  weekdays 2:30PM  – 3:45PM*

Nov./Int. 8  Monday July 20th  - July 30th  weekdays 4:00PM  – 5:15PM*

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LTS    9         Monday Aug 3rd  -   Aug 13th  weekdays  Noon   –  1:15 PM

LTS  10         Monday Aug 3rd  -   Aug 13th  weekdays 1:15PM –  2:30PM*

LTS   11        Monday Aug 3rd  -   Aug 13th  weekdays 2:30PM –  3:45PM*

Nov./Int.12  Monday Aug 3rd  -   Aug 13th  weekdays 4:00PM –  5:15PM*

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*Classes end five minutes before session end time to allow for safe transition between periods.

 

REGISTRATION takes placet the Fort Hamilton High School Natatorium located on 83rd Street between Shore Road and 

ColonialRoad) Registration begins March 17th and will continue as listed below until all classes are filled:

 

Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30PM    Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30PM    Saturdays 3:00 – 5:30Pm

 

After June 19th call BRAINS at (347) 267-9469 for appointment and location.  

 

Full payment and parent’s signature required to guarantee registration.

No refunds after June 1st, 2020.  All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. 

Transfers: Any transfer requests not initiated by us must be accompanied by payment of a $15 transfer fee.

 

Please note: BRAINS does not offer refunds for variations in temperature or condition of the water or facility. Maintenance of the FHHS pool

facility is managed by the school custodian and is not, in any way, under the control of the Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute, Inc .   

 

Please MakeChecks payable to BRAINS.                                              

All returned checks are subject to a $35 fee.

This activity is not sponsored nor endorsed by the New York City Department of Education. The views and opinions expressed by the sponsoring organization or its participants do not necessarily state or reflect those of the New York City Department of Education.

 

(347) 26 SWIM 9                               Email: Contact@BRAINStoSwim.org                     (347) 267 - 9469