Shell Rd.

Adult Programs

Meet our Coaches:

Gau Suleimenova

Learn to Swim Advanced Coach
MatchPoint NYC Aquatics Member Since 2023
ASCA Level 2, Water Safety Instructor
Master of Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Water Polo); Former member of the Kazakhstan National Women’s Water Polo Team; Ten-time medalist of Kazakhstan National Water Polo Championship; Gold medalist of the International Water Polo Championship, Greece 2010
“I strive that all my students to feel happy, comfortable, and safe in the water and learn to appreciate their abilities!”

John DaPrato

MatchPoint NYC Advanced Coach
MatchPoint NYC Aquatics Member Since 2023
ASCA Level 2, Water Safety Instructor, M.A. in Communications from NYU
One-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar (10 miles), 2013
Boston Light Swim (8 miles), 2010
Great Salt Lake Swim (8 miles), 2011
Manhattan Island Swim & Boston Light Swim Relay Team Captain
Specializing in Adult Learning, Stroke Improvement, Triathlon Training & Marathon Swimming

SwimReady for Adults— is a comprehensive swimming course tailored for older teens and adults who want to learn the basics of swimming, improve their existing skills, and enhance their comfort in the water. Here’s a detailed description of this course:

  1. Target Audience: This course is designed for older teenagers and adults, including novices who have limited or no experience in swimming and those with some basic swimming skills who wish to further improve.
  2. Basic Aquatic Skills: For novices, the course focuses on teaching fundamental aquatic skills. This includes acclimatization to the water, breath control, floating, and basic water movements. These skills provide a solid foundation for water safety and swimming.
  3. Swimming Strokes: Participants, both novices and those with some experience, are guided through the learning and refinement of essential swimming strokes, including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and possibly butterfly. Proper stroke techniques are emphasized to improve efficiency and performance in the water.
  4. Water Safety Concepts: The course places significant importance on water safety education. Participants learn essential safety concepts, such as recognizing and responding to emergencies, basic rescue techniques, and understanding pool rules.
  5. Comfort in the Water: One of the core objectives is to help individuals become more comfortable in the water. The course aims to reduce fear or anxiety associated with swimming and instill confidence in participants.
  6. Preparation for Specific Activities: “SwimReady for Adults” prepares participants for specific aquatic activities, such as recreational swimming, water aerobics, or snorkeling. This flexibility allows individuals to tailor their learning to their unique interests and goals.
  7. Supportive Environment: Instructors create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere to help learners progress at their own pace. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, and practice their skills in a safe and controlled setting.

Masters SwimLab: Triathlete Edition— “Masters SwimLab: Triathlete Edition—Swimming for Fitness” is a specialized swimming course that caters to proficient swimmers, particularly those with an interest in triathlons and fitness swimming. Here’s a description of this course:

  1. Target Audience: This course is designed for proficient swimmers who have a solid foundation in various swimming strokes and techniques. It is open to both Master Swimmers and Triathletes, accommodating a diverse group of individuals.
  2. Stroke Refinement: The primary objective of the course is to refine and perfect swimming strokes. Participants work on improving their technique in strokes like freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. This refinement is crucial for enhanced performance and efficiency in the water.
  3. Fitness Swimming and Triathlon Preparation: The course is tailored for individuals who intend to participate in fitness swimming programs and competitive events, with a particular focus on triathlons. It equips participants with the skills necessary to excel in the swimming portion of a triathlon.
  4. Comprehensive Skill Set: Participants are encouraged to build a comprehensive skill set that includes endurance, speed, and proper stroke mechanics. These skills are valuable not only for triathlons but also for general fitness swimming.
  5. Training for Triathletes: Triathletes will find this course especially beneficial as it addresses the unique demands of the swimming leg in a triathlon. It includes open water swimming techniques, sighting, and strategies for transitioning from water to land.
  6. Individualized Approach: The course may offer an individualized approach to cater to the specific goals and abilities of participants. This allows swimmers to work on areas where they need the most improvement.
  7. Community and Support: Masters SwimLab often fosters a sense of community, where participants can connect with fellow swimmers and triathletes. This support network can be invaluable in achieving individual fitness and competition goals.

Belly to Baby Aqua Aerobics— 

This course typically includes the following components:

  1. Water-Based Exercise: The course takes place in a pool, where participants engage in low-impact aerobic exercises that are gentle on the joints and provide buoyancy, reducing the risk of injury.
  2. Prenatal Fitness: During pregnancy, the course emphasizes exercises that are safe and beneficial for both the mother and the developing baby. These exercises help improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility while accommodating the unique needs of expectant mothers.
  3. Postnatal Recovery: After giving birth, the course continues to offer exercises that aid in postpartum recovery. It focuses on strengthening the core, promoting pelvic floor health, and regaining overall fitness.
  4. Supportive Environment: Belly to Baby aqua aerobics often fosters a supportive and social environment, allowing pregnant women to connect with others going through a similar life stage, share experiences, and receive guidance from experienced instructors.
  5. Safety and Comfort: Instructors are typically trained to ensure the safety and comfort of pregnant participants. They guide women through exercises that avoid excessive strain and promote relaxation and stress relief.
  6. Health Benefits: The course can offer numerous benefits, including improved circulation, reduced swelling, pain relief, and enhanced mental well-being during pregnancy. Postnatally, it helps new mothers regain strength and stamina.

It’s essential to check with a healthcare provider before starting any fitness program during pregnancy to ensure it’s suitable for your specific circumstances. Additionally, the availability and structure of such courses may vary by location and fitness centers.