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GROUP & Private Lesson Info

Rutherford Swim Association provides private and group swimming lessons from the ages of 3 years to 17 years old. ISR lessons are available for children under the age of 3.

Our instructors are fully American Red Cross and Water Safety Instructor certified and are ready to service your children!

  • Group Lessons:                $235 for 8, thirty minute sessions (3-5 students: 1 Instructor)

  • Private Lesson:                 $385 (1:1) 8, thirty-minute sessions

  • Semi-Private for two:     $590 (2:1) 8, thirty-minute sessions

  • Semi-Private for three:   $700 (3:1) 8, thirty-minute sessions

Our Spring 1 2024 session  commence on February 24th. The upcoming schedules for group lessons and private lessons are below, these are subject to change. Registration for our Spring 2 2024 sessions will open in March 4th, 2024. 


Group Lessons

  • February 26th - March 29th

    • Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays

    • 1 Makeup Class: Tentative Dates March 25th or 26th

Private Lessons

  • February 24th - April 28th

    • Saturdays or Sundays​

    • 8 Classes

    • 1 Make Up Class: Tentative Dates April 27th or 28th


Group Lessons

  • April 15th - May 16th

    • Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays

    • 1 Makeup Class: Tentative Dates May 13th or 14th

Private Lessons

  • May 4th - June 30th

    • Saturdays or Sundays​

    • 8 Classes

    • 1 Make Up Class: Tentative Dates June 29th or 30th


Please direct any questions to our Swim Academy Coordinator by emailing,


Prior to the first day of each group lesson session, we will evaluate each child based on comfort in/around water and their swimming acumen. This evaluation will be scheduled via a link shared with program registrants. The goal of the evaluation is to place a child in either Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 group lessons for the start of the session.

Level 1

Participants at the end of the course are working towards general water safety. Ability to float on stomach and back unassisted. Ability to go underwater and resurface unassisted. The core curriculum will be focused on getting children more comfortable with their bodies in water. Key activities will be supported float progressions; submersion progressions; jumping into water progressions; introduction to streamline positioning.

Level 2

Participants at the end of the course are working towards introductory swimming and movement skills. The ability to glide on stomach and back effectively. The ability to move on stomach and back with elementary swimming techniques.The core curriculum will be focused on progressing the children into elementary movement based swimming techniques on their stomach and back. Key activities will be glide pushes from wall, front crawl, introductory freestyle and backstroke.

Level 3

Participants at the end of the course are working towards swimming 8-15 meters unassisted with elementary swimming strokes. The ability to swim 8-15 meters on stomach utilizing freestyle techniques with side breathing. The ability to swim 8-15 meters on back utilizing backstroke techniques with straight arm recovery. The core curriculum will be focused on progressing children through more intermediate swimming techniques. These include practicing side breathing during freestyle. Practicing straight arm recovery on backstroke. Introduction to breaststroke and butteryfly swimming techniques.

Level 4

Participants at the end of the course are working towards pre-competitive swimming techniques. The ability to swim 25 meters of each stroke independently. The ability to execute more advanced drills. The core curriculum will be focused on progressing through the 4 swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Introducing intermediate drills for each of the strokes. Progressing through swimming longer lengths across the pool.

ADULT PRIVATE Swim Lesson Info

We are pleased to introduce our Director of Adult Swim Instruction Brian Fagan.


Brian started with Rutherford Swim Association October of 2019.


Brian Fagan has over twenty years of experience coaching and teaching swimming- his students have included from very young age group swimmers to top tier Ironman triathletes with U.S. Masters, YMCAs and Goldfish Swim School.

Brian attended Plainview High School and Rider University.


  • Level II U.S. Masters Swim Coach

  • Certified U.S. Masters Adult Swim Instructor

  • Nationally Ranked U.S. Masters Age Group Swimmer

  • New Jersey U.S. Masters Age Group Champion

  • NCAA Division II Conference Champion

  • New York State Jones Beach Ocean Lifeguard for 13 Years

  • New York State High School Champion

  • Founder of Flash Aquatics


Brian will be running adult swim classes and will be part of the Rutherford Masters Team.


Anyone interested in taking Adult private Swim Lessons.

The cost of lessons is $80 per 50 minute lesson or a package of 6 lessons for $440!

Please contact Brian Fagan


We are very excited to announce the introduction of Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. The program commenced in March 2022 and is led by Lisa Vartanian, a certified ISR Instructor. 

Lisa Vartanian is a devoted educator working in the field since 2000. Before becoming an ISR instructor, Lisa was an ISR parent amazed by the program and wanting her children to acquire the ISR based skills. As a result, she ultimately accepted the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives through steadfast dedication to the ISR program and its students.  She has taught well over 1,000 students in New Jersey.  In addition, Lisa holds certifications as a Water Safety Instructor through the Red Cross, BLS, First Aid and CPR for Infant/Children/Adult.


As a mother of five, all of her children went through the ISR program. Lisa is a firm believer in the program's importance in a child’s life and swimming development. In her own words, she has stated that, "it is an honor knowing I have the opportunity to enrich the lives of all those I teach. I will always give all my students and their families 100% despite any challenges that may arise. Be it through flexible scheduling, adapting to personality differences, or deciphering the needs of each child to better educate them, no obstacle can deter me in my mission to educate. NOT ONE MORE CHILD DROWNS."

Anyone interested in partaking in this new and exciting program, can contact Lisa directly at


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