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Make a Splash This Summer at GRIT! Introducing Our New Swimming Program!

We're thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to our summer camp program: swimming! 

Partnering with the renowned NJCU Aquatics Department led by the experienced Head Coach, Tom Lee, we're offering a safe, structured, and fun way for campers of all skill levels to enjoy the water.

Why Swimming? A Wave of Benefits!

Swimming is more than just a fun activity to beat the summer heat. It offers a multitude of benefits for children, including:

  • Lifelong Skill: Learning to swim is a valuable life skill that promotes water safety and confidence around pools, lakes, and beaches.

  • Improved Fitness: Swimming is a fantastic full-body workout, building strength, endurance, and flexibility.

  • Stress Relief: The rhythmic motion of swimming is a great way to de-stress and unwind, promoting overall well-being.

  • Socialization: Swimming provides an opportunity for campers to bond with peers, learn teamwork through water games, and build friendships.

A Program for Every Camper

Our swimming program is designed to cater to all skill levels. Whether your child is a complete beginner or a seasoned swimmer, we have something for them:

  • Learn-to-Swim: Taught by certified NJCU instructors under Coach Lee's supervision, this program will introduce basic water skills, body positioning, and stroke development in a safe and supportive environment. Campers will be grouped by swim ability with advanced swimmers working on mastering all swim strokes.

  • Free Swim: For experienced campers, free swim periods will provide a chance to practice skills learned, have fun with friends, and enjoy refreshing dips in the pool. Novice swimmers will join them with safety gear to insure a fun, safe swimming experience.

Safety First

The safety of your child is our top priority. Our program boasts:

  • Certified Instructors: All instructors are certified and experienced in teaching swimming to children.

  • Lifeguard Supervision: Trained lifeguards will be present throughout all swim activities.

  • Small Class Sizes: Smaller groups ensure personalized attention and a comfortable learning environment.

Make a Splash This Summer!

With the addition of swimming, our summer camp offers an even wider range of activities for your child to explore. 

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!  

For more information and registration details, please visit our website at or contact us by phone/text at 201-5906-6626.

 Spots are filling up fast, so register today and let your child make a splash this summer!


Tom Lee (M.S. '11) joined New Jersey City University on April 10, 1995, is one of the longest tenured athletics employees at NJCU and currently serves as the Gothic Knights' Aquatics Coordinator. He oversees all activities at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center’s 25-yard swimming and diving pool, including managing daily operations, scheduling and special events, implementing safety and risk management protocols, training and hiring of lifeguards and instructional staff and planning monthly in-service training, coordinating Learn to Swim programming, diving and scuba instruction courses.


Lee is a well-respected PADI Master Instructor in scuba diving who has appeared on the cover of two major diving magazines. He was featured on the Winter 2002 cover of Immersed, the quarterly international scuba diving magazine, in which he was pictured during a dive beneath the ice at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. He was featured on the January 2007 cover of Northeast Dive News, where Lee is again shown under the ice at Lake Winnipesaukee as assisting and instructing as part of an ice diving course he taught there in Spring 2006. The cover photo is part of a story entitled “Ice: Hard Facts About a Cold Friend.”

Lee has been an open-water scuba instructor since 1994, teaching and assisting in ice dive training since 1997. In addition to his duties as aquatics coordinator at NJCU, Lee frequently teaches swimming, lifeguarding, and water safety courses. He is also a scuba instructor at the JMAC. He has also served on various search committees for head athletic trainer and women’s basketball coaching positions. Lee is also a volunteer diver and trains with the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Rescue Dive Team and is on call for land and water searches, including those requiring scuba divers.

Prior to coming to NJCU, Lee was the Aquatic Director from 1989-1994 for the Hoboken/North Hudson YMCA. From 1976-1989, Lee held various aquatics positions ranging from pool manager and instructor to a lifeguard.  He was first certified as an American Red Cross senior lifeguard by the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation in 1976. He became an American Red Cross water safety and lifeguarding instructor in 1979.

From 1986-1994, Lee served as an art director, associate director,, and assistant director and worked in the art departments of editorial magazine design for various publishing houses, including Time Inc., Forbes Inc., American Express, and Hearst Communications.

In December 2011 Lee earned an M.S. in Health Sciences with a specialization in Community Health from NJCU. Lee is a 1986 graduate of Parsons School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1985, he studied abroad at The Republic of China’s Tamkang University as part of its Asian Studies Program. He also studied communication design and illustration at the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design from 1983-84. He began in undergraduate coursework at Prince Georges Community College (MD) from 1979-83, earning an Associate’s Degree in Art.


  • Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

  • Certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor

  • Certified American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Emergency First Responder

  • Certified PADI Master Instructor for Scuba

  • Certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor

  • Certified PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

  • Certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

  • Certified PADI Oxygen Provider Instructor

  • Certified PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor

  • Certified NSPF CPO Certified Pool Operator

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