Pre-school at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center teaches more than just sharing, colors and the Jewish faith. Students graduate equipped with basic swimming techniques, a skill not typical to most kindergartners.

“We’re proud to say by the end of kindergarten, every child has some level of swimming ability,” says Todd Landwehr, aquatic director of this year’s Class 7 Best of Aquatics winner.

A look at the JCC shows why it stood out to the judges. The Indianapolis center combines swimming with Jewish beliefs and values, creating an environment that offers something for everyone in the family.

The JCC’s aquatic complex is just as full, complete with a totally revamped outdoor waterpark. Its facilities include one traditional indoor pool, one warm-water therapy pool, two hot tubs, a lazy river, two spiraling water slides and one competition pool, also used for recreation in the summer.

Water walking classes take place against the current of the lazy river, and “Yoqua” participants relieve their stress in the warm temperatures of the therapy pool. Children can splash in an interactive play structure and zero-depth pool (with spray fountains situated on each of the points of the Star of David painted in the pool).