Baby & Me (6 months-24 months)
A fun introduction to the water for parent and child, with songs, water toys and the introduction of a few basic skills. Swim diapers required.
Toddler & Me (18 months-3 years)
A continuation of skills learned in Baby & Me, this class is recommended before beginning our preschool swim lesson program. Swim diapers are required for all children who are not toilet trained.
You & Your Preschooler (3-5 years)
This class is for children not quite ready to begin lessons without their parent. It includes basic swim skills and learning to become comfortable in the water with an instructor.
Learn to Swim Program
Level 1: Provides an adjustment to the water environment. Swimmers will experience bubble blowing and breath control, exploring the water while on their front and back, both assisted and unassisted. Upon successful completion, swimmers will be able to kick on a kickboard, steamboat and back glide for two body lengths and jump into the water, all unassisted. Children must be toilet trained.
Level 2: Builds confidence for the swimmer to perform floats and glides on front and back, while introducing crawlstroke and combined back. Rotary (side) breathing will be introduced. Upon successful completion, swimmers will be able to coordinate side breathing with armstrokes for five breaths and swim five body lengths on their back, winging and kicking.
Level 3: Focuses on further developing crawlstroke skills and introduces backstroke. We will also begin to introduce deep water experiences (treading water, beginning diving). Swimmers will practice performing skills for longer distances. Upon successful completion, swimmers will be able swim crawlstroke and backstroke for 25 yards (15 yards of it must be comfortable and consistent).
Level 4:Introduces breaststroke and standing front dive. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of crawlstroke, backstroke, and treading water. Upon successful completion, swimmers will be able swim crawlstroke backstroke and breaststroke, 25 yards each.
Level 5: Focuses mainly on stroke proficiency and building endurance. Upon successful completion, swimmers will be able to swim continuously for 300 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, perform a long shallow dive and demonstrate underwater swimming.
In order to serve our guests effectively, some classes may be "blended" to include students from multiple class levels. When more than one instructor is available, students will be assessed on the first day and then grouped by ability.
In blended classes, instructors will work on individual skills at the appropriate level for each student; we strive to individualize learning based on stroke progression. For example, some students might be working on crawlstroke while other students work on combining armstrokes with an introduction to side breathing.
Once a child has completed all five Learn to Swim levels successfully, there are many additional opportunities available to help them continue to develop their water skills. We offer two tracts of learning: Pre-Competitive (focusing on competitive strokes and skills) and Pre-Lifeguarding (focusing on water safety).
Swimmers will refine their strokes and increase their endurance. They will learn how to read a workout, use a pace clock, pull buoys, fins, hand paddles, as well as learn training principles. Upon successful completion, they will swim 500 yards continuously as well as a 100 yd IM.
Participants will learn strokes that can be used effectively with rescue skills. They will learn more about water safety and further explore their abilities in the water. Upon successful completion, participants will swim 300 yards continuously as well as surface diving and underwater swimming.
Adaptive swim lessons are designed for individuals 3 years and older with developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities. They are one-on-one, so classes can be personalized for the needs of each participant. Participants will need to:
Complete the required Medical Emergency Information form
Complete the Program Intake form
Enroll online or at a facility.
Adaptive Aquatics are available at all swim centers except Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center and the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
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