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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204



Preschool - for the non-swimmer, age 3-5, who can immerse entire face in the water and blow bubbles for 5 seconds. Youth - for the non-swimmer, age 6 & older.

Skills taught at this level

  • Holding breath: preschool 5-count, youth 10-count

  • Bobbing: preschool 5 bobs, youth 10 bobs

  • Shallow water adjustment

  • Water adjustment: entries, exits, open eyes, ears wet, bubble blowing

  • Front float and recovery: preschool 5-count, youth 10-count

  • Front glide

  • Front glide with kick: preschool 5 feet, youth 10 feet

  • Introduction to front crawl

  • Use of PFD - float on back, assisted to unassisted

  • Back float: preschool 5-count, youth 10-count

  • Assisted back glide

  • Assisted jump in chest-deep water

Advancement Skill

  • Front glide with kick: preschool 5 feet, youth 10 feet

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