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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

Park Shark

Park shark

Must be able to dive in and swim 50 yards front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke.

Skills taught at this level

  • Review Advancement Skills for Dolphin

  • Head first surface dives (pike and tuck)

  • Deep water bobs (feet-first surface dives)

  • Compact jump with rescue tube

  • Flip turns front and back

  • Personal safety (heat exhaustion, sunburn)

  • 10-minute swim using all strokes except butterfly

  • 100-yard individual medley

  • Sculling

  • Review open turns

  • Basic rescues with tube (front drive, rear huggie)

  • Introduction to butterfly

  • Disrobing in the water

  • Improve egg-beater kick

  • Brick tread

  • Review extension and throwing assists, diving safety, drugs and alcohol around water

Advancement Skills

  • Swim 50 yards breaststroke, back crawl, sidestroke, and front crawl

  • Pike or tuck surface dive to 8 feet, underwater swim for 20 feet, surface and tread water for 5 minutes

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