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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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For children age 6 months to 18 months who will be accompanied by a parent or other adult in the water. Fun, water adjustment, and basic skill development are emphasized as the instructor guides parents and children through this level.

Skills taught at this level

  • Enter and exit pool

  • Holding positions
  • Water toys
  • Surface bobbing
  • "Monkey grip" on side
  • Kicking
  • Head up front float
  • Assisted back float
  • Blow bubbles
  • Face in water
  • Bobbing
  • Head up front glide
  • Assisted back glide
  • Underwater exploration
  • Arm movement - "reach & pull"
  • Assisted position change
  • Parent safety skills


  • Age 18 months or older