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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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Otter

 

Otter

PREREQUISITE:
Must be comfortable in the water and be able to do a front glide with kick for 5 ft. (preschool) or 10 ft. (youth) and unassisted back floats

SKILLS TO BE LEARNED:

  • Review Advancement Skills for Penguin
  • Front crawl stroke without breathing
  • Introduction to side breathing
  • Front crawl with side breathing: Preschool - 5 feet, Youth  - 10 feet
  • Back glide
  • Back glide with kick: Preschool - 5 feet, Youth - 10 feet
  • Introduction to Backstroke
  • Underwater exploration
  • Jump into chest-deep water unassisted

SAFETY SKILLS:

  • Buddy system
  • Arm/leg extension - assist from deck
  • Throwing assist
  • Unassisted turning over
  • Bobbing to safety - from nose level to shallow water
  • PFD - Jump in, rollover
  • Finning and flutter kick on back

Advancement Skills:

  • Front crawl without breathing: preschool 15 feet, youth 20 feet
  • Back glide with kick: preschool 10 feet, youth 15 feet
  • Side breathing on wall with arms
  • Unassisted turning over