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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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Polar Bear

Polar bear

PREREQUISITE:
Must be comfortable in deep water and be able to swim Front Crawl with arms and side breathing for 30 feet and Backstroke with arms for 30 feet.

SKILLS TO BE LEARNED:

  • Review Advancement Skills for Seal
  • Improve Front Crawl with breathing - 50 feet
  • Improve Backstroke - 50 feet
  • Underwater exploration - deep water bobs
  • Jump into deep water and level off
  • Standing dive
  • Demonstrate Elementary Backstroke
  • Elementary Backstroke kick

SAFETY SKILLS:

  • Deep water - reaching and throwing assists
  • Changing directions in deep water
  • Intro to treading water
  • Improve sculling front and back
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • PFD/DEEP -H.E.L.P., huddle, cramp release, wear PFD's on a boat
  • Hazards in aquatic environments - oceans, lakes
  • Basic boating safety

ADVANCEMENT SKILLS:

  • Jump in deep water (5 ft. or more ) and swim Front Crawl with breathing - 50 feet
  • Backstroke - 50 feet