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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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Must be comfortable in the deep water and be able to swim Front Crawl with side breathing for 25 yards, Backstroke for 25 yards, and Elementary Backstroke for 25 yards.


  • Review Advancement Skills for Sea Lion
  • Improve Front Crawl, Backstroke and Elementary Backstroke
  • Introduce Breaststroke
  • 5 minute continuous swim using Front Crawl, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, and Breaststroke
  • Introduction to Scissor kick
  • Introduction to Butterfly kick
  • Head first tuck surface dive
  • Feet first surface dive, pick up object from the deep end of the pool. Challenge swimmers with different weights (keys, bricks)


  • PFD: put life jacket on while treading in deep water
  • Adult CPR demonstration
  • Safety medley: head-up Front Crawl 50 feet, recover object at 8 feet, tread water for 30 seconds
  • Tread water 1 minute - introduction to egg-beater kick

Advancement Skills

  • Dive in, swim Front Crawl - 50 yards
  • Backstroke - 50 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke - 50 yards
  • Breaststroke 50 yards