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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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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