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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 comfortable in the deep water and be able to dive into the pool and swim Front Crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke for 50 yards.


  • Review advancement skills for Dolphin
  • Sidestroke with both Scissor and Inverted Scissor kick
  • Butterfly
  • 100 yard Individual Medley
  • Surface dives (pike, tuck, feet first) - retrieve brick from 8 feet
  • Improve Egg Beater kick
  • Brick tread - 1 minute
  • 10-minute swim using all strokes, except Butterfly
  • Review open turns
  • Flip turns - front and back
  • Personal fitness (heart rate, lap swim etiquette)


  • Compact jump with rescue tubes, swim approach stroke - 25 yards
  • Basic rescues with tube (front rescue, rear rescue)
  • Personal safety (heat exhaustion, sunburn)
  • Disrobing in the water (swimming with clothes)
  • Review extension assists and throwing assists
  • Personal safety (barriers and blood borne pathogens)
  • Diving safety
  • Drugs / alcohol around water
  • Sculling - arms over head, feet first, figure eight with hands
  • Tread water - 3 minutes


  • Swim 100 yards of each: Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke - 50 yards
  • Butterfly - 25 yards
  • Long shallow dive, swim 100 yards Individual Medley
  • Pike or tuck surface dive to 8 feet, underwater swim for 20 feet, surface and tread water for 5 minutes
  • Compact jump, approach stroke 10 yards with rescue tube