• Children's Programs


  • Children's Swimming Lessons Summer 2017

    Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center uses the American Red Cross Learn to Swim progression. All instructors are American Red Cross Water Safety instructors and lifeguards.

    Fees (based on number of lessons offered per session):
    Parent/Child and Preschool Lessons: $31-$41
    School Age Learn to Swim: $33-$44
    Teen Age and Adult: $38-$48

    Registration

    Online registration opens Thursday, June 8 at 8 a.m.; walk-in registration opens Friday, June 9 at 8 a.m.

    Swimming Lesson Policies

    Refunds and Credits

    Refunds or transfers will be given only to requests made three or more business days prior to the first class period.  You must present your receipt to be eligible for a refund.  After the lesson session has started only 50 percent credit toward your next lesson purchase will be granted

    Waiting Lists

    To provide better service, waiting lists are available for all children’s programs that have reached capacity. This list is used primarily as a courtesy for cancellations in existing classes. Adding classes in addition to those scheduled depends both on pool availability and on instructor availability.

    Please note that classes may be combined or cancelled if there are fewer than three children enrolled.

    Children’s Lessons Descriptions and Requirements

    Please note that safety skills are an integral part of the Learn-to-Swim program and appropriate skills will be incorporated into each class.

    Session Dates – Children, Teenage and Adult Swim Lessons

    Weekday Mornings, M/T/W/Th
    Session 1: June 26-July 6* Monday-Thursday
    Session 2: July 10-19  Monday-Thursday
    Session 3: July 24-August 3 Monday-Thursday
    Session 4: August 7-17 Monday-Thursday

    Weekday Afternoons and Evenings, M/W
    Session A: June 26-July 19           
    Session B: July 24-August 16       

    Weekday Afternoons and Evenings, T/Th
    Session A: June 27-July 18*
    Session B: July 25-August 17       
    *no class July 4

    Class and Level Descriptions

    Infant/Toddler/Child and Parent Lessons (Learner Pool)

    Parent/Merbabe - 8-18 months and Parent/Toddler - 19-36 months

    These are water adjustment classes for children who are accompanied in the water by an adult. This class enables children to enjoy the water with someone they trust by playing games, singing songs and having fun! Children who are not toilet trained must wear plastic pants or swim diapers.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    8-18 mo Parent/Merbabe M/W 6:55-7:25 p.m. A
    8-18 mo Parent/Merbabe T/Th 11:15-11:45 a.m. A & B
    19-36 mo Parent/Toddler M/W 11:15-11:45 a.m. A & B
    19-36 mo Parent/Toddler M/W 4-4:30 p.m. A
    19-36 mo Parent/Toddler M/W 6:55-7:25 p.m. B

    Parent/Child - 2 ½ to 5 years

    This is a water adjustment class for preschoolers who need more one-on-one time before joining group lessons or who have not yet reached age 3 years. Parent participation in the water with child is required. Preschool Level 1 and 2 skills are taught.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    2 ½-5 years Parent/Child M/W 4-4:30 p.m. B
    2 ½-5 years Parent/Child M/W 5:30-6 p.m. A & B

    Preschool Lessons (Learner and 25-yard Pools)

    The child must be at least 3 years old to start preschool lessons and will continue in preschool programs until they have begun first grade. Instructor to student ratio is 1:6.

    Level 1 (Learner Pool)

    Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Skills are performed with assistance.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 8:55-9:25 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 9:30-10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 10:05-10:35 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 10:40-11:10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/W 4:30-5 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/W 5-5:30 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 1 T/Th 6:55-7:25 p.m. A & B

    Level 2 (Learner Pool)

    Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water. Treading water is introduced. Skills are performed with assistance as needed.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 8:55-9:25 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 9:30-10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 10:05-10:35 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 10:40-11:10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/W 4:30-5 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/W 5-5:30 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 2 T/Th 6:55-7:25 p.m. A & B

    Level 3 (25-yard pool)

    Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills on the front and back. Emphasis is on performing skills independently.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    3-6 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 9:30-10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 10:05-10:35 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 11:15-11:45 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 3 T/Th 4:30-5 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 3 T/Th 5-5:30 p.m. A & B

    Preschool 4-Advanced (25-yard pool)

    Increase endurance of basic swimming propulsive skills on the front and back as well as treading water. Front crawl, combined backstroke and elementary backstroke kick are introduced, as well as basic dives and dolphin kick.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    3-6 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 10:40-11:10 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 11:15-11:45 a.m. 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 4 T/Th 4:30-5 p.m. A & B
    3-6 years Preschool 4 T/Th 5-5:30 p.m. A & B

    Learn-to-Swim (25-yard pool)

    The child must be in first grade or older. Instructor to student ratio varies from 1:8 to 1:10 as a maximum.

    Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills

    This is an initial introduction to the water environment.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 1 M/T/W/Th 9:50-10:30 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 1 M/T/W/Th 10:35-11:15 a.m. 1-4

    Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

    This is a basic class in which swimmers will gain confidence in moving independently while on the front and back. Skills introduced at this level include rolling over and treading water.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 9:05-9:45 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 10:35-11:15 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m.-noon 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/W 4:40-5:20 p.m. A & B
    6-12 years School Age 2 T/Th 7:30-8:10 p.m. A & B

    Level 2.5 – Stroke Readiness

    Level 2.5 will introduce rotary breathing, dolphin kick, elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks as well as treading water. The focus of this level is the beginning of stroke refinement for front crawl and comfort in deeper water.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 9:05-9:45 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 9:50-10:30 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 10:35-11:15 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/W 7:30-8:10 p.m. A & B
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 T/Th 4:40-5:20 p.m. A & B

    Level 3 – Stroke Development

    This level builds on the skills introduced in Level 2.5, with guided practice in deeper water. Skills introduced at this level include dolphin and scissor kicks as well as basic diving. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/T/W/Th 9:50-10:30 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m.-noon 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/W 5:20-6 p.m. A & B

    Level 3.5 – Stroke Practice

    This level introduces back crawl, breaststroke, underwater swimming, feet first surface dives and standing dives. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, butterfly, sidestroke and elementary backstroke.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 M/T/W/Th 9:05-9:45 a.m. 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m.-noon 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 T/Th 5:20-6 p.m. A & B

    Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

    Level 4 introduces breaststroke, rotary kick, sculling and survival float. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and treading water.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 4 M/T/W/Th 8:20-9 a.m. 1-4

    Level 5 – Stroke Refinement

    Level 5 introduces flip turns, sidestroke, survival swimming, long shallow dives and tuck and pike surface dives. The focus will be continued proficiency, stroke refinement and endurance of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 5 M/T/W/Th 8:20-9 a.m. 1-4

    Level 6 – Swimming and Skill Proficiency

    At this level swimmers have the choice of the following tracts: Personal Water Safety or Fitness Swimmer.

    In addition to the specialized tracts listed above, the intent of this level is to refine strokes so swimmers swim them with ease. The following competitive strokes will be worked on to increase efficiency: freestyle (crawl stroke), back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. Personal Water Safety: This tract includes the use of lifejacket skills, swimming and self-rescue techniques, and basic safety rules for boating and open water. Fitness Swimmer: Swimmers will learn to use a pace clock, pull buoys, fins and hand paddles, and also learn training principles.

    Age Class Days Times Session
    6-12 years School Age 6 M/T/W/Th 8:20-9:00 a.m. 1-4

    Private Swim Lessons

    Mt. Hood Aquatic Center offers private swim lessons.  This program is intended to provide a service to individuals who may have needs beyond the scope of group swim lessons.  These services may include working in a one-on-one environment, or on a on a special set of skills, or accommodating special needs that limit the student’s ability to participate in a group.  Lessons are offered in 30-minute sessions.  Prices range from $22.50 to $35.00 per lesson per person.  Please inquire at the Front Desk for registration.

    Teen Swimming Lessons

    Junior Lifeguard Program

    This course is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross lifeguarding program by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future lifeguards. The foundations covered include: prevention, fitness, response, leadership, and professionalism. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive the American Red Cross certificate, and may be invited be given the opportunity to assist the aquatic center as volunteer assistants during designated open recreational swim.

    Fee: $80.00 per session         

    Weekday Afternoons, Monday-Thursday, one week
    Session 1: June 26-29  1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Session 2: July 31-August 3 2-5 p.m.

    Teen Swimming Lessons

    These classes offer individualized instruction in swimming skills, from learning the basics to improving strokes.  Learn to enjoy and be comfortable in the water.  Teen swimming lessons are offered in two 4-week sessions.

    Fee: (per 8-lesson session/per person, all ages): $46

    Teen Class – Stroke Improvement

    This class is open to individuals ages 12 and up. Skills taught in this class include the basics plus learning and improving strokes. Students will also learn how to dive.

    Age Class Days Times Session

    13-18 years

    Teen Lessons T/Th 7:30-8:15 p.m. A & B