• Children's Programs


  • Children's Swimming Lessons Fall 2017 Sept. 30-Dec. 9

    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 (per 10-lesson session/per child):
    Parent/Child and Preschool Lessons: $46-$51
    School Age Learn to Swim: $49.50-$55
    Blended Levels Preschool: $40.50-$45
    Blended Levels School Age: $45-$50

    Registration

    MHCC Aquatic center accepts online and walk-in registration. Spring term registration opens online Friday, August 25 at 8 a.m. and in person Monday, August 28 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 one-half 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 Session Dates

    Weekday Afternoon and Evening

    These classes are two days a week for a 5 week session, and are offered in two sessions during each college term.

    Fall Session 1
    Day Date Number of Classes
    Mon/Wed Oct. 2 - Nov. 1 10 classes
    Tues/Thurs Oct. 3 - Nov. 2 10 classes
    Fall Session 2
    Day Date Number of Classes
    Mon/Wed Nov. 6 - Dec. 6* 9 classes
    Tues/Thurs Nov. 7 - Dec. 7* 9 classes

    *no class Nov. 22, 23

    Saturday Mornings

    These classes are once a week for 10 weeks and are offered in one session during each college term. Spring session consists of 9 lessons over 10 weeks for Saturdays.

    Fall Saturday Sept. 30-Dec. 9*

    *no class Nov. 11, 25

    Class and Level Descriptions

    Family Blended Levels

    These classes offer a mid-afternoon alternative to the Learn-to-Swim levels in which classes are combined by age and skill level. This lesson session offers a range of age appropriate choices for both preschool and school age students. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday early afternoons. See Session dates below.

    Age Class Days Time Session Activity # Fee
    3-6 years Preschool 1-2 M/W 2:00-2:30 p.m. 1 6692 $45
    2 6693 $40.50
    3-6 years Preschool 3-4 M/W 2:30-3 p.m. 1 6694 $45
    2 6695 $40.50
    6-12 years School Age 1-2 M/W 1:40-2:20 p.m. 1 6696 $50
    2 6697 $45
    6-12 years School Age 2.5-3 M/W 2:20-3 p.m. 1 6698 $50
    2 6699 $45
    6 years + School Age 3.5-4 M/W 2:20-3 p.m. 1 6700 $50
    2 6701 $45
    6 years + School Age 5-6 M/W 1-1:40 p.m. 1 6702 $50
    2 6703 $45

    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 Fee
    8-18 mo Parent/Merbabe M/W 5:30-6 p.m. 1 6712 $51
    2 6713 $46
    Sat 10:40-11:10 a.m. Saturday 6714 $46
    19-36 mo Parent/Toddler T/Th 5-5:30 p.m. 1 6716 $51
    2 6717 $46
    Sat 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturday 6715 $46

    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 Fee
    2 ½-5 years Parent/Child M/W 4:30-5:00 p.m. 1 6707 $51
    2 6708 $46
    T/Th 6:55-7:25 p.m. 1 6710 $51
    2 6711 $46
    Sat 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday 6709 $46

    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 Fee
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/W 4-4:30 p.m. 1 6718 $51
    2 6719 $46
      5-5:30 p.m. 1 6917 $51
        2 6918 $46
    T/Th 4-4:30 p.m. 1 6722 $51
    2 6723 $46
    Sat 8:55-9:25 a.m. Saturday 6721 $46
    Sat 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday 6720 $46

    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 Fee
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/W 3:25-3:55 p.m. 1 6726 $51
    2 6729 $46
    M/W 4-4:30 p.m. 1 6724 $51
    2 6727 $46
    M/W 5:00-5:30 p.m. 1 6725 $51
    2 6728 $46
    T/Th 4-4:30 p.m. 1 6735 $51
    2 6736 $46
    T/Th 4:30-5 p.m. 1 6734 $51
    2 6737 $46
    T/Th 5:30-6:00 p.m. 1 6733 $51
    2 6738 $46
    Sat 8:55-9:25 a.m. Saturday 6732 $46
    Sat 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday 6731 $46
    Sat 10:05-10:35 a.m. Saturday 6730 $46

    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 Fee
    3-6 years Preschool 3 M/W 3:25-3:55 p.m. 1 6739 $51
    2 6742 $46
    M/W 4:30-5 p.m. 1 6740 $51
    2 6741 $46
    T/Th 4:30-5 p.m. 1 6745 $51
    2 6747 $46
    T/Th 5-5:30 p.m. 1 6746 $51
    2 6748 $46
    Sat 10:05-10:35 a.m. Saturday 6744 $46
    Sat 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturday 6743 $46

    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 Fee
    3-6 years Preschool 4-Adv T/Th 5:30-6 p.m. 1 6752 $51
    2 6753 $46
    Sat 10:40-11:10 a.m. Saturday 6751 $46
    Sat 11:15-11:45 a.m. Saturday 6913 $46

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 1 M/W 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6754 $55
    2 6755 $49.50
    Sat 9:50-10:30 a.m. Saturday 6756 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/W 4-4:40 p.m. 1 6757 $55
    2 6758 $49.50
    T/Th 4-4:40 p.m. 1 6763 $55
    2 6766 $49.50
    T/Th 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6761 $55
    2 6764 $49.50
    T/Th 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6762 $55
    2 6765 $49.50
    Sat 10:35-11:15 p.m. Saturday 6759 $49.50
    Sat 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday 6760 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/W 4-4:40 p.m. 1 6767 $55
    2 6769 $49.50
    M/W 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6768 $55
    2 6770 $49.50
    T/Th 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6774 $55
    2 6775 $49.50
    T/Th 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6773 $55
    2 6776 $49.50
    Sat 9:50-10:30 a.m. Saturday 6771 $49.50
    Sat 10:35-11:15 a.m. Saturday 6772 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/W 4-4:40 p.m. 1 6777 $55
    2 6778 $49.50
    T/Th 4-4:40 p.m. 1 6914 $55
    2 6783 $49.50
    T/Th 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6781 $55
    2 6782 $49.50
    Sat 9:50-10:30 a.m. Saturday 6779 $49.50
    Sat 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday 6780 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 M/W 4:40-5:20 p.m. 1 6784 $55
    2 6785 $49.50
    T/Th 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6787 $55
    2 6788 $49.50
    Sat 10:35-11:15 a.m. Saturday 6786 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 4 M/W 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6789 $55
    2 6790 $49.50
    Sat 9:05-9:45 a.m. Saturday 6791 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 5 M/W 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6792 $55
    2 6793 $49.50
    Sat 9:05-9:45 a.m. Saturday 6794 $49.50

    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 Fee
    6-12 years School Age 6 M/W 5:20-6 p.m. 1 6795 $55
    2 6796 $49.50
    Sat 9:05-9:45 a.m. Saturday 6797 $49.50

    Teen Swimming Lessons

    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 Fee
    13-18 years Teen Lessons T/Th 7:30-8:15 p.m. 1 6798 $60
    2 6799 $54

    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.