• Children's and Teen's Programs


  • Children's Swimming Lessons Summer 2018

    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 7 at 8 a.m.; walk-in registration opens Friday, June 8 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. If your child is on a wait list, and we can now enroll your child, we will call you. We will not contact you unless a spot becomes available.

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

    Please see our website at www.mhcc.edu/aquatics for in-depth lesson descriptions, FAQs and additional lesson guidelines.

    Students or individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or dsoweb@mhcc.edu. For additional information, please visit www.mhcc.edu/DSOServices.

    Sessions Dates - Children, Teenage and Adult Swim Lessons

    Weekday Mornings, M/T/W/Th
    Session 1 June 18-28 Monday-Thursday Pre: $41 Sch: $44
    Session 2 July 9-19* Monday-Thursday Pre: $36 Sch: $38.50
    Session 3 July 23-August 2* Monday-Thursday Pre: $36 Sch: $38.50
    Session 4 August 6-16 Monday-Thursday Pre: $41 Sch: $44
    Weekday Afternoons and Evenings, M/W
    Session A June 18-July 18 Pre: $41 Sch: $44 Adult: $48
    Session B July 23-August 15 Pre: $41 Sch: $44 Adult: $48
    Weekday Afternoons and Evenings, T/Th
    Session A June 19-July 19* Pre: $31 Sch: $33 Teen: $38
    Session B July 24-August 16* Pre: $31 Sch: $33 Teen: $38

    *no classes the week of July 2; no class July 12, 26

    Children’s Lessons Description and Requirements

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

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

    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    8-18 months Parent/Merbabe Learner pool Basic skills and cues are introduced at this level, such as asking permission to enter the water, feeling comfortable in the water and practicing buoyancy and bubble blowing. Adults learn how to safely work with the children in the water, by employing specific holding and support techniques. Safety around all bodies of water is emphasized. Children who are not toilet trained must wear plastic pants or swim diapers. Turning 19 months
    19-36 months Parent/Toddler Learner Pool Basic skills and cues are introduced at this level, such as asking permission to enter the water, feeling comfortable in the water and practicing buoyancy and bubble blowing. Adults learn how to safely work with the children in the water, by employing specific holding and support techniques. Safety around all bodies of water is emphasized. Children who are not toilet trained must wear plastic pants or swim diapers. Turning 3 years and ready to enter group swim lessons without a parent or guardian in the water.
    Days Times Sessions
    8-18 mo Parents/Merbabe M/W 6:55 - 7:25 p.m. Session A
    T/Th 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Session A and B
    19-36 mo Parents/Toddler M/W 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Session A and B
    M/W 4 - 4:30 p.m. Session A
    M/W 6:55 - 7:25 p.m. Session B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    2.5 - 5 years Parent/Child Learner pool This is a water adjustment and skills class for preschoolers who need more one-on-one time with their parent (or other adult) in the water before joining group lessons. This class is also for children ages 2 ½ to 3 years of age who are ready for more directed skill acquisition, such as floating, gliding, kicking and arm strokes. Additional goals and skills include the need for adult supervision around water, submerging in a rhythmic pattern and wearing a U. S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Preschool Level 1 and 2 skills are taught. Turning 3 years and ready to enter group swim lessons without a parent or guardian in the water.
    Days Times Sessions
    2.5 - 5 years Parents/Child M/W 4 - 4:30 p.m. Session B
    M/W 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Session A and B
    Days Times Sessions
    2.5 - 5 years Preschool 1 M/W 4:00 - 4:30 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    M/W 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade Preschool 1 Learner pool This level orients young preschoolers to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills, such as entering and exiting the water, blowing bubbles, floating, gliding and kicking on front and back. Skills are performed with the instructor’s assistance. Enter the water independently, travel 5 yards, submerge mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds; with assistance: glide on front for 2 body lengths, roll over and float on back for 3 seconds, then stand up.
    Days Times Sessions
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 8:55 - 9:25 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 10:05 - 10:35 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/T/W/Th 10:40 - 11:10 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/W 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions A and B
    3-6 years Preschool 1 M/W 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions A and B
    3-6 years Preschool 1 T/Th 6:55 - 7:25 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade Preschool 2 Learner pool Preschool 2 objectives include performing the skills learned in Preschool 1 at a slightly more advanced level, such as longer distances or duration, or swimming in deeper water. This level marks the beginning of performing simple kicking and arm skills independently. Skills are performed with assistance as needed, with the goal of fully submerging and having some independence with moving through the water on both the front and back. This ability to swim short distances unaided is vital before children advance to Preschool 3 and enter the bigger 25-yard pool.
    Days Times Sessions
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 8:55 - 9:25 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 10:05 - 10:35 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/T/W/Th 10:40 - 11:10 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/W 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions A and B
    3-6 years Preschool 2 M/W 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions A and B
    3-6 years Preschool 2 T/Th 6:55 - 7:25 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade Preschool 3 25-yard pool, on tot docks. The Preschool 3 objective is increased proficiency and independence with previously learned skills, achieved through lots of guided practice and repetition. Children are learning the basics of front crawl stroke and combined backstroke, as well as treading water. Additional water safety topics are introduced. Emphasis is on swimming independently and the ability to catch a breath unassisted while swimming on the front. Swimming without assistance for five body lengths front and back, rolling over, standing up from a floating position, entering and exiting the water, and treading water or floating for 15 seconds.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 10:05 - 10:35 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions A and B
    6-12 years Preschool 3 M/T/W/Th 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade Preschool 4 25-yard pool, 5-foot depth. Preschool 4 emphasizes refining stokes and swimming further on the front and back, as well as treading water for longer periods of time. Elementary backstroke kick, dolphin kick and sitting dives are introduced. WFront crawl with rotary (side) breathing for 10 yards, elementary backstroke 10 yards, combined backstroke 15 yards, treading water up to one minute, changing position and direction, plus sitting dives.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 10:40 - 11:10 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions A and B
    6-12 years Preschool 4 M/T/W/Th 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 1 25-yard pool, shallow end; instructor teaches in the water. Level 1 introduces adjustment to the aquatic environment and basic aquatic skills, which children continue to build on as they progress through the Learn-to-Swim levels. Bubble blowing, breath control and exploring the water on the front and back are introduced. Skills are practiced with assistance. With assistance: kick with a pool noodle, perform front and back glides for two body lengths and enter the water independently.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 1 M/T/W/Th 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 1 M/T/W/Th 10:35 - 11:15 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 2 25-yard pool, shallow end; instructor teaches in the water. Level 2 marks the beginning of true swimming skills, as well as gliding, floating and standing up from a floating position, with assistance from the instructor. Swimmers are learning the basics of front crawl stroke and combined backstroke, as well as treading water. Enter chest-deep water, float front and back and change positions. Swimmers will also swim five body lengths on the front while catching a breath, roll over, then continue to swim five body lengths on the back, with the goal of performing all skills without assistance.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 9:05 - 9:45 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 10:35 - 11:15 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m. - Noon Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2 M/W 4:40 - 5:20 p.m. Sessions A and B
    6-12 years School Age 2 T/Th 7:30 - 8:10 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 2.5 Middle of the 25-yard pool, 5-8 feet of water depth; instructor teaches in the water. Level 2.5 objectives include expanding proficiency for skills learned in Level 2 as well as becoming comfortable in deeper water. This level introduces rotary breathing for crawl stroke to increase stroke efficiency, as well as introducing dolphin kick, elementary backstroke kick and sitting dives. Treading water duration is increased. Step from the side into deep water, swim front crawl 10-15 yards, front or back float for 20 seconds, swim combined or elementary backstroke 15 yards and tread water for 30-40 seconds.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 9:05 - 9:45 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/T/W/Th 10:35 - 11:15 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 M/W 7:30 - 8:10 p.m. Sessions A and B
    6-12 years School Age 2.5 T/Th 4:40 - 5:20 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 3 Deep end of the 25-yard pool, water depth 13 feet; instructor teaches primarily in the water. This level builds on the skills introduced in Level 2.5, with guided practice in deeper water. The focus is on increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, elementary backstroke kick and treading water. Skills introduced at this level include breaststroke kick, scissor kick and elementary backstroke coordination, as well as kneeling dives. Enter deep water from the side, perform a sitting dive, swim front crawl and elementary backstroke 15-25 yards, change position/direction in the pool and tread water for one minute.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/T/W/Th 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m. - Noon Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3 M/W 5:20 - 6 p.m. Sessions A and B
    Age Group Class Title Location Description Passing Requirements
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 3.5 Deep end of the 25-yard pool, water depth 13 feet; instructor teaches primarily from the deck. The goal of Level 3.5 is increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl and elementary backstroke, and coordination of breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke. This level introduces back crawl, breaststroke arms, butterfly arms, underwater swimming, feet first surface dives and standing dives. Swim crawl stroke for 15 yards, demonstrating efficient rotary breathing, kicking and arm strokes; elementary backstroke for 15 yards with correct whip kick and glide; demonstrate back crawl, butterfly and breaststroke for 15 yards; perform standing dives; tread water for two minutes demonstrating two different kicks, and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 M/T/W/Th 9:05 - 9:45 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 M/T/W/Th 11:20 a.m. - Noon Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years School Age 3.5 T/Th 5:20 - 6 p.m. Sessions A and B
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 4 Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck. This is the first level where swimmers regularly swim the length of the pool (25 yards) rather than the width (15 yards). The focus is increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and treading water. In addition, level 4 introduces rotary kick, sculling, open turns and survival float. Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments. If swimmers are interested in competition, they are often ready to try out for competitive swim teams at this level.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 4 M/T/W/Th 8:20 - 9 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 5 Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck. Level 5 introduces flip turns, sidestroke, survival swimming, long shallow dives and tuck and pike surface dives. Swimmers at this level are becoming proficient in all six strokes, listed above in Level 4, and the focus is on stroke refinement and endurance of these strokes. Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 5 M/T/W/Th 8:20 - 9 a.m. Sessions 1-4
    6-12 years; first grade and up School Age 6 Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck This is the most advanced swimming class offered. At this level swimmers are competent in six strokes and are proficient swimmers. They are capable of swimming 500-1000 yards during each lesson. This level offers two tracts: Personal Water Safety or Fitness Swimmer. These tracts are alternated throughout the year so that swimmers have the opportunity to experience both. 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. Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments.
    Days Times Sessions
    6-12 years School Age 6 M/T/W/Th 8:20 - 9 a.m. Personal Water Safety – Sessions 1 and 3; Fitness Swimmer – Sessions 2 and 4.

    Private Swim Lessons

    Mt. Hood Community College 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, focusing on a specific 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 information. All requests are booked by the aquatics coordinator in 4-week sessions.

    Private Lessons Summer Sessions
    Dates Number of Lessons Fees (based on $22.50 lesson)**
    Apr. 9 – May 5 8 classes 2x/week -or- 4 classes 1x/week $180 $90
    May 14 – June 9* 8 classes 2x/week -or- 4 classes 1x/week $180 $90

    *this session may have fewer lessons due to holidays, depending on the day(s) that lessons are booked.
    **Semi-private lessons are $30/lesson ($15 per student)

    Pre-Teen/Teen Programs

    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 to participate at 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 25-28 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Session 2 July 30-August 2 1:30-4:30 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 7-lesson session/per person): $38

    Teenage Class – Stroke Improvement

    This class is open to individuals ages 13 and up. Skills taught in this class include the basics plus learning and improving strokes. Students will also learn how to dive.
    13-18 years Teen Lessons T/Th 7:30-8:15 p.m. Sessions A and B