• Children's and Teen's Programs


  • Children's Swimming Lessons Fall 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: $41-$51
    School Age Learn to Swim: $44-$55
    Teen Age and Adult: $48-$60

    Registration

    Online registration opens Friday, August 24 at 8 a.m.; walk-in registration opens Monday, August 27 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 refund 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 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 Accessible Education Services Office at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu. For additional information, please visit www.mhcc.edu/DSO.

    Sessions Dates - Children, Teenage and Adult Swim Lessons

    Weekday Afternoon and Evenings, M/W
    Session 1 Oct. 1-29* Pre: $46 Sch: $49.50 Adult: $54
    Session 2 Nov. 5 - Dec. 5* Pre: $41 Sch: $44 Adult: $48
    Weekday Afternoons and Evenings, T/Th
    Session 1 Oct. 2 - Nov. 1 Pre: $51 Sch: $55 Teen: $60
    Session 2 Nov. 6 - Dec. 6* Pre: $46 Sch: $49.50 Teen: $54
    Saturday Mornings
    Saturday Session Sept. 29 - Dec. 8* Pre: $46 Sch: $49.50 Teen: $54
    *no classes Nov. 10, 12, 21, 22, 24

    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)

    These are water adjustment classes for infants and young children, accompanied in the water by an adult (age 16 or older). These classes enable children to enjoy the water with someone they trust by playing games, singing songs and having fun!

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    Parent/Merbabe 8-18 months
    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.

    Learner pool

    T/Th

    5:30-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    10:40-11:10 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Turning 19 months

    Parent/Toddler 19-36 months
    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.

    Learner pool

    M/W

    5-5:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    11:15-11:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Turning 3 years and ready to enter group swim lessons without a parent or guardian in the water.

    Parent/Child 2 ½-5 years
    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.

    Learner pool

    M/W

    6:55-7:25 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4:30-5 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Turning 3 years and ready to enter group swim lessons without a parent or guardian in the water developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Instructor to student ratio is 1:6.

    Preschool Lessons (Learner and 25-yard Pools)

    Preschool lessons are for children who are 3 years of age through 6 years and not yet in first grade. The purpose of these lessons is to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Instructor to student ratio is 1:6.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    Preschool Level 1:
    3 to 6 years
    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.

    Learner pool

    M/W

    4-4:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4-4:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    5-5:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    6:55-7:25 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    8:55-9:25 a.m.

    Saturday

    9:30-10 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    Preschool Level 2:
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade
    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.

    Learner pool

    M/W

    4-4:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    4:30-5 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    5:30-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4-4:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    5-5:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    6:55-7:25 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    8:55-9:25 a.m.

    Saturday

    9:30-10 a.m.

    Saturday

    10:05-10:35 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    Preschool 3:
    3-6 years, Not yet in first grade
    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.

    25-yard pool, on tot docks

    M/W

    4:30-5 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    5-5:30 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4:30-5 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    10:05-10:35 a.m.

    Saturday

    11:15-11:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    Preschool Level 4:
    3-6 years, not yet in first grade
    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.

    25-yard pool, 5-foot depth

    M/W

    5:30-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    10:40-11:10 a.m.

    Saturday

    11:15-11:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Front 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.

    Learn-to-Swim (25-yard pool)

    The Learn-to-Swim courses teach children and young teens to be safe in, on and around the water and to swim well. Swimming skills and personal water safety are taught in a logical progression through 8 levels. The child must be in first grade and 6 years of age through 12 years of age. Instructor to student ratio ranges from 1:6 through Level 2, 1:8 through Level 3 to 1:10 as a maximum for levels 3.5 through 6.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
    6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    25-yard pool, shallow end; instructor teaches in the water

    M/W

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:50-10:30 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: With assistance: kick with a pool noodle, perform front and back glides for two body lengths and enter the water independently.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
    6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    25-yard pool, shallow end; instructor teaches in the water

    M/W

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    7:30-8:10 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    10:35-11:15 a.m.

    Saturday

    11:20 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 2.5: Stroke Readiness 6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Middle of the 25-yard pool, 5-8 feet of water depth; instructor teaches in the water

    M/W

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:50-10:30 a.m.

    Saturday

    10:35-11:15 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 3: Stroke Development 6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Deep end of the 25-yard pool, water depth 13 feet; instructor teaches primarily in the water

    M/W

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    7:30-8:10 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4-4:40 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:50-10:30 a.m.

    Saturday

    11:20 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 3.5: Stroke Practice
    6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Deep end of the 25-yard pool, water depth 13 feet; instructor teaches primarily from the deck

    M/W

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    T/Th

    4:40-5:20 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    10:35-11:15 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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; back crawl, butterfly and breaststroke for 15 yards; standing dives; tread water for two minutes demonstrating two different kicks, and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater.

    Title/Class Description Location Days Time Session/Dates

    School Age Level 4: Stroke Improvement
    6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck

    T/Th

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:05-9:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: 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.

    School Age Level 5: Stroke Refinement 6-6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck

    T/Th

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:05-9:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments.

    School Age Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
    6-12 years; first grade and up
    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.

    Swimming the length of the 25-yard pool; instructor teaches from the deck

    T/Th

    5:20-6 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Sat

    9:05-9:45 a.m.

    Saturday

    Passing Requirements: Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments.

    Teenage Swim Lessons
    Age 12 years and up
    Individualized instruction for teens! Everything from basic technique to interval training is offered, tailored to fit each swimmer’s needs.

    25-yard pool. Exact location varies depending on the level of each swimmer

    T/Th

    7:30-8:15 p.m.

    Session 1 and 2

    Passing Requirements: Swim all strokes in accordance with the passing requirements of each stroke, as well as performing the exit skills assessments.

    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.

    Refund policy: Scheduled private lessons will not be rescheduled or refunded with less than 24-hour notice of cancellation.

    Private Lessons Fall Sessions
    These lessons are eight classes (twice a week) for four weeks, or four classes( once a week) for four weeks. Fees
    are based on $22.50 per lesson.**

    Fall Session 1
    Oct. 8-Nov. 2* $180/8 lessons $90/4 lessons
    Fall Session 2
    Nov. 13-Dec. 7* $180/8 lessons $90/4 lessons

    *Sessions 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)