The North Clackamas Aquatic Park provides the largest Swim Lesson Program at one facility in the state of Oregon. There are classes available for all ages and ability levels. From babies to adults and swimmers to non-swimmers there is something for everyone! During the school year swim lessons are offered twice a week either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and once a week on Saturdays for a total of eight consecutive classes. During the summer months participants meet Monday through Thursday for two week blocks for a total of eight classes. All sessions consist of eight thirty-minute classes and are taught by certified swim instructors.
You can register online by clicking the register for classes link on the left side of this page or by phone/in person by contacting the Aquatic Park at:North Clackamas Aquatic Park 7300 SE Harmony Road Milwaukie, OR 97222 (503) 794-8080 and press zero
Each session of swim lessons cost $53 for non-residents and $40 for residents.
Parent-Tot Programs – 8 to 35 months old
These introduction to water swim lessons are structured for child and adult participants to explore the water together.
Water Babies – 8 to 18 Months Old
Designed for babies accompanied by an adult in the water with the adult being an integral part of the learning process. A positive approach to water adjustment, stressing enjoyment and development of skills.
Aqua Tots – 19-35 Months Old
Adults accompany their children in the water with emphasis on teaching both child and adult swimming progression and safety skills.
Pre-school Programs – Ages 3 to 5 years
Class ratios are maximum of one instructor to five students and classes are taught in shallow water.
Entry level swimming lesson. Introduces students to basic swimming and water safety skills.
Builds on basic swimming and water safety skills while focusing on independent swimming, glides and underwater skills.
Begins the basics of front crawl with a continued focus on independent swimming. Introduces students to back crawl skills.
Students will be familiarized with back crawl, while fining and elementary backstroke are introduced. Front crawl and rotary breathing refinement continued.
School Age Programs –Ages 5 and Up
Entry level swimming lesson. Introduces students to basic swimming and water safety skills. 1:6 Ratio
Builds on basic swimming and water safety skills while focusing on front crawl, breath control and endurance and introduces students to back crawl. 1:6 Ratio
Begins refinement of front crawl with a focus on rotary breathing. Continues to familiarize students with back crawl, while introducing fining and elementary backstroke. 1:8 Ratio
Develops student’s ability to swim front crawl for increased distances with a mastery of rotary breathing, while continuing improvement in back crawl and elementary backstroke. 1:8 Ratio
Introduces breaststroke, dolphin kick and treading water. Promotes swimming endurance while establishing student’s ability to demonstrate front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke for greater distances. 1:10 Ratio
Increase swimming endurance in front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke. As well as, improve breaststroke and treading water for 1 minute 30 seconds and introducing sidestroke. 1:10 Ratio
Explores circle swimming, workout equipment, stretching, body alignment and diving from the side and board. Continues to use and improve previously learned strokes. 1:10 Ratio
Lifeguard Training-15 years and older
Lifeguard Training- This American Red Cross course is for individuals 15 years of age and older. This course teaches participants basic to intermediate water rescue skills, basic first aid, CPR for a professional rescuer and AED skills. Course payment includes pool and class time with instructors, equipment use and other necessary materials. A pre-requisite test is administered on the first day and must be completed and passed to gain entry into this class.
Pre-requisite skills include: Demonstrate the ability to complete a 300 yard swim (100 yards front crawl + 100 yards breaststroke + 100 yards your choice of either front crawl or breaststroke), 20 yard swim then a retrieval of a diving brick (10lbs) and then return original distance with brick held out of the water.
• Students may only be enrolled in one session at a time. Before enrolling in the next session, the student must show certification (received on the last day of class).
• Be sure to read the class descriptions prior to registration to best ensure registration for the correct class.
• One may register immediate family only.
• All classes have a minimum enrollment in order to be offered; classes with insufficient registration will likely be canceled or combined.