Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Assessment

We are pleased to offer free swim lesson assessments to participants who are new to our program. During the assessment, one of our instructors will lead your child through a series of skills to determine the appropriate level. Please call ahead to schedule your assessment.

Enrollment FAQs

  • You may register online or in person at the Welcome Desk.
  • Payment must be provided at time of registration to guarantee spot.
  • Enrollment is accepted up until the half-way point of the session.
  • On the first day of the session, our instructors will assess each participant to gauge their abilities and make sure they are in the correct level. If your child is not in the appropriate level, we will recommend that you transfer to the appropriate class level/time.
  • If a participants miss a class, they are not allowed to drop in to other classes or levels. If a class or program is canceled due to inclement weather or other cause, we are unable to schedule make-up sessions or provide refunds. We will give one voucher per session, for 10% off enrollment of one class during the next program session, even if more than one class is canceled. This voucher may not be turned into a refund.
  • Swim lesson registration fee does not include open swim before/after class. As always, all persons participating in open swim must pay the daily admission fee or use their membership card before entering the pools. Supervision policy applies.

Accommodating Waitlists

All programs operate with minimum enrollment requirements and maximum enrollment capacities. We reserve the right to cancel, change, or combine programs when minimum program enrollments have not been met.

Once a program is filled, a waitlist will be created. You will be called if an opening becomes available or if additional classes are created. If no openings become available after the first two weeks of the program, the waitlists will be deleted. Note: If additional classes are created, they may not be at the same time or day as the original program.
Note: swim diapers with tight fitting waist and legs required for children not yet potty trained.

Swim Classes - Fall 2019

Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 mos. - 2 yrs.)

One Day Per Week

*Please note: No classes Sunday, November 24 or Saturday, November 30.

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

One Day Per Week

*Please note: No classes Sunday, November 24 or Saturday, November 30.
 

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

Two Day Sessions - Session I

*Please note: No classes Monday, September 30, Tuesday, October 8, or Wednesday, October 9.

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

Two Day Sessions - Session II

*Please note: No classes Monday - Thursday, November 25, 26, 27, 28.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

One Day Per Week

*Please note: No classes Sunday, November 24 or Saturday, November 30.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

Two Days Per Week - Session I

*Please note: No classes Monday, September 30, Tuesday, October 8, or Wednesday, October 9.

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

Two Days Per Week - Session II

*Please note: No classes Monday - Thursday, November 25, 26, 27, 28.

Swim Classes - Winter 2020

Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 mos. - 2 yrs.)

One Day Per Week


Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

One Day Per Week

 

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

Two Day Sessions - Session I

 

Preschool Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 6 yrs.)

Two Day Sessions - Session II


Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

One Day Per Week

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

Two Days Per Week - Session 

 

Youth Swim Lessons (Ages 6 - 11 yrs.)

Two Days Per Week - Session II

 

Adult Swim Lessons- Mediterra NEW!

The MJCC now offers Mediterra’s Adult Swim Mastery Program in our own pool! Remove fear, learn to swim, swim safer, stronger, longer, faster  –  enjoy swimming more
than ever! All adults are welcome, especially older adults and seniors.
For more info on classes begining in January, go to mediterraswim.com and click on Portland.

 

Class Descriptions + Prerequisites

 

  • Parent + Child: 6 months - 2 years
  • Puddle Jumpers: 2 - 4 years
  • Preschool (PS): 3 - 6 years
  • Youth (Y): 6 - 11 years
  • Private Lessons: All ages

Parent + Child Lessons

 

Starfish: Parent + Child (6 months - 2 years)
Class Ratio: 1:15
Warm Pool
Developed for children 6 months to 2 years, Parent + Child helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in guided practice sessions that introduce kids to elementary swimming skills through songs and games. All children not yet potty trained must wear a swim diaper with tight fitting waist and legs.

Puddle Jumpers (2 - 4 years)
Class Ratio: 1:5

Warm Pool
Make the transition from parent-assisted swim lessons to independence in our regular group lessons with Puddle Jumpers. Instructors will help parents and children navigate the waters as the parent is gradually phased out of the class and the child develops independence while continuing basic water acclimation and exploration.

 

Preschool (PS) + Youth (Y) Lessons

PS Angelfish / Y Angelfish: Introduction to the Water
Class Ratio: 1:5
Warm Pool
Learn to enter and exit the water, submerge face, exhale underwater, explore floating and moving with support. Work on water acclimation and breath control. Prerequisites: None

 

PS Blowfish / Y Blowfish: Fundamental Water Skills
Class Ratio: 1:5
Warm Pool
Learn to submerge entire head, float on front and back, glide on front and back, roll over, paddle on front and back and use combined arm and leg motions. Children will be progressing to independent floating, swimming and jumping.
Prerequisites: Child is comfortable in the water, able to willingly submerge eyes, nose and mouth, can float with assistance, can move independently in shallow water or with assistance, and is able to follow directions.

PS Crocodile / Y Crocodile: Stroke Development
Class Ratio: 1:5
Warm Pool + Main Pool
Learn front & back crawl and elementary backstroke. Work on endurance and treading water. Practice swimming 25 yards.
Prerequisites: Child can float on front and back and swim 15 ft. independently without flotation. Child is comfortable going under water and entering the deep end of the pool.

PS Dolphin / Y Dolphin: Stroke Improvement
Class Ratio: 1:5
Main Pool
Improve front & back crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water. Learn the basics of breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, and standing dives.
Prerequisites: Understands the basic concepts of front crawl & back crawl, is comfortable swimming 25 yards and comfortable in deep water, is able to perform a sitting and kneeling dive.

Y Eel: Stroke Refinement
Class Ratio: 1:6
Main Pool
Refine and coordinate all the strokes. Learn racing and surface dives, open turns, shallow angle dives, breaststroke and butterfly.
Prerequisites: Can perform front crawl & back crawl, has a basic understanding of breast stroke and dolphin kicking, can perform a standing dive, is comfortable swimming 50 yards.

Y Flying Fish: Stroke + Skill Proficiency
Class Ratio: 1:8
Main Pool
Refine strokes to increase ease, efficiency, power and smoothness. Learn the
principles of fitness swimming such as drills, interval training, flip turns
and basic lifeguard rescue techniques.
Prerequisites: Able to swim front & back crawl, breast stroke and has a basic understanding of butterfly. Can dive from the side of the pool and is able to swim 100 yards.


 

 

Private Lessons + Training

Private Swim Lessons

Please note that our Private Swim Lessons are currently at capacity. We will re-open registration for Private Lessons once space becomes available.

Private (1:1) and semi-private (2:1) lessons may be scheduled in either pool, and are based on swim instructor availability, participant's schedule, and pool space. Availability may change each program session. When capacity is reached, new requests will not be accepted. Any requests submitted prior to reaching capacity will be held on a wait list. After submitting your request online, please allow five to seven business days for our Private Lesson Coordinator to find an instructor to suit your needs or otherwise be in contact with you.

*Please note: For developmental reasons, we do not accept private lesson requests for children under 3 years old.

Prices are per person.

Private: 5 x 1/2 hour (1:1)

Cost: $255. Member Cost: $180.

Semi-Private: 5 x 1/2 hour (2:1)

Cost: $188 per student. Member Cost: $125 per student.

Aquatic Personal Training

Our aquatic therapy offerings are currently on hold as we work to recruit a new Aquatic Therapist. When a new therapist is available, we will send an announcement to members welcoming the therapist to our team. Please note that as of March 1, pricing for aquatic therapy sessions will be:
Half hour: Cost $60; Member $40

*Register Online!