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Swimming Lessons for Children and Adults with Disabilities in Portland

Swimming Lessons for Children and Adults with Disabilities

The Center for Therapeutic Recreation, a program of the City of Portland Recreation Department, provides adapted aquatics programs to children and adults with disabilities, including autism. The 30-muinute lessons are taught by professionally trained staff who hold certifications as special education teachers and technicians, who are also recreation therapists and aides, and who hold authorizations as American Red Cross swimming instructors and lifeguards.

All swimmers work one-to-one with an instructor until skill attainment indicates they are ready to work in a small group. Instructors use Red Cross teaching strategies, materials, and learn-to-swim progressions that are adapted for each individual swimmer. A certified lifeguard is on deck during all lesson programs.

Swim classes take place in the Reiche Community School and Pool in Portland. Portland residents pay $10.00 per lesson and non-residents pay $20.00 per lesson. Lessons usually occur in 7-week modules and are conducted year-round.  An enrollment packet must be completed prior to enrollment in classes. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact Rose Cronin at 207-874-8874 or Karen McPhee at 756-8275.