All-Ages Swim Lessons

The Northeast Community Center’s Aquatics program is committed to providing a fun and relaxed environment for the development of swimming skills in youth and adults.  Our 30-minute lessons give swimmers the most valuable resources for learning to swim: time in the water with highly effective and caring instructors.  We are a Red Cross affiliated facility, and our instructors are committed to the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim standards. The program uses a progressive skills approach so each level builds on skills learned in previous levels. Private lessons are also available and are a great supplement to group lessons for quicker skill acquisition. Contact the Front Desk for available times.  Questions?  Email

Winter I/II 2015

Session I: Registration Dec 16 (members) / Dec 18 (non-members)

Session II: Registration Feb 10 (members) / Feb 12 (non-members)

Download our Winter Swim Lesson Schedule w/course descriptions!

 Swim Club

The NECC Swim Club is a developmental swim program geared towards swimmers who want to get a good workout, meet new friends, and have the opportunity to compete in swim meets this summer.   Participants should have a general understanding of basic strokes, including freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.   Swimmers will also learn butterfly, competitive dive starts, flip turns, and refine stroke quality.   Swim club is open to swimmers ages 5 – 17 years in Levels 4 and above (Level 3 at coaches discretion).   Swimmers may swim 1 to 4 days a week. The NECC Swim Club will compete in the Portland Area Summer Swim League 2014.  Fees include team shirt, meet entry fees and the End-of-Season Swim Club Pool Party at NECC! Stay tuned for more information!!!                                

Group Swim Lessons

Parent and Child (Ages 6 months – 3 years)

Introduces age appropriate swimming skills using songs and games to create a fun and enjoyable experience in the water.  Builds basic water safety skills for both parents and children, helping infants and young children become comfortable in the water so they are ready and willing to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water. At 3 yrs old children may go into preschool classes.  (Maximum 12)

Preschool Aquatics(Ages 3 – 5)

Gives young children a developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and foundational swimming concepts. Skills are age appropriate, helping participants archive success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.

Pre-Level 1:  Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely.  No swimming prerequisite.  All skills are performed with help.  (Maximum 6)

Pre-Level 2:  Builds on the skills learned in Pre-Level 1 and gives participants success with fundamental skills such as floating and basic locomotion. (Maximum 6)

Pre-Level 3:  Builds on the skills learned in Pre-Level 2 and improves participants coordination of simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions. (Maximum 6)

Youth Aquatics(Ages 6 – Adult)

Based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills.  It is designed to give participants a positive and fun learning experience.

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills:  Helps participants feel comfortable in the water without a parent or guardian.   (Maximum 6)

Level 2Fundamental Aquatics Skills:  Participants will build confidence and learn how to perform floats and glides and to propel themselves on their front and back using coordinated arm and leg actions. (Maximum 6)

Level 3 - Stroke development:  Builds on skills learned in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.  Participants will focus on improving front crawl skills and will also learn backstroke. (Maximum 6)

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement:  Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatics skills.  The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of crawlstroke, backstroke, and treading water. (Maximum 6)

Level 5 – Stroke Refinement:  Provides further stroke proficiency and builds endurance.  Improvement of the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke as well as diving skills.  Sidestroke and swimming turns are also introduced. (Maximum 6)

Level 6 – Swimming and Skill Proficiency:  Refines the strokes so participants can swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.  (Maximum 6)

Adult Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn to swim or get a reminder of how to do the strokes?  Sign up for this group class where you get individual attention.  Mon. 7:00pm-7:30pm, Sat. 11:00am- 11:30am

As an American Red Cross affiliated facility, the NECC offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate swimming and water safety program that teaches you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely, and think and act safely in, on and around the water. The prerequisite for each level is the successful demonstration of skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which has no prerequisite.

 A full refund is available only if the participant withdraws at least 3 days prior to the start of the class or activity. If the participant withdraws after that time, NECC will provide participant with a credit to their NECC account for the full amount paid for the class or activity less a 10% administrative fee. That credit can be applied towards any future NECC class or activity, and it will expire one year from the date of issue. If the participant withdraws after the class has begun, NECC is unable to provide a refund or credit.
We are unable to prorate classes for students joining a class late, leaving a class early, or missing a class during the term. If participant misses a regularly-scheduled class, we are unable to offer makeup classes.


 Registration Policies: Registration is required for all listed activities. Our classes must meet minimum and maximum enrollment standards. Classes may fill quickly, or classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment.  

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