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

Summer 2015

Session I: Register April 28th (members) / April 30th (non-members)

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 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 Lesson Descriptions

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Parent & Child

Helps infants and young children become comfortable in the water. This class introduces age-appropriate swimming skills with songs and games to create a fun experience in the water. Builds basic water safety for both adults and children.

Pre-Level 1 (ages 3-5)/Level 1 (ages 6+)

Helps children feel comfortable and safely enjoy the water.

Pre-Level 2 (ages 3-5)

Swimmers must be able to enter and exit the pool independently, blow bubbles, glide on front, and float on back for 3 seconds with assistance. This class gives swimmers success with fundamental skills like floating and basic locomotion using combined arm and leg motions.

Level 2 (ages 6+)

Swimmers must be able to enter and exit the pool independently, blow bubbles, glide, and float on back for 5 seconds. Swimmers learn to perform floats, bobs, front and back glides, and tread water using coordinated arm and leg actions.

Pre-Level 3 (ages 3-5)

Swimmers must be able to glide on front and back for 3 body lengths and float on back for 15 seconds.  They will swim in deeper water combining arms and legs to improve coordination.

Level 3 (ages 6+)

Swimmers must be able to perform skills in deeper water, push off the bottom and tread or float for 15 seconds, swim on front and back for 5 body lengths, then exit. Swimmers improve front crawl, floating and treading, learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick, and the principles of diving.

Level 4 (ages 6+)

Swimmers must be able to jump into deep water, tread or float for 1 minute, swim front crawl using side breathing and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards and then exit pool. Swimmers increase proficiency and endurance on skills learned in Level 3 and gain skills in breaststroke, butterfly and diving. Level 4 swimmers may participate in Swim Club.

Level 5 (ages 6+)

Swimmers must be able to perform headfirst dives, swim front crawl and elementary backstroke for 25 yards, back crawl and breaststroke for 15 yards, and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater. Swimmers increase proficiency and endurance on skills learned in Level 4, front and back flip turns, and gain proficiency in diving. Level 5 swimmers may participate in Swim Club.

Level 6 (ages 6+)

Swimmers must be able to perform a shallow-angle dive, swim front crawl for 50 yards, elementary backstroke for 50 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and back crawl for 25 yards. Swimmers refine strokes to improve efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 swimmers may participate in Swim Club.

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.

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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