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City of Astoria, Oregon

 

Swim Classes

Aqua Ducks
For children 6 month to 3 years, accompanied by an adult, in the water.
Experience a fun, interactive, water adjustment program designed to introduce basic water skills as the instructor guides parent and child. Parents develop confidence using proper holding positions and techniques, allowing children to develop fundamentals that can lead to a lifetime of safe practices and water enjoyment. Swim diapers are required for children who are not potty-trained.

Lil' Shrimp
Preschool: 3-5 years
For the non-swimmer: It's fun to make bubbles and get my eyes and ears wet! My teacher will help me float and glide in the water. I wonder if a lifejacket will help me float? I'm learning to love the water!

Jellyfish
Preschool: 3-5 years, Youth: 6-12 years
Pre-requisites: I am comfortable in the water! I can put my whole face in the water and blow bubbles for 5 seconds! I can float and glide with assistance on my front and back! I can do it!

Sea Otter
Preschool: 3-5 years, Youth: 6-12 years
Pre-requisites: I can do a front crawl without taking a breath: Preschool: 10 feet; Youth: 15 feet. I can back glide: Preschool: 5 feet; Youth: 10 feet. I can do side breathing on the wall. Preschool: 5 breaths; Youth: 10 breaths. I like to bob! Preschool: 5 bobs; Youth: 10 bobs.

Walrus
Pre-requisites: Front crawl with breathing for 20 feet; back crawl for 15 feet; Jump into lap pool at 6-8 feet unassisted.

Sea Lion
Pre-requisites: Front crawl with breathing, using proper technique: 1/2 length of the pool. Back crawl using proper technique: 1/2 length of the pool. Underwater swim for 15 feet. Whip kick on back with equipment: 1/2 length of the pool. Deep-water bobs: 5 deep water bobs.

Orca
Pre-requisites: Front crawl with breathing, using proper technique: length of the pool. Back crawl: length of the pool. Elementary backstroke with proper technique: length of the pool. Deep-water bobs: 15 bobs.

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Employee
of the
Month

Peter von Payens has worked with the Astoria Aquatic Center as a lead guard and fitness instructor for a year and a half. Peter is a positive team member, always has an encouraging word for coworkers, has a very large knowledge of lifeguarding, keeps other staff focused on safety and working as a team. He excels in teaching new staff members rescue techniques and coaching staff to stay in practice as well as instruction in fitness. Peter teaches aqua aerobics classes, yoga classes and assists patrons in using the fitness center. Peter brings a positive presence to our facility when he works and helps to keep our patrons safe. Thank you for all your hard work Peter!

 

Park Partner of the Month

Dale Hirahara is a 50 year resident of Astoria and of those 50 years she has coached softball for 23 of them. Dale has been a volunteer head softball coach with Astoria Parks and Recreation for 3 years, an assistant for many more, and she has run softball skills camps and clinics for the last 15 years. Dale is one of the most requested coaches by players in our community teaching 1st year players to the most advanced level of competitive youth softball.  Her kindness and knowledge of basic fundamentals have been great tools in shaping the skill set of young ball players in Astoria. Dale has also coached and played in our adult softball leagues for 30 years. Dale has been an outstanding volunteer and valuable softball ambassador for Astoria Parks and Recreation Department, and to the community at large.  Thank you, Dale!

 
 
 

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