Best Swimming lessons for kids!!
If you have ever taken your young child to a park district swim lessons and felt it lacked...well...instruction of any kind, then I think you will find the lessons at the RAC incredibly worthwhile. It costs a bit more as a non-member, but just in the short time that our son has been taking lessons (about 9 months) this three year-old has made huge strides being in the pool/lessons without a parent, going under water, swimming by himself to the side of the pool, and generally loving being in the water. This is especially significant given that he used to cry and cling to us in water. We've had the chance to take lessons from Ryan and Jossie, both of whom our son adores. While they each have unique styles, both share a playful but direct style of communication and interacting with the kids that builds immediate trust and respect. I have recruited several friends to take their kids here and while each had initial concerns about the cost or about it being too hard to get to from NE Portland, they too are converts and BIG fans after seeing their kids make such progress and having fun.
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Otherwise, the club is lovely (with a recent remodel) and we regularly make a day of it by going to a lesson, staying for lunch at their cafe, or going for a walk on the riverfront. If you are thinking of doing swim lessons for your kids and you want them to learn to be independent and love the water, RAC is worth the investment.