Baby & Me

These classes are for children ages 4 months–35 months of any background, experience, or ability level. FSS offers over 50 baby classes, 6 days a week!

The Basics

  • Recurring 30-minute swim lessons every week: same day, same time, same teacher
  • For ages 4 to 35 months (must switch to private lessons at 3 years)
  • Group classes of up to 6 baby students (with 1 adult helper per baby)
  • No pre-set sessions: you start when you want and stop when you want.
  • Cloth swim diapers required for any swimmers not fully potty-trained

Age Groups

We divide our Baby & Me into two age groups: Guppies (4 months–17 months) and Minnows (18 months–35 months). This division is strictly according to age (and attendant motor and communication development), not swim experience. Don’t worry if, at first, your baby seems “behind” other kids in their group—it’s beneficial for them to see examples of what they can accomplish. Lesson content varies slightly by age group; see below for lesson content details.

We also offer mixed-age Fishbowl baby classes (4 months–35 months). This is perfect for age-gap friends/siblings who want to swim together.

An advanced class, Goldfish, is available for advanced swimmers upon instructor recommendation.

Cost

$15 per lesson per baby student

With no sessions to pre-pay for, our participants pay by the month (with payment due on the 1st of the month). There are discounts available for paying 2 or more months in advance.

Cloth swim diapers

Swimmers who are not fully potty-trained are required to wear a cloth reusable swim diaper for sanitary reasons. We sell the iPlay brand at the front desk for $12 (or $18 for trunks with diaper built in), or you can bring in your own. When wearing a reusable swim diaper, no other diaper is needed underneath.

Register

Click here if you would like to be added to our wait-list for swim lessons. We’ll contact you as soon as we have an opening that matches your request. Wait times can vary greatly depending on your needs and availability; our typical participant waits one to three months for a spot. Once you sign up for a lesson spot, it’s yours until you tell us otherwise (or until your child ages out). If you decide to discontinue lessons part-way through a month you’ve already paid for, you will be refunded according to the amount of notice given. See below for a list of current baby class days, times, & locations.

If you want to start right away or think recurring weekly lessons won’t work for you, try our drop-in lessons!

Unsure about jumping straight into a regular class? Test the waters in one of our quarterly Baby Swim Clinics, special intro courses designed specifically for a group of brand-new swimmers (including babies as young as 2 months old).

Trying us out

Wondering if FSS is a good fit for you? The easiest way to give us a try is with a Drop-in Lesson! Just choose a lesson off the webpage, contact the office, make a payment, and come swim! Then you can decide whether you’d like to get on the wait-list for a regular weekly spot.

If you’ve already been offered a regular weekly spot, you have the option to make your first lesson a “Trial,” meaning you pay in advance for a single lesson and then have 48 hours afterward to decide whether to keep the lesson slot going forward. If you decide to keep it, we’ll put you on the calendar going forward and send you an invoice for the rest of the month. Please note that Trial lessons must be paid for in advance and are nonrefundable once purchased.

FAQ

For answers to frequently asked questions (like “What if I need to miss a lesson?” or “Is it safe for my baby to go underwater?”) click here.

Class Schedule and Lesson Content Details

Classes with immediate openings are highlighted with AQUA.
Last updated on 01/07/2020

MONDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
10:00am Guppies Beaverton Annie
10:30am Goldfish Beaverton Annie
11:00am Minnows Beaverton Annie
11:30am Fishbowl Beaverton Annie
1:00pm Guppies Beaverton Layla
1:30pm Fishbowl Beaverton Layla
2:00pm Guppies Beaverton Layla
6:00pm Guppies Beaverton Liz
6:30pm Fishbowl Beaverton Liz
7:00pm Minnows Beaverton Liz
TUESDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
10:00am Minnows Beaverton Dana
10:30am Fishbowl Beaverton Dana
11:00am Guppies Beaverton Dana
11:30am Fishbowl Beaverton Dana
1:00pm Guppies Beaverton Diane
1:30pm Fishbowl Beaverton Diane
6:00pm Guppies Beaverton Liz
6:30pm Minnows Beaverton Liz
7:00pm Fishbowl Beaverton Liz
WEDNESDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
10:00am Guppies Beaverton Layla
10:30am Minnows Beaverton Layla
11:00am Fishbowl Beaverton Layla
11:30am Goldfish Beaverton Layla
2:00pm Guppies Beaverton Dana
THURSDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
5:30pm Fishbowl Beaverton Dana
6:00pm Fishbowl Beaverton Liz
6:30pm Guppies Beaverton Liz
FRIDAY: No Classes, but...

No baby classes currently offered.
Check out our BABY OPEN SWIM,
10am
–1pm, for ages 4mo–4yrs!

SATURDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
8:30am Guppies Beaverton Liz
9:00am Minnows Beaverton Liz
9:30am Minnows Beaverton Liz
10:00am Minnows Beaverton Liz
10:30am Guppies Beaverton Liz
11:00am Minnows Beaverton Teresa
11:30am Fishbowl Beaverton Teresa
12:00pm Fishbowl Beaverton Teresa
2:30pm Guppies Portland Dana
3:00pm Guppies Portland Dana
3:30pm Fishbowl Portland Dana
SUNDAY: See Schedule / Check Availability
Time Class type Location Instructor
9:00am Fishbowl Beaverton Marco
9:30am Guppies Beaverton Marco
10:00am Minnows Beaverton Marco
10:00am Minnows Portland Teresa
10:30am Minnows Beaverton Marco
10:30am Guppies Portland Teresa
11:00am Minnows Portland Teresa
11:30am Fishbowl Portland Teresa
2:00pm Fishbowl Beaverton Jessie
2:30pm Guppies Beaverton Jessie
3:00pm Fishbowl Beaverton Jessie
3:30pm Guppies Beaverton Jessie

Lesson Content Details

All Baby & Me classes work on:

  • Water orientation and comfort
    • Underwater swimming
      • Between parent and teacher
      • From the wall to parent or teacher
      • From parent or teacher to the wall
    • Standing/walking in shallow water (and learning to turn back when it gets too deep)
    • Reaching down to find toys underwater
    • Breath control (bubbles, extended submersion)
  • Safety/self-rescue
    • Back floating
    • Rolling from any position into a backfloat for breath
    • Wall-work
      • Swimming to the wall
      • Holding on to the wall edge
      • Climbing out of the pool
      • U-turns back to the wall
  • Basic kicking

Minnows classes add:

  • Self-submersion and 2′ dives to the bottom
  • Rolling from backfloat to front, with kicks
  • “Monkey walking” along pool’s edge
  • Introduction to goggles

Goldfish classes also work on:

  • Flutter kicking
  • Back kicking
  • Multiple rolls
  • Swims across full pool width
  • Diving 3′ to 4′ for toys