Swim Zone Swim Team

Coach Cait is a USA Swimming certified coach that is coaching on deck with all levels of the ClubSwim program at the Bay Club Portland.  She will be assisting in dive clinics and swim meets this fall allong with Coach Keith. Coach Cait was a competitive USA swimmmer from 1994-2006 and a NCAA competitive swimmer from 2006-2009. She has also competed in Triathlons and US Masters Swimming. Cait has been teaching and coaching swimming since 2001 and has experience with swimmers of all levels, abilities, and ages from four months to adults. 

She is offering customized private swim lessons at the Bay Club. Most lessons are once a week and 30 minutes long, but 45 and 60 minute or multiple lessons per week are also available. You can also swim with a sibling or build-a-group (up to 4 swimmers) with friends. Whether your swimmer is getting in the water for the first time or prepping for competition just let her know what your swimming needs are!

Please look at Coach Cait's calendar below to see her current availibilty.

  • Times open for ongoing lessons are marked as "Available". 
  • Times with initials listed are currently reserved by swimmers and not available.
  • Times marked as "1x Available" are available for a one-time only lesson. 


***Please e-mail Cait if you need to make changes to your lesson schedule!***


E-mail [email protected] to schedule private lessons, to schedule changes/cancellations, or for any other questions you may have! If you don't hear back within 48 hours (M-F) please reach out again!

Cancellation policy: Cancellations and rescheduled lessons are available for any reason. However, cancellation notices and rescheduling requests must be made by e-mail or text 24 hours or more in advance including in the case of illness. Without written notice or less than 24 hour notice, the lesson will be charged.

Cancellations with written notice 24 hours or more in advance are not charged. If you see your swimmer's initials on the calendar below, they are expected for that lesson. Please e-mail Cait if your lesson listed on the calendar is incorrect.

If the lesson is cancelled because Cait is unavailable, the lesson will not be charged.


When can my child start swim lessons?
The earlier the better! Even if it doesn't look exactly like swimming right away, young swimmers can gain important skills in the water like breath control, floating, and learning to follow pool safety rules. The AAP currently reccomends swim lessons for children age 1 and older.

How many swim lessons a week should my child take?
For beginners a good starting point is 1-2 lessons a week for 30 minutes. More advanced swimmers may find they need 45-60 minute lessons or more frequent lessons depending on their needs.

Should I get in the water with my child? What if my child cries?
It can be really difficult to see your child cry, especailly during an activity that's supposed to be fun! The best thing to do is keep coming to lessons and talk to Cait about different approaches and methods you can use to help ease the crying.

Before two years old a familiar adult (mom, dad, grandma, nanny, etc.) in the water with your child and the instructor is usually the most productive lesson, but please plan on it being the same adult each time since they'll be learning right alongside the swimmer!

Between two and three children should begin transitioning to swimming with just the instructor if they aren't already. Crying and separation anxiety at the beginning of this process is normal and with consistent lessons it is not usually prolonged. Children at this stage are learning to trust their instructor and learning to turn to their instructor to help them regulate their emotions in the water. 

At three and older, they will begin lessons with just the instructor. Though it happens less often, children three and older may also cry when they first begin swim lessons. As the lessons become part of their routine and they develop a relationship with their instructor they will start to look forward to their time in the pool! 

How long will it take to learn to swim or learn strokes?
It varies by swimmer. Swimmers that are totally comfortable in the water, willing to attempt new skills, and listen well make the fastest progress. If a swimmer has a fear of the water, struggles with following directions, or other challenges it can take longer. In general, I recommend assessing your swimmer's progress every sixteen lessons. 

Progress is defined differently for each swimmer. For swimmers with a significant fear of the water, progress may mean being willing to play happily with an instructor in the water an half an hour. For swimmers who already know how to swim, progress may mean learning the basics of a new stroke. 

As with learning any new skill, progress is not a clear upwards slope. For many swimmers there are valleys and peaks or plateaus. Consistency is key! If your child takes some lessons and then takes a few seasons off, it will be hard for them to make progress. While they're still learning, a long break means swimmers often forget the skills they learned in the past and starting lessons again can be like starting over. Please consider making swim lessons a part of your regular routine while your swimmer is mastering the skill! 

What should we bring to swim lessons?

  • Required:
  • Highly Recommended:
    • One-piece suits for girls and jammer style suits for boys. These suits allow swimmers to move more freely in the water and need the least adjustments during a lesson. 
    • Well-fitting goggles made for lap swimming or competition (even if your swimmer isn't competitive). Look for goggles made by Speedo, TYR, or Nike and models like Speedo Jr Hydrospex, Speedo Jr. Vanquiser, or TYR Swimple

      While there are often goggles available to borrow, bringing your own pre-adjusted goggles saves time and reduces distraction during the lesson. If your child isn't wearing goggles yet, bring them along anyway so they can practice having them at a swim lesson.
    • A swim cap. For swimmers with long and short hair!
  • Please do not bring:
    • Swim masks or goggles that cover the nose
    • Life vests or puddle jumpers
    • Inflatable swimming devices
    • Ear plugs or nose plugs for non-medical use. Learning to comfortably submerge your ears and control your breath without the aid of tools is an important part of swimming safely and effectively.