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Swim with Coach Dana

Kids in a pool with Coach Dana for swim lessons.

Our Mission

Swim With Coach Dana helps people of all ages improve their quality of life through the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of water. If you’re excited to become a confident swimmer, but not ready to jump in at the deep end yet, we will work with you to safely increase your swimming skills at your own pace all while having fun in the sun.


Coach Dana has turned trepidation of water into educated enthusiasm through a successful style of swim instruction carefully developed over a lifetime of experience and training. 


You’ll learn how strong you truly are as your water confidence grows to expert competence. Enroll today!

About Coach Dana


Coach Dana grew up in California, so being outside in the sunshine and around water was normal. It’s also in her blood—she comes from a family of swimmers! If Coach Dana wasn’t at the pool or beach swimming or surfing, she was likely running through a sprinkler. She started swimming competitively in 1976 and has been working in aquatics since 2005. 


Coach Dana is professionally trained and experienced in teaching private and group lessons, coaching, lifeguarding, instructing water safety, and operating and maintaining pools. She has used her experience to develop her own style of swim instruction with proven success.


Help Coach Dana teach the world about water safety so lives can be saved, one lesson at a time.  This is her passion. This is Coach Dana’s intent. There are far to many lives lost unnecessarily.   Everyone can swim.  There are just a few tricks to it.  Learn these tricks by enrolling in lessons with Coach Dana today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Find your answers here. If not, contact us.

We teach swimming all year long now! You can find Swim With Coach Dana at Patterson Park Community Center pool! Starting in January 2024, classes will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 pm. To sign up, just click the "Enroll Today" or call or text at 503-880-7935.

Yes! All ages and all levels. Choose the best lesson type for you, your child, and your family here!

This is a three step process.  First you fill out the registration form. Then enroll in classes. When you enroll, you'll gain access to the Parent Portal. You can pay through the portal with a charge card. Here's a helpful video to help you use the Parent Portal.

When you register, you gain access to the Parent Portal.  There is a link on the home page. Returning students can log into their account on the portal and enroll for more swim lessons. Here's a helpful video to help you use the Parent Portal.

Each swim class is 30 minutes.

All year long.  Winter brings us indoors at Patterson Pool every Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 7pm, October through April. Summer outdoor  season starts first part of  May and goes through September. Lessons are all day Monday through Thursday. 

Group sessions are at set times. Private lessons are whenever works best for your schedule during our days and times of operation.

Bring towels. Come ready to swim with your swimsuit and sunscreen on! There are bathrooms available for changing.  For multiple reasons, please leave goggles at home. 

Outdoor Pool - Park in the driveway or on the street and enter through the gate next to the garage. 

Patterson Pool - they have a large parking lot. No admission fee, it comes with enrollment. 

Outdoor Summer Season - Swim with Coach Dana has a private, heated pool.  The fiberglass pool is 16’ x 40’ and starts at 3.5’ with a gradual slope down to 6.5’.  It’s a salt pool, so it’s easy on skin, eyes, and swimsuits. There are exit steps at every corner and a foot rim all the way around the pool (a very safe feature for non-swimmers). There is a slide and fountains, which we use on Thursdays.

Indoor Winter Pool- Chlorine heated community pool with zero depth entry to 4 feet at the deepest. There is a big slide and other water features we will use the last week of the month. Lifeguards are on duty.

Outdoor Summer pool - "Bob," the pool vacuum, makes sure the pool is always clean and sanitary!

Indoor Winter pool- by law a community pool has to check chemicals for sanitation every hour.

Yes there are restrooms available at each facility. Students are encouraged to use the restroom BEFORE lessons.

Private Lessons: If you need to reschedule a private lesson due to sickness, you must provide Coach Dana a 24 hour notice. Otherwise, you forfeit your right to reschedule because she has reserved that time for you and your instructor is waiting poolside. Please see your signed contract for more clarity.

Group Sessions: Because the group relies on your attendance, a group lesson cannot be rescheduled.

Sessions are cancelled if a minimum of three students don't sign up. If the session is cancelled due to a lack of interest, you will be notified a few days before class and refunded your tuition fee.

We swim if it's cold, rainy, or cloudy. The lesson will only be rescheduled for bad weather if there is thunder and lightening in the area. That text comes no sooner that 30 minutes before lesson time.  For winter, if the roads are impassable we will reschedule. 


What are people saying about Swim with Coach Dana?

Olivia absolutely loved swim lessons with Coach Dana. She made sure Olivia learned swim safety and was calm and happy during lessons! She was able to go at the pace that made my daughter feel comfortable and we can't wait to return!!


We love Coach Dana! She taught my 5 girls, all different ages and skill levels, with a professionalism and great skill. She had a very structured class time that included improving/learning skills and strokes. At the same time she really assessed the kids and knew when a game was needed that used skills they already knew but also provided them with a break. I have had my kids in many group classes through community centers and private clubs and my children learned a small fraction in comparison to what they learned while taking lessons from Dana. One thing we loved about Coach Dana was her ability to break down a stroke and really teach every element of it so they could be strong and efficient in each piece of the stroke. My kids were able to become strong swimmers that were comfortable and confident in the water. I highly recommend her for your family and loved ones.


Chloe has loved swim lessons this week. Her school teacher says she knows all about [Coach Dana] now. Chloe has been talking [her] up!!


We have been in swim lessons with Coach Dana for the past 2 summers, and my boys adore her! They are so bummed on days that we don’t have lessons scheduled. Every summer their progress is huge, and the understanding of safety around water that she teaches is great! She is fun, but stern. She encourages them to push themselves, while building confidence. She is great with all ages. My oldest started working with Coach Dana when he was 4 and in 2 summers worth of lessons he was able to independently swim the full pool alone. I highly highly recommend having your child take classes with Coach Dana, my kids can’t wait to see her again soon!


Coach Dana is the best of the best!! Her ability to inspire confidence and motivate a toddler to swim is incredible. She has so much patience and puts the child at ease in an enthusiastic way. I've also been very pleased with the impeccable cleanliness and upkeep of the pool area. Last but not least, her professionalism and punctuality is very much appreciated. It's hard to find people like her these days! I have told everyone I know - GO SWIM WITH COACH DANA!! You won't regret it!


Thank you so much for giving these boys confidence in the water and teaching them how to stay safe but also have fun. I'm extremely pleased at how far they have come since the very first lesson. We were able to have a lot more fun when we visited a pool this summer. Again, Thank you! These lessons were just what they needed and they loved spending time with you at your pool.

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