Open 7 Days a Week!
Classes for All Ages: 4 Months & up
Day & Evening Classes Available
Small Classes (6:1 Parent/Child & 4:1 All Others)
Baby Open Swim & Open Swim Available
Enclosed Pool – 91 Degree Water
Located Near Washington Square Mall
Over the next few months you will experience an exciting fast-paced adventure. The life of your child will be forever changed with new joyous memories that will never be forgotten. Our proven teaching methods plus parent involvement, strengthens the experience of learning to swim.
Families never be afraid to ask questions. We understand that you will have question pertaining to the facility, instructors, or the speed your child is advancing through the levels of our program. We welcome questions. Our goal is to teach your little one to swim in a fun filled safe environment that builds self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment.
Thank you for entrusting your child to our program!
Each of our instructors takes pride in our program, turning a basic intuitive response into a life-saving skill. They are competent in the latest aquatic techniques with an emphasis on gentle encouragement. Certified in the Children of the Sea Water Safety Program, trained in accordance to the USSA Code of Ethics, and every staff member is CPR and A&D certified by the American Red Cross.
I am Lynne Zavrski, Owner of Children of the Sea. I moved to Hawaii in 1975, where I was the first female lifeguard on the beach of Waikiki. I was proud to have broken ground for females to join the ranks. I made several life threatening rescues and received a citation from the major of Fasi.
I participated in triathlons, Century bike rides, and the Waikiki Rough Water Swim. I volunteered at Sea Life Park for eight years, where I helped train dolphins and sea lions. I also conducted the Education Department in lectures for school age children. I taught swimming at city and county pools from 1978 to 1981.
In 1982, I started Keiki Kai (which means Children of the Sea in Hawaiian) where I taught private lessons from my home. It was there that I began to develop the individual-paced teaching philosophy of what is today’s Children of the Sea Water Safe Program.
I opened Children of the Sea in July 1996 in Portland, Oregon. My staff and I would love to introduce your child to the joys of swimming and the security of water safety.
I have been making splashes in the pool since the summer of 2005. I am originally from Massachusetts and moved to Portland after graduating from the University of Vermont in 2005.
Working at COTS is perfect for me because I love to swim and teach kids of all ages and abilities. Away from the pool I enjoy camping, hiking, biking and running, along with spending time with my family and friends. Lately I’ve been enjoying trail running up near Mount Hood and around Forest Park.
I love connecting with other individuals in the aquatic industry. On an annual basis, I attend workshops and conferences put on by the United States Swim School Association and other organizations centered around recreational education and child development.
I have two kids in the Children of the Sea water safe program. They have been in lessons since they were infants. This past summer, my wife and I welcomed our third little one who will start swim lessons soon!
Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a manager here at Children of the Sea. I originally moved from Lakewood, Washington to attend Portland State University and received my Bachelor’s degree in 2006.
Growing up, I was on swim team for 10 years and started teaching swim lessons in 2001. In 2009, I had my daughter. Since then, I’ve added two more fish, both boys who are in the COTS swim program. My daughter has been on swim team for almost two years. I love watching her swim and am currently training to become a Stroke and Turn Official for USA Swimming.
Hey guys! My name is Abbie. I’ve been swimming ever since I can remember. I was on my high school swim team and even life guarded for a while. Needless to say, I love kiddos.
I also enjoy seeing movies, spending time with my family, and cooking!
Hello! My name is Gina and I’ve been working at COTS for the past 3 years. Prior to this I was a preschool teacher for close to 14 years and have a strong business background. I have a son who graduated college and a daughter who is in high school. I love spending time with my husband and kids when the time allows. We enjoy hiking and camping and basically anything that takes us outdoors. I love working at COTS and really enjoy getting to know you and your kiddos!
Hi everyone! My name is Courtney and I have worked here at the front desk since Spring 2005. I enjoy meeting all the families that come through here. I’m excited I get to try out the pool now in the baby classes with my son. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to movies, reading, and going on Disney trips.
Hi Swimmers! My name is Wendy. Besides being a swimming instructor since 1999, I am a mom and grandma, a retired professional golfer, a musician, a student, a preschool teacher, an astronomer, a radiographer, an athlete, a bowler, a camper, and many more things. I have lived in California, Oregon and Washington.
My favorite thing of all time is the Big Dipper. I started teaching at COTS in 2005, and I love it so much that I might stay here until I retire. The warm water soothes my body, the children’s hugs touch my heart, and the parents and staff are some of my best friends. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Hey, my name is Nick Hansen. I was raised in a suburb of Chicago and then spent 2 years going to school in Alabama before moving to Oregon. I enjoy many different activities, but I am an outdoorsman first and foremost. When I am not working at COTS, you’d likely find me hiking through the woods or floating down a river, fishing pole in hand.
Hi, I’m Cori. I have always loved working with kids and plan on making it my career one day. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, working out, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. I am a very enthusiastic and outgoing person. I can’t wait to see where my future takes me at Children of the Sea.
Hello! My name is Teacher Erica. I have been a swim instructor for over 13 years–almost 6 years at COTS. Before that, I was on swim team and have been swimming all my life. You could say chlorine is my perfume. I teach all levels of swimming from tiny babies to adults. I really enjoy working with children and have a couple of my own. After my daughter graduated from the swim program at COTS, she joined a swim team and is loving it! My toddler son loves being in the pool We like to go boogie boarding at the beach, go to the pool, and rock climbing.
See ya at the pool! Life is cool– swimmers rule.
Hi, my name is Geri and I am a swim instructor here at COTS. My family moved to Portland from the East Coast two years ago. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for the American Red Cross. I grew up as a competitive swimmer and coached a bit in my college days. I now have a daughter who is finishing up her high school swimming career, so I have been in and around a swimming pool my whole life. I enjoy swimming as a life long sport and it gives me great pleasure to teach and share my love of the water with others. When not in or around the pool, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, running, and spending time with my family.
I have never enjoyed a facility as much as I do working her at Children of the Sea! I taught early and elementary education for over a decade. After the birth of my second child, I moved toward a parent advisor and baby planner position which I still continue today. I had my fourth child in 2015 and am very excited that all of my children get to experience the program here at COTS! I can’t wait to work with your children in the water!
Bio coming soon! Sydney was a swim instructor here from 2017-2018. She has recently returned from college to work with us for the next couple sessions!
Hey there, I’m Julia! I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and I moved to Portland last year. I am currently a sophomore at Portland Community College and will later transfer to a university to obtain a degree in education. When I am not working at COTS, you can find me at a coffee shop, a thrift store, or going on a hike. See you in the pool!
Hi, my name is Jude. I was born and raised in Sri Lanka and moved to Oregon in 2013 to pursue my major in chemical engineering. I started working at Children of the Sea in the summer of 2017, before leaving for Oregon State University. I am back for the summer session!
In my free time, I like to learn new things and pick up new skills– like teaching my self how to knit, cooking new recipes and playing the piano (still working on this).
Hi! I’m Rachel. I was born in Burlington, VT, but I consider Oakland, CA my home after my family moved there when I was six. Growing up, I tried almost every sport, which is how I discovered my love for swimming. I swam for my high school swim team and have my swim coach to thank for introducing me to swim instructing. I’ve been teaching swim lessons for seven years now, and there are only a few things that give me the same joy as watching my students grow and progress. I moved to Portland from Santa Barbara, CA to finish my undergrad degree, and was fortunate to find COTS and their amazing family.
When I’m not in the pool, I’m usually hanging out with friends or my dog, Boo. You can also find me outside enjoying nature and trying new or off-the-beaten-path type of activities like fire spinning, rope courses, and mountain boarding. See you in the water!
My name is Vivi and I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I moved to Oregon in 2012 to pursue a B.S. degree in Natural Resources.
Swimming is all I’ve ever known my entire life. I started out on swim team and spent four years playing water polo and swimming for my high school. Life guarding and teaching swimming were my first two part-time jobs right out of high school!
Hello! My name is Jessica. I grew up in Ohio, but now call Oregon my home. I had the opportunity to teach lessons here at COTS when I first landed in Portland in 2015. It’s a fun job for me because I love the water and think swimming is a beautiful way to engage the mind and the body.
Since I was last here, I worked on some international nonprofit projects and then decided to switch gears and become a nurse. I will be starting at Mt. Hood Community College in Winter 2020. I also like biking, cooking, and learning new things. Happy to be back in the water with you!