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Program and Facility Highlights

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)

Certified Instructors

Baby Open Swim & Open Swim Available

Enclosed Pool – 91 Degree Water

Located Near Washington Square Mall

Welcome New Parents and Dedicated Families

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!

Meet the Team

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.

Owners

Lynne

Owner

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.

AJ

Owner & Director

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! 

 

Staff

Sarah

Operations Manager

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a manager here at Children of the Sea. I originally moved from 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 and my daughter recently graduated Children of the Sea and joined a swim team. I love watching her swim and am currently training to become a Stroke and Turn Official for USA Swimming.

Abbie

Pool Manager

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!

Gina

Office Manager

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!

Courtney

Receptionist

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.

CC

Receptionist

Hey, I’m CC, I’m originally from Eugene but have lived in Portland for about three years. I attend PSU and love swimming and other water sports like wakeboarding, kayaking, fishing, and just being a river rat, anything that gets me in the water. I am part of the front desk staff and love making friends with all our patrons. Just keep swimming.

Aria

Receptionist

Hi diddly ho, I’m Aria. I was born in China but have lived in Oregon since I was a year old. I enjoy reading and going to concerts. I was involved in theatre and choir in high school and love to make people laugh. I was voted most talkative in high school so I got a job that involves talking. Stop by the front desk and say hi, I look forward to meeting you.

Brittany

Receptionist

Howdy doody, I’m Brittany. I recently graduated from Southridge and started working at the front desk this summer. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being silly, hanging out with my family and my dog, Harley-Goose. One fun fact about me is that last year I learned how to juggle. Come say hi at the front desk, but please don’t ask me to juggle because it distracts the children in the pool!

Instructors

Wendy

Lead Instructor

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!

Nick

Lead Instructor

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.

Erica

Instructor

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.

Maddi

Instructor

Hello, my name is Maddi. I’ve been working with children since I was 14 years old. I was also a full-time nanny before coming to COTS. I absolutely love working with kids and seeing how far they come during their swim lessons. Outside of working, I enjoy taking my dog on hikes or reading good books.

Cori

Instructor

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.

Geri

Instructor

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.

Ashlee

Instructor

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!

Lisa

Instructor

Hey guys. My name is Lisa and I am one of the instructors here at COTS. I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the states almost 5 years ago. Back in Germany, I worked as a Ballroom dance and kid’s dance instructor since I was 16 years old. I’ve always loved the water and am excited to be a part of the COTS team. When I’m not in the pool, I like to go out with friends, bake elaborate (ish) cakes, watch Friends on Netflix and explore Oregon. However, my biggest passion is photography. I could spend hours with my camera in hand on a photo safari. I also have two younger siblings who are both taller than me and an 8lbs dog named Bugsy. I’ll see you in the pool!

Brock

Instructor

Before moving to Portland for graduate school and launching my career, I was a swim instructor and lifeguard throughout high school and college back home in Honolulu.  Today, you’ll find me hustling back to the pool after my 9-5 just because I love creating a fun learning environment for young swimmers.  When I’m not in the pool, you can find me cracking open another book, exploring Oregon’s countless natural wonders, or crafting my next project in my woodshop.  I’m looking forward to meeting you in the pool!

Johanna

Instructor

Hi, I’m Johanna! I grew up in Oregon and love anything outdoors! I also like hiking, camping and swimming. I have a cat named Kuvu, but I really love any and all kind of animals! See you in the pool!

Julia

Instructor

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!

Merlot

Instructor

My name is Merlot. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a psychology degree specializing in childhood development. I am an avid lover of board games and books. I’m a fan of most things from Superheroes to Mythology. I am excited to swim with everyone and to make swim class a fun place to be!

Jen

Instructor

Hello! My name is Jen and I have been a swim instructor for 7 years. I have always loved the water and I enjoy getting to share my passion with children. I cannot think of anything better than being paid to have fun and do something you love. My goal is to not only teach the children how to swim, but to enjoy the water as much as I do!

Lindsay

Instructor

Hi, my name is Lindsay. I have been working with children since age 14. Outside of work, I love to hike, run, raft, and enjoy every day to its fullest. I worked at Children of the Sea for two years and recently came back. I love being a part of a child’s growth at Children of the Sea!

Olivia

Instructor

Hi! I’m Olivia. I’m currently an upperclassman at Tigard High. I love to play lacrosse and wake surf. I also really like to spend time with family and friends and with my dog named Teddy. When it’s nice outside you can find me reading a book or on the water. See you in the pool!