SWIMBABES™ is Oregon’s first Swimming School and originator’s of Swim Survival Safety™ lessons for infants, toddlers and preschoolers!
Internationally & Nationally Recognized Swim Program
Oregon’s first swim school through four generations since 1941!
SWIMBABES™ began as a family tradition in the 1940s and has been serving the greater Portland Oregon area for four generations. We are leading experts in Swim Survival Safety™ swim lessons for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school aged children.
SWIMBABES™ is the first and most experienced swimming school and program to offer survival swimming lessons to infants and survival swim classes for toddlers in the Pacific Northwest. All classes for beginners ages 3 and under involve parents in the water. We also offer swim lessons for kids and school age children. We are Charter Members of the World Aquatic Babies Congress and Members of the United States Swim School Association.
We have been in business as a family swimming school teaching survival lessons to infants, toddlers and preschoolers for 8 decades!
Our students start in a Intro Session to get familiar with the water and gain some basic water understanding, balance and breath holding skills. Once they have finished an Intro Session successfully, they may join our Ongoing weekly lesson program where we will teach your child life saving survival skills.
The method of Swim Survival Safety™ originated with Gay Lee, in the early 1940's. Gay Lee was the aunt of Jackie Young: Founder and Director of SWIMBABES™.
Gay taught survival to infants through school age children from the early 40's through the early 70's in her school called Gay Lee's School of Swim, Oregon's First Swimming School. Gay traveled the world and even appeared in the news reels in Europe with her famous swimming babies!
In 1969, Gay Lee, mentored Jackie to teach babies to swim. As Gay's health failed, Jackie expanded the business and from there formed SWIMBABES™. SWIMBABES™ was more than just a swimming school; Jackie formed the SWIMBABES™ team comprised of children ages 8m-3 years. She choreographed and produced 30 aquatic shows in order to educate the public and medical community on the capabilities of young children in the water and to prevent a rising statistic in drownings in young children. Additionally, Jackie was relentless in her pursuit and passion about the life saving skills that could be taught to young children. She and the SWIMBABES team raised over $10,000 to spearhead research into infant swimming. This money was eventually allocated to The Safer 3, a stop drowning organization promoting water safety for young children.
In 1982, Jackie mentored her daughter, Kelley Robinson, in to teaching. Jackie and Kelley run the SWIMBABES™ training center in cooperation together to this day.
*Oregon’s first swimming school with over 80 years experience.
*First Charter Member of World Aquatic Babies Congress.
*Invited Guest/Speaker/Demonstrator: Nagoya, Japan.
*1st International/ SWIMBABES World’s Youngest Swim Team visits Nagoya, Japan, 2008.
*Education Award City of Nagoya , Nagoya Japan 2000
*World Aquatic Babies & Children (WABC) founders award 2007
*Presenter: Honolulu, HI 1997
*Host: SWIMBABES workshop for Instructors, Portland 2002
*Host: SWIMBABES presents Baby Swim 3 continents Workshop for Instructors
*Invited Guest and Presenter: Norwegian Life Saving Association
*Presenter: Helsinki, Finland
*Presenter: Guttenborg, Sweden
*United States Swimming School Association (formerly NSSA)
*Invited Guest and Demonstrator: San Mateo, Ca
*Invited Demonstrator: Palm Springs, Ca.
*Producer: 1st National Infant/Toddler Aquatic Show, 100 baby participants
*Recipient: 11 USSSA Teacher of the Year Awards
*Recipient: Most Outstanding Special Events Awards
*Host: USSSA (formerly NSSA) Instructor Certification Workshops
*SWIMBABES productions: produced and directed 30 baby aquatic shows.
*Official Endorsement: Clyde Drexler of NBA 1992 Dream Team.
Special Training and Certification:
*USSSA (formerly NSSA) Infant Swim Certification
*Red Cross WSI, First Aid and CPR
*Red Cross Adapted Aquatics
*Creator/Licensor/Instructors: Infant Swim Survival Safety Course for Instructors
*Creator/Licensor/Workshops/Instructors: SynchroBabies™ and SynchroTots™ infant swimming program
* SWIMBABES International Workshops
Non-profit Fundraising Efforts
Non-profit fundraisers for children’s Health and Safety.
*Oregon SIDS project
*Portland Dougy Center
*Infant Swim Health and Safety Research/Safer 3