School Swim and Safety Program

The Aquatic Department’s greatest contribution to our community is the School Swim and Safety Program. With emphasis on swim instruction and water safety education, the program has been incorporated as official physical education curriculum at Nehalem Elementary School. As such, students from kindergarten through grade 5 receive weekly swimming and water safety instruction the entire school year. The same instruction is available to preschool and private schools. In addition, an Adaptive Swim program for special needs students from elementary through high school is offered.

The history of this program heralds back to 1930. At the time, the school district was planning an addition to the Nehalem School. The drowning of two local teenage boys prompted the community to ask the district to add a natatorium. Even though it was during the Great Depression, there was overwhelming community support to teach every child how to swim to avoid future tragedies.

Decades later, in this area surrounded by water and dominated by water-related recreation, the mission of providing swim instruction and water safety to all Nehalem Elementary students continues. The skills students learn in the pool could save their life or the life of another.

Each year, the community provides extraordinary support by financially sponsoring students in the Pool-A-Thon. This annual event provides funding to help support the School Swim and Safety Program. Participating children canvass throughout the community for sponsors who will pledge money for their swimming efforts. Held on a Saturday in February, this event provides an opportunity for students to showcase their fine-tuned swim skills for supportive family and friends. All proceeds from the Pool-A-Thon go directly toward the NCRD School Swim and Safety Program. For Pool-A-Thon results and details, visit the links below.

Pool-A-Thon 2017
Pool-A-Thon 2016
Pool-A-Thon 2015
Pool-A-Thon 2014
Pool-A-Thon 2013
Pool-A-Thon 2012