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Portland Parks & Recreation Has Open Play Swim Sessions for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21, 2013

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(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics offers open play swim sessions at four of our indoor pools on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - Monday, January, 21, 2013.

Matt Dishman Pool 503-823-3673

77 NE Knott St.

Open Play Swim: 1:15-3:45pm

East Portland Pool 503-823-3450

740 SE 106th

11:30am-1:00pm Family Swim

1:00-4:00pm Open Swim

7:00-9:00pm Open Swim

Mt. Scott Pool 503-823-3183 

5530 SE 72nd

1:00-8:30pm (leisure pool only)

Southwest Pool 503-823-2840

6820 SW 45th Ave

11:30am-1:00pm Family Swim

1:00-9:00pm Open Swim

Is there a party in your future? Pool parties are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion, birthday party, group event or just a fun get-together. Rent a pool for that special gathering! Call for rates and reservations.

For a complete pool schedule, or further information regarding our swim lessons and instructional programs, call the pool nearest you, or contact Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics at 503-823-5130.

PP&R Lifeguards Exceed Standards in Hidden Camera Aquatic Safety Audit

The lifeguards had no idea they were under surveillance. Nor did they realize they were about to be put to the test in an emergency rescue simulation. It didn't matter. They were ready. And that's the point. The lifeguards are always ready at Portland Parks & Recreation’s swim pools.

PP&R Aquatics announced in the summer of 2012 that PP&R guards received a rating of “Exceeds Standards” during a recent unannounced hidden camera audit performed by international aquatic safety expert Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.

“We're really proud of our lifeguards, but not surprised by the results,” said Nancy Roth, PP&R Aquatic Program Supervisor.

“We demand excellence from our staff every day. These external audits of our operation are at the core of our commitment to safety.”

Lifeguards at Portland’s 13 public swim pools undergo multiple unannounced audits during the course of the summer. The audits are a mandatory component of Ellis & Associate's Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP). In order to evaluate each lifeguard's professional diligence, the audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they protect their Zone of Protection® area. Once the video surveillance is completed, an Ellis & Associates auditor tests the basic life support and rescue skills of the staff through simulated emergencies intended to measure the effectiveness of a facility's emergency action plan.

The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory, and facility evaluations. “Earning this rating is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Richard A. Carroll, Ellis & Associates Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “These lifeguards are on the top of their game. The guests at PP&R facilities are getting the highest degree of swimmer protection available in the aquatic industry.”

For more information, call Nancy Roth, Aquatic Program Director, 503-823-5130