Swimming Pools and Lessons

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Aquatics program open swim
Portland Parks & Recreation owns and operates four indoor pools and seven outdoor pools. Outdoor pools are open for the summer season from Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, August 28, 2022. Pool capacities may be limited due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage. Thank you for your patience.
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COVID-19 related information
Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance from public health authorities and elected officials. PP&R fall programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements


Inclement Weather Policy and Closures
PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Call 503-823-2533 or visit portland.gov/parks/closures for the most current information. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times.


Policies and Information

  • Please follow all posted pool and code of conduct rules.
  • Admission is first-come, first-serve. Pool capacities will vary based on current staffing levels. For capacity questions, please reach out to your neighborhood pool directly.
  • Certain amenities may be unavailable for safety or staffing reasons. Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we resume indoor aquatic programming. 
  • Children under 48” tall and non-swimmers (including children in lifejackets), will require someone age 16 or over to be with them, in the water, within arms distance, at all times.
  • All persons admitted onto the pool deck must pay admission, even if they are not getting in the water –  with the exception of swim lessons spectators.
  • Do you need assistance from a PP&R team member? Please call your neighborhood community center pool. Pools and links are listed on this page. We apologize in advance for any delays in getting through to staff. Outdoor pools will open for the summer on June 22, 2022. 
  • If you don't already have an account (used for pass purchases or swimming lesson registration) and need help setting one up, watch this how-to video.

Accessibility Notes

We have chair lifts with straps available at the following pools:

  • East Portland Community Center Pool
  • Grant Outdoor Pool
  • Matt Dishman Community Center Pool
  • Mt Scott Community Center Pool
  • Peninsula Outdoor Pool (currently not operational, replacement coming soon)
  • Southwest Community Center Pool

The following pools have a zero depth entry into the leisure pool, and a pool-accessible wheelchair is available for pool visitors to use: 

  • East Portland Community Center Pool
  • Mt. Scott Community Center Pool
  • Sellwood Outdoor Pool
  • Southwest Community Center Pool
  • Wilson Outdoor Pool

Admission and Passes

The fees listed reflect pricing for City of Portland residents. Non-residents are charged more to account for City of Portland taxes that support Portland Parks & Recreation.

  • Pool capacities may be limited due to the nationwide lifeguard shortage.
  • Outdoor multiple visit passes can be used at any PP&R outdoor pool. Indoor multiple visit passes can be used at any PP&R indoor pool.
  • Little ones aged 0-2 are FREE.

Outdoor Pools

Drop-In Admission

  • Youth (age 3-17): $3.75
  • Adult (age 18-59): $4.75
  • Senior (age 60+): $4.50

20-Visit Pass

  • Youth (age 3-17): $64
  • Adult (age 18-59): $81
  • Senior (age 60+): $77

Season Passprice pro-rated monthly

  • Youth (age 3-17): $30
  • Adult (age 18-59): $38
  • Senior (age 60+): $36
  • Family: $62

Indoor Pools

Drop-In Admission

  • Youth (age 3-12): $4
  • Teen (age 13-17): $5
  • Adult (age 18-59): $6
  • Senior (age 60+): $5

20-Visit Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $77
  • Teen (age 13-17): $85 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $106
  • Senior (age 60+): $85
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $85

Month Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $29
  • Teen (age 13-17): $33 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $41
  • Senior (age 60+): $33
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $49
  • Family: $66

Discount Options
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone and recognizes that cost can be a barrier to participation. With resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we can offer new payment options for City of Portland residents that allow you to choose payment levels up to 90% off, based on your needs. Sign up for an Access Discount to receive reduced pricing on passes and drop-in fees, or use Pay What You Can to discount the price of swim lessons and other registered activities.


Drop-in Swim

Portland Parks & Recreation offers drop-in swimming activities including lap swim, water fitness classes, and play swims. Access is included with daily admission. Pool capacities may be limited due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage.Thank you for your patience.

Non-Swimmers and children under 48 inches in height must have a parent or guardian, age 16 or older, in the water within arm’s reach at all times.


Swim Lessons

Summer swim lessons will be held at all PP&R outdoor pools. Due to staffing shortages,  classes are limited.  If you are not able to get into a class, we highly recommend you place yourself on the waitlist.  Swim lesson classes are 30-minutes long and are offered Monday – Friday for 2 week sessions.  Please note that swim lesson classes vary by pool, and not all levels are offered at all times.  See the link below to view and register for swim lessons.

Sign Up:

  • Session 1 – July 5 – July 15 (9 classes) – General Registration opens on May 23 at 12:30pm
  • Session 2 – July 18 – July 29 (10 classes) – General Registration opens on May 23 at 12:30pm
  • Session 3 – August 1 – August 12 (10 classes) – General Registration opens on June 27 at 12:30pm
  • Session 4 – August 15 – August 26 (10 classes) – General Registration opens on June 27 at 12:30pm

 Sign up for Swim Lessons


Employment Opportunities

PP&R is looking for motivated and responsible individuals to join our aquatics staff. Need the required training as a lifeguard or swim instructor? We offer lifeguard certification, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training classes year-round to prepare and train staff.

  • Lifeguards provide safety at pools. 
  • Swim instructors teach individuals of all ages how to swim. 
  • Water fitness instructors teach well-rounded and balanced water fitness classes.

View employment opportunities and apply.
Learn more about what it’s like to work with PP&R by watching this short video.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What programs will be offered this summer?

A: We will be offering lap swim, water fitness, play swims, swimming lessons, summer swim league, junior lifeguard, and junior swim instructor for summer 2022. Program offerings will vary by location and not all programs will be offered at every pool. Pool capacities may be limited due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage which is affecting us as well.  Thank you for your patience and for being kind to staff.

Q: Can I rent the pool?

A: Due to low staffing levels, we will not be offering pool rentals for summer 2022.  Parties are welcome to attend open play swims as long as they follow adult to child group ratios (1 adult for every 10 kids age 6 and over, 1 adult for every 3 kids age 6 and under).  Admission is first come, first serve and capacity is based on daily staffing levels.

Q: Will you offer private or semi-private lessons?

A: We are prioritizing group swimming lessons and will not be offering private or semi-private lessons for summer 2022. If your swimmer needs ADA accommodation, please reach out to your neighborhood pool to determine the accommodation that will best work for your swimmer.

Q: Will you be offering special events?

A: Due to low staffing levels, we will not be offering Fun Days or Dive-In Movies.  We are partnering with the Black Swimming Initiative to offer a Water Safety Day at Pier Pool on Saturday July 23rd.

Q: Will there be Summer Swim League meets?

A: Due to low staffing levels, we will not be running swim meets this summer; there will be no dual meets nor a Championship event for 2022. Each team will have a few sessions throughout summer where they will have fun races, relay events or run through a full meet lineup of races during their normal practice hours. We do hope to bring back weekend competitions next year. 

Q: What will the capacity of play swims be?

A: Pool capacities will be determined based on the staffing levels for the day. We will do our very best to admit as many swimmers as possible, but please note, there may be days where capacity is limited. A nationwide lifeguard shortage is affecting us as well.  Thank you for your patience and for being kind to staff.


Group Swimming Information

Groups are welcome to come to Open Play Swim.  Admission is first come, first serve and capacity is based on daily staffing levels. To make your visit as easy as possible, please contact the pool that you would like to use at least 1 business day before your visit so you can complete a Group Use Agreement.  Groups will agree to the following items:

  • We will adhere to the following Adult/Child ratio (in the water):
    • 1 adult per 10 swimmers who are age 6 or older
    • 1 adult per 3 swimmers who are under age 6
    • 1 adult per 4 swimmers of combined ages (older or younger than 6 years)
  • Children WILL NOT enter the water until all counselors are in the water first.
  • Our counselors will be responsible for the children at all times.
  • Lifejackets are available for non-swimmers.
  • Our group will obey all posted safety rules and any direction provided to us by lifeguards

Summer Swim Team

Summer Swim Team will be back for 2022.  Each of our pools will have coaches leading teams through hour-long practices Monday-Friday.  Swimmers will work on the four main competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle,) as well as starts, turns, and building up their swimming endurance. 

Due to low staffing levels in our Aquatic division, we will not be able to coordinate running swim meets this summer; there will be no dual meets nor a Championship event for 2022. Each team will have a few sessions throughout summer where they will have fun races, relay events, or run through a full meet lineup of races during their normal practice hours.

Our Summer Swim League program is still designed as a novice, competitive experience developed to enable kids to have a fun swim team experience. This league is not intended for club swimmers. Eligible participants must be able to swim past our Sea Lion level: able to swim the length of the pool of front crawl and back crawl. 

A team swim cap and a team tee shirt will be issued for each participant 

  • The swim season will run June 22 thru August 19(no practice on July 4) 
  • Fees: $140 Res/ $196 Non-Res 
  • General Registration opens May 23 at 12:30pm 
  • First day of practice will be Wednesday June 22nd.  

Team Practices:

  • Creston Outdoor Pool – 9-10am or 10-11am
  • East Portland Indoor Pool – 7:25-8:25am
  • Grant Outdoor Pool – 8-9am, 9-10am or 10-11am
  • Matt Dishman Indoor Pool – 8-9am
  • Montavilla Outdoor Pool – 10-11am
  • Mt. Scott Indoor Pool – 8-9am
  • Peninsula Outdoor Pool – 5:15-6:15pm
  • Pier Outdoor Pool – 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Sellwood Outdoor Pool – 8-9am or 9-10am
  • Southwest Indoor Pool – 8-9am
  • Wilson Outdoor Pool – 8-9am or 9-10am

Junior Lifeguard

What is a Front Rescue?  How about a Rear Rescue?  Discover these & many other lifesaving techniques.  Get a jump-start on a future job!  Junior Lifeguard will return this summer to our outdoor pools but will be limited based on staffing numbers.  Junior Lifeguard is a fun, challenging program for youth 11 to 15 years old.  Junior Lifeguards will advance through two skills levels – Silver and Gold.  Both levels are taught in preparation for becoming a lifeguard by developing rescue skills, CPR, First-Aid, Customer Service, and water safety skills.  Participants will “buddy guard,” and develop job skills necessary to becoming a lifeguard.

Class sizes will be limited to 8 students and will run Monday – Friday for 2 weeks for 3 hours each day. Unfortunately, Junior Lifeguard won’t be offered every session at every site.  We will make every effort to offer Junior Lifeguard at least one session at every site this summer.  

The Junior Lifeguard program is meant to provide participants with the skills necessary to become a certified lifeguard with Portland Parks & Recreation.  Junior Lifeguard is an optional pre-training program but does not guarantee employment and is not a certification.  We offer Lifeguard Certification classes throughout the year.  All Lifeguards must complete and pass a Lifeguard Certification class before they are hired as lifeguards.


Junior Swim Instructor

Do you like the water?  Do you enjoy working with kids?  This dynamic pre-training program for teenagers will develop valuable skills needed to become a swim instructor for Portland Parks & Recreation.  Junior Swim Instructor will return this summer to our outdoor pools but will be limited based on staffing numbers.  Junior Swim Instructor is a fun, challenging program for youth 11 to 15 years old.  Junior Swim Instructors will advance through two skill levels – Silver and Gold.  Both levels are taught together in preparation for becoming a Swim Instructor for Portland Parks & Recreation.  Participants will train in stroke improvement, increase skill knowledge, learn to develop lesson plans, develop water safety skills, and improve communication skills.

Class sizes will be limited to 8 students and will run Monday – Friday for 2 weeks for 2 hours each day.  Unfortunately, Junior Swim Instructor won’t be offered every session at every site.  We will make every effort to offer Junior Swim Instructor at least one session at every site this summer.

The Junior Swim Instructor program is meant to provide participants with the skills necessary to become a swim instructor with Portland Parks & Recreation.  Junior Swim Instructor is an optional pre-training program but does not guarantee employment and is not a certification.  We offer Swim Instructor Training classes throughout the year.  All swim instructors must complete and pass a swim instructor training class before they are hired as swim instructors.


Swim Lesson Description

Angelfish - Child with parent (age 6 - 18 months)

Prerequisite
For children aged 6 months to 18 months who will be accompanied by a parent or other adult in the water. Water adjustment and basic skills development are emphasized as the instructor guides parents and children through this level.

Skills to learn

  • Enter and exit pool
  • Holding positions
  • Water toys
  • Surface bobbing
  • "Monkey grip" on side
  • Kicking
  • Head up front float
  • Assisted back float
  • Blow bubbles
  • Face in water
  • Head up front glide
  • Assisted back glide
  • Underwater exploration
  • Arm movement - "reach and pull"
  • Assisted position change

Advancement skills

  • Age 18 months or older

Starfish - Child with parent (age 18 months - 3 years)

Prerequisite
For children 18 months to 3 years old who will be accompanied by a parent(s) or other adult in the water. Fun, water adjustment, and basic skill development are emphasized as the instructor guides parents and children through this level.

Skills to learn

  • Enter and exit pool
  • Holding positions
  • Water toys
  • Surface bobbing
  • "Monkey grip" on side
  • Kicking
  • Assisted front float
  • Assisted back float
  • Blow bubbles
  • Face in water
  • Assisted front glide
  • Assisted back glide
  • Underwater exploration
  • Arm movement - "reach and pull"
  • Floatation
  • Assisted position change
  • Parent safety skills

Advancement skills

  • Comfortable in water without an adult
  • Ability to communicate clearly and follow directions
  • Age 3 or older

Goldfish - Preschool (age 3-5)

Prerequisite
For the non-swimmer, age 3-5, comfortable in the water without a parent.

Skills to learn

  • Safely entering and exiting the pool
  • Shallow water adjustment
  • Bubble blowing through mouth and nose - 5 count
  • Introduction to flutter kick
  • Assisted front float
  • Assisted back float with chin up, ears in water
  • Assisted front glide with equipment - add kick
  • Assisted back glide with equipment - add kick
  • Entire head in water
  • Bobs - fully submerged
  • Assisted jump into shallow water

Safety skills

  • PFD - assisted back float
  • Monkey Grip

Advancement skills

  • Put entire face in the water, blow bubbles - 5 seconds
  • Assisted front float - 5 seconds
  • Assisted back float - 5 seconds
  • 3 bobs - fully submerged

Penguin - Preschool (age 3-5) / Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
For the non-swimmer who can put their face in the water and blow bubbles.

Skills to learn

  • Bobbing
  • Blow bubbles with the entire head in the water
  • Shallow water adjustment: Entries, exits, open eyes, ears wet, bubble blowing
  • Front float and recovery - knees to chest and stand up
  • Front glide with kick
  • Introduction to arm circles
  • Back float - 5 count
  • Back float and recover - knees to chest and stand up
  • Assisted back glide
  • Assisted back glide with kick: Preschool - 5 count, Youth - 10 count
  • Assisted jump in chest-deep water

Safety skills

  • Use of PFD - float on back, assisted to unassisted
  • Bobbing to safety
  • Assisted to unassisted rollover

Advancement skills

  • Front float - unassisted - 5 seconds
  • Front glide
  • Front glide with a kick: Preschool - 5 feet, Youth 10 feet
  • Back float - unassisted - 5 seconds

Otter - Preschool (age 3-5) / Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be comfortable in the water and be able to do a front glide with a kick for 5 ft. (preschool) or 10 ft. (youth) and unassisted back floats

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Penguin
  • Front crawl stroke without breathing
  • Introduction to side breathing
  • Front crawl with side breathing: Preschool - 5 feet, Youth  - 10 feet
  • Back glide
  • Back glide with kick: Preschool - 5 feet, Youth - 10 feet
  • Introduction to Backstroke
  • Underwater exploration
  • Jump into chest-deep water unassisted

Safety skills

  • Buddy system
  • Arm/leg extension - assist from deck
  • Throwing assist
  • Unassisted turning over
  • Bobbing to safety - from nose level to shallow water
  • PFD - Jump in, rollover
  • Finning and flutter kick on back

Advancement skills

  • Front crawl without breathing: preschool 15 feet, youth 20 feet
  • Back glide with kick: preschool 10 feet, youth 15 feet
  • Side breathing on wall with arms
  • Unassisted turning over

Seal - Preschool (age 3-5) / Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be able to do back glides with kicking for 5 ft. (preschool) or 10 ft. (youth), Front Crawl with no side breathing for 10 ft. (preschool) or 15 ft. (youth), and five side breathing breaths with arms on wall.

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Otter
  • Front crawl with breathing: Preschool/Youth - 30 feet
  • Improve Backstroke: Preschool/Youth - 30 feet
  • Changing directions
  • Deep water adjustment
  • Underwater exploration - underwater glide, push from the wall
  • Introduction to diving

Safety skills

  • PFD - Deep water
  • Sculling
  • Leg extension from wall
  • Hazards in other aquatic environments - rivers and lakes
  • Throwing assist

Advancement skills

  • Front crawl with breathing: Preschool/Youth - 30 feet
  • Backstroke: Preschool/Youth - 30 feet

Polar Bear - Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be comfortable in deep water and be able to swim Front Crawl with arms and side breathing for 30 feet and Backstroke with arms for 30 feet.

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Seal
  • Improve Front Crawl with breathing - 50 feet
  • Improve Backstroke - 50 feet
  • Underwater exploration - deep water bobs
  • Jump into deep water and level off
  • Standing dive
  • Demonstrate Elementary Backstroke
  • Elementary Backstroke kick

Safety skills

  • Deepwater - reaching and throwing assists
  • Changing directions in deep water
  • Intro to treading water
  • Improve sculling front and back
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • PFD/DEEP -H.E.L.P., huddle, cramp release, wear PFDs on a boat
  • Hazards in aquatic environments - oceans, lakes
  • Basic boating safety

Advancement skills

  • Jump in deep water (5 ft. or more ) and swim Front Crawl with breathing - 50 feet
  • Backstroke - 50 feet

Sea Lion - Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be comfortable in the deep water and able to swim Front Crawl with side breathing for 50 ft. and Backstroke for 50 ft.

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Polar Bear
  • Improve Front Crawl
  • Improve Elementary Backstroke
  • Introduction to Breaststroke kick
  • Standing dive to long shallow dive/ diving safety
  • Open turns - front and back

Safety skills

  • Bobbing in deep water
  • Treading in deep water - 30 seconds (scissor kick, Breaststroke kick)
  • PFD- Jump in and swim 45 feet
  • Rescue breathing demonstration
  • Personal Safety - hypothermia
  • Feet first surface dive in deep water
  • Lap swim etiquette

Advancement skills

  • Front crawl - 25 yards
  • Back crawl - 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke - 25 yards

Dolphin - Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be comfortable in the deep water and be able to swim Front Crawl with side breathing for 25 yards, Backstroke for 25 yards, and Elementary Backstroke for 25 yards.

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Sea Lion
  • Improve Front Crawl, Backstroke and Elementary Backstroke
  • Introduce Breaststroke
  • 5-minute continuous swim using Front Crawl, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, and Breaststroke
  • Introduction to Scissor kick
  • Introduction to Butterfly kick
  • Head first tuck surface dive
  • Feet first surface dive, pick up object from the deep end of the pool. Challenge swimmers with different weights (keys, bricks)

Safety skills

  • PFD: put life jacket on while treading in deep water
  • Adult CPR demonstration
  • Safety medley: head-up Front Crawl 50 feet, recover object at 8 feet, tread water for 30 seconds
  • Tread water 1 minute - introduction to egg-beater kick

Advancement skills

  • Dive in, swim Front Crawl - 50 yards
  • Backstroke - 50 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke - 50 yards
  • Breaststroke 50 yards

Park Shark - Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must be comfortable in the deep water and be able to dive into the pool and swim Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke for 50 yards.

Skills to learn

  • Review Advancement skills for Dolphin
  • Sidestroke with both Scissor and Inverted Scissor kick
  • Butterfly
  • 100-yard Individual Medley
  • Surface dives (pike, tuck, feet first) - retrieve brick from 8 feet
  • Improve Egg Beater kick
  • Brick tread - 1 minute
  • 10-minute swim using all strokes, except Butterfly
  • Review open turns
  • Flip turns - front and back
  • Personal fitness (heart rate, lap swim etiquette)

Safety skills

  • Compact jump with rescue tubes, swim approach stroke - 25 yards
  • Basic rescues with tube (front rescue, rear rescue)
  • Personal safety (heat exhaustion, sunburn)
  • Disrobing in the water (swimming with clothes)
  • Review extension assists and throwing assists
  • Personal safety (barriers and blood-borne pathogens)
  • Diving safety
  • Drugs / alcohol around water
  • Sculling - arms overhead, feet first, figure-eight with hands
  • Tread water - 3 minutes

Advancement skills

  • Swim 100 yards of each: Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke - 50 yards
  • Butterfly - 25 yards
  • Long shallow dive, swim 100 yards, Individual Medley
  • Pike or tuck surface dive to 8 feet, underwater swim for 20 feet, surface and tread water for 5 minutes
  • Compact jump, approach stroke 10 yards with a rescue tube

Location

Creston Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
SE 44th Avenue and Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

Grant Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
NE 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place
Portland, OR 97212

Montavilla Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
8219 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220

Peninsula Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

Pier Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
N Seneca Street and St. Johns Avenue
Portland, OR 97203

Sellwood Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
7951 SE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Wilson Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Park Location or Entrance
1151 SW Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97219

East Portland Indoor Pool

Swim Pool (Indoor)
Park Location or Entrance
740 SE 106th Avenue
Portland, OR 97216

Matt Dishman Indoor Pool

Swim Pool (Indoor)
Park Location or Entrance
77 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212

Mt. Scott Indoor Pool

Swim Pool (Indoor)
Park Location or Entrance
5530 SE 72nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Southwest Indoor Pool

Swim Pool (Indoor)
Park Location or Entrance
6820 SW 45th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

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