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Swimming pools and lessons

Information
All seven outdoor public pools and five indoor pools will open on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
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With resources from the Parks Operating Levy (Parks Levy) approved in November 2020, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will reopen all seven outdoor pools and five indoor pools on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Outdoor pools will have lap swim, swim lessons, play swim and water exercise classes by reservation only. Lap swim and water fitness reservations at indoor pools are available between 5:30 am and 12:30 pm.


Safety and COVID-19

Learn more about closures and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
For refund information, please visit our cancellations and refunds page.

PP&R activities will look different for summer 2021. At pools, safety measures will include limited capacity, one-way traffic flow, increased cleaning protocols, and additional hand sanitizing stations. Public health guidance informs our face covering policy (all visitors ages 5 and up must wear one when not in the water; face coverings are strongly encouraged for everyone over age two as long as they can remove it themselves); and all visitors must remain 6 feet apart at all times throughout the facility. Restrooms will be open, but locker rooms and showers will be closed. Please come prepared to swim and shower at home.

The health and safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority for Summer 2021. PP&R is offering select aquatics programming with a focus on swim lessons, and fitness. Programs are designed to be nimble enough to make modifications as necessary due to restrictions and risk levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All summer programming, participant capacity limits, and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance. Advance registration or reservations are required for all activities.


Drop-in Activity Policy and Guidelines

For all drop-in activities (lap swim, water fitness, and play swims) please be advised of the following policy and procedure changes. We will reevaluate these new procedures and may adjust throughout the season based on updates provided by state and local officials and staffing levels. 

PP&R is fixing technical issues with our registration system. We are excited to begin registration for lap swim, water fitness and play swim sessions sometime after June 14. All updates and information will be published here. Thank you.

  • Advanced registration will be required to reserve space for lap swim, water fitness, and play swims.* Instructions on how to make reservations through our online app will be shared soon. Patrons who wish to purchase a 20-visit punch pass will need to do so prior to reserving their spot through the online app. Single-visit passes will be available for purchase directly through the online app. 20-visit punch passes will be available for purchase online shortly. 
  • Reservations will open for the following week every Monday at Noon. For example July 19 – July 25 reservations would open for reservation on Monday, July 12 at Noon.
  • Reservation needs to be canceled at least three hours before swim. No shows will have a visit deducted from pass. You can cancel online via the online app or by calling your local pool during business hours.
  • Please come dressed and ready for your swim – changing stalls are currently unavailable before and after your swim.
  • Showers temporarily unavailable.
  • Spas temporarily unavailable.
  • All-user rooms available by request only. Please connect with your pool if you need access to that space.
  • Drinking fountains unavailable – please bring a re-usable, non-glass water bottle.
  • Concessions for summer 2021 will be limited – water, juice, goggles, and swim caps are available to purchase. Please make your purchase at check-in.
  • Swims designed for in-water play/fitness. All participants must pay to enter – no spectators with the exception of swim lessons.
  • Please follow all posted rules, including new COVID-19 procedural changes.
  • Lost and Found will not be saved. Please make sure you take your belongings with you when your swim is over.

*If online registration is a barrier for you, you can call your local pool to register for a pass and reserve space starting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.


Lap Swim and Water Fitness

For details on lap swim and water fitness locations and program information, please visit our Lap Swim and Water Fitness page.


Play Swims

For details on play swim locations and program information, please visit our Play Swim Schedule page. 


Swim Lessons

The number of classes that we are able to offer will be limited this summer. If you are not able to get into a class, we highly recommend that you place yourself on the waitlist for a class. All classes are 30 minutes long and offered Monday through Friday for one week.

Registration for swim lessons that run between June 28 and July 25, will open on Monday, May 24 at 12:30 pm.  
Registration for swim lessons that run between July 26 and August 29, will open on Monday, June 28 at 12:30 pm.

  • Week 1 – June 28 – July 2
  • Week 2 – July 6 – July 9 (no class on July 5 in observance of Independence Day)
  • Week 3 – July 12 – July 16
  • Week 4 – July 19 – July 23
  • Week 5 – July 26 – July 30
  • Week 6 – August 2 – August 6
  • Week 7 – August 9 – August 13
  • Week 8 – August 16 – August 20
  • Week 9 – August 23 – August 27 (Free Week*)

*More information coming soon

Regisiter for Swim Lessons


Blue Makos

This summer, PP&R will offer The Blue Makos program in lieu of our traditional Summer Swim Team experience. The program will be offered weekly, just like our swim lesson program, at each of the outdoor pools with a 30-minute dry land exercise session, followed by a 30-minute swim session. This swim team conditioning class, is for youth ages 9-16 who have completed PP&R's Sea Lion swim lesson level, or higher. Swimmers will do stretching toning and calisthenics in the park areas adjacent to the pools, while following distancing and face covering guidelines. In the pools, swimmers will receive instruction in each of the four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle), dives, and turns.

Class space will be limited. If you are not able to get into a class, we highly recommend that you place yourself on the waitlist for a class. Blue Makos classes are 30 minutes long and offered Monday through Friday for one week.

Registration for Blue Makos that run between June 28 and July 25, will open on Monday, May 24 at 12:30 pm.  
Registration for Blue Makos that run between July 26 and August 29, will open on Monday, June 28 at 12:30 pm.

  • Week 1 – June 28 – July 2
  • Week 2 – July 6 – July 9 (no class on July 5 in observance of Independence Day)
  • Week 3 – July 12 – July 16
  • Week 4 – July 19 – July 23
  • Week 5 – July 26 – July 30
  • Week 6 – August 2 – August 6
  • Week 7 – August 9 – August 13
  • Week 8 – August 16 – August 20
  • Week 9 – August 23 – August 27

Register for Blue Makos


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

Applications for this position close on July 19, 2021.

This summer will look different than others, but we are committed to safety and excited to provide fun opportunities. PP&R will continue to update our website as we have more details to share. 

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


Swim Lesson Description

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

Prerequisite
For children age 6 months to 18 months who will be accompanied by a parent 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
  • 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 18mo - 3yr)

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 face in the water and blow bubbles.

Skills to learn

  • Bobbing
  • Blow bubbles with 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 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 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 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

  • Deep water - 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 PFD's 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

Piranha - Youth (age 6-14)

Prerequisite
Must complete Sea Lion skills or equivalent.

Skills to learn

  • Starts - long shallow dive, racing starts
  • Turns - open turns, flip turns -  front and back
  • Introduce and improve Butterfly
  • Introduce and improve Breaststroke
  • Swimming stretches
  • Endurance work
  • Stroke drills
  • Improve Front Crawl
  • Improve Backstroke
  • Bilateral breathing/ Front Crawl

Advancement skills

  • Racing starts - front and back
  • Front Crawl with turn - 50 yards
  • Backstroke - 50 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 over head, 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

Diving Level Descriptions

Diving is only offered at Matt Dishman Indoor Pool.

Diving Level 1

Students must be able to front dive unassisted and be at least a Sea Lion level swimmer. 

Prerequisite
Must have completed Sea Lion

  • Warmup Exercises
  • Body Positions: Dive Attention, Layout, Pike, Reach, Hand-grab
  • Standing Jumps
  • Front Basic: Reach, Layout, Pike, Tuck, Hand-grab
  • Front Handgrab: Layout, Pike, Tuck
  • Back Approach to Back Jump Basic: Layout, Pike, Tuck
  • Back Approach to Back Jump Hand-grab: Layout, Pike, Tuck
  • Fall-in Dives
  • Standing Front Dive Fall-In
  • From Pool Edge: Back Dive Fall-In

Advancement skills/Performance Standards

  • Standing Jumps (front and back from 1-meter board)
  • Fall-in Dives
  • Standing Front Dive from 1 Meter: Head first, Follow-Through
  • From Pool Edge: Simple Back Dive Fall-In

Diving Level 2

Students must be able to front dive unassisted and be at least a Sea Lion level swimmer.

Prerequisite
Must have completed Diving Level 1.

  • Warmup Exercises
  • Review Level 1 – Standing Front and Rear Jumps on 1 meter
  • Hurdle Jumps:  Arms Down and Hand-grab Entries on 1 meter
  • Hurdle to Front Jump:  Layout, Pike, Tuck to Arms Down Entry
  • Hurdle to Front Jump:  Layout, Pike, Tuck to Handgrab Entry
  • 1-Step Hurdle Jumps:  Arms Down and Hand-grab Entries on 1 meter
  • 1-Step Hurdle to Front Jump:  Layout, Pike, Tuck to Arms Down
  • 1-Step Hurdle to Front Jump:  Layout, Pike, Tuck to Handgrab
  • Hurdle to Front Dive: Semi Pike Position from 1-meter board
  • Review Back approach to Back Dive Fall-in Layout
  • Back Approach to Back Dive Fall-in Layout

Advancement skills/Performance Standards

  • Hurdle Jumps:  Pike, Tuck Layout positions from 1 meter
  • 1-Step Hurdle Jumps: Pike, Tuck Layout positions from 1 meter
  • 1-Step Hurdle, Front Dive Fall-in: Semi-Pike position
  • Back Approach to Back Dive Fall-in: Layout from 1 meter

Diving Level 3

Students must be able to front dive unassisted and be at least a Sea Lion level swimmer.

Prerequisite
Must have completed Diving Level 2.

  • Warmup Exercises
  • Review Level 2: 1-Step Hurdle Jumps, Fall-In Front Dive
  • Review Level 2: Rear Approach Jumps and Simple Spring Backdive
  • 3-Step Approach with Hurdle Jumps: Arms Down and Hand-grab
    • Front Jump: Layout, Pike, Tuck to Arms Down
    • Front Jump: Layout, Pike, Tuck to Handgrab
  • Back jump with Continuous Arms: Layout, Pike, Tuck and Down
  • Back jump with Continuous Arms: Layout, Pike, Tuck to Hand-grab
  • Front Dive Review and New from 1 meter
    • Standing Front Dive: Tuck, Pike
    • 1-Step Hurdle to Front Dive: Tuck, Pike
    • 3-Step Approach to Front Dive: Tuck, Pike
  • Back Dive Take-off with Continuous Arm Circle to Layout Position
  • Low Key Intro to Advanced Beginner Level Dives: Land Drills
    • Front Somersault: Tuck (and Open Pike)
    • Back Dive: Tuck position
    • Inward Dive: Tuck and Pike
    • Voluntary Trial of any/all above dives from 1 meter

Advancement skills/Performance Standards

  • Standing Front Dive: Tuck or Pike from 1 meter
  • 3-Step Approach with Hurdle Jumps: Arms Down and Hand-grab Entries; Tuck, Pike, Layout from 1 meter
  • 3-Step Approach with Hurdle Front Dive: Tuck or Pike position
  • Back Dive, Layout: some spring, headfirst entry

Diving Level 4

Students must be able to front dive unassisted and be at least a Sea Lion level swimmer.

Prerequisite
Must have completed Diving Level 3.

  • Warmup Exercises
  • Review Level 3: 3-Step Hurdle Front Jumps, Front Dive Tuck or Pike
  • Review Level 2: Rear Approach Jumps and Back Dive Layout
  • 4-Step Approach with Hurdle Jumps: Arms Down and Hand-grab
    • Front Jump: Layout, Pike, Tuck to Arms Down
    • Front Jump: Layout, Pike, Tuck to Handgrab
  • Front Dive Review and New
    • 1-Step Approach to Front Dive: Tuck, Pike
    • 4-Step Approach to Front Dive: Tuck, Pike
  • Land Drills, Followed by In-water (front glide) Drills
    • Front Somersault: Tuck (and Open Pike)
    • Back Dive: Tuck position
    • Inward Dive: Tuck and Pike
    • Falling Front Somersault: Pike, from side of pool
  • Forward Somersault Tuck Position from 1-Meter Board
    • 1-Step Hurdle to Forward Somersault: Tuck position
    • 4-Step Hurdle to Forward Somersault: Open Pike
  • Back Dive Tuck Position
    • Land Drills, In-Water Drills, Back Dive Tuck from 1-meter board
  • Inward Dive Tuck (and later Pike)
    • Land Drills, Water Drills, Inward Dive Tuck from 1 meter

Advancement Skills and Performance Standards

  • 4-Step Approach with Hurdle Jumps: Arms Down and Hand-grab Entries; Tuck, Pike, Layout from 1-meter board
  • 4-Step Approach with Hurdle Front Dive: Tuck or Pike Position
  • Back Dive, Layout: From 1-meter board
  • Forward Somersault: Tuck or Pike position from 1-meter board

Location

Columbia Indoor Pool

Swim Pool (Indoor)
Park Location or Entrance
7701 N Chautauqua Blvd
Portland, OR 97203

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

News and notices

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Past Events

Virtual Career Fair with PP&R Aquatics

Rescheduled
Community Event
Thanks to the passing of the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), PP&R is looking for motivated and responsible individuals to join our aquatics staff (ages 16 and up).