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Swimming Pools and Lessons

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Portland Parks & Recreations owns and operates four indoor pools and seven outdoor pools.
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Indoor pools will transition to fall schedule on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. See links to schedules below. 

Outdoor pools are now closed for the 2021 season. 


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


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.
  • Please connect with your neighborhood community center for information on drop-in and pass fees. 
  • 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.
  • Follow these instructions for purchasing a 20-visit pass. View your neighborhood community center's page for more information on drop-in and pass fees. 
  • We recognize that cost can be a barrier to participation. Thanks to the passing of the 2020 Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we are implementing a new “Pay What You Can” option. This allows City of Portland residents to access flexible payment options based on their family’s needs. Please note, the pay what you can payment option replaces our former scholarship program and does not require an applicationAs a City of Portland resident, you can use “Pay What You Can” discounts to align the cost to your family’s budget. Pass discounts are not available online. For financial assistance with swimming passes, please call your neighborhood pool or the customer service center. 
  • 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. Summer pools are closed for the 2021 season. 

*Non-Resident Pricing
The prices listed are the discounted rates for City of Portland residents. Persons residing outside of the City boundaries are charged an additional 40% because they do not pay taxes that support Portland Parks & Recreation.


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 fall. 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 are offered either Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday. Lesson offerings vary by pool and not all levels are offered at all times. See the link below to view and register for swim lessons. No private or semi-private lessons will be offered for fall. 

Registration for swim lessons that run between October 4 to November 3, will open on Thursday, September 9 at 12:30 pm.*  
Registration for swim lessons that run between November 8 to December 19, will open on Monday, October 11 at 12:30 pm.

*Southwest Community Center will not offer Session A lessons due to heat wheel replacement and pool closure in early October. Saturday lessons will begin on October 23, 2021.

Register for Swim Lessons


Blue Makos

Are you into speed, competition, and perfecting your technique? Strut your stuff in this pre-competitive league, racing against other pools in Portland at quarterly mock-swim meets. Receive one hour per week of expert coaching in a fun, supportive environment. Participants will be given instruction on butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle, including competitive dives and turns. It is a great place to begin your journey to
competitive swimming. Participants must be able to swim the length of the pool: Front Crawlstroke and Backstroke (this correlates to passing Sea Lion level in the Portland Parks & Recreation swim lesson program.)

A pre-competitive swim league participants ages 6-17 will enjoy:
• 1-hour weekly swim practices at all pools
• Expert tips from an experienced swim coach
• A fun, supportive, learning environment
• Instruction on each of the four competitive strokes including dives and turns
• A mock swim meet on Sunday, December 12, from 2:00-4:00 pm at Matt Dishman Indoor Pool
• Every swimmer will receive a Blue Makos swim cap.

Registration for Blue Makos will open on Thursday, September 9, at 12:30 pm.

PoolDayTimeDateClassesCost
Matt DishmanSaturday11:05am-12:05 pm10/9-12/119 classes (no 11/27)
+ meet 12/12
$67.50
Mt. ScottSaturday11:00am-12:00 pm10/9-12/119 classes (no 11/27)
+ meet 12/12
$67.50
Mt. ScottSaturday12:00-1:00 pm10/9-12/119 classes (no 11/27)
+ meet 12/12
$67.50
SouthwestSaturday11:45am-12:45 pm10/23-12/117 classes (no 11/27)
+ meet 12/12
$52.50

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

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

  • 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 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 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

Diving Level Descriptions

Diving is not being offered at this time.

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

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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