Swim Lesson News
Portland’s Parks Bureau continues to experience the same staffing challenges as nearly all parks and recreation agencies across the country. Specifically, the PP&R aquatics program is affected by ongoing recruitment struggles.
PP&R is not alone. A nationwide survey conducted by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) showed that 88% of park and recreation agencies indicate they are not fully staffed for lifeguards this summer season. This summer, cities such as Phoenix and Austin have said they will only open half of their public pools due to lifeguard shortages, and leading park systems from Chicago to the Washington DC area are cutting back services.
As a result of Portland’s current aquatics staff shortage, when registration opens on Monday, swim lessons will only be available at outdoor pools. This aligns with past and expected community demand, and it allows the Bureau to maximize current capacity. (PP&R’s outdoor pools provide the largest capacity for swim lessons.)
If you or someone you know is interested in joining our staff, 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.
How to sign up for activities, classes, and offerings
Summer registration opens Monday, May 23, 2022. While some registrations can be done in-person or by phone, the fastest option is to sign up online at portland.gov/parks/register.
PP&R is experiencing staffing shortages at all levels, including customer service and registration support – vacancies and illness. As such, the bureau is encouraging online registration in place of calling or signing up in person. The bureau recognizes that this is not an ideal option for everyone and is reassigning some personnel to assist with phone and in-person summer registration efforts.
To accommodate more people during the staffing and capacity challenges facing Portland Parks & Recreation, we are opening summer registration for four weeks at a time per the below schedule.
General Registration: Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center (503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.
|General Registration Opening Day||Activity Dates|
|Monday, May 23 at 12:30pm||June 21 – July 24|
|Monday, June 27 at 12:30pm||July 25 – September 4|
|Monday, August 8 at 12:30pm||September 5 – October 2|
Early Registration: As part of our Parks Levy commitment, we are working to improve access for underserved communities, which include but are not limited to people of color, seniors, teens, households experiencing poverty, immigrants and refugees, and people living with disabilities. PP&R provides information to local community organizations who share early registration opportunities with their community members.
Interested organizations can email email@example.com to register as partners or to learn more.
Early Registration is available one week prior to general registration at 12:30 pm. Partner organizations and their community members can inquire about early registration through the Customer Service Center (503-823-2525) or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.
|Early Registration Opening Day||Activity Dates|
|Monday, May 16 at 12:30pm||June 21 – July 24|
|Friday, June 17 at 12:30pm||July 25 – September 4|
|Monday, August 1 at 12:30pm||September 5 – October 2|
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers and pools are open for drop-in activities including swimming and fitness. Additional activities, including TeenForce drop-in, are available. All programming, participant capacity limits, and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance.
PP&R also offers a variety of activities for you to sign up to participate in. Activities, including swim lessons, sports, art classes, music lessons, school break camps, Adaptive & Inclusive recreation, and Lifelong Recreation, will open for enrollment on the following dates (in-person and virtual options available):
Create an account
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) uses an online registration system for all the amazing camps, classes, and programs available to you and your family. To register for PP&R activities, you'll first need to create an online account.
Need help creating an account? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.
- Crear una cuenta en línea de Portland Parks & Recreation
- Как создать свой аккаунт на сайте Управления парков Портленда
Search for a class or activity
Once you have an account, follow this video's step-by-step instructions and captions to search for and sign up for activities.
- How to search for a Portland Parks & Recreation activity and sign up online
- Cómo buscar una actividad de Portland Parks & Recreation e inscribirse en línea
- Как зарегистрироваться на занятия и мероприятия Управления парков Портленда
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 based on your needs.
Read more about Pay What You Can and Access Discount on the Discount Options webpage.