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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Aquatic Training Program

We are committed to the importance of water safety and training for our lifeguards, swim instructors, and our community. We currently employ over 700 staff during the busy summer season and up to 300 staff at our indoor pools during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Applications for employment with Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics are accepted upon successful completion of the certification course(s).

Certification/Training Classes
We offer lifeguard certification classes, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training from September through May. Anyone applying for a position with Portland Parks & Recreation's Aquatic Program must be at least 15 years of age, AND hold current certification for the position.

"Teen Only Swim Lessons"
Are you a teen looking at the possibility of becoming a swim instructor and/or lifeguard, but you feel that your swimming ability might not be ready for your success in the Aquatics Training Classes? In an effort to help you, Portland Parks & Recreation provides affordable "Teen Only Swim Lessons" for youth age 11-18. Classes are offered to participants from beginner to intermediate, and are only $20 for 10 lessons! Depending on your prior swimming ability, taking a "Teen Only Swim Lesson" once MAY or MAY NOT adequately prepare you for the swimming demands required in certification courses. Call your local indoor, year-round Portland Parks & Recreation pool for class dates and times.

2015-2016 Aquatic Certification Training Brochure

Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Water Exercise Certification Class Schedule