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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Lap Swim

Lap swimming is one of the best total body exercises that you can do. Swimming builds the body, soothes the mind, regulates breathing, stimulates circulation, and puts no stress on your bones and joints. Swimming is an ideal exercise for just about anyone and can burn 350-420 calories per hour. Check your local pool schedule for convenient lap swim times.

The Wonder of Water
Water helps to soothe and calm our bodies. The human body is 60% water; when your body is submerged in water you can't help but feel more relaxed, physically and mentally. You will feel focused and ready to workout.

Cross Training
We all like variety in our lives, and so do our bodies when we workout. Cross training will help you to reach your fitness goals more quickly. Swimming is a great complement to your everyday workout routine.

Getting Started
All you need to get started is a swim suit and a good pair of goggles. Kickboards, fins, and pull buoys are all available free of charge, and are located on the pool deck. We also have goggles, caps, and other swim essentials available for purchase at the front counter.

Rules of the Road
Help us give you the best swimming experience possible by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Lap lanes are usually designated Slow, Medium, and Fast so you can match lanes to your speed.
  • If 3 or more people are in a lane you must circle swim, keeping to the right at all times.
  • When entering a lane, do not disrupt the continuous swimming of others.
  • If you change speeds (e.g., switch to kicking only) a lane change may be necessary.
  • Be aware of passing procedures. If some one seems about to pass you or touches your toes, pull over at the next wall and let them pass.
  • If you are continually being passed, or passing others, you may need to change to a slower lane.
  • If resting at the end of the lane, move into the corner of the lane so that other swimmers have room to turn.
  • If you have any questions, please ask the lifeguard on duty or ask to speak with an aquatic supervisor.