Think Safe, Be Safe!

Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. This includes adults and children. Register for swim lessons this fall at one of our local indoor pools. Check out our fall swim lesson dates and times here.


Labor Day Weekend Schedule for ALL Pools

As we wind down from another fantastic summer, we wanted to let you know who was still open this Labor Day weekend and who will be closed.

Labor Day Weekend Hours:
Buckman Pool:  Closed until 9/4/12
Columbia Pool: Saturday 9/1, Sunday 9/2, Monday 9/3 Weekend hours
Creston Pool: Last day open Friday 8/31
Dishman Pool:  Closed until 9/4/12
EPCC Pool: Saturday 9/1 Regular Schedule, Sunday 9/2 Regular Schedule, Monday 9/3 Lap swim 11-5pm, Family Swim 11:30-1, and Open Play Swim 1-5pm
Grant Pool: 9/1, Sunday 9/2, Monday 9/3 Weekend hours.  Grant pool will have a special schedule 9/4-9/14, including a 9 days of swim lessons. To check out our schedule click here.
Montavilla Pool: Last day open Friday 8/31
Mt. Scott Pool: Saturday 9/1 Regular Schedule, Sunday 9/2 Regular Schedule, Monday 9/3 Sunday Hours
Peninsula Pool: Last day open Friday 8/31
Pier Pool: Last day open Friday 8/31
Sellwood Pool: Saturday 9/1 Regular Schedule, Sunday 9/2 Regular Schedule, Monday 9/3 Saturday Hours
Southwest Pool: Saturday 9/1 Regular Schedule, Annual Maintenance Shut Down 9/2-9/14
Wilson Pool: Saturday 9/1, Sunday 9/2, Monday 9/3 Weekend hours.  Also opened 9/8 & 9/9 regular weekend hours.

Check out our indoor pools for year round swim lessons & other activities.  For our Fall Program guide click here.

Aquatics Awards Breakfast 2012

Wilson Lifeguard being recognized for a job well done.

Tuesday August 28, 2012, we held our Annual Aquatics Awards Breakfast.  This summer we had many successes and we recognized a job well done to many of our employees.  We recognized the Wilson lifeguards for being diligent and rescuing a 13 year old girl out of the pool this summer.  We recognized the Peninsula and Pier staff for being proactive in getting all of the patrons into a safe area while there was police activity right out their front doors.

This summer we also joined with OHSU to work together to test out a youth safety program to help prevent work injuries in the job place.  They called the program PUSH or Promoting U through Safety and Health.  This year the pool winners with the most participation was Peninsula pool, follow by Dishman pool, and Southwest pool took third place.  Thank you everyone for all your participation!

On to the fun part of the morning, staff recognition.  Each pool selects an employee of the summer out of all of their employees, they are voted on by their peers.  This summer’s employees of the summer for each pool are as follows:

Buckman Pool ~ Mitchell McBride
Columbia Pool ~ Alheli T. Figueroa
Creston Pool ~ Nate Jones
Dishman Pool ~ Luke Bolton
EPCC Pool ~ Victor Rojas – Arcos
Grant Pool ~ Alisha Green
Montavilla Pool ~ Tom Gilmore
Mt. Scott Pool ~ Leah Snyder
Peninsula Pool ~ Samantha Sahnow
Pier Pool ~ Ian Buxman
Sellwood Pool~ Reed Brevig
SWCC Pool ~ Carly Wellington
Wilson Pool ~ Garrett Wyman

Out of these candidates we pick a Rookie of the Summer & Employee of the Summer, they received the high honor and free trainings for the rest of their time working for us.  The Rookie of the Summer is Leah Snyder from Mt. Scott Pool.

Leah Snyder on the left, with her supervisors Paige Pelker, Jamie Burrows, and Tim Justice

The Citywide Employee of the Summer was shared this year with Victor Rojas – Arcos from EPCC pool & Carly Wellington from SWCC pool.

Victor Rojas – Arcos with his supervisor Kristen Stout

Carly Wellington (to the right) with her Supervisor Crystal Ius

We also select a Management Team of the Summer & Pool of the Summer.  The teams are broken down into 4 groups listed below:

Group “A”           Group “B”           Group “C”           Group “D”

Grant                    Columbia               Dishman            Buckman
Sellwood              Creston                  EPCC                 Peninsula
Wilson                 Montavilla                Mt.Scott                Pier

The Management Teams of the summer are: Dishman Pool, Montavilla Pool, Pier Pool and Wilson Pool

The Pools of the Summer are: Creston Pool, EPCC Pool, Peninsula Pool, Sellwood Pool.

Congratulations to Everyone & Thank you for a Great Summer!

Lifeguards Receives EXCEEDS on Their Audit


Portland Parks & Recreation lifeguards are certified through Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Company.  Being part of E&A we have certain requirements we have to meet to stay current in our certification.  Lifeguards must recertify annually, and when they are working they must be a rescue ready level at all times, they are required to maintain a minimum of 4 hours of inservice training a month, which includes practice skills, such as water rescues, CPR and first aid situations, going over policies & procedures and any other current events that may have or will occur at the facility. We also have our monthly 8 Manikin Drops & 4 Live Action Drills; otherwise know to the lifeguards as VAT Drills, to be current with the E&A Standard. Another portion of our agreement with E&A is that they will come to our facilities unannounced and Audit our Lifeguards and Supervisors to make sure we are in fact ready & able to respond to a big emergency.

On August 15th and 16th our lifeguarding staff was audited by our lifeguarding company, Jeff Ellis and Associates.  All of our lifeguards did a great job.  We received the highest score possible, Exceeding Standards!

In the 2 days that the auditor, Corey Campbell, was here he was able to visit all 13 facilities.  There were visual observations done at each facility and there was at least one skill performed as well.  Those skills could have been anything from a First Aid scenario, an Individual CPR check or a VAT drill, to a team back boarding or a team unconscious guest scenario.

There were many great things that were seen in the audit.  With our visual observations all 28 of them performed the 5-minute strategy.  The auditor commented after words that with a client this size, having 100% of the lifeguards performing this line item was unheard of.  With skills, everything was done well.  All of our spinal scenarios were done under the time limit and with each one he had very little to critique.

Thank you again to all of our lifeguards out there, especially the ones that were audited.  Your hard work and dedication to your job was definitely observed.  Keep up the amazing work to make sure that everyone who comes into our facility leaves the same way!

To learn more about our lifeguard program or what VAT Drills are click the words above.

Fall Schedule is out

Due to budget cuts this year our fall, winter and spring guides will be online guides only.  To locate pool schedules you can find that information here on our blog, which will have information about all of our facilities, classes, trainings and much more.  We started our blog at the beginning of the summer for a new way of advertising and getting our information out.  We hope that you are enjoying it.  You can also find your pools information in your local community center guide too.

Click here or on the picture for our fall schedule.

Think Safe, Be Safe

For Everyone:
As the temperature gets warmer outside, we always try to find a place to go and cool off.  If you choose to go to a lake or river make sure you go into the water slowly to make sure the temperature feels comfortable and it’s not too cold. If you’re shivering or start to feel your muscles cramping up, it may be because the water is too cold. This is not safe, so get out of the water immediately.

Puss In Boots is Coming to a Pool Near YOU!

Enjoy a Portland favorite! Our Annual Dive-In Movie is almost here, starting next week you can enjoy a fun movie hosted in 5 of our outdoor swimming pools whether you choose to be poolside or swimming come join the fun!

The Dive-In movie will be shown on a large screen which can be seen from the water.  The pools will be extra warm for these showings, so bring an inner tube or air mattress to lounge on.

This year’s movie is Puss In Boots, all ages are welcome!
Adults $5.00 / Youth $3.00 (Wilson fee for youth $3.50)

Pool:                     Address:                                  Date:                    Time:

Montavilla Pool       8219 NE Glisan, 97220           Wednesday 8/22   8pm

Creston Pool          4454 SE Powell, 97206           Thursday 8/23       8pm

Sellwood Pool        7951 SE 7th, 97202                   Friday 8/24           8pm

Wilson Pool           1151 SW Vermont, 97219        Saturday 8/25       8pm

Grant Pool             2300 NE 33rd, 97212                 Sunday 8/26         8pm

We will let you in the doors at 8pm the movie will start at dark.

Fall Schedule is Here!

Fall Aquatics Program is HERE!  Check out Fall pool schedules, Swim Lesson dates & times, Blue Makos and much more!  If you are looking to become or have a teenager that would like to be a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor or a Water Fitness Instructor check out our NEW Aquatic Training Brochure.  Registration for ALL Fall Classes and Training Classes all Year-round are now available to register for by phone at your local pool or click here to register online.