De-stress, exercise, and have fun in our state-of-the-art, 25-yard pool and 10-person spa. Programs offered include lap swim, open rec swim, and special events available to Campus Rec members for free. Adult swim clinics, youth swim lessons, and First Aid/CPR/AED and lifeguard certification courses are available for a fee. Patrons have direct access to locker rooms and universal changing rooms, as well as kickboards, fins, and other exercise equipment at no cost.

A person swims laps in the Rec Center pool, their arm up in the freestyle position.

Swim Lane Reservations

A swim lane reservation is required in order to access the pool and can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Each swim lane reservation consists of a 50-minute block of time for swimming and 10 minutes to exit the pool and locker room. Make a swim lane reservation through our online Facility Reservation system.


Lessons & Clinics

Adult Swim Clinics

Swim clinics include up to five participants who all want to work on a specific aspect of swimming. Participants receive specialized instruction on swim strokes in a small group setting for an incredibly subsidized rate. 

Youth Swim Lessons

It’s never too early to start learning how to swim! Youth swim lessons provide a safe and fun atmosphere for learning and improving the basic skills for young swimmers. Youth swim lessons are offered fall, winter, and spring terms. Register at Member Services no later than the day before the class starts.


The Rec Center pool is now open for PSU students, as well as our faculty, staff, alumni, and senior adult learner members. The spa is closed until further notice. A swim lane reservation is required in order to access the pool and can be made up to 48 hours in advance. 

The restrooms inside the locker rooms are still available for all users, but the showers and lockers are only open for day-use to those with a swim lane reservation. Locker rooms and lockers are closed to all other Rec Center users at this time. Towel and locker rentals are currently unavailable. Please remember to bring a towel and lock for your swim, and take your belongings with you at the end of your reservation.  Locks can also be purchased at Member Services.

Youth Hours

Due to our limited capacity and reduced hours of operation, we are limiting access to fee-paying PSU students, as well as our faculty, staff, alumni, and senior adult learner members. We will keep you informed as to when youth can return to the Rec Center. Explore our virtual family-friendly offerings!


Check the Facility webpage for information on the Rec Center facility hours and closures.

Pool Hours 


  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.


  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.


  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.

Spa Hours

The spa is closed until further notice. 

Swimming Expectations

Before You Swim

  1. We ask that you not enter the facility if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of  smell/taste, shortness of breath, or any symptoms related to COVID-19. 
  2. A face mask must be worn when entering the facility and while moving throughout the  locker rooms and pool deck. The only time face masks are not required to be worn is while swimming and showering.
  3. Check-in with the Lifeguards on the pool deck (not in the hallway anymore) in order to gain access to the locker rooms and shower area.
  4. A cleansing shower is required before entering the pool.
  5. No water fountains are currently available in the facility except for the water bottle filling station on the second floor in between the locker rooms. We recommend bringing a filled water bottle with you.
  6. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your scheduled time to allow enough time for swimmers with an earlier reservation to clear out of the pool and locker rooms.
  7. There is no waiting on or spectating from the pool deck at this time.
  8. The spa is closed until further notice. 

Swim Lane Reservations

  1. A swim lane reservation is required to use the pool. Each swim lane reservation consists of a 50-minute block of time for swimming and 10 minutes for you to dry off and exit the pool and locker room, and for our staff to disinfect the lane before the next reservation. 
  2. Reservable swim lanes are listed below. We ask you to prioritize reserving general use lanes over other lanes unless you require the use of the ADA pool lift, stairs, or ladder. 
  3. Lane 1 (Adaptive lane with ADA pool lift and stairs access)
  4. Lanes 2-5 (General use lanes)
  5. Lane 6 (Lane with ladder access)
  6. It is recommended that swimmers arrive ready to swim in order to maximize their swim time. Sessions will end promptly at the conclusion of each reservation period to allow staff enough time to sanitize and prepare for the next reservation. 
  7. Reservations for a swim lane can be made up to 48 hours in advance. There is no drop-in swimming permitted at this time. Only one swim lane reservation can be made per member, per day.  
  8. If you need to cancel your swim lane reservation, please call Member Services at (503) 725-2931.

During Your Swim 

  1. During lap swim, each lane is limited to one swimmer per lane, and swimmers are required to always maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
  2. Each lane has a dedicated “home point” on alternating ends of the pool where swimmers must enter from and use as their rest area.
  3. Patrons not following the physical distancing, mask, or safety guidelines will be asked to leave.

Locker Rooms & Lockers

  1. Locker rooms and lockers are available to those with a swim lane reservation during their reservation time. Lockers may be used by swimmers for storage during their scheduled reservation period.
  2. Swimmers must bring their own locks and belongings must be removed at the end of each reservation. Locks can be purchased at Member Services. Please only change in dedicated locker room changing zones.
  3. The universal changing room in the pool area is available for use as a restroom for swimmers. We ask that you reserve the use of the shower for individuals with inclusive needs. A personal care attendant is allowed to accompany a member as needed.
  4. The universal changing room is available for use by one person at a time.
  5. No towel service is provided at this time. Please bring your own towels. 

Pool Equipment

  1. Pool equipment such as kickboards, pool buoys, and aqua jogging belts are available on a  first-come, first-served basis. After each use, equipment will be placed in a “used” section for staff to disinfect before the next use.


Lap Swim

Swimming is a low-impact activity that increases your heart rate, builds endurance, and relieves stress on the body. Lap swim is a dedicated time for members to use the pool to swim laps or aqua jog. The number of lanes available for lap swim varies throughout the day. Campus Rec strives to provide a minimum of three lap lanes during designated lap swim times. Occasionally, circumstances may result in reduced lap lane availability. We encourage you to speak with a lifeguard prior to changing and showering to see how many lanes are currently available and how busy the pool is at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions about lap swim, please ask a lifeguard or contact the Aquatics & Safety Coordinator.

Inclusive/Adaptive Swim Lane

Swimming is a low-impact way to experience movement and relaxation for people of all ability levels. We offer an adaptive/inclusive priority swim lane that is available during all lap swim hours for persons needing accommodations. The lifeguards are happy to help if assistance is needed. Please let the lifeguard on duty know if you are going to utilize the priority lane to ensure it is clear.

Lane Swimming Etiquette

For information on how to share a pool lane, see our Lap Swimming Etiquette diagram (PDF)

Aquatic Fitness

Swim X

Interested in improving your swimming technique and endurance? Join an empowering community of passionate swimmers with Swim X, a free program for individuals who want to take their swim workouts to the next level. A trained and experienced coach leads each session and facilitates workouts based on your skill level and goals. Gain insightful feedback on your strokes and technique. The average swim distance is two miles per workout. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to join.

Water-Based Group X Classes

View our Schedule & Activities webpage for the current Group X schedule.

Shallow Water X

This class takes place in the shallow end of the pool, using the buoyancy of water to lessen the impact on your joints. You can expect a variety of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) intervals, plyometrics, and strength work for the upper and lower body in this effective, low-impact class. Open to all ability levels. No swim experience required.

Deep Water X

This low-impact class gives you the opportunity to get a great workout without putting any added stress on your joints. With a variety of cardio, core, and strength work, you’ll get a full-body workout using the water to do what we can't with our feet on the ground. Deep Water X is ideal for participants of all body types and fitness levels. No swim experience required.

Virtual Dryland Fitness for Swimmers

This weekly 60-minute total body workout is designed to help swimmers maintain strength, flexibility, and endurance out of the pool. Not only is dryland training ideal while pool access is hard to come by, but incorporating dryland training into your workout routine can help you become stronger and more explosive in the water while decreasing your risk of injury.

Aquatic Programming

Open Rec Swim

Make a splash at the Rec Center pool! Swim laps, play water games, or relax in the spa. Whether you are seeking leisure or exercise, experience the pool in a new way. Specified swim lanes are dedicated to Open Rec Swim during designated times. Pool toys and equipment are provided.

Coached Adaptive Swim

Campus Rec and coaches from Adaptive Sports Northwest (ASNW) are partnering to provide swimming instruction to youth ages 6-18 with physical disabilities. Coaches are also available to assist any Campus Rec member that needs an adaptation for swimming.

Kayak Pool Sessions

Open pool sessions provide an opportunity for kayakers of all experience levels to work on skills in the safety of the pool. If you're a beginner, this is a great way to get comfortable in a boat and practice basic strokes. For intermediate or advanced paddlers, the pool is a great place to master your roll, play with different types of boats, and strengthen core muscles for the paddling season ahead.

Kayak pool sessions are offered during the academic terms and are free for Campus Rec members. Guests and non-members are welcome to join without a member sponsorship at the daily rate of $7 per person. A government-issued ID is required. Please check the Schedule & Activities webpage for specific dates. Learn more about the Kayak Pool Session Rules before your visit.

Certification Courses

Campus Rec offers a variety of non-credit or credit optional instructional courses for its members that provide certification. For more information, contact Marcos Ordaz, Aquatics & Safety Coordinator, at or 503.725.5129.

If you are a PSU employee and are interested in taking a certification needed for your job, please have your supervisor contact Marcos Ordaz at to make payment arrangements.  

Person performing CPR

Aquatics Courses

Lifeguard Instructor Course

This course teaches participants how to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course. Participants must possess a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. 

  • Member price: $150
  • Non-member price: $200
  • Campus Rec staff: Free 

This course is typically offered winter term (spring break) and summer term.

Lifeguard Course

The primary purpose of the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies and to provide care for injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel arrive and take over.

  • Member price: $150
  • Non-member price: $200

This course is typically offered winter, spring, and summer term.


Safety Courses

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

The purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies.  The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly ill or injured Adult/Child/Infant until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.

  • Member price: $65
  • Non-member price: $100
  • Campus Rec staff: Free

This course is typically offered every term.

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

This course is designed for those who risk on-the-job exposure to blood and other bodily fluids, and teaches participants to understand how bloodborne pathogens are spread. Participants will learn how to avoid exposure and what to do if exposed to infectious materials, including cleanup procedures. The course is one of the requirements of the OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

  • Member price: $40
  • Non-member price: $55
  • Campus Rec staff: Free

This course is typically offered every term.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course prepares you to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses.

  • Member price: $200
  • Non-member price: $250
  • Campus Rec staff: Free 

This course is typically offered at the end of spring term and the end of fall term (winter break).

Custom Aquatics Programs

Are you a part of a student organization, department, or team at PSU? Looking for a team-building or bonding activity where you can have fun and be healthy? Campus Rec and Student Activities and Leadership Programs have opportunities for you and your team to engage in service-learning, explore the outdoors, or try a new workout or activity.

Open Rec Swim Reservation

Open Rec Swim is time set aside in the pool for fun. We have a variety of activities that your team can participate in that generate team building and strong group dynamics. The rec center is a convenient on-campus location to alleviate the challenges of traveling in downtown Portland. This is a free sponsorship that allows your team to have fun in a healthy and different way while promoting team development. 

Opportunities: We offer log rolling, water basketball, water polo, various pool games, and the relaxing 102-degree spa. Groups of all sizes are welcome, we ask for two weeks advance notice to be able to properly staff the event. 


  • Friday - Lanes 1-3, 5 - 7 p.m./ Log Rolling 5:30-7:30 p.m.

To Get Started: Please submit this Google Form and the Aquatics Programming Student Coordinator will get back to you within two business days.

Note: A minimum of two weeks notice is required.

If you have additional questions please contact Marcos Ordaz, Aquatics & Safety Coordinator, at