COVID-19 CLOSURE: Effective Wednesday, November 18, the Rec Center is closed in response to new COVID-19 restrictions and Governor Kate Brown's statewide freeze. Visit our Reopening Resources webpage for more information and updates. 

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.


Check the Hours & Closures section on our website for information on the Rec Center facility hours and closures.

Pool Hours

The reopening of the pool has been delayed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Spa Hours

The spa is closed until further notice. 

Youth Hours

During our initial reopening of the Rec Center, we are limiting access to fee-paying students and our PSU faculty/staff members. We will keep you informed as to when youth can return to the Rec Center. Explore our virtual family-friendly offerings!


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.  

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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