Aquatics

Make a splash with Campus Rec's Aquatics program! Aquatics offers many amazing programs and opportunities for all our members; including, swim lessons, swim clinics, Open Rec Swim, Swim X and much more. 

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    Visit our Schedules & Events page for aquatics scheduling information.

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      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. Average swim distance is two miles per workout. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to join. 

      Aquatic Fitness

      Women doing ab workout on stand-up paddleboard.

      Experience one of our water-based Group X classes.

      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.

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      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.  Log Roll may also be available with an instructor during these times.

       

      Swimmer backstrokes through the Rec Center pool.

      Lap Swim

      Lap swim is a dedicated time for members to use the pool to swim laps or aqua jog. Swimming is a low-impact activity that increases your heart rate, builds endurance, and relieves stress on the body. 

      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 and Safety Coordinator.

      There are times when lap swim coincides with another program and that program takes priority. A priority lane is available during scheduled lap swim times for persons needing accommodations. Please let the lifeguard on duty know if you are going to utilize the priority lane to ensure it is clear.

       


       

      Three students paddle through the Rec Center pool in kayaks.

      Kayak Pool Sessions

      Open kayak pool sessions are a chance 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, work on basic strokes, and start working towards more advanced skills.

      For intermediate or advanced paddlers the pool is a great place to master your roll (including your off-side roll, hand roll, etc.), play with different types of boats, and strengthen core muscles for the paddling season ahead.

      Kayak pool sessions are only offered during the 10 weeks of the academic term. Please check the Program Schedule for specific dates. Learn more about the Kayak Pool Session Rules before your visit. 

       


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      Aquatic 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. Visit our swim clinics page for descriptions and dates.

      Group photo of the 2016 Aquatics staffWomen-Only Swim

      Women-Only Swim is open to all women, non-binary, and trans individuals and their children (males ages 5 and under) to swim and play together. Female lifeguards will be on duty and windows are covered to create a more inclusive, private space. . 

      Youth Swim Lessons

      It’s never too early to start learning how to swim! Youth swim lessons provide a safe and fun atmosphere to learn and improve foundational 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. Visit our youth swim lessons page for information and schedule. 

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      For accommodations please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or j.armbruster@pdx.edu.