North West Aquatics (NWA) is committed to making swimmers of all ages feel more confident in the water. Its swimming curriculum is designed to appeal to all sorts of swimmers, from habitual dog paddlers to seasoned athletes hoping to compete on the national level. As such, classes run the gamut from Parent & Me 100 classes, which are designed for ages 0–3, to advanced lessons where swimmers master the breaststroke and butterfly. Non-swimming-related pool activities like lifeguard training, water polo, and hydra wrestling are also taught, and swim teams welcome new members, even those who can only swim once or twice a week.
HydroSports Dive and Travel’s certified scuba instructors tap into their enthusiasm for all things aquatic to train nascent sea explorers with thorough diving instruction. The staff formulate a roster of classes that includes a wide range of lessons, from basic tutorials that introduce essential skills to advanced courses that yield open-water certification and the ability to recite Keats underwater.
In addition to classes, HydroSports' onsite shop packs an arsenal of equipment from top-quality brands and ample rental gear for self-arranged dives. HydroSports Dive and Travel’s trainers also organize frequent diving excursions amid marine wonderlands such as Palau, Santa Catalina Island, and Poseidon's living room.
At Woodburn Aquatic Center, swimmers of all experience levels explore the facility's chlorinated garden of swimming holes ringed by a set of terrestrial workout equipment. While lap swim is available all day and open play stretches from 9 a.m. until closing, the set schedule also sets aside blocks of time for parents and their children and therapy sessions for seniors. For more flexible scheduling and one-on-one attention, swimmers can opt to take personal lessons.
Youthful squeals drift from a rope swing and waterslide, where young aquanauts frolic supervised by seasoned lifeguards. Members can supplement their water workouts with fast-paced fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga. All swimmers enjoy complimentary lockers that stow dry clothes and formal water wings for job interviews.
Popsicles, lemonade stands, street festivals—all of these are synonymous with summer, but none so fully encapsulates the spirit of the season as just one day at Jefferson Community Pool. Families can splash around in the pool's crystal-clear waters during open-swim sessions held throughout the summer months. The pool also hosts swimming classes that teach students how to stay afloat and what to do when they encounter a rubber ducky in the wild.
The fishermen could carry their bounties off in coolers, but by the time the boat reaches the marina, each angler stands clutching a fat salmon for all bystanders on the dock to see. After posing for photos and recounting the battle with the day's largest catch, the anglers drop by the on-site cleaning shop to have their hauls filleted, packed, and readied to take home.
Barbara and Jerry Powell—a third-generation fisherman with more than 50 years of experience—charter ocean adventures like these year round to fishing destinations such as the inner reefs of Yaquina Bay. Aboard USCG-inspected and certified boats, the Powells' team outfits anglers with well-maintained equipment to hook deep-sea creatures such as halibut, shark, and Aquaman. Alternatively, captains take parties into tidal waters to catch bay crabs, or journey out toward open waters on whale-watching cruises.
The crew at Captain's Reel Deep Sea Fishing recommends guests check out the trip-preparation and FAQ pages before they head out. Guides can also furnish one-day licenses to those who lack the proper documents.
Sparkling cerulean waters and the clean smell of chlorine greet visitors at the Lebanon Community Pool. Day and night, its lanes are filled with athletic swimmers gliding through the water and families paddling in the shallow end. A slide invites big splashes, and a training pool provides ample space for enthusiastic new swimmers.