Swimming in Washougal

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Equipment: Three swim pools, Spa, Nautilus weights, Precore Cardio, Gymnasium, Sauna

Students should bring: Swimsuit and towel

Average class length: 30-60 minutes

Number of Staff: 25+ people

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 1997

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Bring new swimmers to the facility to see the pool before the day of their first lesson

Q&A with Denise Croucher, Aquatics Director

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Swimming is a great fitness tool that people of all ages can enjoy. It is the one sport that positively cross trains for every other sport as well as being a sport that can be enjoyed your entire lifetime. How many football players are still playing in their 60s, 70s, 80s? Go to any Masters Swim Meet and there will be lots of seniors swimming.

Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?

Although it is important to work hard to make improvements, working to the point of actual pain usually means injury, which is never a good idea.

What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?

Learning to swim is both fun and functional. Classes are focused on making the process as fun as possible while continuing to move the students to becoming competent swimmers. We have high expectations for our students but want to keep lessons fun enough they will look forward to returning each class.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Although this offer is just for beginners, we do offer programs for swimmers of all ages and skill levels, from triathlon training to pre-competition training. We also have a USA club swim team?the LaCamas HeadHunters.

2950 NW 38th Ave.
Camas,
WA
US

Farber Swim School’s instructors specialize in helping swimmers overcome their fear of water. One way they do this is by heating their 16-yard pool to 90 degrees, which helps to eliminate the initial shock of touching the water. Once students feel comfortable, the instructors—who are all lifeguards, competitive swimmers, or actual fish—begin their lessons, which range depending on the students’ needs. For instance, Baby & Me classes introduce youngsters to aquatic activity in the pool’s 3-foot shallow end, while more advanced students tread in the pool’s 8-foot deep end. Surrounding the four-lane pool, you’ll find locker rooms, a sun deck, and a hot tub that’s heated to 100 degrees.

8785 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Portland,
OR
US

Oregon Underwater is the premier scuba diving training and retail center in the Pacific Northwest.

At Oregon Underwater we strive to give you an educational and personal experience second to none.

Our staff is highly trained in the most up to date SCUBA technology and educational techniques.

11906 Northeast Halsey Street
Portland,
OR
US

SoccerPlex’s moniker is deceiving. The athletic center boasts two indoor turf soccer fields—one measuring 185’x85’, the other 88’x36’. It also hosts women’s, men’s, and coed soccer leagues as well as kids’ soccer classes. But, in addition to its namesake sport, SoccerPlex also promotes sports and activities where it’s within the rules to use your hands, such as basketball, for which SoccerPlex offers adult leagues and kids’ programs. There are even classes for swimming, dancing, and martial arts as well as group fitness classes and Lego camps for young architects in training.

8785 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Portland,
OR
US

The experienced instructors at Aquatic Sports make it clear that they aren't in the business of simply doling out scuba certifications—they want to turn amateur divers into lifetime scuba explorers with safe, sensible training. Their teachers lead students in a heated pool through comprehensive refresher courses and basic scuba-certification courses that set divers on the path to independent diving. Alternatively, in the more advanced three- or four-week open-water-certification course, tank-breathers undergo classroom instruction for skills review and lessons in open-water conditions, as well as pool instruction for topics such as scuba emergencies and safety procedures.

Once they're ready to safely plumb the ocean depths, scuba-course grads can join scuba trips, with Aquatic Sports' staff handling all booking and arrangements. Before heading out to dive the Columbia River or the neighbor's above-ground pool, you can gear up at the in-house scuba shop, stocked with brand new diving and underwater photography equipment.

10803 SW Barbur Blvd
Portland,
OR
US

North Clackamas Aquatic Park's 400,000 gallons of H2O stream down two twisty tube slides and splash swimmers in three swimming pools housed within this waterlogged indoor playground. During Big Surf! recreational hours, divers plunge into 13-foot-deep water as swimmers on rental tubes crest the wave pool's 4-foot surf, whereas competitive swimmers hone skills in the 25-yard, six-lane lap pool. A drop slide sends adventurous aquanauts plunging, as climbers head the other direction on a 29-foot rock wall with three routes for scalers of all skill levels. As adults unwind in the hot tub, pint-size splashers flit about interactive fountains, coast down the Sammie the Seal slide into a kiddie pool, or organize their fellow tots into a filibuster until chaperones acquiesce to snack demands at the Surf's Up Cafe. Swimming lessons, complimentary life jackets, and inflatable submarines are also available to help guests swim safely.

7300 SE Harmony Rd.
Milwaukie,
OR
US