Summer Swim Lesson Registration

Our Summer Swim Lesson Registration begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, April 24th. You can enroll online or stop by. All sessions and classes, both morning and evening will be available. First come first serve.

Jr Guard Classes now Available!

5 sessions this Summer:

June 19 – 30           July 31 – Aug 10

July 3 – 14               Aug 14 – 24

July 17 – 28            


Monday through Friday 11am – 2pm. Wednesdays and Fridays will be at the Waterfront Park (weather dependent). Pick-up and drop off will be across from Solstice, by the climbing wall in Waterfront Park.


$80 In-District

$100 Out-of-District

Lifeguard Training Course!

The class is March 27th – 31st. 9am-2pm every day with a 30 minute lunch break.


Participants must be at all classes and sessions.

It’s $200 for the course. This must be paid prior to enrollment. There is a pretest Monday morning to determine if you have the water skills necessary to complete the course. If you do not pass the pre-test, you will be refunded the $200.

You can pay online, over the phone, or at the pool.


The pre-test includes:

300 meter swim of front crawl and some breast stroke

2 minutes treading water, no hands

25m brick retrieval: jump in, swim to the dive brick, bring it to the surface, and swim it back above the water with both hands.


Sign up Today!!!

April Adult Learn to Swim now Available!

April is Adult Learn-to-swim month! April 10, 12, 17, 19, and 24 from 6:45-7:15 or 7:30-8:00pm. The classes are entirely free! Taught by volunteer US Master Swimmers and HR Aquatic Center Teaching staff, this is a great opportunity for all skill sets!

  • Level 1 = Beginner swimmer, who has had little to no experience in the water, and who might have fear of the water.
  • Level 2= Beginner swimmer, who has had little experience in the water, but who is not afraid of the water. This person may be able to doggy paddle, swim a foot or two, may e able to float a little bit.
  • Level 3=Swimmer who can swim some distance, but doesn’t necessarily feel comfortable in deep water, swimming for longer distances, and would like to work on breathing.
  • Level 4= Swimmer who has mastered basic swimming skills but who would like to work on stroke technique and learning new strokes.


Spring Break Open Swims!

We will be having open swims from 1-5pm Monday through Sunday the week of Spring Break. March 27 through April 2nd. Dollar Swims Friday night from 6:30-8pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.

60 Day Notice to Update the System Development Charges Methodology


The Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District is updating their system development charges methodology. Please see the 60 day notice, and click here to review the proposed Methodology. If you have comments we would love to hear from you. A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as follows:


Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Attention: Mark Hickok

1601 May Avenue

Hood River, Oregon 97031

541-386-5720 office


Written comments must be received by March 10, 2016 to be considered.


Q: What are SDCs?

A: SDC stands for System Development Charge. SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the costs of providing certain types of public capital facilities to address impact created by new development. Oregon law provides for establishment of SDC fees for transportation, water, wastewater (sewer), stormwater, and parks and recreation facilities.

Parks and Recreation SDCs cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve the Hood River Valley’s growing community. Parks SDC money can be spent only on capital improvements that increase the capacity of parks and recreation in order to offset the impact of new development. SDC funds can’t be used for operations and maintenance of park facilities.


Q: What is an SDC Methodology?

A: Simply put. The SDC Methodology is a study that identifies how much funding will be needed to pay for the expansion of the park system due to development, and then divides those costs by the projected development to establish a fee.


Q: What are the proposed fees?

A: The rate schedule can be found on page 10. The Methodology report calculates the maximum defensible SDC Rate. Every year in June, the Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District establishes a fee for the following year. Historically they have raised the fee 6% per year. The fee cannot go above the maximum defensible rate.


Upcoming Pool Closures

The pool will be closed saturday November 19th all day for a Masters Swim Meet. We will reopen with regular sunday hours the following day.

The pool will be closed all day Thanksgiving. We will reopen with our Friday hours the next day, with the addition of an Open Swim from 1-3pm.

Pool Closed All Day

The pool will be closed all day Friday, July 22nd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause. The pool will reopen on Saturday, July 23rd at 10am.