Public Health Advisory

COVID-19 Operations & Requirements for Extreme Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Bend Senior Center: Temporarily closed.
The Pavilion: Open for reservation-only public skating and registered programs.
The Art Station: Open for youth/childcare programs.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Most recreation programs canceled. Childcare and virtual classes continue.

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Fitness and Swim Facilities Temporarily Closed

What you need to know before attending:

Bend Park and Recreation District offers a progressive skills-based program to help children succeed in becoming a better swimmer. Whether your child is just starting out to learn to swim or on their way to being a life-long swimmer, we have a program for them.

Our swim lessons are age appropriate, skill appropriate, safe, small, professional and FUN!

Program Benefits:

  1. Learn and improve swimming skills.
  2. Develop trust and confidence in others.
  3. Learn to be safe in and around the water.
  4. Improve social skills and opportunities.
  5. Enhance self-esteem through positive encouragement and personal success.
  6. Develop positive life long recreational opportunities.
  7. Have fun!

Swim lessons are back, but might be a little different than before. Watch the video above and read below to learn more.

About Swimming Lessons During COVID-19:

Due to health and safety restrictions, lessons look different from the normal lesson program.

  • Swim lessons require a parent or someone in your household 14 years or older accompany each student in the water for swim lessons as follows:
    • Journey 1 – 5 and Level 1 – 2 – parent/household member required in the water.
    • Level 3 is taught with the instructor in the water using teaching aids to assist students.
    • Levels 4 – 6 students are in the water with the instructor teaching from the deck.
  • Instructors coach from deck and wear a face covering for safety. When you are in the water, you do not need to wear a face mask.
  • To help ensure a safe and healthy environment and comply with Oregon Health Authority guidelines, health screenings are conducted upon arrival.

Things to Know Before Attending Swim Lessons:

  1. Come ready to swim. Shower at home before arriving and wear swimwear under your clothes.
  2. Only deck showers are open for use prior to entering the pool.
  3. Locker rooms are not available except for bathroom use and hand washing.
  4. Once your class is over, exit the facility promptly. Be prepared to leave without changing clothes.
  5. Bottle fill stations available, but water fountains are not available.
  6. A face covering must be worn by ages 5 and older. A face covering is not required to be worn when swimming.
  7. You can line up 10 minutes prior to your class time. If you arrive too early, wait outside the facility in your vehicle or enjoy our park.
  8. We are not able to accommodate spectators for lessons.
  9. Registration covers entry for participant and 1 parent/caregiver per child. In-water support for the child can be a parent/guardian or sibling 14 years of age or older.
  10. Each participant will have one designated space on deck to put their belongings on, while in class.
  11. We are not able to accommodate makeup lessons.
  12. To enter the building, spectators must pass the COVID-19 health screening or will not be permitted entrance.

All registration available online at BPRD registration website.

Youth Swim Lessons & Programs

Descriptions for swim lessons are below.

Parent-Tot Program | Ages 6 - 36 Months

Parent-Tot Program

Developmentally appropriate classes provide a safe and fun introduction to the wonderful world of water.  Parents work directly with their child under instructor’s guidance. (35 minutes)

Guided Parent-Tot Play: (6 – 42 months)

Developmentally appropriate class provides a safe, encouraging and fun introduction to the wonderful world of water. Parents work directly with their child under instructor’s guidance.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Preschool Program | Ages 3 – 5

Progressive journey program for the preschoolers develops swimming skills in a creative environment with your child’s comfort, confidence and enjoyment at heart. (35 minutes)

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Journey 1 – 5.
  • All Journey 1-5  programs must have a parent/caregiver in the water with the swimmer.

Journey 1: Water adjustment, underwater exploration, floating on front by myself for 3-5 seconds, flutter kicking on tummy and back. Pre-requisite: ability to participate in a class environment.

Journey 2: Front and back floats 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds and front and back kicks for 5 seconds. Pre-requisite: float on front with face in the water for 3-5 seconds by myself.

Journey 3: Front streamline kick for 10 seconds, roll over from front to back, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds. Pre-requisite: Front and back floats 5 seconds , front and back glides for 5 seconds and front and back kicks for 5 seconds.

Journey 4: Arrow kick on front with straight legs for 20 feet, crawl stroke for 20 feet and kick on back with hands by side for 20 feet. Pre-requisite: Arrow kick on front for 10 seconds, back kick hands by side for 10 seconds and student comfortable swimming all skills in the big pool.

Journey 5: Front crawl with side breathing for 20 feet, back crawl stroke for 20 feet. Pre-requisite: front crawl for 20 feet, kick on back for 20 feet.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Youth Program | Ages 6+

This leveled program designed for school-age children will be fun and challenging. Highly structured classes will help increase confidence and develop new swimming skills. (40 minutes)

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Level 1 – 6.
  • Level 1-2 programs must have a parent/caregiver in the water with the swimmer.

Level 1: Water adjustment, front and back floats for 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds, arrow kick for 5 seconds and back kick for 5 seconds. Pre-requisite: 6 years and older. Child must be comfortable in water depth for 3.5 feet.

Level 2: Streamline kicking on front for 10 seconds, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds, front crawl stroke for 10 seconds. Pre-requisite: front and back floats for 5 seconds, front and back glides for 5 seconds, arrow kick for 5 seconds and back kick for 5 seconds.

Level 3: Arrow kick on front for 45 feet, crawl stroke with side breathing for 45 feet, back stroke for 45 feet. Pre-requisite: Streamline kicking on front for 10 seconds, kick on back hands by side for 10 seconds, front crawl stroke for 10 seconds.

Level 4: Crawl stroke with rhythmic side breathing, back crawl stroke for 25 meters with increased emphasis on proper technique. Elementary backstroke introduced. Pre-requisite: Comfortably swim crawl stroke with side breathing and back stroke 45 feet.

Level 5: Front crawl stroke with side breathing for 50 meters, back crawl stroke for 50 meters, breast stroke for 25 meters. Pre-requisite: front streamline kick for 25 meters, crawl stroke with side breathing for 25 meters, back crawl stroke for 25 meters, elementary back stroke for 25 meters.

Level 6: Front crawl stroke with alternate breathing for 75 meters, back stroke for 75 meters, breast stroke for 50 meters and butterfly for 25 meters.
Pre-requisite: Front crawl stroke with side breathing for 50 meters, back crawl stroke for 50 meters, breast stroke for 25 meters.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

Novice Swim Team | Ages 8 - 15

Check current swim classes & programs for Novice Swim Team.

Have your kids graduated from Level 3 or higher and are looking for something new? Check out the Youth Novice Swim Team.

An introduction to competitive swimming with training designed to challenge and refine swimming skills. Participants must be able to swim 25 meters front crawl stroke with side breathing and 25 meters backstroke with level body position. We’ll teach the rest. Groups are divided by age and ability levels.

Youth Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons: 6+ months & up

Check current swim classes & programs for Private & Semi-private Swim Lessons.

Families can choose to have a swim lesson just for their own family/household.

Not sure where to start? Take the guesswork out and contact our Aquatics Staff at:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor
Email Ann Story

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center

Olympic 50-meter Pool:
The Olympic Pool is heated to 80-degree water temperature and has a removable roof system. This pool is ideal for year-round training. Moveable bulkhead allows the pool to be divided into two 25-meter pools. Used for lap swimming, water fitness and recreation swim.

Indoor 25-Meter Pool – Currently closed for renovations
Perfect for swim lessons, water exercise, therapy and recreation swimming. Features comfortable 85-degree water, 3.5- to 12-foot water depth, 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards and rope swing.

Indoor Children’s Pool – Currently closed for renovations
Shallow water, easy-entry stairs and warm 90-degree water make this pool great for young children. Child-friendly features include duck-shaped slide, a giant fish and other fun splash features.

Outdoor Activity Pool
Open May to early September. A water wonderland for the child in all of us, this 85-degree pool offers a large flume slide, interactive water features, beach entry to 3.5-foot water depth and a soft-bottom surface. Spend the day on our large deck, complete with lounge chairs, picnic tables and shade structure.

Hot Tub, Dry Sauna & Steam Room – Currently closed for renovations
These coed amenities are perfect for post-workout relaxation. Ages: 16 & up

Larkspur Community Center

Recreation and Leisure Indoor Pool
The 4000 square feet natatorium is a myrtha pool with soft touch bottom – which is perfect for water walking and shallow exercise classes. The pool depth ranges from 2’6” to 6’3” and the temperature ranges from 87 – 89 degrees and will emphasize therapeutic fitness, swim lessons and work out on your own.

ADA Access: The pool has a wheel chair elevator style lift that is the first one in North America. This lift has a special wheelchair which can be rolled up the gate and operated by a wrist band and/or remote control. The additional lift is on the north end o the pool and is a chair lift that individuals can be transferred onto to be lowered into the pool. The hot has a rail affixed to the bench wall for transfers.

Current Channel & Hot Tub
The current channel can be utilized with the current turned on or off with hydro features in the center. Water classes can walk against the current for a low-impact resistance workout or you can just relax and go with the flow during recreation swim. The hot tub, ages 16 & up, is perfect for post-workout relaxation.

When does registration begin?

Registration is open and ongoing. You can see upcoming classes and ongoing classes on the registration site. You can reserve your classes online or by phone.

Need help? Customer service staff are available by phone at (541) 389-7665 during all operating hours to assist you with the reservation system or answering questions. If you can only pay with cash, please speak to customer service staff via phone for assistance.

What’s changed?

We have worked hard to create a responsible environment for teaching swim lessons with our employee and patron safety top of mind.  Journey 1-5 classes and Level 1 and 2 classes will be taught with a parent or guardian 14 years or older assisting the swim lesson participant in the water.

Where will the instructor be?

Instructors will lead lessons from the pool deck with swim participants in pairs or small groups maintaining distancing from each other in the water.

Who qualifies as a parent/caregiver?

Anyone in the swimmer’s household age 14 or older can act as a swimmer’s caregiver. It is strongly preferred for the same person to provide in-water support for all lessons of the session.

Can other family and friends attend swim lessons as spectators?

No. We will not permit spectators for swim lessons at this time to maintain capacity limits.

Is there a place for personal belongings during swim lessons?

Each participant will have one designated space on deck for their belongings while in class.

Are face coverings required?

Yes. All visitors 5 years and older entering Juniper Swim & Fitness Center must wear a face covering.

Face coverings must be worn at all times and in all indoor spaces, including the indoor pools and covered 50-meter, Olympic pool area – except when swimming or if a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face covering.

Face coverings are even required when exercising indoors. While patrons may choose to wear face shields for fitness classes, cloth face coverings are strongly recommended by Oregon Health Authority.

Clear face shields are strongly recommended for water exercise class.

Please bring your own mask. We have a limited supply of disposable masks available if you forget.

When should I arrive for swim lessons?

Please line up outside no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your class time. If you arrive earlier, wait in your vehicle or in the park. You will be admitted into the building approximately 10 minutes before the start of your class.  The greeter will ask health screening questions.

What health screening questions will be asked?

Participants will be asked to acknowledge that no one in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. In addition, participants will be asked to acknowledge that no one in your household has recently been ill with any of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What is being done to ensure cleanliness and sanitation?

Juniper has been deep cleaned and disinfected before reopening and a thorough cleaning is completed nightly. Restrooms are cleaned at least twice daily and staff are repeatedly disinfecting high touch points including between lap swim and water exercise groups. Pool chlorine levels are maintained slightly higher than normal as a precaution and chemical checks are conducted more frequently.  Juniper has automated chemical controllers and feed systems that measure and adjust chlorine and pH levels on an ongoing basis.

What is the cancellation/refunds policy?

If you do not plan to have your child attend swim lessons, please contact us immediately to cancel so that those on waiting lists can be notified of openings. We are not able to accommodate makeup lessons.

A full credit or refund will be granted if cancelled 7 or more days prior to the first of the session. Credits only will be provided if notified 3-6 days in advance. No credit or refunds will be issued when notified less than 3 days from the start of the program. Fees are not refunded/prorated for missed days unless due to health reasons.

Are there any family swim lessons or adult swim lessons?

Family lessons are available in semi-private/private options, which are available in the registration online system. At this time, the small group swim lessons offered are for youth from infant to 12 years old.

If I’m unable to register online how can I get help?

Customer service staff are available by phone at (541) 389-7665 during all operating hours to assist you with the reservation system or answering questions. If you can only pay with cash, please speak to customer service staff via phone for assistance.