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Swim Lessons and Programs

A modified schedule of many popular swim lessons and activities are currently available. See FAQs below for more information on swim lessons.

Facility, Swim and Fitness Updates:
Click the ‘Current Operations’ button to learn more about facility changes or to learn more about swim and fitness classes. .

Juniper facility hours:

Mon - Thu: 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
July 4th holiday: 11:00 am - 4:15 pm

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.

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.

 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.

Adult Program | Ages 16 & up

  • Check current swim classes & programs for Adult.

Level 1 Adult Swim Instruction: This class is designed for the adult swimmer with little to no experience in the water. We will help you conquer your fear of swimming by introducing basic swim skills and water safety. Majority of class is in shallow water.

Level 2 Adult Swim Instruction: Learn basic front crawl and back strokes in a comfortable environment designed for new swimmers. Appropriate for adults unable to swim 15 meters.

Level 3 Adult Swim Instruction: Class works on building confidence, stroke technique, and achieving the ability to swim full laps. Focus is on fitness through skill training, short distance repeats and individualized to meet your goals. Appropriate for adults who can swim 15-meters but not much more.

Questions? for more information, contact:

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor

Email Ann Story

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

Ann Story
Aquatics Supervisor
Email Ann Story

Swim lessons are back, but might be a little different than before. Read below to learn more.

Bend Park & 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 lifelong 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!

All registration available online at BPRD registration website.

When does registration begin?

Registration is ongoing. You can see upcoming classes and ongoing classes on the registration site. You can register 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 is the cancellation/refunds policy?

If you do not plan to have your child attend swim lessons, please contact us immediately to cancel as we have other families on waiting lists.  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.

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.

Larkspur Community Center

Indoor Lifestyle Pool and Current Channel

The 4,000-square-foot pool features a 135,000-gallon recreation and leisure pool and hot tub. The high-quality Myrtha-brand pool has a soft-touch floor that’s great for water walking and shallow water exercise. The pool’s depth ranges from two-foot-six-inch to six-foot-three-inch to support both shallow and deep-water activities.

The pool also has a current channel with a hydro feature in its center, providing resistance for working out and a playful attraction for recreating. The current is a popular amenity for both young and older swimmers alike. A platform lift, pool lift and multiple stairs ensure easy water entry and exit.

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center

Indoor 25-meter Pool – Currently Closed through Sept.
Perfect for swim lessons, water exercise, therapy and recreation swimming. Features comfortable 85-degree water, 3.5′- 12′ water depth and 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards.

Indoor Children’s Pool – Currently Closed through Sept.
The Indoor Children’s pool is 90 degrees the pool depth is 2′ – 2’6″  with small slide, the main indoor pool is 3’6″ – 12′ and has water basketball as well as 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards.

Outdoor Activity Pool – Open!
The outdoor activity pool offers warm 85-degree water with slides, tumble buckets and a splash pad the pool depth is 0″ – 3’6″.

Indoor/Outdoor 50-meter Pool
With 80-degree water temperature and a removable roof system, this pool is ideal for year-round training. Moveable bulkhead allows the pool to be divided into to 25-meter pools.