Chehalem Park and Recreation District Serving Newberg & Dundee, Oregon since 1967

Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center

Pool Maintenance Alert . . .

Friday, July 18th we're deeming Facility Repair Day at Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Programming will run as scheduled; however, workmen will be repairing the shower thermostat controller, the boiler, and working on toilet plumbing in the women's locker room. There will be a workman in the ladies' locker room sometime after 8 a.m. Domestic water will be turned off while the (toilet) plumbing is being worked on.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Now Registering:

Summer Swim Lessons 
Session 4     July 21 - August 1
Session 5     August 4 - 15
Session 6     August 18 - 29

Junior Lifeguard, July 14 - 18 or Aug 11 - 15
Junior Swim Instructor, Aug 18 - 22

Schedule & Closures

Public Swim Schedule
Mon - Fri               1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Begins June 16)
Mon - Sat              7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun               1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
(Tuesdays and Sundays are Family days - $6)

Public Swim Event Schedule
Blue Tube                                Mon/Thu/Sat
Log Run                                     Wed (Ends June 11)
Mats & Noodles                       Wed (Begins June 18)
Family Swim                             Tues/Sun
Kid's Hot Tub                            Fri
Rope Swing/Little Slide          Tues/Fri/Sun

Parent (Grown-up) & Child (8 Yrs & Younger) Swim
Mon-Fri                 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
Sat                          12:00 - 1:00 & 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sun                         3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Pool Closures

Holiday Closure Schedule
The Aquatic and Fitness Center is open Labor Day, Veterans Day,
Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents' Day, and Memorial Day. 
We close at 7 p.m. on Halloween and New Year's Eve.

Nov 28, 2013 Thanksgiving
Dec 14-31 Annual Pool
Jan 1-5 Maint/Repair
Apr 20, 2014 Easter Sunday
July 4 Independence Day

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Admission & Policies

The Chehalem Aquatic Center membership (pass) and general admission include schedule permitting, access to the main pool, the hot tub and sauna (age restrictions apply) and showers.  Memberships are traditionally sold quarterly; however, semiannual and annual memberships are available at a discounted rate.

MembershipPrice (in District)Price (out District)
Family**, Quarterly $88 $110
Adult, Quarterly $70 $88
Child*/ Student, Quarterly $52 $65
Senior, Quarterly $52 $65
Senior Couple, Quarterly $79 $99


Drop-InPrice (in District)Price (out District)
Children* $2.50 $3.00
Students $2.50 $3.00
Adults $3.00 $3.50
Senior $2.50 $3.00
Family Swim $6.00 $7.50
Parent & Child Swim (1 child) $4.00 $5.00
Parent & Child Swim (family) $6.00 $7.50
Water Exercise $4.25 $4.75

Note: Family is defined as a single set of parents (or guardians) and children ages 18 years and younger living in the same household. Children eight years and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult. See below for Children's Admission Policy.

Frequent User Punchcards: Frequent user punchcards are available to purchase at a discounted price. These are good for admission to lap swim, public swim, parent and child swim.  Guests are welcome to share punchcards and best of all, they have no expiration dates attached.  Buy 10 visits get one free; 15 visits get two free; 20 visits get three free. 

Aquatic Center Policies

Children's Admission Policy: We want everyone’s experience at our facility to be safe and fun. Our shallow end is 3.5 feet deep and within a short distance deepens to 5 feet. To ensure a safe aquatic experience for all, our policy requires that children be at least 9 years of age and four feet in height to be admitted to the pool without adult supervision. Children 8 years of age and younger must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Children requiring in-water adult accompaniment must be within arm's reach of said adult. For your child’s safety, we request that the adult remain in water that is a maximum of chest-deep.

Deep Water Test: Our deep water test ensures the safety of all individuals wishing to enter deep water.  Our test requires that the child or individual swim 25 yards (unassisted) with confidence and with good forward progression, on their stomach (arm and leg action being swimmer’s choice).  Safety is important to us. If you have special circumstances, do not hesitate to contact Aquatic Coordinator Tara Franks at 503-537-2909.

Swim Aide Policy: The aquatic center management recognizes the fun of being able to float or swim independent of adult assistance.  Swim aides such as arm floats, life jackets, swim rings, etc. are permitted in the pool at the lifeguard’s discretion.  Safety is our biggest concern. Children with floatation devices are required to remain in shallow water unless they are able to pass the deep water test without floatation.  A child who is a non-swimmer, regardless of floatation assistance, is required to have an adult in the water within arm's length at all times. 

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Aquatic Center

We feature a six-lane, 25-yard by 25-meter pool, minimum depth 3'2", maximum depth 11', equipped with a 1-meter board, 3-meter tube slide and a Tarzan rope swing. We also feature a saunas and a public hot tub.

Hot Tub & Sauna

Hot Tub: The hot tub is located on pool deck and is raised (two stairs) above deck level.  Reserved for our adult* clients it seats ten and is maintained at a temperature of 102*F.  Before using the hot tub, check with your physician if you have medical concerns such as high blood pressure or diabetes.  Read all posted rules; use the hot tub at your own risk (lifeguards may not be on duty – buddy system is then required).
*Friday is our only day when children are welcome in the hot tub.

Sauna: Our wet/dry saunas are located in each of the main locker rooms and are reserved predominantly for our adult guests, (children may use the sauna when accompanied by a parent).  The sauna temperature ranges from 160 – 190 *F.  Check with your physician if you have medical concerns prior to use. A water bucket is available at the reception desk.

Hot Tub and Sauna Schedule:
Monday – Thursday     5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday                              5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday                         12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Sauna from 8:00 a.m)
Sunday                            1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Sauna from noon)

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Aquatic Drop-In Activities

Recreation Swim

Family Swim
This is the time to bring your entire family (a single set of parents/guardians & their children age 18 year and younger) to the pool at the inexpensive rate of $6.  Diving board, water slides, and rope swing are available. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult (safety first).
Sundays              1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays             1:30 - 3:00 & 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Public Swim: Afternoons or evenings come and enjoy our 86*F water.  Our shallow water is 3.5 feet and the diving well is deep at 11 feet.  Includes diving board, two water slides, “Tarzan” rope-swing and water basketball. Equipment rentals are available.  Children under 8 years of age require an adult join them in the water. Sauna and Hot Tub are available for adults. "Kids Hot Tub Time" will be available on Friday sessions. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult (safety first).

Mon - Fri               1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 
Mon - Sat              7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun               1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Public Swim Event Schedule: Public swim sessions continue to take on special events and equipment.  

Blue Tube                                  Mon/Thurs/Sat
Free Mats/Noodles                 Wed 
Family Swim                             Tues/Sun
Kid's Hot Tub                            Fri
Rope Swing & Little Slide       Tues/Fri/Sun
Pool Patio                                 Available during all public swim sessions

Parent/Child Swim: This time has been made available for parents with children ages 8 years or younger.  In the water adult supervision is required.  Permanent tot docks are in place so small children may stand without parental assistance.  "Kid's Hot Tub Time" will be available on Friday sessions. Swim diapers are required for all children who are not proficiently toilet trained. Re-usable diapers are available for purchase at the reception desk.

Mon - Fri                  1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
Sat                             12:00 - 1:00 & 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sun                            3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Fitness Swim

Lap Swim: A general fitness and exercise swim for avid swimmers. Five lanes are available. Pool etiquette requires a circle swim pattern when there is more than one person in a lane. An aqua-jogging lane is available. If you require assistance in lane placement, please ask the Lifeguard. The shallow end may be shared with swim lessons, parent and child swim, or exercise class.

Mon – Fri              5:30 - 8:30 a.m.                                            
Mon – Sat             12:00 - 1:00 p.m.                                                 
Mon – Sat             6:00 - 7:00 p.m.                                                   
Mon – Thurs         8:45 - 10:00 p.m.                                           
Sun                         3:00 - 4:00 p.m.                                                 

Senior Citizen/Disabled Swim: This is a relaxing hour for senior swimmers or persons with disabilities.  Come exercise, and enjoy the water without crowds or fast-paced lap swimmers.  Recommended (by many medical professionals) as a great way to exercise.  Part of the shallow end may be used for small group or private swim lessons.  Easy access stairs, handicap lift, hot tub, and sauna are available.

Mon - Fri               11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Co-ed Water Exercise: Water Exercise is a total fitness program.  Participants work at their own pace to gain the exercise they need.  NO swimming ability is required.  All exercises are done in shallow water.  Water resistance equipment is used.                    

Mon/Wed/Fri      8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (Ends June 13)  
Mon/Wed/Fri      7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (Begins June 16)
Tues/Thurs           9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (Ends June 12)

Deep Water Exercise: Yes! We can exercise in deep water.  With the aid of a “jogging belt” this 60 minute class is sure to get your heart rate up.  This class has zero impact and works with the water’s resistive properties to get a complete workout.  With the aid of aquabells, toning exercises for core and upper body are included.

Mon/Wed/Fri          10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Aqua Zumba - Just Add Water & Shake: Splash your way into shape with the invigorating low-impact pool party. Get Wet. Get down. Get fit. No swimming skills required. Instructor: Jennie Delp; Fee: $4.25

Tue/Thu                    8:30 - 9:15 p.m.


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Swim Lessons

To register online, click here, then click on View Activities.

In General - Summer 2014 - Swim Lessons
The Water Safety, Learn to Swim program at Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center follows the guidelines and teaching progressions established by the American Red Cross. 

Lesson Schedule
We have a variety of different program packages or options available with lessons scheduled in the morning, afternoon or evening depending on your package selection.  Our lesson schedule is subject to change without notice as swim classes may be changed or added as registration demands.  Classes may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.

Early Bird Discount
Register early and receive a $5.00 per swimmer when enrolled by 7:00 p.m. the Thursday preceding the first lesson.  Does not include private (or special needs) swim lessons. 

Students are registered according to age and skill level.  See below for level description and program schedule.  Pre-registration is required; in person at Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center (1802 Haworth), by phone at 503-538-4813 or online at 

Program Packages - Summer
Regular Group (RG):  These classes meet daily, Monday - Friday for two weeks, 10 lessons. Each lesson traditionally lasts for 30 minutes with a minimum enrollment of 4 students and a maximum enrollment of 6 students.  Level 5/6 runs 60 minutes with a maximum of 8 students.  Our Parent and Tot (maximum 10 students) and Tiny Tots (maximum 4 students) are also considered to be a Regular Group (RG).  Cost for most levels is $45/$55, Level 5/6 is $61/$71 and Tiny Tots is $51/$61.

Session 1     June 16 - 27                                                  Session 3     July 7 - 18
Session 4     July 21 - August 1                                        Session 5     August 4 - 15
Session 6     August 18 - 2

Small Group (SG): These classes meet daily, Monday - Friday for one week, for 5 lessons. Each lesson traditionally lasts for 30 minutes with a minimum enrollment of 2 students and a maximum enrollment of 3 students.  Small Group classes include Preschool Level 1-3 and School Age Level 1-4.  Level 5/6 is not offered in a small group format. Cost is $45/$55.   

Session 1-A    June 16 - 30                                             Session 1-B     June 23 - 27                                               
Session 3-A    July 7 - 11                                                 Session 3-B     July 14 - 18
Session 4-A    July 21 - 25                                               Session 4-B     July 28 - August 1                                  
Session 5-A    August 4 - 8                                              Session 5-B     August 11 - 15
Session 6-A    August 18 - 22                                          Session 6-B    August 25 - 29

Holiday Swim Lessons - Session 2-A: This 4-lesson session runs Monday - Thursday, June 30 - July 3 with each lesson lasting 45 minutes. Class maximum = 4 children. Cost is $38/$48

Private Swim Lessons: These classes have been developed for children and adults who would like a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 instructor to student ratio.  Students will be taught at their own level with their personal goals and objectives in mind.  These popular classes take place on a first come, first served basis, and are dependent on time, space and instructor availability.  To be contacted for your appointment time place your name (with the receptionist) on our waiting list.  Cost is $16/$20 per lesson (add a second student for $10/$12 per class).

Swim Lessons for Individuals with Special Needs Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center is making available swim lessons for individuals with special needs.  Appointments typically run twice a week for either 3 or 6 weeks.  Instructors will work with each student’s abilities and create a realistic objective for the student and parent.  To be contacted for your appointment time place your name (with the receptionist) on our waiting list. Cost is $10/$13 per lesson. 

 Program Content
Parent & Tot: This class is for parents who would like to introduce their young children (age 12 months - 3 years) to the aquatic environment.  Parents accompany their children in the water and learn to teach them basic orientation and safety skills.  Children and parents learn to be safe and have fun in the water, which is a pre-requisite for learning to swim.  

Tiny Tot: This is an introductory course for younger swimmers (age 2 - 3 years) who are ready to be introduced to the water without parental involvement. Water adjustment, water play and water safety skills are emphasized.  Submerging and floating skills may be introduced. 

Preschool Level 1/2: This class is a blend of two levels.  There are no prerequisites for Preschool Level 1.  To be considered a Preschool Level 2, students must be able to submerge, blow bubbles under water and float (with  assistance), comfortably on front and back.   Both levels will be working on basic skills including, but not limited to: submerging, breath control, floating and gliding, kicking and beginner stroking. Age appropriate water safety
information is discussed.

Preschool Level 2/3: Course prerequisites include: independent floating and gliding (front and back); Preschool level 2 students will work on rolling over front to back and back to front; 15 feet front crawl and backstroke.  Preschool level 3 students will work on skills previously learned; emphasis on breath control; and introduction  to the dolphin kick.  Water safety continues to be addressed.

Level 1/2: This class is a blend of two levels.  There are no prerequisites for Level 1.  To be considered a Level 2, students must be able to submerge, blow bubbles under water and float (with assistance), comfortably on front and back.   Both levels will be working on basic skills including, but not limited to: submerging, breath control, floating and gliding, kicking and beginner stroking. Age appropriate water safety information is discussed.

Level 2: Student must be able to submerge completely, blow bubbles under water, and float on their front and back comfortably with assistance.  The objective of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental floating and stroking skills.  Emphasizes basic floating and stroking skills on both the front and back.

Level 3: Course prerequisites include: independent floating and gliding (front and back); rolling over front to back and back to front; 15 feet front crawl and backstroke. Class objective is to build on skills previously learned; emphasis on breath control; and introduction to the dolphin kick. Water safety continues to be addressed. 

Level 4: Course prerequisites include: twelve yards of both front crawl (with side breathing) and backstroke; tread water (or float) for 30 seconds.  Students will continue to work on front crawl and backstroke. Three new strokes will be introduced, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.  Additional personal water safety skills are introduced.

Level 5/6: This class is a blend of two levels.  Course prerequisites: twenty-five yards of both front crawl and backstroke; 15 yards of breaststroke; twelve yards of elementary backstroke. To be considered Level 6, students must be able to swim fifty yards of front crawl, and backstroke; twenty-five yards of elementary backstroke and breaststroke; tread water for two minutes.  Continued development in six different strokes, diving, water safety, and treading water.  Alternate options at this level include swim team, junior lifeguard, junior swim instructor.

Junior Swim Instructor: The purpose of the Junior Swim Instructor course is to provide training for those youth (ages 11 - 15 years) who swish to assist WSI certified swim instructors in the teaching of swim lessons. Course includes 10 hours of instruction covering clerical, instructional, maintenance and supervisory duties of the Junior Instructor.  Candidates will have an opportunity to assist with our summer swim lesson program for hands on experience and can become part of our volunteer Jr Instructor roster.  

Junior Lifeguard: This is a pre-lifeguard training course designed for tweenageers (ages 11 - 14 years) who want to learn skills in lifesaving, lifeguarding and pool operation.  Course curriculum will include drowning prevention, stroke instruction, back injuries, general first aid, water chemistry, boating safety, lifeguard procedures and more.  Students will receive a t-shirt and assist our lifeguards during public swim sessions.

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Aquatic Sports

Swim Team: The Chehalem Sharks Swim Team (CST) is open to all in and out of district residents who can swim at least 25 yards front crawl with side breathing and 25 yards of backstroke. Most swimmers are between 6 & 18 years of age.  Practices are held between 4:30 – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday with additional practices (select athletes) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.  Entry level swimmers practice daily for about one hour with advanced level swimmers working out one or more hours. Competition is encouraged with one or two meet opportunities per month.  Interested? For more information contact Head Coach George Sampson, at 971-237-7501, or or visit Swimmers may join at anytime with the first week “free”.

Sunday Night Water Polo, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This is a drop-in program for adult players.  All levels of players are welcome to come and scrimmage.  A lifeguard is on duty.  Enter through the side door (east side of the building).  Cost: $2.00

Water Polo: Chehalem Water Polo has two seasons; a lengthy spring season (March - May/June) and a shorter summer season (June-July).  Registration for the spring season starts mid-December and early May for the summer season.  New to water polo . . . . . we have three different groups, Grades 4 & 5; Grades 6 - 8; Grades 9 - 12. 

What is water polo?  Water polo combines basketball, football and swimming.  It is played with a yellow volleyball-like ball in a pool with six players and a goalie on each team.  The objects to put the ball into the opponents net, similar to soccer or basketball, using a playbook like football.  Join our winning program.  Boys and girls of all ages and skill level are welcome. 

For more information contact head coach Jim McMaster at

Summer - 5 Week Session
Grades 4 - 5          T/Th              3:00 - 4:00 p.m.           $30/$40
Grades 6 - 8          M - Th          8:30 - 10:00 a.m.         $90/$100
Grades 9 - 12       M - Th           3:00 - 4:30 p.m.           $90/$100

Summer - 7 Week Session - JO's
Grades 9 - 12     M - Th            3:00 - 4:30 p.m.           $145/$155
                             & Fri               8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

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Rental Information

Pool Rental

A great idea for special gatherings and unique get together. Great for church groups, youth groups, birthday parties, reunions and meetings. The entire facility is available, or just the spa and classroom. Register early for this popular activity. Check out our new inflatable toys . . . . add them to your party fun. Our most popular rental times are Fridays after 8:30 p.m., Saturdays between 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. or Sundays after 4:00 p.m. An adult must be in attendance at all functions. Check with the Aquatic Coordinator for special requests.
Fee:    $90     75 Guests  
            $20     Out-of-District Fee
            $25     Blue Tube Inflatable
            $40     Log Run Inflatable

Classroom/Party Room Rental

Are you in charge of hosting a meeting? A party? Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center has recently remodeled the classroom/party room. We now have seating space available for 25 people. Rental includes TV, VCR, dry erase board, refrigerator, sink and microwave. Rent by the hour (to include set up and clean up time), $35.

Patio Rental

We are pleased to announce that our newly renovated patio featuring picnic tables, ping pong, volleyball and tetherball will be available for use during the warm weather months. Rent the patio in conjunction with your pool rental.  The patio will also be open to patrons for tanning and recreating during all regularly scheduled lap, public, family and parent/child swim sessions. The patio is located on the west side of the facility and is accessed through the building.


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Professional Training

American Red Cross

Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center regularly offers American Red Cross' aquatics as a  profession programs. 

Lifeguard Training - Summer Session 
 This course focuses on the job of a lifeguard in a swimming pool environment with an emphasis in victim recognition, surveillance and equipment based rescues.  Upon completion the successful candidate will hold nationally recognized Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR-PR and AED certifications (good for two years).  Course prerequisites will be tested the first day.
Who:          Good swimmers age 15 years and up
Dates:        June 16 - 27, Two weeks
When:        Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.         
Instr:          Ben Nevills
Fee:            $175/$200 (Includes Supplies)
Notes:        Requires 100% attendance; bring snacks and beverages daily.  Suite and towel required; caps and goggles optional. Minimum enrollment = 6.


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Contact Us

Chehalem Aquatic Center
1802 Haworth Avenue
Newberg, OR 97132

Phone: (503) 538-7454
              (503) 538-4813

Tara Franks, Aquatics Coordinator

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