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Aquatics

The Aquatics Program encompasses and speaks to every aspect of the District’s Mission Statement offering fitness, recreation and general well-being to our patrons in a welcoming environment. Our Aquatics staff is a team of well trained professionals serving our local population as well as visitors to the area.

About the Pool & Aquatics Programs

The Pool is open year round serving patrons of all ages and abilities, including infants, toddlers, elementary students, teens and adults of every age with a large percentage of older adults.

The Aquatics Program has three main components: fitness, recreation and education. We offer a variety of classes, lap swims and recreational swims. There is a strong emphasis on swim instruction and water safety. NCRD is proud to carry on the 90 year old tradition of teaching every child in our community how to swim as part of their basic education.

NCRD Pool is Open  with a Limited Summer Schedule.

We are not able to offer our regular public schedule of programs and classes at this time due to  COVID-19 .
 

 We are open by reservation only to our In-District patrons.

We have strict protocols in place to protect the health and safety of the public and our staff. There will be NO Drop-ins.  If you would like to use the Pool this summer, you will need to register and get a pre-arranged swim time. We will have set groups at set times with limited numbers.

Everyone who wishes to swim must be registered in advance.

The Pool is open Monday through Friday. We will try to accommodate all age groups. Space is limited to allow for physical distancing and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. If you would like to make a reservation, or have questions about the schedule and what is being offered you may call, 971- 308-0304 for more information.

More about the Pool History & Facilities

Recreational Activities & Open Swim

Lap Swim

We have 4 lanes available for lap swimmers on a first come first served basis. We try to accommodate everyone so we share lanes at times.

Currently by reservation only

Water Walking

The pool is available for walking in the water and individual free exercise, perfect for building strength or doing rehabilitation. Our resistance equipment is available to use.

Currently by reservation only

Open Swim

This is a recreational swim for patrons of all ages. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. All youth must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim in order to be in the deep end of the pool.

Currently by reservation only

Family Swim

This is a recreational swim just for families. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

Currently by reservation only

Parties / Pool Rental

Individuals and organizations can rent the pool for special activities such as training, parties and other special events.

Currently by reservation only

Swim Lessons

Parent-Tot Program

This is a special time to bring your babies and toddlers for their first exposure to the Pool environment. Children must be accompanied in the water by an adult. This class brings people together in a casual and comfortable atmosphere of fun and water-play designed to acquaint your child with swimming readiness skills. Teaching aids and water toys are provided.

Currently by reservation only

Youth Swim Lessons

We offer swim lessons to youth of all ages and abilities. All lessons are conducted in a nurturing and supportive environment with students grouped according to their ability. The groups are small allowing for lots of individual attention. The goals are to introduce fundamentals as the foundation, focus on stroke technique, promote water safety, inspire independence, and build endurance through accidental learning; with games, drills and fun. 

Currently by reservation only

Adult Swim Lessons

We offer swim instruction for all levels from the basics for non swimmers to polishing of strokes for the advanced swimmer.  Individuals receive lots of one on one with the instructor. Whether you have always wanted to learn how to swim or you just want to improve your style you will benefit from this class.

Currently by reservation only

Aquatics Classes

Before attending your first class at NCRD, please submit a liability waiver form.
• Download waiver here

Please submit a TBCC registration form before attending classes:
• TBCC Registration Form

Aqua Stretch

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Class Fee:

$

40

The main focus of this class is stretching to improve flexibility. The water’s buoyancy aids balance and stability. The water’s resistance adds a weight bearing component which increases strength and muscle tone. The warmth of the water allows soft tissues and muscles to stretch more comfortably making this a safe and enjoyable workout for all fitness levels.

Instructors:
Jennifer Childress
Lucy Brook

Deep Water Aqua-cise

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Class Fee:

$

50

This class is conducted primarily in deep water. Participants will wear a flotation belt to stabilize the core while working out. No swimming skills are required. Exercises will include stretching, toning, and cardiovascular components with an emphasis on strengthening the core. The water’s resistance allows the individual to regulate the intensity of the workout making it beneficial for all fitness levels.

Instructors:
Nancy Smith
Penny Boggs

Water Therapy / Arthritis Program

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Class Fee:

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60

This class is for people with mobility issues including arthritis and back, knee, hip or other conditions that make exercise difficult. Participants will establish a water exercise routine designed to meet their individual needs. This class will increase flexibility, strength and stamina; build and tone muscles; improve circulatory and cardiovascular systems; and reduce stress and tension.

Instructors:
Barbara McCann
Nancy Smith

AM Aqua-fit

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Class Fee:

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75

This class is conducted primarily in shallow water. It is an up tempo workout combining aqua-aerobics with strength, balance and core stability exercises to increase mobility, build muscle and improve overall quality of life. Participants are able to regulate the intensity of their work out by using the water’s resistance making it safe and effective for all fitness levels.

Instructors:
Barbara McCann
Nancy Smith

Specialty Classes & Trainings

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The Pool is used by staff as well as the community for training purposes. We offer annual Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes to the public as well as training for our staff. We make the Pool available to the Sheriff’s Dept. and Nehalem Valley Fire and Rescue at no charge to train and practice their water rescue skills. Members of our local Dragon Boat team also use the Pool to do practice paddling sessions. Over the years we have done kayak skills classes as well as Scuba diving certifications. We have special seasonal teen swims. The school district reserves the Pool for recreational swims as a reward for the students for things such as making Honor Roll and perfect attendance. We also partner with the Youth Department and all the camps that are offered at NCRD and offer swimming every afternoon all summer as part of their programing.

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After-School Programs

Swim Team

 The Swim Team is open to all students first grade through high school. In this introduction to competitive swimming students will learn advance techniques such as racing starts, flip turns, butterfly and more. They will have the opportunity to travel to other pools and compete in regional swim meets. However, competing is optional and the personal choice of each swimmer. Participation is also an opportunity to get a great work out, stay fit and improve skills.

Wednesday Water-Play

 An opportunity for healthy recreation and physical activity after school open to all students in 1st through 5th grade. Supervised water play that includes games and action packed activities that encourage and enhance physical fitness. The kids build strength and endurance while playing and having fun.

School Swim Programs

Nehalem Elementary / District 56 School Swim

The School Swim Program is the cornerstone of NCRD. Preserving this program was one of the main reasons for the formation of the recreation district.  Today we are proud to carry on the 90 year old tradition, which began in 1930 to teach every child in the community how to swim as part of their basic education.       
Weekly lessons are administered in a safe and nurturing environment throughout the school year. Two hundred students grades K - 5, including Basic Skills students get the benefit of these classes each year. Students are grouped according to their ability insuring they all learn to swim and are well educated in water safety. The program instills the significance of swimming as a lifetime skill and healthy recreational activity.       
The success of the program is represented in the student’s swim ability after 6 years of participation. They are self-confident, physically fit, skilled swimmers, and knowledgeable about water safety. These are vital skills that could save lives in our coastal community surrounded by water and water related activities.        
With continued education, training and learning to RESPECT the water, preventing drowning is within reach!

Pool-a-thon

The NCRD Pool-a-thon fundraiser is held annually with all proceeds going to help support the Nehalem Elementary School Swim & Water Safety Awareness Program. For the past 30 years this has been a successful kid powered, community supported event.        
Students who volunteer to participate seek out sponsors who pledge dollars for each lap they swim. They attend the event accompanied by enthusiastic family members who count their laps and cheer them on. This event also gives the students an opportunity to showcase their skills for families and friends. It encourages student ownership of the program and demonstrates civic involvement at the grade school level.       
After the event the students collect their pledges and are rewarded with a Pool party to celebrate their efforts. Each year the Pool-a-thon’s overwhelming success demonstrates the support of our coastal community and validates the significance of the School Swim & Water Safety Program.

New Discoveries Preschool Swim

NCRD is the home of New Discoveries Preschool. We provide weekly swim lessons in a fun and safe environment as part of their program. Students are introduced to water safety and foundational swimming concepts. The classes motivate the kids to want to take the next step in water exploration. Age appropriate skills allow the students to experience success in an on-going basis.

Fees & Membership

Current NCRD Fees are administered and collected by each department. There are drop-in fees, membership fees and class fees. Refer to the information below for further detail.

Discover the benefits of becoming a member of the NCRD Fitness Center today! We offer individual options for using the facility on a daily drop-in basis, purchasing a 10-visit punch card, month, three-month pass or annual pass. Couple memberships are also available. Military and Veterans discounts are offered.

The NCRD Board of Directors passed Resolution 17-03 instituting a new fee schedule, effective July 1, 2017 to include In-District and Out-of-District rates. Our patrons who reside within the district’s boundaries pay property taxes to support NCRD programs in addition to paying user fees. See the district map here.

Youth
In-District
Out-of-District
Youth 10-Visit Package
$
18
$
18
Youth (under 18) Open Swim
$
2
$
2
Individual
In-District
Out-of-District
Adult Drop-In Swim
$
5
$
7
Adult 10-Visit Package
$
45
$
60
Swim Lessons
$
7
$
9
Swim Lessons: Six-Visit Package
$
36
$
48
Student 1-Month Membership
$
25
$
33
1-Month Aquatics Membership
$
40
$
53
3-Month Aquatics Membership
$
108
$
144
1-Year Aquatics Membership
$
360
$
480
Families
In-District
Out-of-District
Family 1-Year Membership
$
700
$
931
Fitness/Aquatics Combos
In-District
Out-of-District
Student 1-Month Membership: Fitness Center & Pool
$
35
$
47
1-Month Membership: Fitness Center & Pool
$
60
$
80
1-Year Membership: Fitness Center & Pool
$
600
$
800

Scholarships

NCRD is pleased to provide scholarships to help provide access to programs and activities. Scholarship funding aids children to participate in sports and receive care while parents are working. Scholarship assistance is extended to individuals in need of rehabilitative therapy due to injury or illness. The scholarships are funded by generous donations and grants from individuals and organizations. Scholarships are administered through each department. To apply, inquire directly with the department of interest.

Facility

The Pool

 Our Pool is located on the south side of the building in the basement of what used to be the old school.
It is 75 ft. (25 yds.) long & 30 feet wide with 4 lanes.
It ranges in depth from 3 ft. at the shallow end to 8 ft. at the deep end. We have a small wading pool, which is 30 ft. x 5 ft. and a foot deep.
We maintain an average temperature of 86* serving patrons of all ages and abilities with an emphasis on education, fitness and rehabilitation. 

The Past

The Pool was built in 1930 as part of an addition to the original school building, built in 1920. On December 13, 1929 a group of committed citizens presented a petition to the School Board requesting that they build a Pool. It was common knowledge that two local boys had drown in a river that year and the community came together and wanted to teach all their children how to swim to save others from drowning. The board members voted that evening to construct the Pool and that was how the School Swim Program began. Even though it was during the Great Depression the Pool was thought to be a necessary in our coastal community surrounded by water. Since that time all the students in the community have had swim classes as part of their basic education. In1995 the Pool lost it’s funding and was scheduled to close that summer. By that time the Pool was used by people of all ages for fitness and recreation. Once again the community came together and worked to save the Pool for the community and insure that all the children would continue to learn how to swim as part of their basic education. A group of committed citizens started a grassroots organization that supported the Pool by fundraising for 2 years while they did the groundwork to get the motion on the ballot that created the North County Recreation District. Today NCRD Aquatics offers a wide range of programs and we are very proud to be able to carry on the tradition and preserve the legacy of teaching every child in the community how to swim.

The Future

Aquatics Staff

Aquatics Director

Barbara McCann

Barbara McCann

Barbara McCann felt at home in the water from a very young age. She grew up on the south shore of Long Island spending summer days at the beach playing in the surf or swimming in the pool. She took her first lifeguard training at age 16. She has been managing the Nehalem Pool and leading water exercise classes for 25 years. She has had extensive training through the AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association), and is an AEA certified Aquatics Fitness Professional. She is also certified as an Arthritis Foundation Fitness Leader as well as an Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Instructor. She is an ARC Lifeguard and PADI Scuba Diver. She took her scuba training and certification in Curacao, an island off the coast of Venezuela. One of her favorite things is swimming in crystal clear tropical water. Over the years she has built the aquatics fitness and water therapy programs at NCRD. She loves sharing the many benefits of water exercise and working out in the water with her classes.

Swim Program Manager

Sue Dindia-Gray

Sue Dindia-Gray

Sue continues her mission of teaching and providing swim lessons to the kids of our community for the last 35 years! She was an active participant in the creation of the North County Recreation District in 1997. Sue has been a Red Cross certified lifeguard, and Water Safety & Swim Lesson Instructor (WSI) for 30 years. The last 26 years, she has been School Swim Program Manager & Lead Instructor. Her devotion to the Nehalem Elementary School Swim Program was recognized by the Tillamook County Futures Council, who in 2012 awarded her the Strategic Vision Award in the Youth & Education Category. Sue specializes in adaptive swim instruction, Aqua tots, Red Cross, and YMCA learn to swim programs. She works hard to conduct all swim lessons in a nurturing and enthusiastic environment with every student’s safety and progress in mind. Being a dedicated life long water enthusiast, Sue shares her innovative programming with patrons of all ages. From being educated in the Total Immersion Program to creating and developing the comprehensive School Swim Programs, which encompass swim skills, stroke technique, water safety, health, fitness, and drowning prevention skills. One of Sue’s proudest accomplishments has been conducting the annual Pool-A-Thon Fundraiser for the last 30 years. This fundraiser has been instrumental in securing funds to help support Nehalem’s School Swim Program. Overall, Sue is thankful that she has been able to combine her passion for water sports with her love of teaching and kids for the last 30 years.

Aquatics Instructors

Lucy Brook

Lucy Brook

Lucy is in her 25th year practicing yoga, and 15th year teaching. She has lived on the north Oregon coast, zip code 97131, since 1972. She has owned a business, serves on a non-profit board, gardens, walks, and loves to teach yoga. She finds joy as a yoga teacher sharing her deep personal gratitude and commitment to the practice of yoga. From the modern paths of yoga, she has Iyengar and Ananda strongly in her background. Stemming from that, Lucy completed a 200-hour teacher training in Purna yoga with Brad Waites in 2016-2017. Lucy presently teaches Very Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!

Jennifer Childress

Jennifer Childress

Will Grimes

Will Grimes

Peter Walczak

Peter Walczak

Peter has lived, played and worked near, on or under the water all of his life in many parts of the world. He is a Marine Biologist. He first became a lifeguard when he was 16 years old. He has worked at the Nehalem Pool since 2000. Besides lifeguarding Peter works as an instructor with the School Swim Program and loves teaching our youth how to swim. Peter worked as the biologist in residence for the Neah-Kah-Nie School District for many years. He coached the National Ocean Science Bowl team and represented the state of Oregon at the national competition in Washington DC, 11 times. Peter often refers to the Nehalem Pool as our local “Fountain of Youth”.

Rolland Boggs

Rolland Boggs

Karin Walczak

Karin Walczak

Karin was born and grew up in Denmark. She is a retired MD who practiced locally for 30 years. Although she lived in communities surrounded by water for most of her life she did not learn how to swim until she was 20 years old. She was very excited when she acquired this skill because it enabled her to snorkel and scuba dive in amazing waters around the world. In 2005 she joined her husband and 2 sons in becoming a certified lifeguard and started working part time at the Nehalem Pool. Over the years she has taken additional training and helps out with the School Swim Program. Recently she began substitute teaching aquatics fitness classes.

Angelika Simmons

Angelika Simmons

Penny Boggs

Penny Boggs

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

Lifeguards

Willie Davidson

Willie Davidson

Seth Ziemecki

Seth Ziemecki

Shelby Porter

Shelby Porter

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