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ORPA's Aquatics Section provides training, certification, networking, and information for those who operate, manage, and program aquatic facilities within the state of Oregon.


The mission of the Aquatics section is to provide networking & resources to Aquatics professionals across our state and facilitate exceptional programming with a focus on water safety.


Section MeetingS


The Aquatic Section meets via Zoom Meeting for a 1-hour conference call to discuss current issues in Aquatics.

This call takes place each month on the first Wednesdays at 1:30 PM (Pacific Time).

Please register to attend these call.  Call information and instructions will be emailed after registration.





The following meetings take place from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Meetings are open to anyone.  Details will be provided closer to each event.

May 14, 2020

Online Conference Call via Zoom

Topics: Survival - avoiding staff burn out, empowering staff

September 10, 2020  

Bend Park and Recreation District

Facility tour, retention going into Fall, Special Swims (Mt. Scott LGBTQ Swim)

November 9, 2020

Sunriver, OR

Topics: Inclusion in swim lessons and water fitness

This meeting takes place during the ORPA Annual Conference.


Understanding & Dismantling Racism

This workshop has been postponed.


Past Events


For 2017, in April the Aquatics Section held an Aquatic Facility Operator certification class through Interlocked Filtration Systems, LLC. In May the section held a Swim Instructor Leadership Workshop.

In 2016, the Aquatics Section held a Lifeguard Leaders Training in April.

In 2015, Aquatics hosted the Aquatic Facility Operator certification class and exam in May and held a lifeguard leadership workshop in late May in addition to holding its regular section meetings.


Aquatics Board

Led by Rajeana Pancake of Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Aquatics affiliates typically include recreation programmers and supervisors, lifeguard leaders, pool and facility operators and others who provide recreation services in aquatics.  

  • President: Rajeana Pancake
  • Past President: Alaina Bott
  • President-Elect: 
  • Secretary: Terra Patterson

Become a Section Leader



Section Awards

Each year the Aquatic Section recognizes the outstanding work of people and organizations in the field of aquatics.  We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Excellence in Programming and Special Events
  • Lifesaving Award
  • Maintenance and Operations Award
  • Volunteer Award
  • Professional of the Year Award

Nominations are closed for 2019.  Check back next year!


2019 Aquatic Section Award Winner

The following people and organizations received an award at the 2018 ORPA Annual Conference:

  • Volunteer Award:  Shauna Horman


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