Thank you to Emeryville Swim Center for sponsoring this year's guide to swimming lessons for East Bay children.
It's that time of year: parents are looking for swimming lessons.
Here are 17 East Bay swimming pools that will help teach your child how to swim, arranged by city.
Swimming Lessons in Emeryville
A pool with plethora of opportunities! Our sponsor Emeryville Swim Center has classes for everybody, whether you’re a newborn or a grandparent. Group lessons are offered, starting with baby swim classes, in which parents are in the water with infants up to age three, tiny tot classes for ages three to five, children’s classes for ages six to seventeen, and adult lessons for ages eighteen and up.
Group lessons at Emeryville Swim Center are comprised of two-week sessions from Mondays to Thursdays or one eight-week Saturday session. Group lessons are small in nature and all of our instructors are Red Cross Certified; Red Cross swim report cards are given out at the end of each session. Private lessons are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays in four-week sessions. Upon completion of all swim levels, Emeryville Swim Center also has a swim team for kids that want to take it to the next level. More info >>
Swimming Lessons in Alameda
AquaTech Swim School
Aquatech has parent/child lessons and bigger kid lessons, available on both a perpetual (for a monthly rate) and drop-in basis. Perpetual lessons are ongoing year-round; a child can join at anytime. Drop-in lessons are also available for those who cannot commit to a full set of lessons. Note that there is usually a waitlist for these lessons. See details >
Encinal Swim Center
The City of Alameda offers youth and child swim classes at Encinal Swim Center. Details are here >
Swimming Lessons in Oakland
Downtown Oakland YMCA
Session-based swim lessons for children start every couple months for children as young as 6 months. Private lessons can be purchased in packages of 3, 4, or 8 lessons. Parent participation is required up to age 3. More details here >
This independent swim school offers drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers, plus 8-session group and private lessons for all levels and ages. Mail in your registration form and they will assign you to a class time. For ages 3 months to 3 years, a Parent/Child class teaches the caregiver to teach the child to swim. Our review of this facility when it was called “Tim Oliver Swimming”>
Piedmont Community Pool Swim School (Piedmont)
American Red Cross-certified instructors will teach a Parent and Tot class for those with toddlers 1-3 and a Guppie class to 3- to 5-year olds. For older children, a free 15-minute lesson is available to help place children at the right level. See the latest catalog from Piedmont Rec here >
PST Swim School at Montclair Swim Club
Families can join Montclair Swim Club as a seasonal activity and enjoy the pool at their leisure, or register for swim lessons through Piedmont Swim Team. For ages 4+, with emphasis on a pre-competitive program.
This outdoor campus pool hosts swim lessons in multiple group sessions over the spring (twice-weekly lessons for 3 weeks) and summer (4-times weekly lessons for two weeks). Parent/Child lessons are available, as well as Learn-To-Swim and Competitive Swimming for ages 5-14.
East Bay Regional Park District offers frequent swim lessons at the outdoor pool in Roberts Regional Park. From 6 months to 3 years, parents will get in the pool with their child. More details >
Oakland community pools
The City of Oakland operates five pools with swimming lessons: Defremery Pool, East Oakland Sports Center, Fremont Pool (at Fremont High), Lions Pool (at Dimond Park), and Temescal Pool (at Oakland Technical High School). Visit the Oakland Parks and Rec activities catalog online and use the pulldown menu to filter by Swimming and then by Age to find kids classes.
Swimming Lessons in Berkeley
Swimming lessons at Cal, Berkeley
The Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area offers lessons for babies, toddlers, and big kids. Babies from 6 months to 3 years will get in the pool with parents.
Downtown Berkeley YMCA
Lessons are available for members and non-members. Parents of babies 6-36 months will get in the pool with them. 3 years and above don't need a parent to enter the water. It can be hard to get a slot during popular afterschool hours, so getting on the waitlist is advised. More info >
King Swim Center, North Berkeley
Great value to be had at this pool with the Barracudas swim team. Swimmers 5-18 (new swimmers welcome) will receive coaching at 4 pm Monday-Friday for $75/month. Children can go any day of the week, up to five days (i.e., every single day after camp)! The pool also hosts private lessons and Red Cross Learn-to-Swim group lessons for children 3 and older. More info >
Swimming Lessons in Albany
Albany Aquatic Center
Located adjacent to Memorial Park, this indoor pool lists their schedule and lessons online.
Swimming Lessons in El Cerrito
El Cerrito Swim Center
Offers classes in an outdoor saline pool. Includes opportunities for infants and preschoolers as well as big kids. Class schedule and registration info is managed by the City of El Cerrito.
Swimming Lessons in Richmond
Richmond Swim Center
This brand-new pool is Richmond's second public pool (see also Richmond Plunge for open swim hours for adults) and now houses all family activities and swim lessons offered by the city. Details about Richmond Swim Center >
El Sobrante Swimming Lessons
Canyon Swim School, El Sobrante
This institution is a 510 Families favorite, where several of our children willingly put their faces in the water for the first time. Here's our review. More info from them >
Beyond the 510
Sources tell us that for those whose schedule permits a longer commute, it may be worthwhile to seek swimming lessons in warmer parts of the East Bay. Carol recommends Harriet Plummer Aquatic School and Sherman Swim School, both in Lafayette.
Custom Swim Lessons
Wherever you like: Sunsational Swim School connects parents with swim instructors who will meet you wherever you like: Grandma's pool or your community pool. It is wise to check with your local pool to see if instruction during open swim time is allowed; a Berkeley parent told me that the Albany pool staff asked her to stop giving instruction to her daughter in the water.
Thank you to Emeryville Swim Center for supporting us and the 510families guide to swimming lessons for East Bay children. If you're near the Emeryville Center of Community Life, go check it out!
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