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Swim lessons for East Bay kids

Thank you to Emeryville Community Pool for sponsoring this year's guide to swimming lessons for East Bay children. Every Summer season, the Emeryville Community Pool opens more wonderful aquatic activities for many ages. From swim lessons to competitive swim team, water polo, and recreation swim hours.

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 (and more) in Emeryville

Our sponsor, Emeryville Community Pool, has something to offer every season for all ages. All swim lessons are taught by Red-Cross Certified instructors. 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. Private Swim Lessons are available for all ages.

Emeryville Community Pool lessons
Emeryville Community Pool has classes for all ages and stages including group and private lessons

Group lessons at Emeryville Community Pool are comprised of two-week sessions from Mondays to Thursdays or one eight-week Saturday session. Private lessons are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays in four-week blocks. 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

East Bay swimming lessons -- photo of AquaTech Swim School
Photo: AquaTech Swim School

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. Find details >

Swim 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 >

Mills College
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.

Ohana Aquatics
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.

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 >

Piedmont Swim Team 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.

Roberts Pool
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, expected to reopen at the end of June), 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. Good luck navigating!

Group swim lessons are fun | Photo: Emeryville Community Pool
Make friends while you learn your strokes | Photo: Emeryville Community Pool

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 after school 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 >

Swim 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.

Swim Lessons in Richmond

Hilltop YMCA swim lessons, Richmond
Group swim lessons available for ages 6 months with a parent in-water to adult. Find out more >

Richmond Swim Center
This brand-new pool is Richmond's second public pool (see also Richmond Plunge for open swim hours for recreation and not lessons) and houses all 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 >

Fremont Swim Lessons

American Swim Academy (Fremont)
Swimmers as young as 4 months old learn through a structured, consistent program that builds progressively through basic swimming techniques to more advanced and challenging skills. Five East Bay locations including Newark in the (510). Find out more >

Happy Fish Swim School (Fremont or Livermore)
Swim lessons for water babies, children, and adults. Find out more >

SafeSplash Swim School (Fremont or San Jose) 
Super close to Rockin' Jump, this swim school offers lessons for babies through adults in session-based classes. Visit website.

Favorite swim lessons in the (925)

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 Aqua Stars Swim School, both in Lafayette. She also likes American Swim Academy with facilities in Dublin, Walnut Creek, and Livermore.

Swim Lessons at your nearby public pool

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 Community Pool 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!

child swim lesson: Emeryville Swim Center
Gain confidence and skills during your swim lessons | Photo: Emeryville Swim Center

[Photos provided by City of Emeryville and AquaTech as noted; used with permission, all rights reserved]

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2 thoughts on “Swim lessons for East Bay kids”

  1. The swim lessons at Emeryville Center for Community Life (City of Emeryville) are amazing and more affordable than anything on this list. My 4-year-old son started on a Monday, and spent the 30 mins sitting on the steps with his instructor. By Weds he was swimming across the pool with a kickboard and the instructor holding his waist. I couldn’t bribe this kid into the water before this, and now it’s his favorite part of the day. We just started week 3 yesterday, and will likely keep it up through the fall.

  2. Come check out Patti’s Swim School located in Castro Valley. We have developmentally appropriate classes for ages 5 months and through adult and specialize in students with Anxiety disorder, learning differences and Autism. We have a saline pool that is always kept at 90 plus degrees and have professional instructors who are highly trained and effective. Give us a call (510) 331 – 6610, we can can’t wait to swim with you.

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