Thank you to AquaTech Swim School for sponsoring today's guide to swimming lessons for East Bay children.
AquaTech Swim School: offers a premier swim school specializing in children's group lessons at two Bay Area locations: Alameda and Concord. Indoor, warm water facility with perpetual and drop in registration available.
It's that time of year: parents are looking for swimming lessons. Let's make this a community effort, shall we? Add your experiences in the comments below so that we can all benefit from your swimming lesson knowledge.
Here are 17 East Bay swimming pools that will help teach your child how to swim, arranged roughly from South to North:
AquaTech Swim School, Alameda: 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. Once a child has reserved a perpetual lesson spot, that lesson spot remains theirs each week until a change is requested or necessary due to graduation from the level. Group lessons are small in nature and follow a specific structure each 30 minute lesson. Drop-in lessons are also available for those who cannot commit to a full set of lessons. See details >
The City of Alameda: offers youth and child lessons at the Encinal Swim Center following American Red Cross levels. Details for both locations are here >
Mills College, Oakland: The pool is recently renovated and hosts swim lessons in multiple group sessions over the spring and summer.
Roberts Pool, Oakland: East Bay Regional Park District offers frequent swim lessons at the outdoor pool. 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).
Swimming lessons at Cal, Berkeley: The Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area offers lessons for babies, toddlers, and big kids.
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. >
Albany Aquatic Center: Located adjacent to Memorial Park, this indoor pool lists their schedule and lesson info in PDFs at the bottom of this Albany School District page. Click and scroll down — it's not easy to find!
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.
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 >
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 AquaTech Swim School for supporting us and the 510families guide to swimming lessons for East Bay children. If you're near their beautiful Alameda or Concord pools, we hope you jump in!
[Top two photos provided by AquaTech; Baby in the pool photographed by Whitney Moss; used with permission, all rights reserved]