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Sadly this mama has never learned to swim, and now have a 3 year old
that is a little trepidatious of water too. So two questions:
Do you know of any learn to swim classes for adults (pref. in
Berkeley area) that are fearful of water? I looked at something
called the Miracle Swimming Institute, which looks great, but is WAY
beyond my modest budget range. Any beginning swimming classes at Ys
or local rec type places that are good for those fearful of water?
I've tried regular beginning classes before but never seemed to
follow along very well because I was still to nervous to let go of
the side of the pool!
And for my kid, is there a best way to approach swimming lessons?
Should I just try to put him in classes now and keep at it until
he's comfortable? Wait til he's older? And any recs for places
patient with little ones? I just want to get past this fear of water
and of course don't want to pass it on. Thanks swimmers--we hope to
be among you one day.
Although probably further than you would like, I highly recommend the
private swim school we attend, Little Swimmers
in Concord. The instructors
are patient and caring. I've witnessed both teachers work calmly (and
successfully) with young swimmers who were scared of the water. Lessons
are private or semi-private for lots of individualized attention. You can
check them out on the web at www.littleswimmersconcord.com Swimming mom
I can totally relate. Check into timoliver swimming in
Oakland. Warm, quiet, calm and peaceful pool with only a
handful of students at any given time. Tim and his staff
work with swimmers of all levels, including special needs. I
call him The Swim Whisperer! My daughter, who has some
sensory issues, went from freaked out to water baby by her
third lesson with him. Breaking the scaredy-swimmer cycle
My daughter learned to swim at Canyon swim school in El
Sobrante when she just turned 5. She was scared of water
too. I chose this place because the water is warm and
comfortable, the teachers are in the pool with the students,
and the ratio of teacher student is great 1:4. I think they
can help adults too, but do not know for sure. The pool is
seasonal. You can find out more by reading BPN archives and
visiting their web site.
fan of Canyon swim school
Hi, my husband grew up without learning how to swim and is not
comfortable in water more than a few feet deep. He is otherwise
incredibly fit and exercises regularly but sinks in the water.
Does anyone have a recommendation of a class or individual who
specializes in teaching adults to swim?
He wants to be able to swim with our kids
East Bay Regional Parks offers adult (and child) swimming lessons. It
worked wonderfully for my husband, who has wanted to learn to swim
for some time. Last fall he took at class at Roberts Park in Oakland
at the same time our son took a class on the other side of the pool.
He signed up for a group lesson but ended up being the only person in
that class, so got some one-on-one instruction. He's looking forward
to his next lessons once the pool opens this year, and is much more
comfortable in the water with the kids now.
For more information go to
Happy with swim lessons at Roberts Pool, EBRPD
After years of hearing that swimming is the ideal exercise, I'm
ready to take the plunge. Yep, that's right -- mom can't swim.
Now, I wouldn't drown if tossed in a body of water (I can tread
water, do the backstroke, etc.) but I never mastered the
crawlstroke or breastroke -- I've always had an aversion to
putting my face in the water, and I never got the hang of the
Can anyone recommend an instructor and pool for me? I live near
Rockridge BART, and I would prefer something relatively close to
home, although a kind and nurturing instructor is just as
important. I checked the website, but everything there is about
swimming lessons for kids.
While not lessons, I learned the crawl/freestyle stroke from a
book. Like you, I knew how to not drown, but I didn't know how
to swim laps. I checked out a book with pictures and
instructional text, then watched people at lap swim who looked
like good swimmers, then got in the slow lane and practiced.
If you have a UC affiliation, you might look into taking courses
through their P.E. department (now called Human Biodynamics or
something similarly fancy). That was where I learned to swim 10
years ago. Although the size of the class (20) may have slowed
down the pace of instruction, the trade-off was a really good-
natured atmosphere. Being in the pool with so many other adults
who hadn't learned to swim did a lot to dispel my embarassment,
and I recommend the classes.
I am pregnant and need to find a prenatal aquatic exercise class.
The downtown Berkeley Y has a great prenatal water exercise class.
I am looking for recommendations of / pointers to any kind of
prenatal swim or water exercise classes in the East Bay. I
contacted the Berkeley Y about their Prenatal Water Exercise
class but was told by staff I would have to purchase a Full
Service Membership to attend. Berkeley Y just isn't that close to
me and I wouldn't make use of all the other benefits, so this
doesn't seem like an economically sensible option.
Last posting I found for this onsite was from 2003, and I'm
hoping that in the meantime someone has found some other
I took a great water aerobics when I was pregnant last summer at the Mills College
pool. The class wasn't a prenatal class, but the teacher modified things for me. It was
on Sundays at 9 am and also one or two weekday evenings. I think it cost around $8/
The YMCA downtown Berkeley has great prenatal water classes on
Monday 6pm and Friday at 6:10pm - you can just show up, it's great
Apparently the Berkeley YMCA has stopped allowing non-members to
take their pre-natal swimming classes and for me to join the Y
just for that class seems pretty expensive. Does anyone know of
any other pools that have pre-natal swimming classes? Anywhere
in the East Bay would be fine. Thanks.
I take the prenatal water aerobics at the Berkeley Y and
although I am a member, I never have to prove Berkeley
membership. (Although I switched my membership from
Oakland to Berkeley when I was about 3 months pregnant
because there are no prenatal classes in Oakland.) If you
are already a member of another Y, I think you could just
pay $3 to get into the Berkeley Y at the times there are
classes. There are no signups for the water exercise
classes--you just show up--although there are signups for
the prenatal yoga classes.
By the way, the classes are great! 3 times a week and really
relaxing and enjoyable. The teachers are good (although
with different styles). I always sleep well after my classes!
So, if you don't find another place to do water exercise, I
recommend the Berkeley Y. Apparently they also have a
good childcare program for children 8 weeks and older.
I would double check at the YMCA, re: pre-natal classes for non-
members. You may need to pay a $40 ''community membership'' fee,
which usually allows you to participate in a class but not the
rest of the Y's facilities. This is how it worked for the baby
swim class at the downtown Berkeley Y.
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