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Infant swim class near El Cerrito
Does anyone have current info on infant swim classes? I looked in the archives
and saw info about the Albany pool, which would be ideal, but it looks like
it's closed? Or at least I can't google my way to any info about it. My son is
5 months and I'd like to introduce him to the water. Thanks!
The El Cerrito pool has classes for 6 months and up, I
believe. We did the lowest level one with a 20ish month old
and the instruction/format was fine. Go to the City's website.
We take our 11-month-old to the Downtown Berkeley Y. You can join as a
program member for a yearly fee (I think it was $45/adult and something
like $25/child). There are family locker rooms and the pool is warm
but shallow. Our son really likes it. We previously went to the San
Rafael JCC's baby swimming class, which was also good, but almost twice
Baby swimming is fun!
You are in luck! The Albany pool re-opened last month. My twins and I
are in their 6 month - 2 year class right now and it is a lot of fun.
The kids (8 months old) are getting comfortable in the water and really
starting to enjoy it (my son didn't like the water the 1st couple of
sessions). The best part is that they are exhausted afterwards and we
always take a great nap after class.
The Albany Pool was closed for years as it was being rebuilt, but it's
now open and offering infant swim classes -- see
http://www.ausdk12.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=92446&type=d. I haven't actually been there yet but signed my
kids up for classes later this spring. The El Cerrito pool also offers
infant swim classes, but since it's outdoors (and we live in the Bay
Area), it was always freezing during the summer with our oldest which
definitely affected his enjoyment and ours. The Albany pool is indoors
and supposed to be much warmer! M
Parent and baby swim class in a warm pool?
Now that the Berkeley Warm Pool is closing, my husband and I want to
find a swimming class for us to take with our 8-
month-old son. Our son really liked the class at the Warm Pool. Does
anyone know of a similar class in the East Bay? My concern with the
classes at the Y is that the water temperature is too cold. Any
Looking to swim with baby!
I haven't done the baby swim class at the Y so I can't speak to the
content of the class, but I am familiar with the pools. There are
three pools, and the baby classes are in the Shallow Pool, which is
very, very warm. Your idea of the temperature may be based on
Grace's Pool, which is cooler, or the Lap Pool, which is a lot colder.
Many classes for older kids are held in those two pools. Also, the
Shallow Pool was renovated in the last year or two, so during the
months it was closed, baby classes were probably held in Grace's, so
you may have heard a report from that time. My youngest was always
very comfortable in the Shallow Pool when he was little, and he hates
When we took baby and parent toddler swim classes at the downtown
berkeley YMCA it was in the Y's warm pool. We found that particular
pool at the Y to be a fine temperature. You might want to try it out
some time and see if it is warm enough for you once you are in
it....or hang out near the pool and ask current parents what they
think. The program was great and we still have friends from that
era...more than 10 years later!
There is a great on line swim class that a friend found. We have been
doing with our 9 month old since he was 4 months old. It is very well
designed and easy to follow. Just google Uswim by aquatic acheivers
(on my iPhone and don't know the link off hand). Then you are not
tied to a specific time frame and just need to find a warm enough
Infant swim class in the Berkeley/Emeryville area
After reading the recommendations for infant swim classes at
BPN - I am trying to decide between Downtown Berkeley Y,
Berkeley High, and Strawberry Canyon Pool. My daughter is
7-months old and loves being outside, which would weigh in
favor of Strawberry Canyon, but having swam at the Y and
Strawberry Canyon, I know that Strawberry Canyon can feel
rather cold sometimes, even during summer. Any insight from
someone who has taken their children swimming at both
places? How do I keep her warm? How do the classes compare?
Any other suggestions/recommendations for classes to help me
decide? I am looking for classes within the
Berkeley/Emeryville area. Thank you!
You might consider lessons at the Emeryville Community Swimming
Pool. The class is open to both residents and non-
residents. They have a ''Mom, Dad and Me'' class that is for nine
months and older - the spring session is going now, but I think the
summer one starts in June if your baby will be old enough by then.
We are doing it with our daughter now, and it's been a fun way to
get her in the pool and used to the water. The instructor is good,
but there is not much instruction going on as you might imagine -
the little kids/babies just have fun moving around and playing with
the pool toys. It's outdoors, and while some days have been cooler
than others, the pool itself has never been uncomfortably chilly.
You can always get out of the pool early, and it's no big deal. My
daughter loves it, and swim days always result in a big nap too!
mama of a little fish
Indoor non-chlorinated pool for swimming w/ babies
Looking for an indoor pool where we can swim with our babies
and perhaps do swimming lessons. Non-chlorinated preferred.
I'm pretty sure the Richmond Plunge in Point Richmond is
non-chlorinated. Plus, it was recently renovated, has a very
gradually sloped shallow end (good for babies) and is just
beautiful. You could check on line about lessons and
I encourage you to check out the Richmond Plunge (actually
located in Pt. Richmond).
It has been beautifully restored and has a huge space to
swim with kids that is shallower than most kids pools (only
approx. 2.5 ft at the lowest). I believe they use saline
and not chlorine & is all solar heated, but could not find
the info. on their website. The only downside is that, in
my opinion, it seems a bit cooler inside than it should be,
but then maybe when you're not swimming, one can get cold
more easily. Good luck....... anon
I'm curious if anyone has recommendations for swim classes
for infants (w/ parent, obviously!). My son is 6 months and
loves the water, and I'd love to do some introductory swim
activities/classes with him this spring/summer. We live in
Rockridge, so would be most interested in opps of this type
in the Rockridge/Elmwood/Claremont area or surrounding
(Oakland/So Berkeley), but would happily drive a bit for a
strong rec farther from us. Thanks! Kira
We enjoyed the swim camp at Cal Youth Camps (Strawberry
Canyon pool) last summer. A 6-month-old can't do much in
the pool, really, but the water was warm and the instructors
were friendly. Mary
I'm hoping to hear from anyone who has tried the Oakland and/or Berkeley
YMCA for infant swim lessons. I have a 14 month old, and the
recommendations seem old. Has anyone tried both? Likes? Dislikes?
Berkeley Y for sure. Infants get cold easily, and the
Berkeley Y has a warm pool. Of course if you have the
kind of kid who doesn't get cold easily, then either way.
Hi - my children have taken swim at both places and by far
I would recommend Berkeley over Oakland. The toddler pool
is great for the parent/child level and up to young
swimmers - the warm pool makes a huge difference. In
addition I think the swim instruction is far superior.
My 5 month old loves the water and has been ''swimming'' with me
a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Are there any swimming
programs out there for babies (and their mommies) or is she too
young still? We are looking for classes in Albany, El Cerrito,
Berkeley, or Marin.
I know I did a swim class with my 6 month old through
UC Berkeley's rec
we had fun.
Aquatech at the Mariner Square gym in Alameda, CA has an
*excellent* baby and parent swimming class.
Aquatech Swim School
2227 Mariner Square Loop
Alameda, CA 94501-1021
I'm sure lots of people will recommend the
Berkeley High School Warm
Pool tot classes on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.
I've taken my baby there since 4 months, the class is pretty nice
although it is the same every week, and its inexpensive. The actual
facility isn't that nice though, the water could be cleaner, the change
room is always freezing - but we still go!
Does anyone know of a good place to take swim classes for babies. We live in the
Alameda/Berkeley area. Our son is 4 months and we would like to start him at 6
We LOVE this place. Aitken's Peninsula Swim School
http://www.peninsulaswim.com/ and so does our
baby. She is 15 weeks old and has been going since 7 weeks. I haven't
heard one child cry since we've been going...not even our little girl.
Worth the drive and they have weekend classes.
Can anyone recommend a good swimming class for babies in the Berkeley/Oakland area?
We have a 20 month old who loves the Baby Swim Class at the Berkeley Warm
Pool at the Berkeley Downtown Y.
It is currently on Fridays 3-4pm and Saturday 10-11am. We took her a few
times at 4 months as well. It's great.
We like the classes at the downtown berkeley YMCA. Their website is
I have a 4 month old and would love to start him in some
''swimming''/swimming pool classes as soon as possible. I cannot find
a place that starts that early. I would love any suggestons! Thank
The Berkeley Downtown Y
program is great! My son started in the water when he was
about that age. We met great parents/kids with whom we are still
in contact, and while my son didn't continue swimming training,
i.e. special strokes, etc., he is perfectly comfortable in the
water, and a very competent swimmer.
has swim classes for parent-baby which start at 6 months of
age. They are outdoors but by June it was quite nice. Since then
we have taken and seen others and really glad we did them at Cal -
the student-instructors were fantastic, high teacher-student ratio,
very engaging with singing and boucing in the water, and not that
This isn't a class per se, but Berkeley High School has a Parents
and Toddlers warm-pool swim class from 3:30-4:30 pm each Friday and
10-11 am (I think) each Saturday. The classes are an hour long,
despite what the website says.
The pool is heated to like 85 degrees and the sign says babies who
are 5 months and up can participate as long as they wear swim
diapers. There is a class leader who does songs, splashing
activities, and other things like that with parents and babies in
the pool with the intention of helping little ones feel comfortable
in the water. It's $6.50 and drop-ins are welcome. I think they do
10 classes for $60, saving a few bucks.
FWIW, they also have warm-pool drop-in hours for people with
Baby Audrey likes to swim!
Does anybody knows where can I take my baby grandson for swiming lessons? He
is two months old.
The Albany city pool
has a great teacher with a great toddler
class for three different ages. My son loves it. Happy swimming!
We're looking for a local place to attend a infant-parent
''swimming'' class with our 6-month old babies. We're
gearing up for the summer and would love to have the girls
used to time in the water. Does anyone have any advice on
local pools that offer such classes? Thanks!
The Downtown Berkeley YMCA
offers parent-child swim classes for
infants. You can find more information at www.baymca.org. Click on
the ''Downtown'' branch. You can reach the program director directly
at 510-665-3257. Her name is Julie Martin.
has infant and toddler class in Alameda. Their staff is great
and the classes really teach you tools on introducing your child to
water and help them learn the basics. So fun at this age! You can
check them out at www.aquatechswimschool.com.
I am taking my 3 year old to Aqua Tech
in Alameda. They have classes
at the Mariner's Square Athletic Club. He started in the lowest level
class which is parent participation and now is on his own. The class
sizes are really small (for us no more than 4 pairs and now he is all
by himself) and teachers seem to know how to deal with kids well. The
pool isn't the warmest I've been in, but it's indoors and they have a
nice family changing area. Classes start at 6 months.
My kids both took swim lessons at the pool at the
Albany high school
when they were babies and then toddlers. The lessons were really fun
for them, and I do believe helped to get them used to the water. They
are 4- and 6-years-old now and are both little fishes. Here is some
info from a previous post on the subject: The address is 1311
Portland Ave.; their phone is 559-6440. Also
I'd recommend you first consider whether your baby is comfortable being
a little bit cold, since most of the outdoor classes on this side of
the tunnel may be foggy and windy. If that's a concern, you could
consider classes in Contra Costa County (ie Orinda, Lafayette), and
Berkeley or Oakland Y.
We had an extremely poor experience with
the Piedmont Recreation swim classes,
which were highly recommended.
In addition to the fog and wind, which we managed to work around, they
were very disorganized, and seemed to have a hard time telling us which
of the several pools our class was in, and the teacher at our class
literally didn't understand infants AT ALL. The class was for 6 months
to 3 yrs, and it was really more appropriate for the 2-3 yr age, since
they expected all the ''students'' to follow directions. My 9 month old
didn't know how to blow bubbles in the water, obviously, and the only
thing they did right--letting the kids choose a toy--they screwed up 2 minutes
later by taking the toys away. A pre-toddler doesn't get that at all.
When I spoke to the director about it, he insisted that swim classes
were the same everywhere and that I shouldn't have taken the class
since I'm not a Piedmont resident.
The Berkeley Y
has a ''warm pool.'' I have had good experiences at the
Berkeley Y, and while some teachers are definitely more skilled than
others, my daughter has since learned to swim there (in the warm pool.
She's not nuts about the slightly deeper, slightly cooler pool).
in Alameda (in the indoor pool at Mariner Square athletic club) has
excellent classes for babies on up! The pool is pretty warm, plus if a
warmbelly wetsuit (buy it there) you babe will be better then in just a
I highly recommend Aquatech swim school.
happy mom of fish
Hi! I am looking for a swim class for myself and my 6 month old. I
basically want a fun way to get my daughter used to water. I would love
to hear from folks who have taken classes in the area. I am interested
in El Cerrito pool, but wonder if it is too cold since it is outdoors.
What about Albany pool? I have heard there is too much chlorine. Is
that true? Are there other local pools that offer parent/tot classes?
Are these classes run by a teacher or is it just free time with your
baby in the pool?
Berkeley Parks and Rec
has ''Parent and Tot'' swim session
at the Warm Pool (nice and warm!) at Berkeley High on Friday
afternoons (click Aquatics Programs for the current
took my baby there a few times when he was 6-12 months
old--most of the babies were that age, although occasionally
an older toddler came. That was about a year and a half ago.
It was fun. There are supposedly two 1/2-hour sessions, but
in reality they treated it as a 1-hour session; in other
words, one could come at the beginning and swim through both
sessions. One pays for each session individually, so you can
go as often or little as you like. They have a few bath toys
to play with, and, at least when I went, the ''leader'' led
a couple of songs at some point, but otherwise it was free
swim. There are ''Tiny Tot Times'' (free swim) at Willard
and King Pools as well (regular cold pools); I don't have
any experience with these.
Bobbin' for babies
There are great parent tot class at AquaTech Swim School
in Alameda. Very
professional instruction, flexibility and fun! You can check them out at
I am looking for infant swim lesson. My biy will be six months
one the 22nd of June. So I'm looking for classes in July/Aug. The
only thing I've found on my own is TinyTots swim at the Berkely
pools where the mothers are in the pools with thier babies but
there is no instructer? I want actual infants lessons. Where we
are in the pools with our babies but there is an instructor there
teaching us excericses to do with our babies.....SInce I've heard
several times I won't be able to get lessons until he was six
month old, they must exist! Any reccommendations would be greatly
strawberry canyon is a great place to do swim lessons, even if the baby is still under a
the pros: it is a beautiful place, with clean lockers, showers, a great wading pool away
from the large pool. and a huge pool, great instructors, friendly staff, great atmosphere,
lots of space for the lesson, not like at the downtown berkeley YMCA in that tiny pool..
dont get me wrong we did lessons there in the winter but when strawberry canyon has lessons
we dont miss them. another pro is that the lessons are m-th at around 6 (there are others
but this is the one that we do) so i fell like we have learned more because of the
another pro for me is the songs, it is not always the same generic songs, dont get me wrong
of course we have to sing a few but there are some great new ones you child will love to
the cons: it is outside, so you may need to get your baby a little wet suit type deal, we
got ours at http://www.warmbelly.com/ for like $30 or so... we got our last year and it
still fits because we got it big... other cons: well it is just mostly the outside thing...,
but i enjoy it as well, so its worth the cold and some days it is just great to be in the
this will be our second year, and let me say our 2 and a half year old can tread water and
have very good safety near the water skills and loves loves loves the pool.
so if i havent convinced you yet go to.
to sign up
mom of swim lover
The pool classes offered around Berkeley/Oakland for infants are fun and a good introduction
to water, but if you want a real swim lesson, you might have a tough time finding an
available spot in the summer when swimming is very popular. Real ''skills acquisition''
classes are also expensive and you pretty much have to drive out of your way to get to them.
However, if you really want your infant to swim, la Petite Baleen (www.swimlpb.com) on the
Peninsula is the most well-known and respected, just a heck of a drive. I like Little
Dippers Swim School (www.Littledipperswimschool.com), as it is fairly close in Pleasant Hill
and it is where I take my son. There are 3-4 babies in the class and you and the instructor
teach them how to go underwater, float, jump off the edge of the pool, etc. at 6-
12 months old. Some of the infants cry and hate it, others start diving around like fish, it
really depends on the infant. But it is $190 for 8 weeks. It also took me 8 months on the
waiting list to get a Saturday spot. Fremont Swim School (510-567-SWIM)
is also very good for kids, but they only take 1 yr. and older and if you are interested
call them now because they also have a waiting list. They are about the same price as Little
Dippers and all of these places have a one-time membership fee of about $35 you pay along
with your first $190. Sherman Swim School in Lafayette takes infants at 9 months but they
charge $140 for 5 private lessons (there is a waiting list, too.) Harriet Plummer Swim
School in Lafayette is a fabulous school but they believe that babies should just play in
water until they are 3 years old and then begin learning to swim so no infant classes there.
Also, you could check on Canyon Swim School in El Sobrante (I didn't because I hate the
hellish drive down I-80), and Haufler Aquatics at Holy Names. Good luck, there really are
not as many swimming instruction classes actually teaching infants to swim as you might have
been led to believe
commited to swimming
I'd like to receive recommendations for swimming classes for my
baby starting around June. He will be 8 months old. I'm
looking for an inexpensive, quality class not too far from
Richmond. Thank you, Kathleen
Have you checked King pool on Hopkins in Berkeley? they have classes and family swim
Check out Canyon Swim School in El Sobrante on the San Pablo Dam
Rd. (by the intersection with Appian Way). Canyon's pool is
warm. The depth is good for a parent walking while floating baby
in the water. They are very strict about wearing a swim
diaper/suit with elasticized leg opennings to keep any accidents
out of the water... but that isn't a bad thing.
Hi, I am looking for very inexpensive, sliding-scale, or
preferably free mommy and me swim classes for a 6 month old
infant in the Berkeley Oakland area. The Y was too pricey. Thanks.
Albany school district swimming pool, next to Memorial Park. http://www.enterit.com/ALBANY6640/. Or call: (510) 559-6640.
I recently saw a movie at the Chabot Space and Science Center that had footage of
babies swimming underwater with their mothers in a guided class. (Apparently,
most babies under 6 months of age have a reflex that prevents them, under non-
stress circumstances, from breathing under water.) In the instructor-led class, the
mothers would submerge with their babies, let the babies swim for a few seconds,
and then lift them out of the water for air. It was absolutely beautiful to watch, and
it looked like the babies were having so much fun! I'm wondering if anyone has
heard of such a class in the Bay Area? Thoughts or recommendations?
We went to La Petit Baleen in San Bruno from the time my son
was three months old and yes, it is a submersion program. I
recall they are (or were, at the time) the only swim school in
the Bay Area certified in infant and toddler swimming. Warm,
indoor pool, great teachers (especially Terri)and lots of other
little babies and kids swimming. Be aware however that your
pediatrician will probably not recommend swimming for your
infant. I ignored my pediatrician (the only advice from her I
ever ignored) because of what I saw at this swim place and what
the teachers and administrators told me. We had a great
I am looking for swimming lessons for my 6 month old baby and
am interested in other places besides the YMCA that offer
infant swimm lessons. Can you recc anything? Thanks!
Berkeley High Pool, City of Berkeley
Lions Pool, City of Oakland
Little Dipper Swim School in Pleasant Hill
Swim classes for 6 month old
Hello. I would like to learn more about infant swim classes. I
have a six month old. I have seen the recommendation board,
which recommends the Berkeley Y and the Richmond Plunge. Is the
Richmond Plunge still open? Can anyone give me info on the
quality of these programs? Are there any other programs out
Oakland YMCA (2)
I checked the archive, but didn't see any recommendations for
infant swim classes in Oakland or Berkeley. Am looking for
a ''Mommy and Me''-type class at an indoor pool open to a 6-month
old. Any suggestions?
The Downtown Berkeley YMCA has a great variety of infant
swim classes, Mommy and me types included.
the Berkeley YMCA has swim classes for 6 mos. and up several
mornings a week, including Sat. They also have several ''free
swim'' time slots for infants/toddlers. I think the classes are
open to non-members.
Call the Berkeley and Albany YMCAs
The Berkeley YMCA offers a parent-child swim class. My son and
I have been going since he was six months old. I chose this
facility because their shallow pool is very warm and I didn't
want him to freeze and be uncomfortable in the water. The
current session just started a couple of weeks ago, so the next
session probably starts end of October or beginning of
November. You can join the Y as a community member and just pay
an anuual fee if you don't want to do the full membership.
We've had a wonderful experience there.
Mommy of WaterBaby
I recommend the swim classes at the Berkeley YMCA. The teacher
is friendly and knowledgable, and the pool is perfectly sized
and very warm - it's like taking a class in a big bathtub! By
contrast, we tried out a swim class at the Dimond Park pool in
Oakland during the summer, which was a fun social experience but
not at all a class.
I'm pretty sure that the Y in Berkeley has infant swim lessons. Many
communities do. San Leandro has lessons that can begin as early as 10
months. They require the kids to have a swim diaper, but those are easily
available (Cotton & Co on College has them, for instance). Dawn
I recommend Lisa Handwerker (510-841-6126) for swimming instruction.
She's a visiting scholar at
Berkeley and has been teaching swimming to kids for 6 years. She currently
teaches once a week, on Fridays from 3-5 p.m., at the Berkeley YMCA.The pool
there is ideal for kids - warm, and shallow. Lisa makes the swimming lessons
fun. She matches them to each child's needs, and moves ahead when the child
lets her know he wants to go further. Bay
Hi, my baby is now seven months old and I am eager to get her
in the pool. Can anyone recommend any infant swim classes in
concord/walnut creek area?
Sherman Swim School in Lafayette is wonderful. Our children will
be returning this year. (925) 283-2100
Warm Pools for Babies
To Kirin, with a one year old who loves to swim.
Canyon Swim School, on San Pablo Dam Road in El Sobrante, has a very warm
pool (in the 90's). They do not offer recreational swimming, but they do
have a swim class for infants, where you and the baby are in the water with
an instructor. They also have excellent lessons for older kids. The phone
number is (510) 223-4600. It is very well run by very nice folks.
the Berkeley YMCA has a warm
shallow pool, indoors, primarily for kids.
The Berkeley YMCA has a *very* warm pool for infants and small
children. Look into their infant swim classes, held Saturday mornings and
also on a weekday (I don't remember the day, since I work the normal
weekday schedule). Fees include the cost of the 8-week class PLUS annual
"Y" membership for the baby. Staff at the Y will tell you that Mom or Dad
has to buy a membership too, but I found when I took the classes last
summer that I was among the very few parents who actually did that -- no
one seemed to check membership cards for the adults.
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