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I'm trying to get motivated to get back into swimming. All the swimming info on ucb website is,
as it should be, geared to kids. Wondering if there are any Masters programs around,
especially ones that are gentle and not super competetive for those of us getting back in shape.
Ideally in Berkeley or El Cerrito. Oakland or Richmond could work too.
There is a great masters swimming program just above the campus at
Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area that is affiliated with UCB called SCAM
(Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters). There is a nice range of lane speeds
from 1:15 to 2:00 ( for 100yd freestyle). There are hour-long work outs on
weekdays at 6:15a, 7:15a, 8:15a, 11:00a, 6:00p, & 7:00p as well as Saturday
at 8:00a & 9:00a. The team is in the process of hiring a new coach. I've
been swimming on this team since 1990 & love it. It's a great group of
people in addition to challenging & varied workouts. The cost is 45$/month
for non-students & less for students. If you just show up at a workout you
can talk to the coach & I think you can even participate once before signing
up to be sure that you like it.
A few years ago I started swimming at the El Cerrito Community Pool and
really enjoyed it. It's a nice outdoor pool in a fairly quiet neighborhood.
They have a masters program there that I think meets in the evening. I had
a good impression of the 'coach' who was lifeguarding at the time that I
swam (he and spoke briefly about the masters program). You can also try the
Mills College has a Masters Swimming Program, as does Holy Names Pool.
The Mills Aquatic Center Phone Number is:(510) 430-2170
This is a beautiful pool which is also open for recreational swim 4:30-6:30
weekdays and longer on the weekend.
Strawberry Canyon Recreation Center above the UCB stadium has a great
Masters Swimming program that my husband participates in. They have
workouts at three or four times in the morning and a couple of times in the
Cal FIT has an open swim session at Hearst Gym at lunchtime. They have other
sessions as well, but I don't know when they are, offhand. They also have a very nice
Water Exercise class which I attend most of the time (though I'm taking the summer
off). I know for a fact that the Water Ex. class is open to the "community", as well as
faculty, staff and students. There is a charge, and it varies depending on your
relationship to UCB (students are least, community most). Don't know about the open
swim, but you can always ask. Call 643-5151 for more information.
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