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I'm interested in learning more about the Bay-O-Vista Swim School in San
Leandro. Has anyone on this list taken their kids there for lessons and
would they recommend this school for a 4-year-old to acquire some skills
and 2-year-old to get comfortable in the water?
My children took swimming lessons there several years ago so my recommendation may be out of
date, but here goes.
The swimming lessons at bay-o-vista were excellent. They cost about twice as much as the
lessons offered by the park & recs dept but have a ratio of 4-1 vs 10-1 per class. The red
cross swimming levels were further subdivided so that instead of spending four sessions in one
level, each session would see an incremental progress.
For tiny tots I would start with the cheaper, city, lessons as they have a ratio of 3-1 until
age 6. When my son was 4 he took lessons at the castro valley pool and wound up with a
fantastic teacher who had him swimming after 3 sessions. The city wouldn't let him into the
levelled lessons until he turned
6 so we went to bay-o-vista where he was placed according to ability, not age.
Re: Racially mixed swim club around Oakland (Sept 2004)
Bay-O-Vista Swim Club in the San Leandro Hills is quite racially
diverse and the sign on the fence says that there are memberships
available now. You could probably go visit before joining to see
if it fits.
Re: Seeking Oakland (or somewhat close) Swim Club (July 2003)
I highly recommend Bay-O-Vista Club in the hills of San
Leandro. To get there from Oakland, you would take 580E, exit
Dutton Street in San Leandro (just outside of Oakland), and
it's 5 minutes up into the hills. Since I'm pregnant, I
searched the Bay Area for a good family membership which would
accomodate our growing clan. My husband and I joined in
February and it's been a source of constant delight. It's
situated near Lake Chabot, surrounded by towering trees, nicely
maintained, relaxed, not too fancy, incredibly family oriented.
Has a child's pool as well as adult pool, endless lounge chairs
with umbrellas, as well as tennis & basketball courts, variety
of classes, bbq area, etc. Quite reasonably priced for a
family, friendly, and my favorite place to hang out during the
summer! Yes, it also has a cardio and weight room for year-
round workouts. It makes me so happy that i'm glad to spread
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