Lamorinda Swim Clubs (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, CA)
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We are looking into joining a club in the Lamorinda area
(most likely Orinda). We've looked into the Moraga Valley
Swim and Tennis Club and the Orindawoods club. Anyone have
any experience with either of these? We live in Oakland,
but are likely to move through the tunnel and would like to
meet some people and just get to know the area a little
better. We can't spend a fortune, so finding an affordable
club would be an important factor.
Any info would be helpful. Thanks!
Many Orinda residents join the club in their neighborhood,
as that's easiest for schlepping kids to and from swim &
tennis practice. Personally, our family belongs to Meadow
Swim & Tennis, even though we have non-swimming kids. I
highly recommend it: the people are nice, the pool is new,
and they have fun social events for the grownups. We like to
head up there on hot summer nights, BBQ our dinner, and let
the kids splash in the pool. Most of the other clubs in
Orinda offer similar activities. Oak Springs Pool has no
swim team, and Orinda Country Club has a golf course. Edna
We have friends that have a membership at Orindawoods and it
sounds like it fits the bill for playing tennis and
recreational swimming. To my knowledge, they do not have a
swim team (but I'd double check to be sure). If you are
interested in swim team, that might be a consideration.
Moraga Valley Swim & Tennis Club (know locally as MVP) has a
great neighborhood feel and community; however they have
been struggling for the past few years to get the members to
approve (and fund) a major and much needed remodel. The
pool is in need of some major repairs and the membership is
really divided about how to go about managing the process
(major vs. minor upgrades). Dues are quite reasonable now;
however are very likely going to go up along with a fairly
significant assessment should they move forward with remodel
There are other pool options out here too. Depending on
where you are aiming to live. I'd recommend spending some
time checking them out in person, talking to the people that
go there - they all definitely have a different vibe from
one another - some more casual, some more country-clubby
feeling. Also, most of the pools are dominated by kids from
the most local schools (Meadow/Glorietta, MVP/Del Rey,
SleepyHollow/Sleepy Hollow, Rancho Colorado/Burton Valley,
and then OCC and MCC - the two country clubs, which have a
wider 'base' but definitely more of a country club feel).
If you are moving to this side of the hills, you will be
amazed at how pervasive the swim team culture is out here -
a very large percentage of the kids, especially in
elementary school, participate in swim team for the summer.
It is a big commitment with meets most Wednesdays and
weekends, as well as significant 'work' commitments for the
I live in Moraga, and even though we don't belong to a swim
club, most people I know in Lamorinda just join the club in
or close to their neighborhood. You mentioned Moraga Valley
and Orindawood. I know people who also belong to Orinda Park
Pool and the Moraga Country Club. If you haven't moved yet,
you might want to decide based on how close the club is to
your house. Orinda Park Pool and Orindawoods seem to the
closest to Hwy 24, since it sounds like you'd be coming
through the tunnel or over the hill.
Has anyone had experience at the Orinda Park Pool? We are thinking of
don't know much about it.
Are the facilities good for a 1 1/2 and a four year old? How crowded does
it get during
the summer? Were members generally friendly and welcoming?
Thanks for any advice or thoughts you can offer.
My children are now 3.0 and 5.5, and we've been members of OPP for 2 years. First
of all, taking non-swimming children to any pool, especially if they are in diapers
need help changing/dressing, is a challenge. Given that, OPP is a fabulous place
young children, especially now that the pool has been renovated. There are very
gently sloping sides or easy stairs around most of the pool, and the ''baby pool'',
which is really just a large area for non-swimmers, is great. At its middle it is 3
deep, not great for kids until about age 3, but there is lots of other space in the
toddler area for the youngest kids.
On hot days and on the weekend it can get crowded. But we've often been there
with the pool to ourselves, especially after early August when the swim team season
finishes up and kids go off on vacation before going back to school. It has
not been too crowded for us.
I have not made good friends there, but families there are very friendly, especially
the moms hanging out around the ''baby pool''. The pool community is organized
around the swim team. I think when my kids are old enough for swim team (and
they can join the Little Stingers as early as age 4 or 5) we will meet a lot more
I definitely recommend OPP! I can't wait until the season starts.
We've been members of OPP for about four years, come over the
hill from Berkeley, and have been pretty happy with it. People
are friendly, the snack bar has gotten more healthy, the pool is
great and the weather warm. A few things we didn't know before
joining: OPP is very focused on the swim team (as most of the
pools in Lamorinda are), and closes at times for swim meets.
There are funny ''adult only'' swim times (15 or 30 minutes on each
hour, and rules about non-swimmers that you might want to check
on having two little ones. However, the lifeguards and staff are
super responsible and nice. There are swim lessons too, which
are free for non-swimmers. See you there.
Can't wait for the season to start
Can someone recommend a pool/rec family swim club in the
Lafayette, Orinda or Moraga area where:
1) It's fun to hang out and swim for the whole family - tot pool
to lap swim for adults.
2) Not too pricey.
3) Not too snobby.
4) Any with a snack bar, BBQ grills or other amenities besides
What are these clubs really like? Casual? Friendly? How do you
find one to begin with and join one? Thank you!
Loves to swim when it's hot
There are plenty of swim clubs in the Lamorinda area, even
Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. Most of them have a waiting
list. We moved 3 summers ago and chose the pool closest to us.
There was a year's wait list so by the following summer we were
in. During the summer when we didn't have membership I found a
community pool in Pleasant Hill near the Lindsay Museum. It was
ok but It wasn't a chance to meet people from our neighborhood.
If you are in Lafayette, Sunvalley Pool doesn't seem to have a
wait list this summer. It's small and very family orientated.
Ours is too which is Las Trampas. They all seem to have a grill
(ours has 2) which you can use anytime they are free or for a
party you can reserve them along with the tables and benches.
There's no fee, well I think it's $1 for the gas! We've had
numerous parties at ours, the last one a lesbian family one on
Mother's day where close to 100 lesbians/children came. No one
seemed to mind, well not that I heard! Guests are very welcome
so long as you are there with them and for a very small fee ($1)
Most of the pools have a rest period of 15mins on 1/4 to the
hour where the lifeguard takes a break and it's adults only and
kids under 5 with an adult. There is always one lane open for
lap swim. With our pool there is a diving area, a basketball and
paddle ball area along with a toddler pool. Some of the swim
clubs are more elaborate with slides etc. Pretty much all of
them have grass and shade. They all have a snack shack but
hours can vary as it's all volunteer. Most families bring food
and drinks and hopefully the Ice-cream truck will appear every
couple of hours.
Since we've been there everyone has been very friendly, we are
lesbian transplants from NY and also members were a gay family
from Boston. I don't see any snobbery and not really sure what
you mean by it, the kids all play together and the parents just
hang out chatting, eating and drinking! These swim clubs are
definatley not THE CLAREMONT or THE OAKLAND HILLS clubs. Most
poeple we are meeting these days are transplants like ourselves
from Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, East Coast,
generally anywhere but Lafayette!
Compared to the Claremont/Oakland Hills clubs, we have a
bargin. Of course all the swim clubs vary but generally they
are around $650-$1000 to join (with our club you get that money
back when you give up your membership) then there is the yearly
fee of about $450-$700 for a family of however many you are and
other guests like grandparents/nannies etc.are included.
I found ours by driving around and also looking in the phone
directory under 'private swimming pools'. Calling the one
closest and getting on their wait list. The one thing I would
like to change with ours is that it doesn't open to the
membership until 12noon as the swim team is in practice before
then. I wouldn't mind just one lane to cool off in on those
toastie mornings! Most are open until 8pm and later if you want
to host an event and will pay for the extra time of a life-
guard. Gosh did I cover every thing? Good luck with your
search. If I can be of any more help please feel free to e-
Lesbians loving Lafayette
We recently became members at The Orinda Park Pool. It is perfect for our family. It is in a
beautiful (but not fancy) setting. The pool has a large area designated for toddlers and
beginning swimmers. Our two kids are taking lessons in small classes (3 kids max) from really
talented, energetic swim coaches. OPP is a very laid-back, friendly place. It is just a pool,
with a ping pong table, 1/2 basketball court, sandpit for volleyball, grills and picnic
There are few amenities (i.e. you bring your own towels). Everytime we leave the pool, we
marvel at our good luck in discovering it. We rave about it all the time. Go for a visit.
Happy at OPP
I'm not sure where in Lamorinda you live, but Burton Valley
has a really nice pool out past Burton Valley school --
Rancho Colorados. I have a friend who belongs and we
have been there several times. It is right up against the hills
and just beautiful. They have a snack bar and always have a
lane roped off for swimming laps, plus an area for volleyball.
Not sure about BBQ grills? People seem to be very friendly.
We belong to Forest Hills pool . It is on the PH/Martinez
border and sort of the same setting, but no snack bar -- very
pleasant with plenty of shade. In the evenings, you often see
deer on the hillside as you swim. Both very nice. laid-back
places! Good luck --
Lakeridge Athletic Club
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