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Hi! I am interested in getting my 4 month old into the water. Has anyone had any wonderful experiences with infant swim lessons in the east bay?
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We've had good experiences with the Oakland YMCA! It's a little unclear whether 3 or 6 months is the cutoff (the form says one thing; the staff says another -- we started our daughter a little before 6 months). The classes are low-key, the staff is very nice, the water is nice and warm, and (at least for members) it's reasonably priced.
Not specifically swim lessons, but I take my 8 month old to the Richmond tot splash. $2/person, and I just walk around the pool with him. I think actual swim lessons start when they are a bit older. I like that the tot splash is so cheap, in case he doesn’t feel like being in the water that day!
Piedmont Community Pool. It was 20 years ago. The program was great, and our daughter was captain of the water polo team when she was a senior.
In my experience no one needs infant swim "lessons." Just go to your local pool during the family swim times and bounce/play in the water holding your baby. Make sure to do this on a fairly regular basis so that when your child is about 4 years old they are comfortable enough in the water that they can take swimming lessons without you.
We go the Oakland YMCA on Broadway and it's been great. Once a week, 30 minutes, other parents and kids - our child has gotten comfortable in water and loves seeing other kids, too!