Tim Oliver Swimming

All Ages
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RE: Swim Lessons for 4yo ()

Years ago my daughter and I took group parent-child lessons with Tim Oliver.  It was great!  Not the usual, "splash-splash- sing-song".  I think they also offer private lessons.  It's in a beautiful setting, dome over the pool in the winter, and salt-water pool.  https://www.ohanaaquatics.com

My daughter didn't really learn until she was 8. Some kids just take longer. We never went as far as private lessons, but the classes at Tim Oliver in Oakland hills were small and she was sometimes by herself, esp during the winter months. (I think they have privates as well ) I appreciated the small private yard nextdoor where I could enjoy a little me time. Especially with an older kid, it's nice if you don't have to sit poolside the whole time. It was a bit of a drive for us from berkekey, but I enjoyed half an hour outside in a patklike setting by myself, and the instructors were very good.

Tim Oliver Swimming offers private lessons but even better, his instructors tend to work with groups of only 3-4 kids. This is where my son learned, after tough experiences at Aquatech and the Y, both of which were too noisy, intimidating, crowded, etc. It's a great school, IMO, and they're actually outdoors in the summer, in a very warm location - which just changes everything.

  • 12000 Campus Dr Oakland, CA 94619b/t Redwood Rd & Sereno Cir Oakland Hills
  •  Phone number(510) 759-2782 
  • Business websitetimoliverswimming.com
RE: Toddler swimming in Berkeley? ()

Tim Oliver swimming near the merritt college campus in oakland.....

Tim Oliver Swimming off the Redwood Heights exit of Hwy. 13. They have classes in the afternoons/evening during the week and you can choose to go 1x/week (both my kids do). We having been going for years, my kids love it, and the teachers are great. They are also very flexible about cancellations/make-ups. 100% recommend!

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Jan 2011

Re: Swimming Lessons for Scaredy Cats
I can totally relate. Check into timoliverswimming.com in Oakland. Warm, quiet, calm and peaceful pool with only a handful of students at any given time. Tim and his staff work with swimmers of all levels, including special needs. I call him The Swim Whisperer! My daughter, who has some sensory issues, went from freaked out to water baby by her third lesson with him. Breaking the scaredy-swimmer cycle

Jan 2011

Re: Competitive Stroke Swim Lessons for 8 year old
Tim Oliver Swimming off Redwood Rd in Oakland. timoliverswimming.com. They are amazing. Lynne

An excellent and very experienced swim coach is Tim Oliver. He and his staff teach all of the competitive swim strokes. He is great with kids, beginners and advanced students. He offers semi and private lessons in at a private pool in the Oakland hills year round. He also has a non-competitive swim team. We are in Berkeley but it was well worth the drive to Oakland. He has the expertise to really develop a high level of swim technique even for young students. timoliverswimming [at] gmail.com ku

August 2008

Re: After-school swim lessons for 6-year-old
You should try Tim Oliver- he is fantastic. He had my daughter swimming in the first couple lessons. Everyone i know raves about him. He is very patient and calm. His pool is fabulous-warm and uses an ozone system instead of chlorine (great for those of us who have ecxema problems). For those of you looking at the archives he used to be at the piedmont swim club. His pool is off redwood road on campus drive. Email timoliverswimming [at] gmail.com or phone 510)759-2782. andrea