Moraga Valley Pool
Moraga Valley Swim & Tennis Club, also known as Moraga Valley Pool (MVP), is nestled in the foothills between Orinda and Moraga. MVP has been a vital and enduring part of the community for over 50 years, providing members, families and friends with a safe, family oriented environment for recreation, fun and competition. Today, MVP consists of 300 families. We are members of the Orinda Moraga Pool Association, the US Aquatics Council and the US Tennis Association. MVP has a large pool with 6 lap lanes, a diving board and a shallow area, a baby pool, a sport court with basketball hoops and several BBQs. MVP offers swim programs for young and adult members. With four recently renovated tennis courts, MVP brings high quality tennis play and instruction through children and adult programs.
Moraga Valley Pool has a couple good instructors. My daughter takes private lessons there. They are off Moraga Way, near the Orinda border (near Miramonte HS). You don't have to be a member, but it's slightly more expensive if you are not. Good parking.
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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 plans.
Moraga Valley Pool (MVP) is a great pool and also offers tennis. The membership itself isn't too costly and the annual dues were just raised to $1800. Memberships are sold by the individual members to interested buyers on an open-market system rather than through a wait list. MVP is trying to accumulate funds to make repairs and eventually renovate. A vote just failed to assess the members for this work (thus, the dues increase instead) but the thought is that could happen sometime in the future. So there is a bit of uncertainty there but it is a great place. It draws most of its membership from Del Rey and Los Perales families.
Not sure of what you might find in Berkeley or Oakland, but I do know that you could join one of the many swim clubs in the Lamorinda area for summer swim team. I live in Orinda and we belong to the Moraga Valley Pool (MVP) which has a great swim team (The Marlins). I do know of families in Berkeley who belong to pools on this side of the tunnel b/c it's warmer and sunnier. The pools here take kids at 4 years old and usually divide the groups by skill and age. The younger kids who cannot swim the full length of the pool are the ''mini-marlins'' at MVP. The downside is that you would have to buy into a membership (ranges between $1800-2800 depending upon the pool club) and pay the season fee (ranges from $400-700). Maya