San Ramon Olympic Pool

About Our Swim School


Our Teaching Philosophy
San Ramon Swim and Sport promotes life-long fitness, healthy habits and safety. Knowing how to swim properly at a young age builds a foundation for a long and healthy life. Our swim schools work with students to develop proper technique through focused learning and goal oriented rewards. Year-round lessons instill the habit of swimming that becomes a way of life for children as they grow through adolescence into adulthood.

Our Swim School Model
San Ramon Swim and Sport lessons are hands-on lessons focused on giving each swimmer a strong foundation in the pool. Lessons are focused on breathing, body position and developing proper swim habits. Lessons are taught by our incredible instructors in a 5 by 10-yard area of instruction that promotes a safe and technique focused lesson.

Our Commitment to Safety
Our number one priority at San Ramon Swim and Sport is safety in and around the pool, including safety in lessons, water quality, lifeguarding and emergency preparedness. Each instructor is trained in making each lesson a safe and fun environment. All our lifeguards are certified, trained and audited to the highest standards set by the American Red Cross and YMCA. San Ramon Swim and Sport has retained the services of a leading environmental health and safety firm to guide our company to safer practices for our customers, staff and community.

Levels & Classes


Waterbabies: For ages 6 months to under 3 years. Parent participation class where babies are introduced to the water through songs and games. Each game that we play together as a group can be adjusted to accommodate a parent’s comfort level and the swimming ability of the child. This is a 30-minute group class with a 6:1 ratio.

Water Tots: For ages 2 years old. Water Tot’s is a class without parent participation for students who are comfortable in the water are ready to learn the next set of swimming skills. The student to teacher ratio of 3:1 allows a small, safe learning environment to introduce fundamental water skills. This class focuses on building comfort, water safety, and skills such as: breathing, floating, bobs, jumps and, of course, fun.

Swimming Principles: Children learn to be safe, independent swimmers and begin to learn proper head and body position that will lead to success in the strokes to come. Skills include floating independently on back and front, and breath control.

Level 1: Designed to continue water safety skills as well as develop body position and kicks. Swimmers must be water safe and able to kick in streamline for 5 yards to pass.

Level 2: Designed to continue water safety skills as well as develop a strong foundation for Freestyle. Swimmers learn to kick in streamline for 10 yards, rolling onto their back for a breath.

Level 3: Designed to develop a strong foundation for Freestyle. Swimmers learn to kick in streamline for 10 yards with a side breath.

Freestyle: Swimmers learn freestyle beginning with body position, efficient flutter kicks, freestyle arms, and side breathing.

Backstroke: Swimmers continue to review and improve their freestyle while learning backstroke. They develop body position, rotation, effective kicks and backstroke arms.

Breaststroke: Swimmers will begin to learn the difference between short axis and long axis strokes, with an emphasis on the importance of a proper kick and glide. Each of the four parts of breaststroke will be isolated to yield a successful breaststroke.

Butterfly: Students learn the importance of a full body dolphin kick and undulation, timing of kicks with pull and recovery.

Lessons Advanced: Swimmers continue to refine all four strokes as well as develop more advanced techniques, including starts, turns and finishes.

Lessons Elite: The goals for swimmers in the class are to become proficient in all four competitive strokes, swim terminology, and receive coaching in and out of the water.

Schedule & Registration


San Ramon Swim and Sport is offering swim lessons June through October at San Ramon Olympic Pool. Our Hours of Operation and list of holiday closures can be found under the Swim School Schedules tab.

The San Ramon Olympic Pool will close for the season on Sunday, October 29th. We will re-open in April of 2018 to start swim lessons in the spring.

Weekly Lessons
Weekly lessons are the optimal method for maintaining the focus of developing as a swimmer on a year-round basis. To learn a complex skill, and to master the physical movement patterns, consistent and continual practice is necessary. Weekly lessons allow families to understand that aquatics is a year-round sport/activity and that the joys of aquatics and developing as a swimmer does not only have to be limited to the summer months. We promote keeping aquatics and swim school in the weekly family schedule much like a family would a sports team or music lessons. We also offer the opportunity to have concentrated daily lessons over the course of a week during the summer months. Weekly lessons renew at the 1st of each month, unless notified by a Cancellation Form submitted before the 15th of the month.

Registration
Residents may register online, by phone or in person and Non-Residents by phone or in person only. For any questions regarding registration or the registration process please feel free to call us at 925-973-3241 or email us at info@sanramonswimschool.com

Summer Session Based Lessons
We will be offering eleven-one week sessions of swim lessons starting in the summer of 2018. Summer Sessions are paid in its entirety at the time of purchase. Sessions cancellation with 2 weeks notice will be given a full refund. Cancellation within 2 weeks will receive a full credit to their business account. 

*Cancellations must be made either in person via a hard copy or online here via an electronic copy.

Pricing


Weekly Lessons:
Classes: Waterbabies, Advanced Waterbabies, Water Tots, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Lessons Advanced

Resident Group Lessons: $17/lesson
Non-Resident Group Lessons: $21/lesson
Resident Private: $60/lesson
Non-Resident Private: $75/lesson

Class: Swim Principles

Resident $11/lesson
Non-Resident $14/lesson

Class: Lessons Elite

Resident $13/lesson
Non-Resident $17/lesson

Summer Session Lessons:
Classes: Waterbabies, Advanced Waterbabies, Water Tots, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Lessons Advanced

Resident Group Lessons: $85/week (5 Days)
Non-Resident Group Lessons: $106/week (5 Days)
Resident Private: $300/week
Non-Resident Private: $375/week

Class: Swim Principles

Resident $55/week
Non-Resident $70/week

Class: Lessons Elite

Resident $13/lesson
Non-Resident $17/lesson

Policies/Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I schedule a Swim School class for my child?
A:
Lessons can be booked online here, in person or by phone with our friendly Service Center staff. Service Center can be contacted at the San Ramon Olympic Pool at 925-973-3241 with any questions or to help book you into a lesson.

Q: How do I know which level to register for?
A:
To know which level to register your swimmer for, please check out our levels here or feel free to schedule and attend an evaluation with one of our great instructors. Evaluations can be scheduled through our Service Center at 925-973-3241.

If your swimmer is under 3 years old, Water Babies would be the recommended class to start in. No need for an evaluation.

If your swimmer is 3+ years old but has not had any swim experience, Swimming Principles would be the recommended class to start in. No need for an evaluation.

Please keep in mind that our Level titles are a guide when registering. Generally, swimmers can also register in a lesson titled one level above or below their own current level. Instructors will always teach to the individual student’s level. For example, a swimmer in Level 3 could be registered for a Level 2, Level 3 or Freestyle lesson.

Swimmers of the Swimming Principles level MUST be in Swimming Principles titled levels only. This allows for instructors to maintain a safe lesson.

Q: How old should I start my child in lessons?
A:
Children can start lesson with the parent as early as 6 months old. Beginning early and staying consistent in your lessons prepare your child to be successful in the water and in lessons.

Q: What is the cost of lessons?
A:
Lesson pricing can be found here

Q: When will I be billed?
A:
At the time of registration you will charged for the remaining lessons in the current month (fees are pro-rated) and going forward you will be charged at the beginning of every month for the entire month for Weekly lessons.

If you wish to stop your lesson, please cancel before the end of the month so that you are not charged for the next month.

For session classes you will be charged for the number of sessions you wish to enroll in up front. There are no additional charges for enrollment after this initial payment has been made.

Q: How do I schedule a makeup lesson?
A:
Swim School families enrolled in Weekly classes may take up to four (4) makeup lessons for Summer 2017 any classes missed. Makeups must be scheduled within 30 days of the missed class. Classes can only be book within 7 days. Makeup lessons cannot be rescheduled

Make-ups can be requested online here. You can search online here to look for available slots. Makeup lessons can also be scheduled with the Service Center at 925-973-3241.

Q: It is raining! Is my swim school lesson going to be cancelled?
A:
Lessons continue rain or shine!  In the event of lightning or thunder, the pool will be closed for 30 minutes following the last event. If your swimming lessons are cancelled during this period of time, you will receive a credit for the missed class on your business account.

Q: Can I choose a specific instructor?
A:
You can choose a specific instructor; however, we cannot guarantee that instructor will remain the same in our group and semi-private lessons. We can guarantee that all of our instructors will provide a safe and fun environment and work to progress the skills of each swimmer in every lesson. While different instructors may have different personalities, different teaching styles, and different strengths, all instructors are well trained on our curriculum and all are great with swimmers of all levels!

Q: Why has my instructor changed?
A:
We offer our instructors an opportunity to change their schedule a few times a year. This happens generally in June, July and August. Many of our instructors are young students whose class schedules change, or they may return home at the end of school. Instructors may also be simply moving on to another phase of their life. Swim Instruction is a great job with many great benefits, but may not be the career goal of all of our instructors.

San Ramon Swim School does their best to notify you of any change of instructor as soon as possible.

Q: What days are you closed?
A:
Swim School is closed on some holidays. See our Swim School Schedules page for updates on future closings.

Q: What is your diaper policy?
A: All non-toilet trained children are required to wear a disposable swim diaper covered by a snug fitting reusable diaper cover. For your convenience, these are available for purchase at the front desk.

Q: What if my child is crying?
A:
Children may cry for many reasons in a swim lesson. They may have some trepidations about the water or about getting in with a new person. The most common cause of crying we see here in swim lessons is usually a form of separation anxiety.

Water Babies classes are strongly encouraged for swimmers under 3 years old. These classes specifically target separation anxiety and ease young swimmers into developing a relationship with an instructor.

After 3 years, we encourage swimmers to participate in classes without parents. There can often be some crying in the first few lessons. Instructors will work with the new swimmer to calm them and end the lesson in a positive way. It is often very difficult for an upset child to focus on what the instructor is asking if the parent is nearby. The instructor or deck coordinator may ask you to observe from a place where your child cannot see you. This often allows for the child to calm more quickly. This can be a very difficult situation, but with the help of the instructors and deck coordinator, we hope to make your swimmers first few lessons the most positive experience possible.

Q: What do I do to prepare my child for their first lesson?
A:
Every swimmer responds to their first lesson differently, and if your swimmer has never taken a lesson before we suggest that you: visit the pool with your swimmer, allow our deck coordinators to introduce them to some of our instructors, and get them acquainted with the atmosphere of our swim school. We also suggest that you talk to your student positively about this being “their time to swim and have fun” and that as a parent “it’s my time to watch the lesson.” This will help set your student up for a more successful first lesson.

Q: My swimmer is 3 years old, what’s next?
A:
Now that your swimmer is 3 years old, they are ready to move into our lessons without parent participation. At age 3, swimmers move into our Swimming Principles level to learn water safety skills, independence in the water, and continue to build confidence and comfort in the water as well as develop relationships with other swimmers and instructors. At 3 years old, swimmers are ready to create a trusting relationship with our educated and caring swim instructors.

Q: What happens after my swimmer gets their “Big Ribbon”?
A:
First of all, Congratulations! The “ribbon ribbon” is achieved after the completion of all 4 competitive strokes and is often the goal for many of the swimmers in swim school, but there is much more available at San Ramon Swim and Sport to continue to challenge your swimmer in the water. San Ramon Swim School offers Lessons-Advanced and Lessons-Elite which both continue to refine stroke technique. Lessons-Elite also begins to build skills and drills used in the sport of swimming as well as endurance.

Q: My swimmer got a ribbon! Should I move classes?
A:
Congratulations! Your student has advanced their swim ability and is ready to master the next sill in our curriculum. However, no need to move classes, our instructors always teach to each students specific level, and our classes set up to do so. As one student progresses within a lesson so will the others, and in doing so the instructor will transition (seamlessly) the level with which they teach.

*If your student advances well past the average skill set of their current class, it can create an unsafe lesson dynamic, and in this instance we may advise that you changes lessons to better benefit your swimmer and create a more safe lesson for all swimmers.

Q: How can I report an upcoming absence?
A:
We very much appreciate notice if you will not be attending your lesson; however it is not necessary. Once you have missed the lesson, you can give the Service Center a call at 925-973-3241 to schedule a make-up.

If you will not be attending lessons for several weeks for a vacation or injury. You can either cancel your lessons online or in the Service Center or you can hold your spot by continuing payment and completing a Hold Form in the Service Center. San Ramon Swim School may cancel your lessons if you have not attended you lesson for 8 consecutive weeks if you have not completed the Hold Form and are not current in lesson payment.