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Swimming Programs and Pools

Check out the JCCSF Swim School or contact Will Oldehoff Assistant Aquatics Program Manager at the Jewish Community Center 3200 California Street Phone: 415.292.1243 • Fax: 415.276.1561

Marin Horizon Summer Camp offers swimming, gymnastics and capoeira lessons, off-campus park walks, sports, arts and crafts, music and more for children ages three to eight. We feature a high teacher-to-student ratio for even the youngest campers! Teachers in the 3 to 5 yr old program are ECE specialists and all of our staff is year-round MHS staff! We are the safest, most fun program around for young children. Swimming lessons every day for 4 and 5 yr old and Gymnastics classes every day for 3 yr olds. Six through 8 year olds take field trips every Friday to destinations such as Zeum, McNear's Beach, and the SF Zoo. They also have swimming lessons twice a week! We offer flexible scheduling, drop-in days, and daycare for busy parents.

The San Francisco’s only synchronized swim club is open to children aged 6 through 14. Those new to synchronized swimming can join the pre-competitive program,which swims twice a week at city pools. After graduating from the pre-competitive program, swimmers join one of the competitive teams based on their age and skill level. All practices are held at city pools. You can observe a practice and/or sign up the first Tuesday of every month at Balboa Pool (Havelock at San Jose Ave.) from 7:30 to 8:30. For information, please call 415-273-5402, or visit our website! To see what synchro is like, come watch our free FINALE show May 16th from 5:30-6:30 at Balboa Pool.

The Presidio Community YMCA offers group swim lessons for children 6 months to13 years. In addition to water orientation/stroke development, the YMCA swim lesson program teaches personal safety, personal growth, water games and sports, and rescues. Lessons are provided for Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and School-Age Youth. For more information on our Aquatics programs, please call Mike Burnley at 415/447-9609 or visit our website.

Camp Jones Gulch has resident camp programs of campers entering 3-9 grades from June 29 – August 23. Our sport activities are swimming, canoeing, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, frisbee, hikes, climbing tower, archery, horseback riding, ping-pong and more. Questors (7-9 grades) also get mountain biking, surfing, rock climbing, dance and sports specialties. Visit our website at for more information.

Highland Recreation Center and Pool Offers swim lessons, a swim team (go dolphins!), lap swimming and recreational swimming as well as other fun summer programs. Fees vary for members and non-members. For more information call Highlands Recreation Center at 650.341.4251.

Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club has two outdoor pools. The lap pool is a 6 lane, 25 yard competition size pool kept at 79-81 degrees This pool is used solely for adult lap swimming, Masters workouts, and adult swim lessons. The second pool is a 20 yard recreational pool used by children under the age of 15, water aerobics classes, and recreational swimmers. One lane is kept for lap swimming. Water temperature is 84-86 degrees. Aquatic Programs for children include group swim lessons, and private swim lessons offered to both members and nonmembers on a year-round basis, available to both kids and adults. Swim instructors are experienced in teaching all levels of ability. Skill-based instruction, games and toys for kids and learning tools for adults are used as part of our program. Emphasis is placed on water safety. For more information contact Ellen Kenny at 415-962-4806.

Community Association for Rehabilitation's Wright Swim School is here! Located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto - a warm water, 92 degree indoor pool open year round.  We have Learn to Swim lessons for children 3 months to 12 years of age, Family Swim, and pool party rentals.  We also have Adapted Aquatics for children with disabilities.  Finally we serve the entire community regardless of age and ability level in our warm water pool.

RinconadaHave you been there? What a great pool, excellent for all kids, a water playground, diving boards, lanes, and a deeper swimming area. A great place for families, a picnic and tons of fun.

Marinwood north of Marin (North 101) take Lucas Valley Rd. - follow to Miller Rd. turn right. Near the fire station. This pool has a great playground outside of the pool area, perfect for a picnic, bikes too! Two pools a young toddler pool and a bigger pool for kids that are swimmers. A diving board and grassy area to eat lunch and snacks.

Koret Pool at the University of San Francisco is an indoor pool with swim lessons and a swim team, lap swim, and programs for kids and adults.

Bribane Pool. A new swim facility, outdoors, heated. 101 South from San Francisco, Brisbane exit...Visit their website or give them a call.

The Silliman Family Aquatic Center in Newark. The largest indoor waterpark in the bay area. Includes children's play pool, 2, 20 foot water slides, lap pool, and spa. Open for general recreational swimming year round on Friday 3-9pm, Sat. 1-7pm, Sun. Noon-5pm. Additional programs include: Birthday party packages, group rentals, swim lessons, water aerobics, lap swim, and seasonal camps and special events. Easily located off of I880 at the Mowery exit, head west 3 blocks past Cherry Street at 6800 Mowry Ave. 510-578-4620 for more information. Fax: 578-4622

Going camping, in the heat, love to swim in pools? Pinnicles Campground has an excellent pool for those toasty days in the sun. Wild animals to make your camping experience a wild memory!

Joinville Pool is nestled in a convenient place along the peninsula with a variety of programs for all ages and ability levels and open year round. Address: 2111 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone: 650-522-7460 Programs:Masters Swimming: Workouts are offered daily. 6am, 7am, 11am, 12pm, 6:30pm M -Th, 6am, 7am, 11am, 12pm Friday, 8am 9am Sat, 9am Sun. Lap Swimming: 8am-10am, 1pm - 6:30pm M-F, 10am-12pm Sat, 8am-9am Sun Water Exercise: 9am, 10am, 5:30pm MWF, 9am Tu/Th, 10am Sat Babysitting: Available during your workouts 9am-1pm M-F Swim Lessons: Group and Private lessons available am, pm, Saturdays Recreational Swimming: 1pm-5pm Sat/Sun (May-September), 1pm-4pm M-F (starts June 26) Directions: from SF area: Take 101S and take the 3rd avenue exit in San Mateo. Go East to Norfolk Ave. and turn left onto Norfolk. Go to Kehoe Ave. and turn left pool will be 6 blocks up on the left. To visit from San Jose area: Take 101 N and exit on Kehoe Ave (just past HWY 92), Go straight up Kehoe about 8 blocks and pool is on left hand side.

Skip Kenney's Stanford International Swim Camp One week camp sessions for boys and girls ages 9-18 to choose from: June and July... For more information and to register visit Nike Camps.

Richard Quick's Stanford National Swim Camp is full. Put your name on next years (2002) mailing list. For more information contact Judy Heller, Camp Director at 650.593.7845 or send and email or visit their website.

Where are these two pools? Are they private? What are the fees? Let me know if you go for a swim. Call information andget the directions too! Remember this site is a community-driven, niche site for those of us lucky to live here!

Mill Valley Aquatic Center - great place not too far from SF. Is heated and has a fabulous water slide and hot tub.

McNear's Beach - San Rafael - Outdoor pool alongside the Bay with tennis courts, vast picnic areas and a snack bar.

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