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Oakland Preschool Swimming Instructors

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LongFin Swim & Yoga
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harshita M.
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Everyone advised me against learning swimming as an adult but I took a chance with Veronique as my swimming-instructor and she proved everyone wrong. I am a BIG person and she made me overcome all my phobias and helped me learn. She is a really patient teacher and respects your limitations, and yet pushes you subtly to get out of your comfort zone. I am really happy that I found her and I highly recommend her as a swimming instructor for both kids and adults.The best part is she slips in a little bit of workout and Yoga tips into your swimming class, which helps you A LOT once you are in water and actually swimming :)

  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Hung L.
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Scott is a great swim instructor. I could barely swim before and in just a couple of weeks, I'm swimming laps. I still have a ways to go to be 100% comfortable in water but I'm getting better after every session. Scott also provides great recaps of our drills and what I can improve on after every session. He also reviews videos of me swimming and is able to provide actionable suggestions on how to improve in between sessions. I highly recommend Scott for adults learning to swim proficiently and also for people looking to swim recreationally at a high level because I'm swimming 10x better than when we started a few weeks ago.

Maki Swim School
from 11 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Scott M.
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I have been taking adult swim lessons for the past few months and have been very pleased with Maggie as my instructor. She customized the learning to focus on not only swimming efficiency, but also techniques that are critical for when I am in the ocean body boarding. Maggie very good at explaining the how and why and provides good practice tips. The prices are very fair and the ambiance makes you feel like you at ease. It never feels like you are rushed and they also allow practice when there are no lessons.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly L.
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Alyssa is a great swim teacher. In one summer, she transformed my four year old son from someone who was afraid to even enter the water to someone who loves cannon balling into the swimming pool. She focuses on safety skills and makes the class fun for the kids. Highly recommend!

Anna Water Safe Mermaid
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Deepa K.
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Anna was my son's swim coach in Menlo swim and sport. My son had taken swim lessons elsewhere in the past. We were not too happy with them. Our first coach in Menlo swim wasnt too impressive either. But, Lindsey, the manager there recommended Anna to us stating that Anna is a very patient and skilled coach. She was indeed right. My son learnt a lot from her in a very short period of time and he improved vastly. I'd highly recommend her if you are looking for someone to coach your child.

  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen L.
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Aaron has been teaching my son swimming daily in the past week. He’s really patient and great to work with my ten year old. The progress can really be seen. Thank you for the hard work, Aaron !

Safe and Happy Swimming
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy C.
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I highly recommend Ara as a swimming instructor. Especially if you have a scared or reluctant lil swimmer. She was patient and very experienced. She's the best book her right away.

from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mary H.
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We come from the City for swim lessons with Ms. Jean. She has been great with my 11 year old and the improvement in his swimming is clearly visible each lesson. It's both fun and productive.

Amy's Use of Community Pool
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Judy Y.
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I hired Amy to help me learn how to swim as a beginner. I experience Amy as very supportive, kind and patient. She is confident in her ability to teach me the skills to succeed and overcome my fears. I highly recommend Amy as a swimming coach.

I Swim-Adult Swim Lessons
from 2 reviews
    Holly R.
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    Nicole is a fun, energetic amazing swimming instructor! She is so great with children. I have three children who successfully practice on the swim team. Choose Nicole! She is the best!

    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    • 19 hires on Thumbtack
    Sherry L.
    Verified review

    Excellent swim instruction for my 5.5 year old. Very technique oriented yet in a fun and friendly way. She won't learn any bad habits and is learning the strokes in the proper manner. My daughter can not wait to go back for swim lessons every week!

    Alla T.
    Verified review

    We had Sam as an instructor for our two boys at summer 2015. Boys enjoyed lessons very much and we can see their progress right away. He helped them with their strokes and technique. He was very professional ,always on time, good communicator , never missed a lesson. I would strongly recommend him as a swimming instructor .

    • 13 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jacki B.
    Verified review

    I absolutely love SafeSplash! We started at the Antioch location in August and have loved the experience. The staff are wonderful and we would recommend to anyone looking for swimming lessons.

    Unsinkable You
    from 1 review
    • 14 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Steph H.
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    Holy crap, hire Giulia to teach you how to swim or to refine your skills. Giulia has a bright, funny personality that helped make swimming much less scary for me. I was an adult learner -- I could swim okay enough to keep from drowning, but I had a lot of inefficiency in my stroke and could only do the basic versions of the two I knew. I tired out easily, and I had terrible endurance. Not only did Giulia help me refine my swimming technique, she helped me stop sinking so much when swimming and made it fun. We used a variety of funny drills to work on my weak points and help strengthen my swimming muscles. Learning to dive was the scariest thing for me, and with Giulia's help (and lots of practice) I got it! After a few months of meeting twice a week, we got to the point where we were running straight drills to work on my speed! I never thought I'd be able to do that. Thank you, Giulia, for helping me become a competent swimmer!

    • 13 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Chris S.
    Verified review

    Experienced instructors, convenient location, and helpful staff. My kids love all of their lessons here! Would recommend to anyone!

    California Swim Expert
    from 1 review
    • 16 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Nidhi S.
    Verified review

    Awesome coach and person! My son loved the instructions and he lost the fear of water.!!! Highly Recommended.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I teach all ages to swim and enjoy the water. I offer swimming or water exercise for fun, fitness and relaxation. Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you!


    I specialize in teaching special needs children and adults how to swim. I have over 10 years of experience and a 100% success rate.


    We offer infant through adult learn-to-swim programs. We have a warm indoor pool with experienced, caring instructors. We're open from Monday to Saturday in San Mateo. Our second site is opening in San Carlos on March 12. Our students and parents love the lessons.


    I have been swimming for many years. I was on swim teams. I have taken lifeguard classes and have trained others already. It is encouraging to be able to do what you hope you can. I can help you.


    I stimulate, motivate and encourage students' well-being by engaging the mind and body through the art of swimming.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    At what age should you start swim lessons?

    From 6 months to 96 years old, no one is too young or too old to benefit from swimming lessons. Once your baby is six months old, they are eligible to take “parent and me” swimming lessons from most swim schools. When babies are between six months and several years, you or another guardian must be with the baby throughout the entire lesson for safety reasons. Even if babies can’t walk, they quickly adapt to moving in water, so familiarizing them early means more fun for everyone and keeps them from being afraid of water later on. It also helps with water safety and drowning prevention. As for adults and seniors, it’s never too late to start swimming. Knowing how to swim can not only save your life, it provides an impact-free way to safely exercise and keep muscles and joints limber. Swimming can even help relieve pain from chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most swimming schools offer group or private instruction, so if you’re shy about learning a new skill, you can do so one-on-one.

    Why are swimming lessons important?

    Swimming lessons have major health and safety benefits, not to mention the fact that swimming is really fun. Here are some of the many reasons swimming lessons are important:

    • Life saving: Knowing how to swim can help you save your own life or the life of someone else. Prevent drowning by learning to swim.
    • Improved health in seniors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that water-based exercise can decrease disability and maintain bone density in seniors.
    • Good mental health: Swimming can improve moods in both men and women, according to the CDC. Swimming can help with depression, can create bonds in families and can promote mental wellness in pregnant women.
    • Arthritis relief: Water-based exercise can ease joint and other physical pain in people suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Whole-body workout: Swimming works all your muscles — without the impact of a sport like running.
    • Water safety: It’s important for swimmers of all ages to learn about water safety. Swim lessons provide the proper pool and water etiquette to help keep everyone safe and having fun.  

    How much are swimming lessons?

    Not only is swimming fun, but knowing how to swim can save your life by preventing drowning. The average national cost for swimming lessons ranges between $40 and $50. Swimming lessons can vary in price depending the type and length of lesson you select. Private swimming lessons, where you receive one-on-one coaching with a swim instructor, will cost more than group lessons. The longer the lesson, the more it will cost. Swimming lessons are available for people of all ages, so if you’re an adult just learning to swim there are beginners’ classes suitable for you. There are also advanced classes for adults who are training for races or want to hone their skills. Pricing can vary depending on where you live as well as the amenities offered by the pool. For example, a pool with private locker rooms and a hot tub may have higher rates than a basic swimming pool. Here are some examples of the average costs of adult swimming lessons:

    • Private lessons for adults:
      • 30-minute lesson: $35-$50.
      • 60-minute lesson: $55-$80.
    • Group lessons for adults:
      • Ongoing 60-minute lessons: $90-$110 per month.
      • 60-minute drop-in lesson: $25-$40 each.

    How do you prepare for infant swimming lessons?

    There are several steps you can take to prepare both yourself and your baby for the exciting adventure of infant swimming lessons. Start by introducing your baby to being in the water via the bathtub. There are no immunizations specific to swimming that your child needs before playing in a public pool, but do research to confirm the pool is well-maintained and has a clean bill of health. You’ll need the right swim gear; proper attire can include swim diapers and protective swim pants. Be prepared to check regularly and change soiled diapers as needed. The CDC warns against allowing your child in a public pool if they have any symptoms of diarrhea; swim diapers and swim pants can’t protect against transmission of germs in this case. For outdoor pools, apply water-resistant sunscreen to the delicate skin on your baby’s face and body approximately 30 minutes before pool time to prevent burns. For the health of your baby and other children, it’s important for your child to be in good health when attending swim lessons. If they have a cold or fever, it’s better to keep them home. Finally, be prepared to have fun.

    How early can babies start swimming?

    Most swimming instructors and swim schools offer infant swimming starting at six months. Although it is not formal swimming, the lessons familiarize your baby with moving in the water, and also teach you the basics of keeping your baby safe in the water. You or another guardian will stay with the baby in the water throughout the entire lesson.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend formal swim instruction until one year old, but taking your infant to regular swim class can be fun, safe and helpful for developing baby’s coordination and awareness of water. Experts urge parents not to become overconfident in their children’s water skills. Keep in mind that most children aren’t really able to swim on their own until they’re at least four years old. Even if they’ve had swim lessons, always watch younger children when they’re in the water and be ready to react in case of an emergency.

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