Oak Grove Swim & Tennis Club offers swim lessons for members and non-members alike. Our instructor is Genevieve Blasius - an experienced swim teacher, Bay Area native, and a Northgate neighbor. Her guiding principles for the swim school will be: water safety, proper swim technique, and making the water fun! 

Lessons run throughout the summer. Group lessons of 2-4 students occur in two week sessions, are 20-30 minutes long, and take place Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 AM to noon. Private lessons are scheduled on Fridays, from 8:00 AM to noon.

An overview of each type of class is below. For more detailed information, please email lessons@oakgroveswim.com or swimwithgenevieve@gmail.com.

To sign up for a lessons, please register using Genevieve's sign-up tool. If you have a special request (have a travel schedule that requires special accommodations), or there are no more lessons available for a particular group session, please contact Genevieve directly via email or phone. Sometimes she is able to convert another time slot into the desired group, depending on availability.  

 

Group Lessons

Group lessons are great for building overall swimming skills and giving swimmers a chance to learn from one another, with some built in play time to promote a love of the water.

There will be five two-week sessions available beginning on June 10th, running until August 16th. The group sessions are for swimmers aged 2-15. The sessions are conducted Monday through Thursday between 8:00 AM and noon, and are scheduled based on ability.

  • Session 1 - June 10th-20th

  • Session 2 - June 24th-July 4th

  • Session 3 - July 8th-18th

  • Session 4 - July 22nd-August 1st

  • Session 5 - August 5th-August 15th

Younger classes for Minnows, Angelfish, and Barracudas are 2-3 students for 20 minutes. The cost per two-week session is $95 for OGSC members, and $125 for non-members.

Older classes for Sharks and Dolphins are 3-4 students for 30 minutes. The cost per two-week session is $110 for OGSC members and $140 for non-members.

All children signed up for lessons need to have a new waiver on file for each swim year (you don’t need to fill out more than one if you participate in multiple sessions in the same year).  You can print out the waiver, and bring it to the lesson or arrive early prior to the start of the first lesson to fill one out at the pool.

How do you know which group your child belongs?

Minnows (2-3 swimmers per 20 minute time slot)

Basic water safety- only play around pool when supervised, what to do if they fall in, what to do if they see someone else falls in Comfortable getting wet Can put their face in the water comfortable blowing bubbles with their nose and mouth can open eyes in water and see other objects can float on stomach and back can push off of the wall and jump in unassisted

Angelfish (2-3 swimmers per 20 minute time slot)

Review water safety Can retrieve objects from bottom of pool Refine floating so that kids understand proper body alignment Can do flutter kick with proper technique Can get across pool with kick (with and without kick board) Can glide on stomach and back (streamline position) Intro to arms of freestyle and backstroke

Barracudas (2-3 swimmers per 20 minute time slot)

Review water safety Understands the upper body movements of freestyle and backstroke Has basic timing down for incorporating upper and lower body for freestyle and backstroke Has begun to learn the timing of breathing Intro to diving with working towards completing one lap

Sharks (3-4 swimmers per 30 minute time slot)

Review water safety Knows breaststroke and butterfly kick Understands the upper body movements of breaststroke and butterfly Has begun basic timing for incorporating upper and lower body Introduction to breathing for these strokes Introduction to turns

Dolphins (4-5 swimmers per 30 minute time slot)

Review water safety Continued refinement of each stroke with an emphasis on the timing of breathing Can tread water Can dive and swim a lap Can complete a flip turn

Private Lessons

If someone is struggling to master a particular skill, or they are seeking further stroke refinement, or even if they simply desire more intensive one-on-one attention, private lessons are invaluable in rapid progression of swimming skills. And, private lessons have NO age limit; so, parents that have always wanted to learn to swim well enough to incorporate laps into their fitness routine, and athletes that are seeking to improve triathlon times, or work around existing injuries are encouraged to sign up!

Lessons are on Friday mornings between 8:00 AM and noon.

Two 20-minute private lessons cost $60 for OGSC members ($30 per lesson) and $80 for non-members ($40 per lesson).

PRE and POST SEASON LESSONS

Genevieve is able to arrange private and semi-private lessons at the club pre (May - mid June) and post (mid August-October) season.  These lessons are typically held on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, and Saturday mornings.  If you are interested in making special arrangements with her to reserve a time slot and are curious about pricing and availability, contact her directly at swimwithgenevieve@gmail.com.

 Note: Families enrolling multiple students are eligible for a discount of $5 off the total balance for the family per each additional student.

Frequently asked questions

How do I schedule a lesson?
To sign up for a lesson, please register using Genevieve's sign-up tool. The sign up tool will require you to enter your name, your child’s name, phone, email and member status. You can also email swimwithgenevieve@gmail.com to request a time slot reservation if you have a special request.

Please contact Genevieve directly with any questions.

How old do you have to be to take group swim lessons?
Children must be between 2 and 15 years old. For children 2 years and younger, private lessons are advised.

How many in a group lesson?
Younger children are taught in groups of 2-3. Older children are taught in groups of 3-4.

What days and times are swim lessons provided?
The lessons are Monday through Thursday starting at 8:00 and ending around noon. You will be able to sign up for a specific time slot based on the swimmer's age and level.

Can my other children swim in the pool during lessons?
Members may swim when the pool opens at 11:00 AM and a lifeguard is on duty.  Non members are not allowed to use the facilities beyond scheduled lessons. 

Is the baby pool open for swimming during lessons?
Members may use the baby pool when it opens at 11:00 AM. A parent must be present within the baby pool fence to supervise your child.  No child is allowed in the pool when the instructor is on her 5 minute break between lessons.