Oak Grove Swim & Tennis Club offers swim lessons for members and non-members alike. Our long time instructor, Tom Abbott, retired in 2016. Our new 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.
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 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 11th, running until August 17th. 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 11th-22nd
- Session 2 - June 25th-July 6th
- Session 3 - July 9th-20th
- Session 4 - July 23rd-August 3rd
- Session 5 - August 6th-August 17th
Younger classes for Minnows, Angelfish, and Barracudas are 2-3 students for 20 minutes. The cost per two-week session is $85 for OGSC members, and $115 for non-members.
Older classes for Sharks and Dolphins are 3-4 students for 30 minutes. The cost per two-week session is $100 for OGSC members and $130 for non-members.
For information about what skills are required before starting a specific class, please see Genevieve's 2018 class schedule. 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.
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 $50 for OGSC members ($25 per lesson) and $70 for non-members ($35 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
How do I schedule a lesson?
To sign up for a lesson, pleaseregister 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 email@example.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. For more information, see Genevieve's 2018 class schedule and sign-up tool.
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.