The Berkeley Swim School Group Lessons

“Swimming is unique among all other sports in that it is not just an enjoyable recreational activity, but it is an essential life skill that can save your life or help you save the life of others. The World Health Organization has estimated that as many as 500,000 persons drown each year and in many parts of this country drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death among school age children. In fact, drowning causes so many deaths that it is frequently classified as a disease. But this is one disease that has an almost 100% foolproof cure - swim lessons.” - Swimming Hall of Fame


Welcome to the Berkeley Swim School!

While we begin to offer classes as early as age 2, some children are still too young to fully gain the benefits of a swim lesson. We have not had much success with the child who is carried in arms to the poolside or with the students who are promised they will never have to put their faces in the water. Teachers, parents and students all need to be brave facing the challenge of this new experience yet sensitive to the individual needs of the child. We treat each child with respect, realizing that development may be varied and inconsistent. For some, swimming will not be learned easily, while others pick up the activity quickly and effortlessly. Each student will be encouraged to progress at his or her own rate.  **Please note that due to COVID, our lesson group names, criteria, etc has been changed.

It is now protocol that due to COVID instructors will not be in the water at this time.

enlightenedSign ups for Spring 2021 will be opened Monday March 22, 2021  at 9:00 am with a credit  cardenlightened

Holiday 2020 Swim School Schedule

Winter 2021 Swim School Schedule

Spring 2021 Swim School Schedule



Level I is for 6 months - 5 years with a parent. All ages will be working on age appropriate skills with their parent. This will include blowing bubbles, floating on the front and back, as well as arm strokes.


Level II is for ages 5 - 7 years old without a parent. Activities will include strong kicking on front and back, bilateral breathing, freestyle, breaststroke kicking, fly kicking and front somersaults.


Level III is for ages 8 - 11 years old.  Activities will include freestyle and backstroke demonstrating a propulsive kick, bilateral breathing, breaststroke kicking, fly kicking, front somersaults, and drills for breaststroke and fly.






Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are NO make-ups at this time. 

There are NO refunds after the first class.

► Please utilize the Swim Lesson Registration Platform on the Registration page for the current listing of available classes, as classes may be added or deleted based on interest and enrollment.  A link at the bottom of this page will take you to the most up to date listing on the Registration Page.


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