Fall Program


Orinda Aquatics "Polar Bear" Fall Swimming Program

Fall Registration is now OPEN!

Welcome to Orinda Aquatics

Click Here for the 2019 Fall Swimming Information (PDF)

2-day & 4-day program options

High School Program at Soda Center: for high school age swimmers only


This year marks the 35th year of the Orinda Aquatics Fall “Polar Bear” program. The program serves summer "rec" swimmers throughout the county and is still run by its founders. Orinda Aquatics has aggressively coached and developed swimmers from rec to high school and on to college and national level swimming based on swimming efficiency and a long-term development perspective. Over the years, our staff has enjoyed tremendous success in recreational, high school, and USA Swimming, and coached well over 1,000 OMPA and County finalists and over 200 National-level swimmers. Orinda Aquatics has also been recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance, the American Swimming Coaches Association, and USA Swimming for “best practices” in age-group swimming and character and culture development.

Note: for information on year-round swimming, please visit the year-round tab.

Important Dates

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

Optional parent meeting at 6:30 at the Soda Center, on the pool deck. The coaches will outline the program and answer questions.

Wednesday, Sept. 4th

First Workout (see schedule below)

Saturday, Sept. 7th

Deadline to drop from the program and receive a refund (less a $25 processing fee, or a $60 fee if the USA Swimming registration has been submitted)

Thursday, Nov. 21st

Last Workout

Meet Dates (meets are optional)

October 5-6

Orinda Aquatics C/B/BB+, Soda Center (look to enter this meet ASAP)

October 26-27

San Ramon C/B/BB+, San Ramon

November 16

Orinda Aquatics Fall Jamboree - if you were to pick 1 meet, this is the best option

Please note: if you attend a swim a meet, you will need to fill one short timing shift at the meet.

General Cost Information

Program Options:



Both programs include:

2-day option

4-day option



Any two days


  • OA team t-shirt and team cap
  •  USA Swimming registration (required)




  General: Marc Cavallero Springbrook Site: Ray Meadows

  Matt Ehrenberger 

Workout Schedule (subject to change):

Soda Center

Sleepy Hollow


8&U: 3:40-4:20

6&U: 3:20-4:00

8&un: 4:00-4:40

9-11: 4:20-5:10

7-8: 4:00-4:45

9-11: 4:40-5:40

12-14: 5:10-6:10

9-11: 4:45-5:45

*12&Up: 5:40-6:50

High School Pre-Season: Fall Session: 6:10-7:30

12&Up: 5:45-6:45

*11 year olds with county time may join 12&up workout

  • Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yard of Freestyle with proper side breathing in 30 seconds or better and be able to swim 25 yards of backstroke. This is not a learn-to-swim type program.
  • Workouts are Monday through Thursday 
  • Age-group is based on age next summer
  • Please register for one of the three sites (swimmers can only practice where they are registered)
  • Please choose the program option, two-day or four-day
  • Swimmers may be asked to move to a different workout for the swimmers’ benefit or workout balance
  • Once sign-ups exceed capacity, swimmers will be placed on a waiting list

Orinda Aquatics coaches will make themselves available to answer questions regarding year-round, high school, or college swimming, as well as any questions related to swimming development.

Swim Meets:

You will be able to register for USA Swimming meets as a fall swimmer through Orinda Aquatics. Click here to view a document that will guide you through the swim meet sign-up process.



Before Registering, be sure to read all the 2019 information.

Click HERE to Register for Fall Program at Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga

Click HERE  to Register for Fall Program at Sleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis in Orinda

Click HERE  to Register for Fall Program at Springbrook Swim Club in Lafayette