Pacific Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 300

Putting Character First

Update on Return to the Pool


Orinda Aquatics is now operating under the "Camp" format and running sessions in four-week increments, per the County Health Department and the Acalanes High School Union District. We are currently full for the July session, as we are first accommodating current members of the team and siblings, collegiate swimmers, and then those looking to join the year-round team.

If you are interested in participating in the August session, please email us and ask to be placed on a waiting list. We cannot guarantee anything as we anticipate all current members continuing, but we are looking for additional space.

If you are interested in joining the year-round team, please submit a Try-Out form. We are in the process of assessing team capacity and pool availability for September. 

For those participating in the Camps, please read and understand the following:

Camp Schedule - July

  • Senior 4/College: 2:15-3:45, Dive Pool 3:00-4:30
  • Senior 2/3: 4:00-5:30, Dive Pool 4:45-6:15
  • Junior all: 5:45-7:00, Dive Pool 6:30-7:45

Zoom Meetings

Masters Swimming:

The Masters group is expected to be allowed to begin in Phase 3 of the re-opening, in August. We will assume that capacity will be limited. As such, we will be notifying members and determining a schedule that allows all members to return to the water. Please reach out to Janet Brady or Dom Patterson with questions. The Soda Center is offering lap swim on a sign-up basis.

Fall Swimming:

We will update our availability and options in running a program this fall on the website. Please continue to monitor and the "Fall Swimming" command button on the website. Feel free to reach out via the Contact Us button at the top of the website.

Thank you for your interest in Orinda Aquatics. 

Below you will find member information as well a recap of engagement during "shelter-in-place"

Current Members:

Re-Entry Letter

For current Orinda Aquatics Members, the staff has been active in supporting our athletes from a physical, educational, and motivational perspective. This has included weekly newsletters, regular Zoom meetings, feedback forms, extensive dry land resources, college support, and inspiring speakers. See links below for saved information. Please reach out to a coach with any questions. Thank you all very much for you patience and support.

Coach Letter to Team

Drill Summary

Newsletter #1

Newsletter #2

Newsletter #3

Newsletter #4

Newsletter #5

Newsletter #6

Newsletter #7

Newsletter #8

Newsletter #9

Dryland - Senior

  1. Circuits
  2. Link to Videos

Dryland - Junior

Senior Feedback (Google Docs)

  1. General
  2. CTP (Conquer the Pool) #1
  3. CTP #2
  4. CTP #3
  5. Interesting/Funny

Captain's Presentations via Zoom (see replay)

  1. Maddie Smith - Post warm-ups set to transform your career
  2. Margaux McDonald - IM training and personal discipline
  3. Tay Thomas - putting the team (and others) first
  4. Ryan Lenahan - maintaining focus with stroke change
  5. Vincent Castillo - being a role model and supporting the team
  6. Zach Le-Nguyen - meet/race preparation and under water development
  7. Aidan Vollmar - working through injury and being a late bloomer
  8. Isaac Kim - detail stroke development for long-term results
  9. Maggie Buckley

College Meetings (Zoom) - also on replay

  1. Recruiting/Prep - Don & Ron
  2. Academic Prep - Liz LaPorte

Guest/Alumni Presentations

  1. Steven Stumph - OA grad; National High School and Junior National Record Holder
  2. Brandon Fischer - Inspirational stroy of persistence/Olympic hopeful
  3. Brooke Woodward - OA grad/Inspirational Award Winner, Emory National Team Championship
  4. Jill Jones - OA grad/Inspirational Award Winner, Cal Poly two-year Team Captain
  5. Kelly Noah - OA grad/University of Washington Master's in Nutrition and Health

Junior/Senior Group Meeting Handouts

  1. Deliberate Practice
  2. Mental Training
  3. A "Complaint Free World"
  4. Self-Perception

GoSwim Link

Motivational Videos

  1. Matt video #1: Bouncing off the Wall 
  2. Matt video #2: My New Apple Watch
  3. Matt video #3: The IM Crazy Workout
  4. Matt video #4: Stay Motivated
  5. Matt video #5: Dreams Never Die
  6. Matt video #6 - The Extreme Biathlon Challenge
  7. Matt video #7 - The Masked Swimmer
  8. Matt video #8 - The Treasure Hunt
  9. Matt video #9 - Jr Group Graduation