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La Petite Baleen

Swimming
933 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129 933 Mason Street, San Francisco Directions
Today 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM Open All Hours
+18668963603

San Francisco's La Petite Baleen is a great place to stop in for some fun. If you're looking for a fun time, make plans to visit this place.

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About this Business

  • Hours
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Tue
    12:00 AM - 5:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Wed-Fri
    8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Report | 4 years ago
Their policy to schedule classes is very confusing and it seems like their staff isn't clear on their cancellation policy. Despite being a huge community pool, the instructors and classes are great. My son enjoyed the classes but I would hesitate to schedule more unless I was a 100% we could attend - kids get sick sometimes and need to be able to cancel!
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Report | 4 years ago
Instructors matter. Some are better than others.
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Report | 4 years ago
The scheduling of classes is very difficult. Especially for working parents.
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Report | 4 years ago
Go in the middle of the day for a less crowded, less noisy, more enjoyable environment. Late afternoon, when all the kids are out of school, is pretty raucous.
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Report | 4 years ago
a friend suggested to get this groupon and we are very happy to say that in only 4 swim classes she was swimming on her own at 4 year old, amazing teaching system that works. Very happy parents!
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Report | 4 years ago
Very smooth redemption process!
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Report | 4 years ago
Love La Petite Baleen. Thanks to groupon.
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Report | 4 years ago
This place is adorable! Every kid needs to learn to swim in a fun environment La Petite Baleen is it, my son can't stop talking about it!
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Report | 4 years ago
The customer person located in San Bruno (Dianne) was NOT helpful and rude when attempting to clarify the schedule. Came to find out, the scheduling does not match with what was listed on Groupon. 4 per voucher X 2 = 8 classes. Only 5 were scheduled.
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Report | 5 years ago
We really enjoy our lessons and your facilities are really nice. The only drawback is the distance from the freeway.
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From Our Editors

After one look at the pristine pools packed with toys, and it’s no surprise why La Petite Baleen’s four San Francisco–area swim facilities are so popular with kids. What may be surprising, however, is that the flourishing network of schools started humbly in the backyard pool of John Kolbisen and Irene Madrid.

In 1979, the public school teachers were brainstorming ways to integrate their passion for educating kids with their love of the water. Starting with their own three children, some neighborhood kids, and their logo–Waverly the Whale, John and Irene began teaching swim lessons with a rather progressive philosophy: They approached swimming not just as an extracurricular activity, but as a means to boost self-confidence, build friendships, and learn to overcome fears.

More than 30 years later, La Petite Baleen has become a renowned family of schools, partnered with the U.S. Swim School Association and the Swim for Life Foundation. Part of the success has to do with how children are grouped. In weekly sessions, pods of tots of similar age, skill level, and personality evolve at a similar pace—earning individual achievement ribbons as they do. Kids make friends in the group, and the recurring scheduling means that they can stay enrolled with their new buddies indefinitely or until they grow their own dorsal fins. Each location’s indoor pools are kept at an inviting 90 degrees, in an attempt to make even the most timid student to feel comfortable in the water. Perhaps most importantly, the teachers participate in ongoing training designed to encourage empathetic, yet firm teaching methods.

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La Petite Baleen

Sun
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Mon
9:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tue
12:00 AM - 5:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wed-Fri
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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