Learning to swim, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit your little ones for aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get four swim lessons (a $70 value), plus one family swim pass good for two parents and one child (a $10 value; a $7 value for Diablo Rock Gym or MSAC members) at AquaTech Swim School in Concord (up to an $80 total value).
AquaTech Swim School invites kids and adults to splash in a heated indoor pool year-round during weekly group lessons and open family swims. Instructors reel in mini-kickers aged 6 months to 12 years for 30-minute lessons, nurturing orca imitations with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1 and eight levels of instruction. In sessions for toddlers 3 and under, parents hop in the pool for safety-conscious lessons that boost confidence while developing each tadpole's endurance, kicking skills, and correct body position. Parents of more advanced guppies gather in the bleachers to admire as their progeny learn to hold their heads underwater, master formal strokes, and eventually progress to jumping through hoops in exchange for a delicious sardine. Family swim passes invite minnows to show off their new skills and impart knowledge to their kin from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Swim lessons at AquaTech are self-paced, allowing swimmers to advance at their own pace and develop their gills in an environment focused on nurturing safe and strong swimmers rather than competitive attitudes. The facility houses tables and a safe children's play area for relaxation on firm ground, and showers on the pool deck and changing rooms ensure trips home free from sticky swimsuits or stowaway sea otters.
AquaTech Swim School
The team of instructors at AquaTech Swim School continue their education and hone their advanced Marco Polo calls throughout their time at the school. Private and group classes for children range from 6-month-olds' Tadpole curriculum to the advanced, team-focused Orca course, and the eight levels of kids classes are nuanced to include both "nervous" and "comfortable" beginner levels. The instructors help grownups get kicking during 30 to 60 minute private classes.
The Concord and Alameda facilities boast a 90-degree indoor pool that's specially designed for classes. Each location offers a spacious lesson-viewing area, children's play area, and free WiFi. The new Alameda facility also has an indoor/outdoor cafe for students and parents who want to grab a bite before or after class. The cafe also serves wine and beer for parents.