Learn to Swim, Scuba

Learn to Swim, Scuba


The Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) is offering swim lessons to young boys and girls this summer.

Lessons are for kids three to 15 years old. Lessons will be divided into three sessions. The first session is from June 19 to July 6, which will total 11 lessons. The second session is from July 10 to July 27, which will amass 12 lessons. A third session runs from July 31 to Aug. 10, and will total eight lessons.

Swim classes will follow the American Red Cross level system. Each student will be tested by staff and placed in classes according to Red Cross standards. Visit redcross.org to learn about level requirements.

Pricing varies by age and session. For three- to five-year-old Alameda residents, price is $75 for session one, $81 for session two and $54 for session three. For six- to 15-year-old Alameda residents, price is $112 for session one, $122 for session two and $81 for session three. Non-resident pricing differs from resident pricing.

ARPD is also offering a scuba camp for 12- to 18-year olds. 

The session will begin July 10 and end on July 21. Classes are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers in this two-week program will gain a deep appreciation for the wonders of life beneath the surface as they learn how to scuba dive and have the opportunity to become certified as open water divers. 

Scuba instruction will take place in the pool before campers venture out into Monterey Bay for open water certification (junior certification for 12 to 14 year olds). 

Participants must bring mask, snorkel and fins as well as a wetsuit and gear for open water diving. Instructor has contacts for equipment rentals if needed. 

The fee for the scuba class is $280, plus $45 for e-learning materials paid to the instructor. Class fees include tank-tops, weights, regulator and more.

Underwater Obstacle Course
The Alameda Parks and Recreation Department is offering an underwater obstacle course program this summer. 

No scuba experience is needed. Equipment is provided. Sessions will be on Fridays from June 23 to Aug. 4. Sessions will be held at the Emma Hood Swim Center, 2256 Alameda Ave. from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $49. Must be at least eight years old. 

For more information on any of these three events or to register, visit https://alamedaca.gov/