Swimming Lessons for Adults in Berkeley
Many adults struggle with the decision to get swim lessons because they are shy or even embarrassed by their swimming skills. Learning to swim later in life can be a fun and richly rewarding experience!
At One with the Water, we fully grasp the importance of all adults advancing their swimming skills, which is why we created the
Guided Mastery Swim Program
~ Our Promise To You ~
The Three-Step One with the Water Guided Mastery Swim Program works every time! Our instructors have used these methods to teach thousands of students to master their swimming skills with 100% success.
By helping you become One with the Water, we help you to live a healthier, happier life.
The Guided Mastery Swim Program
Step 1 Discover
We begin with a discovery assessment of each student, which provides the starting point for building their swimming skills.
Step 2 Implement
The journey to mastering swimming begins with making you feel comfortable and secure, creating the perfect learning environment. We will guide you step-by-step to master the skills of breathing, balancing, kicking, and pulling while increasing your courage and confidence.
Step 3 Celebrate!
Becoming One with the Water is an achievement worthy of celebration! The One with the Water community will join with you to celebrate your new skills and freedom in the water!
I’m a Navy Veteran who ironically was never taught proper swimming techniques. The instructor’s teaching style couldn’t have been better. She quickly made me confident in my weaknesses and instinctively knew when I was ready to be pushed, even before I realized it. The result: I was swimming by the third-class! I was overjoyed. I now know a freedom I never knew and have a strength I never had before.Ms. Sandie Collins
I’ll never forget my first swim lesson with Kenneth of One with the Water. He asked me to kick with a kick-board: I went backwards! As a 40-year old who desperately wanted to become a better swimmer I was extremely lucky to find Coach Kenneth. Six months later I am swimming 2000+ yards per workout and I am proficient in all four strokes. Coach Kenneth is an outstanding teacher and motivator. I feel so lucky to have trained with him.Mr. Scott Greenberg
Frequently Asked Questions & Pricing
Frequently Asked Questions - Adults
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding our Adult Swimming Lessons. If you have any specific questions that are not answered here, contact us and we will be happy to answer them.
How long will it take me to learn to swim?
Typically, adults learn to swim in four to five hours of classes. We teach the best and most efficient approach to the most pertinent skills of swimming: Breathing, Balancing/Floating, Kicking, and Pulling. We break it down to simple achievable goals to help everyone succeed. Even if you have fears of the water, usually within the first lesson you’ll be breaking through those fears and swimming on your own.
Do you teach advanced lessons?
We are expert teachers and swimmers. Most of the One with the Water instructors have over 20 years of experience teaching swimming lessons. Our coaches have trained IRONMAN participants, US Paralympic swimmers for international competition, and US National Swimmers for the Olympics.
What do I need for lessons?
A swimsuit and a towel is all that is needed. No flotation devices, flippers, masks, goggles, etc., are necessary. We can provide you with a swim cap.
Should I eat before the lesson?
Please, no food or drink at least ½ hour before a lesson. If your child does need to eat, it is best to eat without liquids—that way the food and nutrients are quickly absorbed.
Should I wear sunscreen?
If you use sunscreen lotion, be careful when placing it on your face and around your eyes. Sunscreen will irritate the eyes when wet, not the chlorine.
Are the pools heated?
All of the pools we use are heated to a temperature of 82 - 86 degrees.
Can you help me prepare for competition?
Our coaches train triathletes, IRONMAN athletes, US Paralympic swimmers, and US National Swimmers. We are fully trained and ready to coach you to competitive success!
What days of the week are lessons available?
We teach every day of the week, and at public facilities depending on pool permit hours. We teach at several local pools year-round. We schedule the lessons around your calendar to meet your needs and help you reach your swimming goals.
Do you teach in the rain?
Yes, lessons are held daily regardless of the weather, unless there is thunder and lightning. You will be getting wet anyway. And it's really fun to swim in the rain!
When and how do I pay?
Payment is due in full by the first day of class. Space is only reserved for those that have paid in advance unless you make prior payment arrangements. You may pay by cash, check or credit card. There are no refunds for cancellations or missed lessons.
How do you define Special Needs?
If you require any special accommodations that can only be provided in private lessons or by our Adaptive Sports Swim Team Coaches, then we can provide that, in accordance with Federal Law. Special accommodations are made for babies, all children under the age of 19, those who may have a fear of water, those unable to support themselves in the water, or any child that does not learn well in a traditional group class. Additionally, special accommodations are made for any unseen disabilities that can fall into any one (or more) of the following categories: Medical, Mental, or Psychological. In general, difficulties for individuals with special needs, struggle in areas of language (ESL), mobility, learning, and self-help. Some of the most common: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety), Auditory Processing, Autism/Aspergers, Depression, Developmental Delays, Intellectual Disability, Sensory Processing, Language Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Seizure Disorder, Emotional/Behavior Disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder), Neurological Disabilities, Physical Challenges, PTSD. This list is not inclusive. For further information on this, please read https://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm/.
What is the Coaching Philosophy at One with the Water?
At One with the Water, we teach swimming lessons using a Growth Mindset approach. This is a foundational pillar of our coaching philosophy. Pioneered by Dr. Carol Dweck, the Growth Mindset is predicated on the simple belief that while everyone’s starting point may differ, our most basic abilities can grow and develop with consistent hard work and dedication. As authority figures, the messages we send to students and clients about success can often cause them to fall into the fixed mindset, as their success breeds a fear of failure. If success means they are smart/talented/brilliant/athletic, then failure means they are the opposite of all those things. At One with the Water, we praise our clients based on the growth processes used to perform – practice, study, effort, consistency, and persistence — and connect it to the outcomes, successful or not. And we are always developing new strategies and approaches. Because everyone is different. Because everyone learns in a different way.
What is your cancellation policy?
To help us fulfill our scheduling obligations, please be aware of the following cancellation policy. As a common courtesy, we ask that all cancellations be communicated via email or by calling the Swim Line at +1-323-364-SWIM (7946). Please make every effort to attend all lessons. Pool space, insurance & instructors are booked 1 month in advance. Refunds are not issued for missed lessons. We can convert missed lessons into a tax-deductible donation.
If you cancel your registration more than 30 days before your lessons begin, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee, issued as a refund to your credit card unless you paid by check. If you cancel within 30 days before your lessons begin, we are unable to provide a refund but will work with you to schedule another session or convert your payment into a tax-deductible donation.
For the monthly membership fee, you are guaranteed either 4, 8, or 12 lessons, depending on the package in which you enrolled. For months with additional days, when 5 Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays, etc. occur, the rate will remain the same. When a pool closure occurs and there are only 3 or 7 lessons, you will receive a credit to use in the upcoming month. Refunds are not issued.
Cancellation by One with the Water® - On the rare occasion that One with the Water® cancels a lesson, due to circumstances beyond our control (emergency pool closure, contamination, severe weather—we swim in the rain, swim meet, etc.), you will be entitled to a makeup lesson. We may substitute an instructor if necessary to avoid cancellation on our part.
What are your prices?
We have semi-private and private lesson packages and plans to best fit your needs. Please choose from the following:
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One with the Water Swim School Los Angeles
Swim Lessons at King Pool Berkeley
1700 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707
Call: 323-364-Swim (7946)
One with the Water Swim School Los Angeles
Swim Lessons at West Campus Pool Berkeley
2100 Browning St, Berkeley, CA 94702
Call: 323-364-Swim (7946)