Upcoming Events

5/31 - School's Out Party at the Pool (Frozen Yogurt Cart, Chef Dave is Catering, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the Big Screen)

6/1 - Swim Team: Swim Meet (OPP @ Las Trampas)

6/4 - Swim Team: Swim Meet (Sleepy Hollow @ OPP) (NOTE: 11's & Up)

6/8 - Swim Team: Swim Meet (Sleepy Hollow @ OPP) (NOTE: 10's & Under)

Notable Events For the Week

Atma Yoga on 6/1 & 6/2 (9:00-10:00)

Swim Team Practices 6/3-6/7 (8:00-5:00)

Sleepy Hollow @ OPP Swim Meet 6/4 (11's & Up) (3:00-close)

OPP Summer Camp (6/3-6/7)

School's Out...For Some of Us!!!

What a way to start the summer!  We have great weather ahead of us, new hours (check them out below), and a ton of fun opportunities at the pool.  Want to celebrate the end of the school year?  Stop by this Friday for frozen yogurt poolside, a kid-friendly buffet, Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the big screen, and get in some laps.  On Saturday, the OPP swim team heads off to Las Trampas pool in Lafayette to take on the Seahorses.  Then next week, the summer swim season practices get underway.  Please, give the schedule an extra look this week, because a lot of things are changing.

Friday (Today's) Events

We have several social events in store today:

* No-Host Tangelo Fro Yo Cart Poolside from 1-3 p.m. Head to the pool after school for a cool treat.

"School's Out for Summer" Buffet, for the young and young-at-heart, beginning at 5 p.m. featuring chicken tenders, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, tater tots, veggie sticks with ranch dip, sliced watermelon, and rice krispie treats. $14 per person. RSVPs were due yesterday, but Chef Dave will have some limited availability for walk-ups.

Popcorn and a Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off will be featured on the Jumbotron at 6 p.m., with free popcorn poolside!

Practice Updates

We begin our summer practice schedule next week.  For a reminder on the new times, please see below.

Age Group




15 & ups



Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:00




Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:00




Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-10:30




Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-11:30





6 & unders



Practice Plans

We'll try to get back to posting the practice plans next week, but this upcoming week will be all about getting back to the basics.  With many kids practicing for the very first time next week, our coaches will try to assess and cater coaching to the needs of our kiddos.  With coaches in the pool next week, progress should noticeable as we really ramp up the feedback and assistance for our younger swimmers.

Not Out of School Yet?

For the week of June 3, there will be afternoon practices for those still in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4-430 for 8&U and 4-5 pm for 9&Ups.

Cafe Updates

The OPP Stingray Cafe is officially open for the season! Chef Dave is thrilled to return to OPP and offer our members fresh and tasty food all season long. His menu will vary throughout the season, including weekly specials, so keep an eye on this newsletter for updates. Consider following "OPP Stingray Cafe" on Facebook as well.  

The Cafe will generally be open from 11 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 PM on Sundays. The Cafe will also open for additional hours during special events including home swim meets--we'll keep you posted on those.

Chef Dave is also looking for two experienced grill cooks and cashiers to assist this season. If you know of anyone who may fit the bill, or be a quick study, please reach out to OPP Social Director and cafe liaison Carri Maas at carrimaas@gmail.com. General comments and feedback on the Cafe can also be directed to Carri.

Chili Cook-Off Wrap Up

The competition for our inaugural chili cook-off was heated. We had eleven awesome submissions, with a wide array of chili flavor profiles highlighting the creativity of our members. In the end, top honors went to... Chef Dave!!! Though in reality, we're all winners, because Chef Dave has promised to keep serving his award-winning chili throughout the season.  Be on the lookout for different ways that he'll incorporate his (now infamous) chili in his menu offerings--fully loaded chili dog, anyone?

Our first, second, and third place winners will all go down in history--look for a new plaque in our OPP awards case soon!

Summer Schedule

*Please Reference the Calendar on the OPP Website for the Specific Swim Team Practice Slot Schedules

*Lane 6, and sometimes lane 5, can usually be reserved for lap swimming from 1-5 PM M-F (see Sign-Up Genius for available slots)

Getting To Know Our Pool

In this newsletter, we get to meet a cornerstone of the OPP swim team coaches during the past few years. Specifically, we get to know a little more about one of our loudest, most energetic, and hands down favorites at the pool, Coach Aidan.

Q: How many years have you been working at Park Pool as a coach?
A: This year will be my eighth year coaching for OPP.

Q: Did you swim for OPP--and if so, when did you start swimming at the pool?
A: Yes! I swam for OPP until I was 14.  I started at age 5, when I did mini stingers.

Q: What high school did you attend?
A: I went to Campolindo High School, in the graduating class of 2020.

Q: What college are you currently attending?  And, what is your major right now?
A: I’m currently studying at University of the Pacific, located in Stockton. I graduated this spring with a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science, and will be pursuing my Masters degree at the same school in the same field.

Q: Are you still swimming competitively?
A: Yes, I have been a member of the intercollegiate swim team at my university for the past four years, and have my fifth and final year ahead of me!

Q: Do you have any memorable moments from your time with OPP that really stick out in your mind?
A: Besides all of the sweet memories I have hanging out at the pool everyday from 8 AM to 5 PM with my best friends, winning the 100 IM at OMPA when I was 14 was one of the happiest days I can remember. Seeing all of my OPP family in the stands going crazy was the highlight of the day for sure!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to help kids with when you teach lessons and coach practices?
A: The thing I love most about coaching is helping each swimmer satisfy their individual. With that being said, If I had to pick one thing it would probably be dives. Dives are super fun to work on, and are such a pivotal part of 25 and 50 yard races. Having a great start and transition to the surface is an easy way to drop significant amounts of time.

Q: What are some things you look forward to as we get started with the summer schedule next week?
A: I’m looking forward to spending 9 hours per day at the pool, using copious amounts of sunscreen before lessons, playing hoops, the list goes on!

Q: Do you have anything that you would suggest all swimmers work on in order to improve their swimming skills?
A: One of the easiest ways to drop time in a race are by nailing the dive, breakouts (first strokes on the surface), turns (if applicable), and finishes. Of course working on stroke technique is very important, but focusing on the details of things like turns and finishes everyday in practice is a great way to see improvement come race time!

If you have any questions or comments for us, please reach out to us at news@orindaparkpool.org.