Upcoming Pool Events

Saturday, 6/8 - Swim Team - Sleepy Hollow at OPP Swim Meet for 10 and Unders (approx. 8 AM to 2 PM)

Wednesday, 6/12 - Swim Team - Orinda Country Club at OPP Swim Meet for 11 and Ups (approx. 3 to 9 PM)

Thursday, 6/13 - Swim Team - 8 and Unders Campout At the Pool (NOTE: Children Planning to Attend Must Be on Swim Team, Must be 8 or Under, and Must be Accompanied By an Adult)

Friday, 6/14 - New Wave Happy Hour Music Night (6 to 8 PM) (See Below for Details)

Saturday, 6/15 - Swim Team - Orinda Country Club at OPP Swim Meet for 10 and Unders (approx. 8 AM to 2 PM)

Weekly Events

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

Swim Team Practices and Lessons 6/10-6/14 (8:00-5:00)

Summer Is Here!

With everyone officially out of school for the summer, the pool has gotten busy.  The camps are full, lessons and classes are packed, lap swimming is hard to come by, and families are carving out spots to enjoy full days at the pool.  With new WiFi and a great menu at the cafe, OPP has been busier this year than any of our board members can remember.  Be sure to keep up the good vibes by giving a hello to your lifeguards, and being as considerate as we can  be to our fellow OPP members while we settle into our new routines.  Oh, and enjoy the sun!

Practice Updates

We'll have full practices next week, with dry land practices starting too. 9 and ups are going to be focusing on their starts and turns and 8 and unders will be working on starts and streamlines with their strokes. 

As many of you might have noticed, we're still trying to get everyone back into the groove of swimming during team practices. This means the strokes and focus will still be fairly limited again next week.  We'll try to provide more details about daily topics in the following weeks as the dust settles.

Supplemental Practices Start Next Week

In addition to adding to the available 1-on-1 lessons and age specific practices, we'll be starting our 4 PM swim clinics next week.  All swim team members are welcome to register for the Tuesday/Friday clinics on TeamUnify.  Only those who can swim an IM in 1:25 or less (so, Summer Johnston, some of our 11/12's, and most of our older swim team members) can register for the Monday/Thursday clinic.  If you plan to attend these, don't forget to register!

Questions or Need Help: We Have an Eldad for That!

We've already met him in a previous newsletter, but we wanted to let everyone know that Eldad, the pool manager, now has set hours where he will guarantee being at the pool.  His "office hours" for the summer are as follows.

Mondays:  8:30 - 11:30 AM and 5:00 - 6:00 PM.

Tuesdays: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM and 5:00 - 6:00 PM.

Wednesdays: 8:30 - 11:30 AM and during home swim meets.

Thursdays-Sundays: By appointment

Eldad is here to help with swim lesson details, swim safety tests, pool concerns, general questions, policy clarification, member suggestions, and anything else you might want to discuss with him.  Feel free to email him at manager@orindaparkpool.org, or call him at 415-515-4298.

Summer Schedule

(Please Reference the Calendar on the OPP Website for the Swim Team Schedule)

Getting To Know Our Pool

Today we pivot our interviews to someone that everyone in the pool has met.  Specifically, we get the chance to know a little bit more about one of our lifeguards, Ricardo Smith.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in paradise Norwood Montego Bay Jamaica.

Q: Where in the Bay Area do you currently live?

A: I currently live in Vallejo

Q: Did you swim competitively at all when growing up?  And if not, did you play any other sports while growing up?

A: No I did not swim competitively, I grew up playing soccer.

Q: How long have you been a lifeguard at OPP?

A: I have been a lifeguard at opp for about 10 years

Q: Did you lifeguard at other pools before coming to OPP?  If so, where?

A: Yes, in Georgia 

Q: What other things do you try to do during your very limited off hours that you have during the swim season?

A: Spend time with my family 

Q: Do you have anything else that you focus on during the off season?  Jobs?  Projects? Hobbies?

A: No I don’t have other jobs or projects in the off season. I try to make up for lost time with my kids

Q: In an ideal world, where do you see yourself in 5 years?  What about 10 years from now?

A:  I see myself still working at opp

Q: What are some things that you would like to convey to all new families at OPP?

A: I’m glad that they have joined the opp family. Let’s all have fun and remain safe.

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