Upcoming Pool Events

5/18 - Swim Team: Tie Dye and Ice Cream Social for Swim Team *NOTE: T-Shirts Are Only Provided for Swim Team Members that Registered for the Event

5/19 - Swim Team: Time Trials at OPP Pool

5/21 to 5/23 - Basketball Court, Coaches/Lifeguards Parking, and ADA Side Entrance All Closed for Resurfacing of that Area

5/25 - Live Music (Brooks Lundy) and Opening Day for the OPP Cafe

5/27 - Chili Cook Off and Special BBQ from Chef Dave

5/29 - Swim Team: Deadline to Register Your Swimmer for the 6/1 Swim Meet

6/1 - Swim Team: Swim Meet (OPP @ Las Trampas) (Don't Forget to Commit Your Swimmer to the Event and Strokes for This on SportsEngine)

Notable Events *Some Could Impact Pool Use*

Atma Yoga on 5/18 (9:00-10:00)

Swim Team Tie Dye and Ice Cream Social on 5/18 (1:00-3:00)

Swim Team Time Trials on 5/19 (8:30-2:00)

Swim Team Practices 5/20-5/24 (4:00-7:00)

Masters Swim on 5/20, 5/22, 5/24 (9:00-10:00)

It's GoooOOOO Time at OPP!

The first big weekend of swim team is upon us.  Please keep in mind that there are several swim team events that will impact pool access and the surrounding grounds.  On Saturday, the swim team is hosting a big social event for all of the swim team families that registered.  On Sunday, we have our first swim meet.  The pool is closed for recreational/lap swimming during the home meets, but ministinger and non-swim team families are always encouraged to stop in and cheer on the swimmers.  This meet might be particularly interesting for any families who are still on the fence about joining the team--or want to get their ministingers ready for advancing later in the year. Just be prepared to use the shuttles for the meet if you haven't attended one of these events before.

Tie Dye and Ice Cream Social Update for Saturday

Saturday from 1-3pm we have our swim team tie-dye & ice cream social event. For every child who was marked as attending on TeamUnify by the deadline, we have one t-shirt for them to tie-dye. If you did not indicate yet that your child will be attending, you are welcome to come, but please bring something to dye.

Note: If your child is 6 and under please stay with your swimmer and help them with their tie-dye and ice cream sundae.

Looking forward to kicking off the OPP Social season together this Saturday!

A Documentary on Bay Area Swim Teams

Ever ask, "what's with this swim team obsession in the Bay Area?"  Well, we now have a short documentary that answers your question.  When you have a chance, give this a look.  You'll see several clips from OPP, and a series of interviews that focuses on an OPP family.


Practice Updates

The lanes are really getting full with swimmers these days.  Still curious about swim team for your little ones, stop by from 4:00 to 7:00 to see our swimmers in action.  This upcoming week's practice schedule is as follows:

8 and unders: 

Review week of free, back, fly and breast

9 and ups:

Monday: Free dives and turns

Tuesday: Back starts and Turns

Wednesday: Breast starts and turns

Thursday: Fly starts and turns

Friday: IM's

10 Tips/Reminders for Time Trials and All Swim Meets

1. Invite friends and family to the event.  We love to see big crowds cheering on the kiddos.

2. Bring a black or blue sharpie to write down swim/heat/lane information on arms--this can be very helpful.

3. Have your swimmers come in their uniforms--and bring two pairs of the items that your swimmers use (caps, goggles, towels, etc.)

4. Bring layers for your swimmers, it will be freezing in the morning, then warm during the afternoon.

5. There will be lots of food and coffee for purchase at the pool if you would like to eat there during the meet.

6. Expect to get to the event a little before the "be there time" so swimmers can warm up and get settled into the event.

7. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, drop off the swimmers with their gear, and head down the hill to find a spot.  DO NOT PARK ON THE STREETS THAT SAY "NO PARKING."  You should park near the bottom of El Toyonal, or on Orinda Way.  Shuttle drivers will take you up.

8. Have a returning swim team family help you with the apps that you can use to follow along during the meet.

9. Be mindful of the swim schedule and announcements so you can get your kids to where they need to be in order to not miss their swims.

10. Let your coaches coach when your kids are poolside, your job is to cheer on your kiddos and be there for them after their swims--with a towel.

Official Cafe Opening Day + Live Music on 5/25

One more quick reminder that Saturday, May 25th will have live music from 6 to 9 and the official opening of the cafe.  Come on down to celebrate the unofficial start of summer!

Let's Cover the Chili Cook-Off on Monday, 5/27 

Chili Cook-Off! Join in some friendly competition at OPP's Memorial Day Chili Cook-Off. Bragging rights and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

All entrants welcome--even Chef Dave is getting in on the fun. Bring your favorite homemade chili in a crockpot/slow cooker/vessel of your choice.

Entries should be dropped off at the designated table in the kids' camp area by 5 p.m., the tasting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and winners will be announced ~6:30 p.m. All members are invited to taste and submit votes for your favorite chili. Questions can be directed to carrimaas@gmail.com.

Let's Raise Some Funds for Meets!

Do you love Park Pool? Do you find yourself wishing there was a way to display your stingray pride on your car, water bottle, or swim parka? Well, we have got the solution for you! Our new stingray logo is now available as a sticker, magnet, or patch!

These items are ONLY available as part of the Stingray Spirit Fundraiser. Each year the swim team fundraises to pay for subs to work jobs at meets that haven't been filled. Your donations help us cover this cost and ensure that more of our budget can go to fun social activities.

  • Donate $20 to get an awesome high-grade sticker!

  • Donate $30 for a sweet car magnet!

  • Donate $50 for a sew-on patch or iron it on!

  • OR donate $75 to get all three!!

Donating to the fundraiser is the ONLY way to get these fun spirit items, they will not be sold as part of the regular gear sale. 

Stickers and magnets will be available for pick up at Time Trials on Sunday, May 19.

Sign Up and Send Donations via Pay Pal account, treasurer@orindaparkpool.org

More questions? Contact swim team fundraiser Carlie Magill carliemagill@gmail.com

Want More Stingray Spirit Opportunities?

Noella, Adalyn, and Kaia Chen are very excited about OPP starting up again! To support the team and the facility, they are making OPP-themed soap for  $10. These are 3-layered glycerin soap bars scented with either vanilla, lavender, or cherry blossom and contain perler beads stingray, OPP, or PARK designs.

100% of the donations go to OPP. They will have a Table at Time Trials. Come by and take a look at the awesome soap they have made.

Goooo PARK 

Late Spring Schedule (5/4 to 5/31)

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

How Can My Family Members Also Receive the Newsletters?

1. Log into your account on the Orinda Park Pool Website

2. Click on your profile information

3. Click on your membership tab

4. Select the family member that you want to start receiving announcements/newsletters

5. Add or update their contact information within their profile

What About Swim Team Emails, Can They Also Get Those?

You can also add your family members' contact information for swim team information by doing the following:

1. Go onto Team Unify

2. Click on "My Account"

3. Click on Account Info

4. Add additional emails in the alternate email section of the profile

5. Be sure to save the changes

Getting To Know Our Pool

We're back!!!  This week, we have the chance to learn more about our third coach for the year, coach Erin Byrne.  You'll see coach Erin running many practices this year, and she also takes on many additional duties for the pool.  We hope you enjoy getting to know more about her!

*Coach Erin is the one on the right hand side.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Orinda

Q: Did you compete on a swim team when you were a kid?

A: I swam at Meadow growing up, and got to come back for a bonus year after my freshman year in college (shout out good swim birthdays!)

Q: Did you ever swim in high school?  Or college?

A: Swam in high school (for coach Brad!) and then played water polo at LMU all 4 years

Q: What other sports did you participate in during your childhood?

A: Any sport I could. Water polo, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball…but eventually learned I’m a water person through and through.

Q: How long have you been coaching at OPP?

A: This will be my 10th summer at OPP!

Q: What are some of your favorite strokes and favorite things to teach as a coach?

A: My absolute favorite stroke is backstroke, but I also used to love distance freestyle. I love getting down to the fundamentals of strokes and breaking them down to their foundation to improve technique and efficiency.

Q: Do you have any additional things you do during the swim season?

A: I’m working on getting my License as a marriage and family therapist, and continue to study and do trainings to better help the kids I work with in the swim season. And have movie nights and nachos with coach Quinn if we don’t have a swim meet.

Q: What other things do you do in the offseason?

A: I work at a high school as a school based therapist in Acalanes school district during the school year, and am planning on starting my own practice soon.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?

A: Anything that gets me outside, I love hiking, running (with coach Quinn, but it’s more like me chasing her and trying to keep up…), going to the beach, camping trips, or hanging out with my dog Wylie and two cats Chloe and Allie

Q: Do you have any close friends or family that are at OPP?

A: Brad was my math teacher and coach long before I came to OPP, and I think we have one of the best coaching staffs in the league and feel so lucky to get to coach with every one of them! And nothing compares to singing karaoke and breaking out into random dance parties with coach Quinn on deck. 

Q: Any final words of advice for our swim team members that want to make the most out of this swim year?

A: Come and talk to your coaches after your race! We love when swimmers come and talk to us and check in about how they did, and we love hyping you up and giving you a high five after you’ve worked so hard! And definitely remember to have fun!! GooooooOOOOOOOOO PARK!

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