Upcoming Pool Events

Monday, 7/8 - Pool Board Meeting at 7 PM

Wednesday, 7/10 - Swim Team - OPP at MVP (away meet)

Thursday, 7/11 - Swim Team - Stingray Ball (6-9 PM, Swim Team Kids Only--No Parents)

Saturday, 7/13 - Swim Team - OPP at Miramonte (away meet)

Sunday, 7/14 - Swim Team - Meadow Mini Meet (8 and Unders) (away Meet)

Weekly Events

Atma Yoga on 7/6 and 7/7 (9:00-10:00)

Swim Team Practices and Lessons 7/8-7/12 (8:00-5:00)

Stay Cool Orinda Park Pool

It looks like cooler weather is on the horizon, but keep putting on the sunscreen and hydrating.  Also, please put on your calendars that the pool closes next Thursday at 6 PM for one of the big swim team events of the year--the Stingray Ball.  Please see below for more information.

Heater Replacement Starts Monday

You might notice that the pool will be a little chilly on Tuesday of this week.  That's because on Monday afternoon, we'll finally be replacing the broken heater that stopped working last year.  Why would the pool be a bit cooler if we're just replacing the heater that was broken?  Unfortunately, to install this new heater, we have to temporarily shut down the working one.  This might make Tuesday morning's swims a bit chilly.  We'll try to monitor the temperatures and post updates as the install progresses. If water temperatures drop below 75 degrees on that day, we'll likely be cancelling practices for different age groups.   Please stay tuned on this good news, but hiccup.

Practice Updates

We're back to our usual practice schedule next week!  Also, be prepared for a large number of swim meets and the Stingray ball this Thursday.  Lots of fun and intense practices on the horizon!

Also, please see above for something that could impact Tuesday practices--the heater repair.

A Theme is Set for the Stingray Ball!

Stingrays! We are pleased to announce the theme for the 2024 Stingray Ball - Hollywood Glam. Get ready to walk the red carpet in your Hollywood finest or dressed as your favorite movie star.  Dinner will be provided by Vacos Tacos and DJ James will join us again to dance the night away and capture the memories with his signature photo booth.  


The Details

Date/Time: July 11th 6-9pm

Partner Information: The coaches will match up your partner for the evening.  They will contact you about this later this week.  Swimmers 12 and under please bring a dessert for two and swimmers 13 and over will share a special favor and bring a blanket.  

This event is for swimmers only - no parents (unless you are a volunteer)

OPP's Got Talent! July 18th

Mark your calendars for a special OPP talent show on Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss the opportunity to show your stuff. There's room to register, and we're excited to announce that Coach Jamo will MC the event.

Group acts and ensembles are encouraged, so long as one member of the group/ensemble is a school-age OPP member. Register to participate here. 

All members and guests (grandparents, anyone?) are encouraged to watch the show!

Summer Schedule

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

The Long Table Collaboration

You may have seen the mid-week Social update -- this summer OPP is teaming up with The Long Table (LTL), a local business, to bring together our community through learning, creating & having fun! 

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot at four exciting events--Space is limited so purchase tickets early! 

Friday, July 19, 5-6:30pm | Beer Education with a Brew Master

Join Logan Jager, brew master and owner of Western Flyer Brewery, to learn how to evaluate beer (aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel) across various styles. RSVP here

Friday, July 19, 5-6:30pm | Summer Fun Cookie Decorating Class

Create edible creations with Sara Little, owner of Bowls & Books, during this interactive 90 minute class. Little hands (8+) encouraged to learn how to pipe & paint sugar cookies. RSVP here

Friday, August 16, 5-6:30pm | Wine Olympics 

The 2024 Summer Olympics will have just concluded, but the real winners have yet to be crowned. Join us at TLT @ OPP to learn about 5 wines from France, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and the US and enjoy the perfect food pairing bite for each wine. RSVP here

Saturday, August 24, 11-12:30pm | Poolside Paint & Pour 

Come enjoy a relaxing morning of watercolor painting and bubbles at OPP. Participants will receive an introduction to watercolor plus learn techniques to create a personal masterpiece from OPP member and designer, Gloria Kim. RSVP here.

Getting To Know Our Pool

Today we get to meet another coach that has spent time with both the Mini Stingers and Stingrays.  She's always filled with positivity and energy, and often draped with some of our younger swimmers around her neck and legs.  Our wonderful coach Anaya!

Q: Where did you grow up in the Bay Area?

A: I grew up in Berkeley 

Q: What high school did you attend this year--and did you swim for your local high school team?

A: I go to Berkeley High School and swim on the Berkeley high swim team!

Q: Do you participate in other sports or activities?

A: I played water polo and run a club called PAW club which raises money for the MILO Foundation, a local animal shelter

Q: Do you have plans for life after high school?

A: I want to go to college and hopefully keep swimming for the rest of my life

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

A: I started coaching at 14, so this is my third year coaching

Q: What are your primary coaching duties?

A: Coaching the 10&unders in practices and meets

Q: We know that a heavy lift you have each week is to help our younger Stingrays get into the right spots and get prepared for swims during meets.  Anything parents can do to help you and your fellow coaches with this process?

A: Being on time to the meeting spot for your races takes a lot of stress off the parents, kids and the coaches

Q: Do you teach swim lessons this year?

A: I teach the "learn to swim" lessons and I help with mini singers lessons sometimes 

Q: What are some of your favorite things that you get to see in lessons and practices?

A: I love when a kid I’m coaching finally gets a skill down--like side breathing or going in the deep end 

Q: Do you have any advice for kids that are considering being a coach in future years?

A: Do it! It has been the best way to spend my summer every year. Also be super nice to all the kids cause they look up to you and be loud during practices because it’s hard to hear in the lanes. 

Q: What are some of the things that you're looking forward to in the next few months?

A: Being at OPP! And going to Costa Rica at the end of July

Q: Do you have any unique skills or atypical interests that you'd be willing to share with us?

A: I like baking and cooking and if you didn’t already know I love swimming! 

Q: Do you want to say hi to any family members or friends that might be reading this?

A: Hi to my amazing sisters Amara and Zia

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