The pool is open March-November for swim team and masters and during the summer months for recreational swimming. Seasonal hours are posted at the lifeguard office.
Spring and Fall USA Swimming Masters program coached by senior staff that focuses on overall fitness and improving swim skills.
Meadow offers private lessons with our senior coaching staff for children of all ages.
The Mini-Dolphin, learn-to-swim program features a progression of levels from beginner to advanced that develops strong, water-safe swimmers with the solid foundation required for participation on the swim team.
Gain confidence in entering the water Learn to blow bubbles Float on stomach and back
Gain confidence in the water Learn the basics of freestyle and backstroke Practice going under water Learn to jump off the side of the pool
Comfortable in water Learn to swim ¼ lap freestyle independently Practice side breathing Learn to dive from the side of the pool
Confident in the water Practice swimming ½-full lap freestyle and backstroke independently Learn elements of breaststroke and butterfly Learn to dive from the block
Our Swim Team
The Meadow Dolphins, founded in 1957, are a recreational swim team for swimmers, ages 4-18, that competes in the Orinda Moraga Pools Association (OMPA) league.
Practices are broken down by age group and are designed to develop the competitive strokes, strong starts and finishes, and race techniques, while building strength, confidences and a great sense of community.
Two-day and four-day Stroke Cinics, as well as Start-and-Turn Clinics, prepare swimmers for the summer season.
Pre-Season practices start in late April; moving to regular morning practice in the summer. Our season culminates in August with the OMPA championship.
Fall Swimming, lead by our summer coaching staff, runs in the afternoons from September—November. Swimmers have the option of competing in fall meets.
A strong team of experienced coaches leads the Meadow swim team.
Matt Armanini Head Coach
Matt began his swimming career as a Meadow Dolphin swimming on swim team from ages 8-18. His first coaching position was as a junior coach at Meadow and from there he began an impressive coaching career. Matt has coached for Orinda Park Pool, Orinda Aquatics, Miramonte and Campolindo High Schools, Campo Cabana Club (CCC) and most recently as an assistant head coach at Moraga Country Club (MCC). He was the Head Coach at CCC for two years and spent a total of six years as an Assistant Head Coach at MCC. Matt definitely knows the ins and outs of running an OMPA team!
Kyle Peterson Senior Assistant Coach
Kyle Peterson grew up swimming for Moraga Valley Pool and got his coaching start there. He is a former OMPA high point award-winner and a former OMPA record holder (15-18 100 Free). Kyle was a perennial County Meet finalist in multiple events throughout his career. He swam for Miramonte High School (class of '05) where he was an NCS finalist in both the 50 and 100 free. From Moraga Valley Pool, Kyle went on to be the head coach at Moraga Ranch for a few seasons before heading off to Hawaii where he completed his degree. We are very lucky to have Kyle's enthusiasm, experience, and dedication to coaching!
Sean Malley Senior Assistant Coach
Sean began swimming at Campolindo Cabana Club at the age of 6 and competed until he was 18. He swam for Campolindo High School for Coaches Matt and Dave. He then went to the University of Oregon and decided to go to Santa Rosa Junior College to swim, and was the captain of the first men's championship team. He then transferred to UCSD where he became a school record holder in the 50 back and 200 Medley Relay which placed 5th at the NCAA Division 2 Championships. Sean has coached since the age of 13 and moved up to become the head coach at CCC in 2013. He is in his second hear at Meadow and will continue working with the 9 and ups this year.
Mike Kauffman Senior Assistant Coach
A four year varsity swimmer at USC and lifelong coach, Mike focuses on personalizing technique and instruction so his athletes build on their strengths and learn where their opportunities are to grow. Originally from Southern California, Mike went to high school in Georgia. He began his coaching career as the head coach of the club team Swim Torrance where he coached swimmers 5-18. Mike currently coaches the Masters program at Orinda Aquatics. He will lead the Mini Dolphin program this year.
Dave Schurhoff Senior Assistant Coach
Dave Schurhoff has over 23 years of experience as a coach in the OMPA. He was the head coach at MCC for 14 seasons as well as a senior coach at Meadow for nine seasons. He has been a varsity coach for Campolindo High school and a senior coach for Orinda Aquatics and the OA Polar Bears Fall program. Dave brings a wealth of experience and technical coaching on various levels.