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“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”  Greg Anderson (American best-selling author)

      I love to swim and I love to teach.  I am lucky because I do these two things together.  This is the journey that I am on. Whether you or your child are accomplished swimmers or are hesitant about putting your face in the water, I can help you out the way I have helped students for 50 years. Incredible but true, 2018 is my 50th year of teaching swimming.  I get a lot of  pleasure from teaching the children of many (over 75 now) of my former students. I have learned from experience that it is best to choose a good teacher, other than mom or dad, to introduce your precious child to the water so that  his or her journey will be a positive and productive one. Every child is special and I have the expertise, the experience and patience to teach anyone.


  I run a successful private swim lesson program out of my  home in Pleasant Hill where I stress safety and proper stroke development for young and old, beginner to competitive.  I have  been trained to work with and welcome swimmers with special needs.  My pool is one of the warmest in the area and I am in the water for every lesson I teach.  There is a never-ending supply of snacks (including otter pops) for all who come for take lessons here.  I teach half hour or hour lessons one or two weekday afternoons  and on "flexible" Saturdays. 


The Station


Robert J. Hastings


    Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent. We're traveling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hills, of biting winter and blazing summer and cavorting spring and docile fall.


     But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. There will be bands playing, and flags waving. And once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so many pieces of our lives finally will be neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering ... waiting, waiting, waiting, for the station.


     "When we reach the station, that will be it!" we cry. Translated it means, "When I'm 18, that will be it! When I buy  a new 450 SL Mercedes Benz that will be it! When I put the last kid through college, that will be it! When I have paid off the mortgage, that will be it! When I win a promotion, that will be it! When I reach the age of retirement, that will be it! I shall live happily ever after!"


    However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.


     "Relish the moment" is a good motto. It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.


     So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.



       I have been a successful competitive swimmer and water polo player.  In addition to my private teaching, I have taught and coached in recreation, YMCA, AAU/USA, high school and college programs.   I am dedicated to the long term, healthy, safe and enjoyable development of all my swimmers. That is the  journey that all of my swimmers are on.  Give me a call at 925-890-8088 or email me at I am always glad to answer any questions that you might have about my swimming lessons, both the destination and more importantly, the journey.