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AquaTech Opens Own Swim Facility in Alameda

The front desk at AquaTech's new Alameda swim facility.

The front desk at AquaTech’s new Alameda swim facility.

AquaTech swim school had been offering its swimming lessons in Alameda through Mariner Square Athletic Club since 2007. But on February 1st, the family-owned business has moved into its own special-purpose swim facility.

The new facility is across the parking lot from the club, in what used to be a banquet hall known as the Bay Side Event Center.

Workers were still putting the finishing touches on the swim center – such as getting the cafe bar set up – the day that Action Alameda News visited to take the pictures that accompany this article, but the school was otherwise already operating in its new home.

Adrienne Mattos and her husband, Stephen Moore, always knew they would outgrow the athletic club and have built what they think of as an ‘aquatic temple’ with natural lighting and ventilation, and the latest technology, such as a natural gas fuel cell to generate power and heat for the property and ultraviolet water treatment.

“We wanted to be able to let a lot of fresh air and natural light in, to create an outdoor experience, but indoors, year round,” Mattos told Action Alameda News. “We have top of the line pool equipment, so there’s none of that heavy chlorine smell that you get when you walk into an indoor swimming facility. We just wanted to make a beautiful experience and a warm water experience, to take out all the factors that scare kids away from loving the water.”

Mattos said they designed the space to allow them to develop additional programs beyond child swimming lessons, such as yoga and exercise swimming.

A University of California at Berkeley graduate, and former all-American swimmer, Mattos patented the tiered, self-paced swimming lesson program taught at both the Alameda facility and AquaTech’s Concord location.

In addition to the cafe, the facility includes a large parent viewing area overlooking the pool, a toddler play zone, and provisions for outdoor seating in fine weather.

Mattos and Moore hope to hire an additional 50 support staff in various roles now that they have relocated.

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