Bridge Academy On Land 

with Christopher Rivera

& Guest Teachers 

New Safety Information and Cancellation Policy at The Ojai Valley Inn Academy November 15-20, 2020.

We live in unusual times. Covid19 has changed how we can safely interact with one another. As parts of the country reopen, we look forward to a time when we can come together again in person to play bridge, but we will only do that if we can do that safely.


We have been working closely with the Ojai Valley Inn to develop safety protocols with the expectation of running our Bridge Academy in November.


We want you to feel secure that your safety is our number one priority.  And when you book with us for Ojai, know that if there is a need for you to cancel you may do so up to 30 days before arrival and receive a full refund.

Following Is The Safety Protocol That Will Be Used During Our Bridge Academy At Ojai Valley Inn
as of June 1, 2020 subject to change


Resort Safety

  • Complete details of the resort safety policy can be found here

  • The resort has been deep cleaned, and the cleaning is maintained on an intensive schedule. This includes guest rooms, meeting rooms, dining rooms and public spaces.

  • Resort employees are required to wear masks and go through daily temperature checks.

  • There are sanitation stations, including hand sanitizer, placed throughout the resort.

  • Valet and check-in contact has been minimized, but customer service teams are always available.

  • Social distancing will be monitored and enforced on the resort grounds.

  • The resort is spacious and will not be booked to capacity. You will never feel you are unable to maintain social distancing.


 Bridge Play Safety

  • The success of treating Covid19 and preventing its spread is changing rapidly. We are developing a safety plan for our bridge group that will incorporate the best practices as recommended by health experts. Since there are many months for the situation to improve between now and November, we will keep you up to date on our safety precautions. Updates notwithstanding, here are some of the protocols we would expect to include but may change for the better as we get closer.

  • As guests of the hotel, we will follow their guidelines strictly.

  • Bridge lectures will be presented in a large venue with an audio/visual system, so that social distancing will be maintained.

  • Bridge tables will be 60 inch rounds instead of standard square table

  • Masks and gloves will be required at bridge events. Disposable masks and gloves will be provided, though you are encouraged to bring your own.

  • A bidding box will be provided to each guest for their use during the event, to minimize passing items from person to person.

  • Multiple sets of cards and boards will be in use, and cleaned frequently.

Reserve With Confidence Policy

  • Deposit will be required at booking

  • Final payment can be made by October 15 2020

  • Cancellation with full refund is now possible up to 30 days before arrival       

Surrounded by scenic hills and mountains, this historic and celebrated resort features a full health spa and a championship golf course. Five restaurants feature dishes made from locally grown ingredients.

Rooms at the Ojai Valley Inn are decorated in Spanish Colonial style and feature in-room coffee machines. Spa Ojai bathroom amenities, a flat-screen TV and a radio with iPod connection are also included. Some rooms offer a fireplace.

Spa Ojai welcomes guests with warm, exotic rooms featuring a variety of massages and treatments.  In addition to the two pools at the spa, the resort offers a large, outdoor family swimming pool with food and beverage service.

The Inn at Ojai Valley is 7 miles from Lake Casitas and 17 miles from Pierpoint



Christopher Rivera is an ACBL Accredited Bridge Teacher and tournament rated director. He is Assistant Head Director at Honors Bridge Club, the largest bridge club in North America. He learned to play bridge from his grandmother, who taught him valuable lessons in card play, but Goren style bidding, which he had to unlearn when he began playing bridge seriously. In addition to bridge, he plays many other card and board games. He has a degree in Physics from Lawrence University.

Christopher Rivera
Daily Activities
John Ramos

John Ramos learned bridge as a child and has been playing competitively for nearly thirty years. He's been a full-time teaching and playing professional for several years and currently manages the Beverly Hills Bridge Club, one of the top clubs in California. In 2008 and 2009, he won consecutive national championships in the Grand National Teams Flight A, first representing New York City, his original hometown, and then Los Angeles, his home for over a decade. In Open-Level national events, he has two top-10 finishes: 5th in the Keohane Swiss Teams in 2016, and 8th in the Roth Swiss Teams in 2009. He also placed 13th in the 2016 Kay Platinum Pairs, widely regarded as the best pair event in the country. John also played varsity tennis at Princeton University and still enjoys playing competitively today.  

Improve your bridge game while you take in the beauty of the Ojai Valley and all the the services the resort offers


59 miles to Los Angeles International,  7 miles to Lake Casitas, 33 miles from Santa Barbara.


Daily learning  – From Accredited ACBL Teachers . 

Q and  A reviews each day informally before dinner.


 Meet other bridge enthusiasts at play and at the resort  Join us for an opening and closing  reception along with awards.


You are welcome and we will guarantee you a partner. Singles tables are available in the dining rooms  so you will never dine alone.

What's Included?
  • 5 Nights at the magnificent Ojai Valley Inn Resort in Ojai, CA.

  • Lessons on a variety of bridge topics from our national champion. Daily ACBL sanctioned games with black points.

  • Q&A nightly before dinner

  • Daily Sumptuous breakfast and lunch

  • Opening reception to get to meet everyone

  • Afternoon "All Around" jeep tour of Ojai Valley with olive oil tasting and production visit as well as a visit to a vineyard. Includes lunch.

  • Closing reception and  group dinner along with awards ceremony


  • Extra large rooms ( minimum 399 st ft). All rates shown are based on run of house accommodation and based on per person with two guests per room. Other accommodation categories are subject to availability.

  • Resort fee - this includes (Wi-fi throughout resort, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, full Access to Fitness Center and daily Mind & Body Classes, Complimentary daily Linus Bike use, illy espresso machine 

  • Taxes and gratuities on all room and food inclusions

  • Gratuities of a personal nature are not included.

  • Parking at resort is not included and currently is $25 daily












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