Deep Water Play

Become completely free in the water

What to Expect

People ask if there’s a class that comes after Next Step that will increase their capabilities in deep water. The Deep Water Play class fills in the one gap we had remaining.

When you graduate from the teachings of the Next Step class, you have presence of mind for being in deep water. You understand how it works and you’re no longer afraid in a pool. You can bob indefinitely and you can play the “Stay Away from the Side” game indefinitely. You stop playing out of boredom, not fear.

What's Covered:

  • How to use the water to go where you want to go
  • How to become nimble in water
  • To swim effectively and calmly under water
  • To change directions under water
  • To go upward, downward, backward and forward
  • To play like a kid; feel completely free!

What's Included:

  • Five 3-hour classes over four days
  • 1 hour of dry-land discussion
  • 2 hours of in-water training
  • Fun

  • A licensed instructor and any needed spotters and lifeguards

More Information

Deep Water Play means understanding how to move your body and the water to go where you want to go, becoming completely free (except for the SCUBA tank of air). It increases your presence in the full water column. The point of the DWP class is to become nimble in water: to “find" your hands, to master your nose, to use your body effectively so that you can pick up a dime at the bottom of the deep end; swim under water; change directions under water; go upward, downward, backward and forward; play like a kid; feel free.

What is meant by “find your hands?” Right now, you have a measure of connection to the water with your hands. Some of your attention is on your air. Some is on your nose. Some of your attention used to be on the depth, but it’s not any longer if you’re ready for the DWP class. Some of your attention is on where other people are. Only when all of your attention is on the positioning of your body and hands to maximize the movement with your hands can you become fully present to connecting with the water and move well.

We designed this class to be a 4-day weekend: Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning so you can be home that night. This class is $875.  Early registration discount of $50 if you register four months in advance.

The prerequisite is that you can bob in the deep end and play the “Stay Away from the Side” game indefinitely except for the feeling, “That’s enough already!" If you meet those requirements, you’re eligible. If not, please re-take the Next Step class.

Deep Water Play FAQs

What are the prerequisites for this course?
  • You must be unafraid in deep water to take this class.

  • You can play the "staying away from the side and bottom" game indefinitely in the deep end.

  • You can play bob in the middle of the deep end for 5 minutes or more.


“The best approach I’ve ever come across – life’s too short to not conquer this fear, especially when you live in Florida!”

Be nimble in the water!

Gain control to do exactly what you want when you want to do it



3-day vacation
Four 3-hour classes
*Non-refundable deposit of $150 required to reserve your spot in the class.