Ocean 101 Course

Introduction to being in the ocean

What to Expect

Learn to be comfortable in the ocean

Come to understand how the ocean works at the beach; how to float and swim in salt water, understand “how it works,” be comfortable with breakers and small waves, learn about currents, rip currents, critters and tides. Jump waves and have fun, feeling safe. You may even want to swim out to that buoy. This course consists of four 3-hour classes over three days.

Each class is small, limited to 8 people per class, and focuses on being comfortable in the ocean.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to enter the ocean without falling
  • To float in salt water
  • How to navigate breakers
  • To be comfortable with waves
  • About undertows, currents, critters, and safety
  • Grow your confidence that "big" water holds you up
  • Practice wearing a lifejacket in a non-emergency
  • Learn to play on water toys

What's Included:

  • Four 3-hour classes over three days
  • 1 hour of dry-land discussion
  • 2 hours of in-ocean training
  • Fun

  • A licensed instructor and any needed spotters and lifeguards
  • Two beaches, including Siesta Beach, #1 Beach in the USA
  • The hotel for the class is on the beach

What You'll Need:

  • Two bathing suits
  • Goggles: remember that the ocean isn't as clear as a pool, so dark goggles that help reduce sun's glare contribute to less visibility under water. You may want both dark goggles and "clear" goggles.
  • Swim cap if you wear one
  • Rash guard
    (should fit you as tightly as your skin)
  • Sun block, flip flops, towel & hat

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Ocean 101 Course FAQs

What are the prerequisites for this course?

You must take the Beginning Course before attending any additional course.

Why are your classes 3 hours long?

It gives us an hour on land to discuss what comes up for you in the water, and learn to apply our system. Our technique is very simple and it makes sense to everyone, yet it takes practice. For example, you may think that pushing yourself is the way to learn something. This belief will be challenged and you’ll come to understand what works best for overcoming fear.

Secondly, a two-hour water session allows you to review what you did last time, settle into how you feel today in the water, practice, learn more, and practice. It’s the ideal way to learn.

What is the age range of class members?

Most students are 30-65. All ages of adults are welcome.

What if I wear contacts/glasses?

You may wear them under goggles if you wish. Or, you can buy goggles that have your prescription ground into them. Choose a pair of goggles that fit your face and don’t leak, first. Then have them ground.

Or, you can buy over-the-counter goggles with your diopter. Be sure you can return them if they leak: they don't fit all faces. 

Should I eat before class?

We recommend eating lightly but enough that hunger won’t distract you in class. Remember we are on land for an hour before we get into the pool.

What about sun exposure?

We hold the dry-land part of class in the shade, either under trees or a beach umbrella. Sun block is needed there to protect from the reflection of light off the sand. Once we're in the water, we recommend rash guards and hats. A physical barrier such as a shirt is most effective and carries fewer chemicals (from sunblock) into the ocean, which is preferable. 

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

Be at ease in the ocean!

Book the Ocean 101 Course today and you'll be more confident next time your friends invite you to the water! Stay for Ocean 202 if you have time and it's offered back to back.


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


Afternoon Sailing
on Sarasota Bay

Please reserve with us 2 weeks before class.