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.
You must take the Beginning Course before attending any additional course.
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.
Most students are 30-65. All ages of adults are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
on Sarasota Bay