Class Levels

How Much Do You Want to Learn?

The Beginning Class comes first for everyone. See our FAQs to learn why.

Ultra Beginning

If you describe your fear as being "off the Richter Scale," our Ultra Beginning class is for you. Locations have a 1-2 foot depth (as well as regular depths) so you can learn to float by putting your hands on the bottom. Nobody in our classes fails to learn to float this way. The curriculum is exactly the same as the Beginning class but you go more slowly and the shallower pool is available.


Right now, you depend on the bottom of the pool and the side for your safety. True? You want to be able to rely on yourself for your safety instead. This class teaches you the first half or three-quarters of how to be reliable for your own safety in water, shallow and deep: everything that can fit into 24 hours. It's a lot, and that's why we stop after 24 hours (5 days for vacation classes).

In the Beginning class, most people master their safety in shallow water and begin to master it in the deep. Some people master their safety in the deep in this class, too. Some master letting go of the wall in the shallow. Safety is not related to swimming mechanics.

Next Step

Attain the rest of your freedom in deep water in a pool; be able to move anywhere in the pool to get exercise or just have fun. Each of these classes, Beginning, Ultra-Beginning, and Next Step, is chock full of as much confidence as you can possibly develop in 24 hours.

Ocean 101 and Ocean 202

Become comfortable getting into the ocean and playing in it. Learn how it works at the beach. Learn how to be safe.

To enjoy "water sports," follow up Ocean 101 with Ocean 202. "202" is lessons in (usually) SUP (Stand up paddling), snorkeling, sea kayaking and body surfing / boogie boarding.

Freestyle and 2 Strokes Classes

Once survival is no longer an issue, you can learn strokes. Swim laps for exercise using an efficient freestyle.
Learn the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly in our 3 Strokes class; backstroke and breaststroke in our 2 Strokes class.

To Become a Masters Swimmer take classes up through our Freestyle Class or 3 Strokes Class and Club MS.


To be able to snorkel confidently on vacations, take Snorkeling. Learn to use mask, fins, and snorkel, and all the ins and outs of snorkeling that fit into 7 days in a beautiful setting with conditions chosen for beginning snorkelers.


Get the basic open water certification so you can dive on vacations. Some of our classes have been in the Florida Keys, Bali, Hawaii, and the Maldives.

Masters Swimming

Once you've learned freestyle and 2 strokes (backstroke and breaststroke), you're ready for Pre-masters Swimming. When you've been there long enough—and you're the one who decides— you'll be ready for Masters Swimming.


If you wish to become an open water swimmer, then take classes up through Freestyle and Ocean 202.

The Order of Classes

Beginning or Ultra Beginning

Next Step OR
Beginning Snorkeling, OR
Ocean 101
OR Freestyle if you're comfortable in deep water or if the class is in shallow water

Ocean 202 OR
2 Strokes

We also offer:

If you are not sure which class is for you, call us at 941-921-6420.

Class Level Testimonials

"I'm having a fantastic time in class. I have done things in the deep end of the pool that I only imagined. As long as I can remember, I have feared being thrown or pushed into water over my head. On Sunday, I actually voluntarily, of my own free will and with glee, jumped in. You have a truly transformative and fun program and I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it on."
— Francoise Spaulding-Keller, Berkeley, CA