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Deep Water Play

Who Takes Deep Water Play?

After you can rest peacefully in water over your head, you may want to become nimble in the water.

To be eligible, you must be peaceful in the middle of deep water in a pool for at least 10 minutes and a graduate of our Beginning course. Most likely you’ll also be a graduate of the Next Step course. It’s okay to re-take Next Step to get ready.

This third course in our series of Core Courses brings you to freedom in any pool, completing our series to achieve Pool Competency.

What Is the Course?


When you’ve mastered your safety in the deep end of the pool and you can “hang out” there as long as you want, there’s one more level of competency to win: proficiency.

Gain control of doing exactly what you want, when you want to do it. Learn to use the water and your body to pick up the keys you dropped in the deep, find a nose clip, play games, swim along the bottom, do stunts. Go up, down, forward and backward at will. This includes mastering your air. The combination of this course plus Jump Off the Boat produced a class of graduates who can tread water for half an hour in the ocean: they had gotten to know the water and most were free.

Where and How?

Sarasota, Florida
15 hours/3.5 days
$895
Thursday 3 p.m. to Sunday 11 a.m.

June 17-20, 2021
September 9-12, 2021

This course is taught outdoors with social distancing mindfully observed. Housekeeping does not come into the rooms during your stay. Masks are required in common spaces but not in the pool. We encourage you to mask until you get into the water. Your instructor will wear a mask. You will learn self-sufficiency sooner than with spotters: this is one of the silver linings of Covid19. We use two pools for this course. The main pool is on the beach.

Register for the Deep Water Play Course