Everyone can learn to swim Comfort comes first You can float vertically Overcoming fear IS learning to swim Having fun is the best way to learn Feel safe all the time Overcome fear without feeling afraid Go at your own pace Learn with your swimming people It’s amazing what 5 days can do Correct information does wonders!


In Person

Who Takes Our Essentials 2 Course?

Essentials 2 was formerly called “Next Step.”

Graduates of our Essentials 1 course return to finish learning the essentials of being calm and safe in deep water. They are ready for Essentials 2 if they can do the following when they arrive:

◈ float and unfloat on front and back peacefully
◈ reversals peacefully
◈ roll over in shallow water peacefully
◈ focus on staying in the 1st Circle

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Comfortable learning with instructor socially distant.

What Is the Course?

Become calm in water over your head.

Be able to rest and roll around anywhere in deep water without getting tired for 10 – 15 minutes.

Go at your own pace and learn as much as 24 hours allows.

Same format as the Essentials 1 course: 8 three-hour sessions.  1 hour on land, 2 hours in the pool.

In the deep end when you’re ready, you’ll learn your new confidence on one of our float bars as pictured. You are connected securely to the bar with a tether so you don’t need to wait for a spotter. It’s fun! It keeps you socially distant from the instructor and other students.

The students in the photo outgrew the tether.

In Person: Start where you are today and skip no steps. This course is all the dry-land sessions and as you become ready, the deep water skills you need, including essential skills not taught elsewhere. Rely on yourself for your safety, rather than the bottom or the side. Each student will learn a portion of his/her confidence at our new Float Bars, as pictured (one per student). You are connected securely to the bar so you don’t need a spotter. These allow social distancing, yet allow you to learn the early skills comfortably.

Students getting to know the water better.

You Can Count On:

◈ Feeling safe all the time
◈ Being inspired by others’ to try things you want to do
◈ Wanting to take  risks because you feel safe
◈ Becoming still in deep water…or more still
◈ Reaching new swimming goals

◈ Going at your own pace and being comfortable
◈ Overcoming fear without being scared
◈ Being yourself in deep water
◈ Doing things you never could, because you feel better than you ever did
◈ Feeling that you’re learning to swim
◈ Being more yourself when you leave


"Our" Hotels

The price of this course has risen because our instructor flies into Sarasota to teach and she must stay at the resort where class is held. We’re splitting the difference with you if we have at least 5 students in the course. We apologize for this change. There has been an average 43% increase in accommodations in Sarasota in 2022.

Where and When:

"In previous classes, when we jumped in, it was like walking the plank. Here, it's like we're in the ice cream line!" -JY, Canada

How would you like to feel in deep water?

“This is a dream come true.”
                             –J, Canada