Beyond the Classroom


Swimming Programs

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  • Click to learn more about Pelagics Pre-Season Clinic

    Swimmers are invited to come sharpen their competitive skills with O'Neal's USA Swimming year-round swim club, The O'Neal Pelagics.  The Pelagics will be holding a swim clinic with a tryout at the end of the week for the 2021/2022 season. Campers must have some knowledge of the four competitive strokes with a strong freestyle and backstroke and should be able to swim a minimum of 50 yards without stopping.
    If you have any questions, please email
    Dates: August 16-20th
    Cost: $75
    9 years and under 4-5 PM
    10-12 year olds 5-6 PM
    13 years and over 6-7 PM
  • Click to learn more about Summer Swimming Lessons

    The offering of summer swimming lessons is planned as follows. The structure of the program may change pending COVID-19 regulations for the summer. 

    Summer swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions Monday-Thursday, 8 lessons for 35 minutes at a time. Four different skill levels will be offered. One instructor will give instruction to a maximum of four students at one time. Instructors and students will be supervised by O'Neal Swimming staff as well as a certified lifeguard at all times. Instructors will have completed swim instruction training by the Director of Aquatics holding more than 25 years of swim instruction experience. Students ages 3 and 4 must have a responsible adult present at all times.

    Classes are offered at four different levels to meet the comfort level of the student. Three year olds must be potty-trained.
    Level 1 Non-swimmer adjusting to pool life. Learning to put face in the water.
    Age Groups – 3-5 years & Rising Kindergarten+
    Level 2 Student has no fear of the water, submerges face in pool, and is ready to learn to swim!
    Age Group - 3 years+
    Level 3 Student swims for 10 yards, lifts head to breathe and is ready to work on a proper freestyle and backstroke technique.
    Age Group – 3 years+
    Level 4 Student can swim freestyle with side breath and backstroke for 15 yards and is ready to learn the 4 competitive strokes.
    Age Group – 3 years+
    Cost: $160/Session

    Summer Sessions (Monday - Thursday)
    Session I: June 7-17
    Session II: June 21-July 1
    Session III: July 12-22
    Session IV: July 26- Aug 5th

    Time slots for each session and skill level
    9:30 - 10:05am
    10:15 - 10:50am
    11:00 - 11:30am
    11:35 - 12:10am
    4:15 - 4:50pm
    5:00 - 5:35pm
    Click HERE to register for swim lessons. Registration is open now.
The O'Neal Pelagics is a year-round USA Swimming certified swim club. Its home is the Aquatics Center at Taws Hall at The O'Neal School. One does not have to be an O'Neal student to join the club. The Head Coach is Aquatics Director Jen Schmitz. Dryland training is provided in partnership with Sandhills Sports Performance. Different teams are available to meet the skill level of the swimmer. Swimmers must know the four strokes for consideration. An evaluation is required. Annual registration is in August. 

A “pelagic” describes any type of life that exists in the open sea that doesn’t depend on the ocean bottom or the shore to live. Its own speed, agility and intelligence dictate its survival. Fish found in the “pelagic zone” are billfish, mahi mahi, wahoo, ocean sharks, tuna, rays and more. Much like the open sea, O’Neal provides an environment that allows youth in the community who share the passion of swimming to be inspired and encouraged to reach goals in and out of the pool. Building upon the School’s history of success, the provision of knowledge and enjoyment of the sport of swimming to area youth is essential.

    • Director of O'Neal Aquatics, Jen Schmitz

I’ve been so pleased with O’Neal’s swim lesson program. The instructors are amazing. They’re patient, encouraging, and make swimming fun.  Plus, the small class size allows them to provide individualized attention to each child. My son’s confidence grows with each lesson!
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