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 2022/2023 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 15-18th
    Cost: $90
    9 years and under 3:30-4:30 PM
    10-12 year olds 4:30 - 5:30 PM
    13 years and over 5:30-6 PM
  • Learn more about Saturday Swimming Lessons

    September 17 - October 29
    Saturday swimming lessons are offered in a session of 6 lessons for 35 minutes at a time. Four different skill levels will be offered. 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+

    One instructor will instruct 2-3 swimmers at a time per class level 1&2
    One instructor will instruct 3-4 swimmers per class level 3&4

    Pre-Team Level: This program is for swimmers who are looking to swim on a competitive program. Swimmers will learn the skills needed to join Pelagics Swim Team. It is 60 min per session

    Cost: $120/Session

    Click HERE to register for Saturday swim lessons. Registration is open now.
  • Click to learn more about Falcon Swim League - O'Neal students only

    Falcon Swim League (FSL) – 1st -5th Grade O’Neal Students Only

    Learning all things competitive swimming! Starts, turns, and the four competitive strokes. Swimmers compete at an end of the season inter-squad meet. Students must be able to swim 25 yards (the length of O'Neal's pool) freestyle as well as 25 yards on back and be able to listen to group instruction.  
    Fall Session – September 12 - October 26
    Mondays, Wednesdays • 3:30-4:20pm 
    Cost: $250

    NOTE: New FSL swimmers will need to schedule an evaluation prior to enrollment. 
    Click HERE to register for swim league. 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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