Camps and Swimming


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  • Registration is Open for the O'Neal Pelagics Swim Team

    The O'Neal Pelagics is a year-round USA Swimming certified swim club. It's 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. An evaluation is required. Deadline to register is August 30th. Practice starts Sept. 3rd.

    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.

    Click HERE to register.
  • Click to learn more about Fall PreK Swim Lessons and Falcon Swim League

    Swimming lessons will be offered in September and October - 8 lessons for 35 minutes at a time. An adult responsible for each student must be present at all times. Three different skill levels will be offered. One instructor will give instruction to 3 to 4 students at one time. Instructors and students will be supervised by the director of aquatics or the assistant director. Instructors will have completed swim instruction training by the director of aquatics holding more than 25 years of swim instruction experience.  
    September Lessons – 9/3-9/26 
    Levels 1 and 2
    12:25 or 1:00pm
    Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Level 3
    12:25 – Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3pm – Mondays and Wednesdays

    October Lessons – 9/30-10/24 
    Levels 1 and 2
    12:25 or 1:00pm
    Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Level 3
    12:25 – Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3pm – Mondays and Wednesdays

    Classes are offered at 3 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+ 
    Cost: $150/Session
    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. Though there is no age requirement, the student must be able to swim 25 yards (the length of O'Neal's pool) and be able to listen to group instruction.  
    Fall Session – September 4 – October 23 • Mondays, Wednesdays • 3:30-4:20pm 
    Cost: $300

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



O’Neal’s indoor pool was built as part of the private school's first brick and mortar building in 1975, just four years after O’Neal was founded in 1971. From that time, swimming has always been a part of O’Neal’s physical education curriculum with swimming classes starting in kindergarten. O’Neal’s varsity swim team has won many consecutive state and conference championships over the years, with many Falcons (past and present) still holding state records.

The pool of more than 40 years was recently renovated and named the Aquatics Center at Taws Hall. O’Neal is now ready to expand its offerings to meet the needs of students at all levels - preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school. Members of the Sandhills community may take advantage of swim lessons offered throughout the year, and afterschool swim league as well as its new swim club The Pelagics. 

For more information about swim lessons, after school and summer swim league or the year round swim club, please contact us via email at


"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!" -- Melissa F.

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Serving Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, Sanford, West End, Aberdeen, and areas surrounding Moore County, NC.

The O’Neal School
3300 Airport Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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