Welcome to O’Neal Aquatics!

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 Taws Aquatics Center. 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. 

The O'Neal Pelagics - O'Neal now has a swim club certified by USA Swimming. Registration is from July 1- August 30th and the club starts September 4th. Membership requirements are based on skill level not age. 


Falcon Discovery Swim League
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 – Sept. 5th - Oct. 26th • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays • 3:30-4:30pm

Cost: $360
One-time registration fee of $160 for the entire school year
+ $200 for the 2-month fall session


O’Neal Swim School for PreK
Swimming lessons are presently offered to ages 3 and 4 for 35 minutes at a time. An adult responsible for each student must be present at all times. 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 the director of aquatics or the aquatics programs director as well as a certified lifeguard at all times. Instructors will have completed swim instruction training by the Director of Aquatics holding 25 years of swim instruction experience. 

Sessions (8 35-minute lessons - 12:25pm or 1:00pm)
Sept 5-26 - Mondays and Wednesdays
Sept. 4-27 - Tuesdays and Thursdays
Oct. 1-24 - Mondays and Wednesdays
Oct. 2-25 - Tuesdays and Thursdays

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: $150/Session

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  • O'Neal Aquatics offers Swimming Lessons

    Jen Schmitz, Director of O'Neal Aquatics

    Email: jschmitz@onealschool.org

    About Jen:
    The Director of O’Neal Aquatics is current O’Neal swim instructor and past Falcon varsity swim coach, Jennifer Schmitz. Jen has swum competitively since the age of 9. She swam for Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota where she earned a degree in physical education with a minor in coaching. She has more than 25 years of swimming instruction and coaching experience. 

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Southern Pines, NC 28387

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