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Punahou Aquatics Office
C. Dudley Pratt Aquatic Center

Aquatics gives students the opportunity to improve their swimming through its Swim School and through Punahou Aquatics (PAQ), a team association, and through water polo.

Swim School

Swimming has a rich history at Punahou that includes Olympic medalists, world-record holders and numerous state championships. Various instructional, developmental and competitive programs are offered during the school year as well as during Summer Programs.

Intended primarily for grades 2 – 5, Swim School develops and improves stroke technique for the four competitive swimming strokes, builds endurance, and teaches skills such as racing starts and turns. Students work toward passing Punahou's swimming graduation requirements, and those that are interested are well prepared to join a club swim team.

Depending on class level, swimmers must be able to swim 10 – 25 yards without stopping. Note that Punahou School’s pool does not have a shallow end, so swimmers must be comfortable in deep water. Class sizes range from a minimum of three to eight swimmers per group.

Punahou Aquatics Developmental and Competitive Swimming

The Punahou Aquatics (PAQ) swim team is divided into two teams - developmental and competitive,  based on age and swimming ability, for students in grades 3 – 12. 

Developmental Swim Team is designed for athletes to improve on their stroke techniques, and physical fitness. This program is intended for developing athletes who are looking to join the competitive team as well as those interested in using swimming as fitness. Groups are based on ability and are designed to provide a fun yet challenging environment. The developmental groups consist of Mano, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Competitive Swim Team represents the Punahou Aquatics Swim Team at the highest local and national swim meets. Athletes in this program have chosen swimming as their primary sport and are striving to swim at the highest levels. The competitive groups consist of Jr, Sr, and National.

The focus for the swim team is on developing good stroke technique and endurance. Swim team membership is subject to availability, ability and approval of the head coach. All Punahou Aquatics swimmers are registered with USA Swimming. Punahou also offers intermediate, junior varsity and varsity level ILH athletics teams.

Punahou Water Polo Program

Punahou’s Water Polo Program is an invitational program for students in grades 6 – 12. It is designed for athletes to improve on their water polo fundamentals, conditioning, and tactics. Groups are based on their ability and are designed to best meet the needs of each individual athlete. Punahou also offers intermediate, junior varsity and varsity level ILH athletics teams.

For more information, please contact the Water Polo Program at paq@punahou.edu or 808.944.5835.

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  • Facilities

    The C. Dudley Pratt Aquatic Center, at the ground level of Hemmeter Fieldhouse, is comprised of the Elizabeth P. Waterhouse Pool and the facilities that support the Punahou swimming program including the Harry Steiner Pool Office.
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