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The history of swimming at Punahou is long and rich. Not only is swimming fun, it becomes a way of life for many, and swimming skills are a matter of safety in our island community. Punahou offers the opportunity to improve on a swimmer’s talents through its swim school and its competitive swim program, PAQ. The program provides instruction and competition for all levels of ability: from entry-level to college- and Olympic-level athletes. The team trains at the Elizabeth P. Memorial Pool located at the C. Dudley Pratt Aquatics Center on campus and competes in swim meets across the state as well as on the mainland. From the swim school through the competitive groups, the program focuses on technique and conditioning, and provides a fun yet challenging atmosphere for its athletes.

Swim School

The Swim School is open to swimmers in grades K – 5 who are at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels of swimming, and prepares swimmers to transition successfully to a competitive swim team. Our program also develops and improves stroke technique for the four competitive swimming strokes, build endurance and teaches racing skills such as starts and turns.

Swim School Program Dates for 2019 – 2020  
Fall semester 8/19/19 – 12/18/19
Spring semester 1/13/20 – 5/16/20

Swimmers must be able to swim 10 yards without stopping. Note that Punahou School’s pool does not have a shallow depth so swimmers must be comfortable in deep water. Class sizes ranges from a minimum of three to eight swimmers per group.

Beginner: Can swim at least one competitive stroke for 10 yards. The main focus is to work on freestyle and backstroke.

Intermediate: Can efficiently swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards. Swimmers in this level continue to work on freestyle and backstroke, and begin learning breaststroke and butterfly.

Advanced: Can efficiently swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards as well as breaststroke and butterfly for 15 yards. Swimmers in this level work on all four strokes and are introduced to competitive starts and turns.

Days, Times and Fees

Classes are available in 1 or 2 day per week options, Monday – Saturday. See the course catalog or registration application for specific times and fees.

Escorting Grades K – 3

Parents enrolling grades K – 3 students should review the information about escorting.

Punahou Aquatics (PAQ)

Punahou Aquatics is a year-round competitive program for swimmers in grades 2 – 12.

PAQ Program Dates for 2019 – 2020  
Fall semester 8/12/19 – 1/4/20
Spring semester 1/6/20 – 5/31/20

Registration priority is given to current PAQ Swim Team students. New students interested in joining the Swim Team should contact Lenora Lee at the PAQ office at or 944.5835.

Days, Times and Fees

The team is divided into seven groups based on age and ability. Two groups start at 3:15 p.m. and practice for approximately 1 hour. The other groups start at either 4:15 or 5:45 p.m., depending on the time of year, for approx. 2 hours. Practices are offered every weekday – with some Saturdays and mornings– and competitions are generally held on the weekends. Swimmers should expect to swim in approximately one or two competitions a month depending on their ability.

Escorting Grades K – 3

Parents enrolling grades K – 3 students should review the information about escorting.

Note that this program is not related to the Punahou Athletics intermediate and high school teams that compete in the winter within the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH).

Jeff Meister

Eric Nagoshi
Assistant Director

Lenora Lee

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The admission of any student in the School's after school programs is at the sole and absolute discretion of Punahou School in accordance with applicable laws. Admission criteria may be modified from time to time without notice by the School. Furthermore, students with past due billing accounts may not be eligible to enroll in these programs until their accounts are brought current. All payments made to the School will be allocated first towards unpaid Punahou tuition.