Located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam

The Hickam Hurricanes swim team has five Skill Levels

It is our goal to place each new swimmer with the appropriate skill group so that they can learn the correct skills at the correct rate. Each group is tailored to teach base-line skills for that level which will be taught in more depth at the next higher level. Everyone learns at a different speed, and it is important that we, the coaches, figure out how to teach your swimmer the best possible way. 



This training group will learn the basics of all 4 strokes, flip turns and starts. Swimmers will learn water safety, breathing, kicking (both with a kick board and fins and without) and will build endurance. This group will help your swimmer successfully transition to the competitive group.

Subject to coach's discretion, to move from Minis to Bronze:

  • Swim a 100 free without stopping
  • Be able to breathe laterally, without picking head up
  • Swim a 50 backstroke without stopping
  • Be able to swim/kick with feet and hips at the surface
  • Be able to kick at least a 25 on back in streamline
  • Be able to kick a 25 on each side
  • Be able to perform a plunge off of the wall
  • Brief understanding of breaststroke and butterfly


​Bronze level swimmers is a training group that focuses on legally teaching or refining the four basic strokes. Swimmers will learn safety, floating, rotary breathing, kicking and will learn to put the strokes together. These swimmers will also begin learning legal turns and starts from the blocks.   Bronze level swimmers are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices per week. 

Subject to coach's discretion, to move from Bronze Group to Silver Group:

  • Swim a 200 free without stopping
  • Able to swim all four strokes legally
  • Basic understanding of instructed drills for all four strokes
  • Able to perform flip turns for free and back
  • Able to dive off the block correctly
  • Basic understanding of finishes
  • Basic introduction/understanding of the pace clock
  • Able to complete 4x100 @ 2:15


Swimmers will continue to build endurance and stroke mechanics for freestyle and backstroke as well as the breaststroke and butterfly. These swimmers will begin learning legal turns and starts from the blocks. Swimmers will be introduced to the pace clock and to the concept of intervals, but they will do most of their training on their coach’s signal.  Silver swimmers will continue to develop good turns and dives. These swimmers should be encouraged to come to practice 3-4 times a week. 

Subject to the coaches discretion, to move from the Silver Group to the Junior/Senior Group:

  • Swim 10x100 @ 1:50 with steady average pace
  • Ability to complete 100 of each stroke legally
  • Able to swim 200 IM legally, including strokes and turns
  • Proficient at streamline and turns
  • Proven work ethic
  • Non confrontational with coaches


Meets the expectations of:

  • Proficient at reading pace clock and working through sets without direct instruction
  • Attendance of 6 days a week (minimum of 90 min in water)
  • Able to swim all 4 strokes legally for a minimum of 10x50's
  • Understanding of how to correctly get heart rate and stroke cycle counts
  • Ability to understand intervals without assistance
  • Be receptive to mechanics adjustments 
  • Lead the team at both practice and swim meets

Exceptions may be made to join/remain in the Junior group, at coaches discretion.