Located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam

The Hickam Hurricanes swim team has five Skill Levels

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. Only those who the coach deems ready may participate in swim meets. This group will help your swimmer successfully transition to the competitive group. To move up from the Minis into bronze each swimmer must:

  • 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 to Silver group swimmers must be able to consistently perform these skills:

  • Swim a 200 free without stopping
  • Able to swim all four strokes, but not required to be fully legal
  • 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


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 Gold Group the swimmer must be able to:

  • Swim 8x100 @ 2:00
  • Able to swim 200 IM legally, including strokes and turns
  • Proficient at streamline and turns
  • Proven work ethic


Swimmers will continue building good stroke mechanics,  build endurance and will be introduced to more competitive swimming techniques like practices with intervals, test sets, learning to record and remember their heart rates during workout, etc. These swimmers will be encouraged to attend at least 5 practices per week. Swimmers will begin dry-land training to strengthen their core muscles through body weight exercises.


Subject to the coaches discretion, to move from the Gold to the Elite group the swimmer must be able to:

  • Swim 10x100 @ 1:40
  • Ability to complete 100 of each stroke legally
  • Proficient at reading pace clock and working through sets without direct instruction
  • Present oneself as a positive role model and leader to lower skill groups


Swimmers are able to swim all strokes proficiently, and have legal starts and turns that are efficient and fast. They are familiar with the pace clock and able to monitor and remember their intervals for each stroke and distance. They are encouraged to attend at least 5 practices a week in order to improve their skills and times. The Elite swimmers are role models, helping Coach with other training sessions and during meets.