Aquatics

Marine Corps Base Pools & Beaches

Water safety is the primary focus at all Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) pools and beaches. A variety of classes are offered year-round to teach and enhance existing aquatic-based recreational skills at every level. MCBH boasts four pools: two at Kaneohe Bay and one each at Camp H. M. Smith and Manana Housing.

With its four pristine beaches, Kaneohe Bay provides opportunities for ocean swimming, snorkeling, surfing and body boarding. Learn more about ocean wildlife, coastal and marine resources here.

Rescue Tubes now available at various locations along the shore line.
Follow instructions on posted signage, see below:

  1. If you DO NOT know how to swim in surf and rip currents, DO NOT grab the device and DO NOT enter the water.
  2. Get help – call or yell 911.
  3. Pull Rescue Tube behind you and use fins if possible.
  4. Stay calm.
  5. Kick across current towards the shore.

Warning: Authorized runway crossing to Pyramid Rock and Hale Koa Beaches is at Mokapu Road only. Pedestrians and joggers are prohibited from crossing the runway — Vehicle traffic only.


Preschool Aquatics (Ages 3-5 )

When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays or Wednesdays & Fridays
Location: Officers’ Club Pool
Price: $80 per session

These 30-minute classes are for children ages 3 through 5. 2-5 students per class.

  • Preschool Aquatics 1: In the first Preschool Aquatics, children will gain comfort in the water and introduced to basic skills (kicks and floats) with instructor support.
  • Preschool Aquatics 2: This class will set up young swimmers to perform the basic skills independently.
  • Preschool 3: The final Preschool level builds on the basics to combine skills. In this class, children will learn to glide, glides with kicks, and introduced to alternating arms in this class.

Learn to Swim (Ages 5+ )

When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays or Wednesdays & Fridays
Location: Officers’ Club Pool
Price: $80 per session

These 30-minute classes are for children ages 5 and older. 2-5 students per class.

  • Learn to Swim 1: A beginner swim class for youth to gain comfort in the water. Swimmers will learn floats and kicks, beginning with instructor support.
  • Learn to Swim 2: Students in this level are comfortable in the water, and will start positioning for swim strokes. Glides, with and without kicks, will be practiced and alternating arms will be incorporated. By the end of the class, swimmers will have completed combined stroke on front and back.
  • Learn to Swim 3: Level 3 students will build on their front and backstroke distance. Breaststroke is introduced, and swimmers will spend time in the deep water working on treading water and diving.
  • Learn to Swim 4: Swimmers in Level 4 will be swimming full laps in front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke – building endurance and improving the strokes. Work will begin on butterfly and open turns.
  • Learn to Swim 5: Students at this level have learned all of the strokes and are now working on building endurance and proficiency. Flip turns will be introduced.
  • Learn to Swim 6: This level emphasizes increasing swimming distance, building endurance, and improving technique in all strokes.

Teen and Adult Swim

When:  Sundays
Location: Base Pool
Price: $75 per session

Our teens and adult program provides lessons for those with varying levels of ability. Instructors will work with each student to set individual goals. This class is appropriate for beginning swimmers or those looking to refine their strokes. This class is 40 minutes long for five (5) weeks.

Private Swim Lessons

When:  Please call the pool for instructor availability
Location: Base Pool
Price: $20/class per child
Private swim lessons are available for 30-minute blocks. Please call our office for more information.

Parent and Child

When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1230-1300
Location: Officers’ Club Pool
Price: $10/class per child

The parent and child class is designed for ages 6 months – 2 years  of age. It will encourage interaction and develop comfort in the water. Each class runs 30 minutes and is a beginner level class. The class progresses with the use of games and songs. With the support of parents, children will begin to learn basic skills such as kicks and floats. These classes are drop-in only, no registration required. NOTE: Children who are not yet potty-trained MUST wear plastic pants over a cloth diaper or a swim diaper while in the water. No registration necessary, drop-in only.

Homeschool Swim

When:  Tuesdays or Thursdays on a first come basis from 1300-1500
Location: Officers’ Club Pool
Price: $12/class per child

We encourage our Homeschool families to take advantage of the slower day times – 1300-1500. On Tuesday or Thursday during the school year, we offer a Homeschool PE class with a group lesson the first 1/2 hour, instructor-led games for a 1/2 hour.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • All classes are 30 minutes long unless otherwise noted.
  • Classes have a five (5) minute break in between; please use this time to speak with your instructor.
  • All classes and times are subject to change due to instructor availability, please check at base pool office for complete schedule.
  • Must have two students registered for a class to run. In cases where there is only one student registered, parents can opt to transfer to another class, get a credit on their account, request a refund or pay for the second student.
  • Children learn better in the appropriate level. Swim tests are available for proper lesson placement; please call us to schedule an appointment for placement testing.
  • Do not miss all the exciting opportunities at the K-Bay Base Pool! Please note that classes fill up quickly. Registration is a first-come-first-served basis at the Base Pool on the registration date announced. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Refunds are subject to management approval. If requested before the start of the session, a full refund will likely be given. For approved refunds requested following the start of the session, only the remaining balance will be given. Parents may also opt to have a credit placed on the student’s pool account. Please see the Base Pool office for instructions on how to request a refund.

Wait List Registration Policy

If a class becomes full, the students name will automatically be placed on a waiting list. If a space in the class opens, we will notify you by telephone.

For further inquiries, please call 808-254-7655.

For the most up-to-date information on pool hours and swim lessons, please follow our Facebook at www.facebook.com/mcbhaquatics

Click here for price list. **Please note, prices have increased from last year.***

Click here for the Aquatics Liability Form. Click here to print the Swim Test Authorization Form.

POC:
Hilltop/Base Pools: 254-7655
Camp Smith: 477-5067
Manana: 474-6207/254-7655

**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT**

The MAIN BASE POOL will have limited hours of operation from Nov. 27th- Dec. 14th. We will be adjusting the hours to accommodate a training event for MCWIS marine training unit. The hours during this time are as follows:

Nov. 27th-Nov 30th
Open for Lap Swim only: 1100-1300
Dec. 1st- Dec. 2nd
Lap swim/ Rec. swim: 1200-1700
Dec. 4th- Dec. 7th
Open for Lap Swim only: 1100-1300
Dec. 8th- Dec. 9th
Lap swim/ Rec. swim: 1200-1700
Dec. 11th- Dec. 14th
Open for Lap Swim only: 1100-1300
The OFFICER CLUB POOL will adjust hours of operation to accommodate the change of recreational swim hours for the MAIN POOL. Hours for the Officer club pool are below (Tuesday, Nov. 27th – December 14)

K-Bay Base Pool
Children Ages 5 & Up Only During Rec Swim.
 
Labor Day – Memorial Day
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Friday:
1100–1300 (ADULT Lap Swim Only)
1300–1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)
Sat/Sun/Hol:
1200–1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)
 
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Friday:
1100–1300 (ADULT Lap Swim Only)
1300–1800 (Lap & Rec Swim)
Sat/Sun/Hol:
1200–1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)

In the event that the Base Pool is closed, the Hilltop Pool hours will reflect the Base Pool hours.


Hilltop Pool at The Officers’ Club

Early Lap Swim: Mon-Fri: 0500-0700
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Friday:
1200–1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)
Sat/Sun/Hol:
1200–1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)


Manana Pool Hours
Saturday & Sunday 1500-1700 (Lap & Rec Swim)
Closed Weekdays


Camp Smith
Monday-Friday:
1000-1400 All Lanes {25-yard Lap Swim}
Sat/Sun/Hol: Closed


*All pools closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day

Party Your Way with MCCS Aquatics
One of MCB Hawaii’s greatest aspects is that you can swim year-round. What’s even better, you can throw pool parties year-round. MCCS Aquatics hosts private pool parties at the MCBH K-Bay Main Pool and the Manana Housing Pool. Due to the hiring freeze, please be specific with what you want for your party. The slide tends to be offline due to shortage of staff. The kiddie pool is closed.

Tuesdays through Fridays, weekends and holidays, MCCS Aquatics invites you to party your way at one of the base pools.

“Pool parties are great for birthdays, youth teams ceremonies, even family get-togethers,” says Dino Leonard, MCCS Aquatics Assistant Manager.” Each party package includes a 20′ x 20′ tented area, picnic tables, and a barbeque grill for grilling your favorite feasts. The Kaneohe Base Pool offers a water slide, diving boards, and a kiddie pool for the peewee party folk. “The pricing is very affordable, and the locations are all convenient,” furthered Leonard, “all it takes is a call.”
To set up a date for your pool party, call MCCS Aquatics at 808-254-7655. For Manana call 808-474-6207.

Beach Fire Pits

Light up the night at one of MCCS’s fire pits available at MCBH Hale Koa Beach campgrounds (3 available).

No reservations needed. The rules are simple: No glass containers on the beach. No burning of wood pallets or crates. If desired, fire wood is available for purchase at the Base Marina. Bring your buddies, a cooler, marshmallows and s’mores – the beach is all yours! Call the MCCS Outdoor Recreation for info at 254-7666.

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