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Coming Home to Water Part One: Breath & Body (12 hours, July, WOC & NBPOC)

$480

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Sliding Scale $15-$50/hour

Tuesdays & Wednesdays July 5th-27th (12 hours total). 

Who is this class for: Complete Beginner to intermediate womxn & non-binary people of color. 

This is a journey towards empowered, liberated, and skilled swimming for womxn and nonbinary people of color.  We will build skills around breathing, understanding your body in relationship with water, floating, body alignment, and the beginnings of stroke development.  Through mindfulness, meditation, and self inquiry activities, we center healing and deepening your relationship with water. No previous swim skills necessary. This class is geared towards adults of color with fear of water, but also welcomes those who already love being in water, and want to develop their skills in a safer space.

Maximum number of Students: 5

Pool Description: Indoor Full size pool 4ft all the way across, 92 degrees, located in Renton. 

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 5 students, to increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated, temperatures are taken at the door, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck.

*Accessibility: ADA accessible parking and locker rooms, five steps with a hand rail to enter pool. 

*Please note this class is a space for those who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments (womxn of color and non-binary POC). Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

At Peace in the Deep (9 hours,July/August WOC & NBPOC)

$585

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sliding Scale $25-$75/hour (higher price point takes into account 3 person limit)

This 9-hour course is $225 to $585 total

Mondays 8-9:30pm, July 11th - August 15th 2022

Who this class is for: Womxn & non-binary folks of color who have completed Coming Home to Water Part One: Breath & Body  (8+ hours of OSS classes), and who feel comfortable and at peace with rythmic breathing (with submerged exhale), floating, and gliding. 

Maximum number of Students: 3

Swim Foundations II: At Peace in the Deep is an invitation to transform the depths into a place of peace, comfort, joy, and safety.  By slowly and intentionally leaning into trust building with ourselves, eachother, and the water, we unravel the fears and blocks that arise in deeper water, and are free to have new experiences.  During this 9 hour course, we strengthen skills gained in Swim Foundations I such as breathing, body alignment, and floating, as well as playing with new skills such as jumping into deep water, and deep water safety. 

Pool Space: The pool is located at a private residence which is also home to Orca Swim School. This outdoor salt water pool is a balmy 93 degrees and is surrounded by a canopy of trees. 

Accessibility: Street parking, pool is located at the bottom of a long flight of concrete stairs, there is a changing area, and composting toilet, but no showers. There are steps to enter the pool. 

COVID Protocol: To increase accessability and decrease risk, all instructors and students are required to be immunized and distance as much as possible.

*Please note this class is a space for those who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments (womxn of color and non-binary POC). Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water (Classroom Workshop, Black womxn & Black Non-binary folks))

$15

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 17, 2022 at 12 pm

Who is this workshop is for: Black womxn & Black non-binary folks. 

This classroom based workshop is an invitation to folks of African descent to immerse ourselves in the rich history of the African Diaspora and water!  Learn more about the ways our ancestors engaged with water for resistance and joy during slavery times and the middle passage, and the multitude of rich aquatic traditions in Atlantic African cultures pre European contact.  Through games, conversation, readings, lecture, and meditation, we will tap into the joy, liberation, resistance, and wisdom that connects us to our ancestors.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship and collaboration with Braided Seeds (https://www.braidedseeds.org/), this $50 workshop is being offered for $15!  We encourage you to register for both the classroom session and the pool session, though you are welcome to join for just one!

Maximum number of Students: 15

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 15 students, to increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck.*

*Accessibility: The front entrance has three small stairs, and there is a back entrance that is accessible in a wheelchair.

*Please note this class is a space for folks of African Ancestry who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments (Black womxn and Black non-binary folks). Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved!* 

 

We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water (Pool Workshop, Black womxn & Black non-binary)

$15

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 30, 2022 at 2 pm

Who is this workshop is for: Black womxn & Black non-binary folks. 

Join for an embodied journey into African diasporic aquatic traditions!  Gain swim skills while learning more about the ways our ancestors engaged with water for resistance and joy during slavery times and the middle passage, and the multitude of rich aquatic traditions in Atlantic African cultures pre European contact.  Through games, water meditation, songs, and other aquatic activities we will tap into the joy, liberation, resistance, and wisdom that connects us to our ancestors.  This space is geared towards beginner to advanced swimmers (to fully participate you can comfortably move around independently in 4ft deep water, and submerge your body in water at least up to your neck.  If you have fear around entering water, you are still completely welcome to join, we will find ways for you to engage in the activities.) Thanks to the generous sponsorship and colloaboration with Braided Seeds (https://www.braidedseeds.org/), this $50 workshop is being offered for $15! We encourage you to register for both the classroom session and the pool session, though you are welcome to join for just one!

Maximum number of Students: 15

Pool Description: Indoor Full size pool 4ft all the way across, 92 degrees, located in Renton. 

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 15 students, to increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck.*

*Accessibility: ADA accessible parking and locker rooms, five steps with a hand rail to enter pool.* 

*Please note this class is a space for folks of African Ancestry who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments (Black womxn and Black non-binary folks). Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved!* 

Coming Home to Water Part Two: Mindful Movement (12 hours, August, WOC & NBPOC)

$480

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next session starts Aug 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Sliding Scale $15-$50/hour

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, August 2nd-24th (12 hours total). 

Who this class is for: Intermediate womxn & non-binary POC swimmers who have taken Coming Home to Water Part One: Breath & Body  (or 8+ OSS swim lessons), *and* for whom breathing, gliding, and floating is fully comfortable. 

Already took part one and ready to learn more advanced technique? This is the course for you! We will continue to weave with water by skill-building in the arenas of movement, more advanced breath technique, and underwater exploration.  Centering joy and play, we will gain the experience necessary to enjoy the water with your friends and family, as well as the foundations of stroke development. Through mindfulness, meditation, and self inquiry activities, we center healing and deepening your relationship with water. This class is geared towards adults of color with fear of water, but also welcomes those who already love being in water, and want to develop their skills in a safer space.

Maximum number of Students: 5

Pool Description: Indoor Full size pool 4ft all the way across, 92 degrees, located in Renton. 

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 5 students, to increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated, temperatures are taken at the door, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck.

*Accessibility: ADA accessible parking and locker rooms, five steps with a hand rail to enter pool. 

*Please note this class is a space for those who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments (womxn of color and non-binary POC). Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

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