Leahi Swim School

Welcome to the Leahi Swim School!

About Us

Leahi Swim School

Meet the founders of Leahi Swim School.

Leahi Swim School is a “family-style” business in every sense of the word. A wholly owned and operated company, the school is captained by the dynamic mother-and-son duo of Lori and Ben Komer. As co-owners of Leahi Swim School, Lori and Ben bring a strong sense of ‘ohana and teamwork to the school.

United States Swimming School Association Member
Ben Komer

Ben Komer

Ben says, “Our business is run like a family, very open and accepting. It is a place to grow and learn. We learn from each other.” In fact the school’s culture represents the same core values that define the Komer family itself: love, fun and acceptance. Over the years that family-style approach to doing business has enabled Leahi to reach thousands of Hawaii’s ‘ohana.

Lori Komer

Lori Komer

Lori started Leahi Swim School in 1974. Her passion was to teach not only her own children, but other local keiki as well, to swim and enjoy the water as much as she did. As a mother, Lori recognized the need to share her knowledge with Hawaii’s next generation. The result was a school that has since grown to become the preferred choice for many parents alike.

Today Leahi continues to serve Hawaii’s families from two locations on Oahu.

The school has continued to grow, with many former students now teaching classes, as well as some of its former teachers returning to enroll their own children. Yet despite this success, it has always been important to both Lori and Ben to keep the culture of the company true to Leahi’s family-style roots. That’s why Leahi accepts students of all ages, including parents and even grandparents. It’s a great way for families to enjoy and participate in the experience together.

See Ben’s water safety tips on Hawaii News Now!

Our Methods

Leahi Swim School is committed to teaching our students to swim in a nurturing, fun environment.

This includes creating an enjoyable place for our parents to observe the process. Our program uses a gentle, unique, personal teaching method. All students learn at their own pace while having fun appreciating the sport of swimming.


Each class runs for 25 minutes.

All levels have no more than five students per class (except Parent Aid, which has a maximum of six students per class). There are typically two teachers per class for our Beginner I, Beginner II, and Advanced Beginner I classes. Parent Aid and Advanced Beginner I ½ and higher have one teacher per class.

Level Description
Beginners I Designed for children who will not put their heads under water when asked.
Beginners II Designed for children who are willing to get into the water and will put their heads under water when asked.
Advanced Beginners I Designed for children who are able to swim to the teacher about five feet away without surfacing for air.
Advanced Beginners I ½ Designed for children who are able to comfortably swim 20–25 feet with freestyle, breaststroke, and are just beginning to come up for air.
Advanced Beginners II Designed for children who are able to swim 25 feet while breathing and can also swim on their backs.
Intermediate I Designed for children who can swim, do the crawl, and are in the process of learning the back stroke.
Intermediate II Designed for children who can do the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and further perfect their technique as well as learning racing starts and the butterfly.
Teen & Adult Any age and skill in the levels stated above.
Parent Aid Designed for infants and toddlers, 6 months – 3 years, accompanied by a parent. Parents are taught how to build their children’s confidence and skill level in the water.

Watch this video and learn about the class skill levels at Leahi Swim School.

Watch the class skills video - click here



Pearl City Pool

Honolulu Mauka Pool

Honolulu Makai Pool

Leahi Swim School is the only swim school in Hawaiʻi with a specially designed teaching pool with gradual water depth from 6 inches to 4 feet of heated water. Young kids and babies love our pools.



Full payment (tuition plus all applicable fees) is due at the time of registration. Fees may include a registration fee of $19.00 per student per school year (June – May). If applicable, the registration fee will be automatically added to the tuition at the time of registration. The registration fee is NOT REFUNDABLE in the event of a withdrawal or cancellation. A penalty reservation fee of $38.00 per student is also applicable in the event of a withdrawal or cancellation. This fee is automatically deducted from the total tuition paid per student before any eligible refund is issued.

Finally, Leahi Swim School, Inc. does assess a returned check fee of $25.00 per returned check.


Withdrawals from class less than one week before the session starting date, or at any point after the session has begun, will not be eligible for any type of refund. All withdrawals need to be handled DIRECTLY by Leahi Swim School, Inc.

Missed / Cancelled Classes

Classes are held rain or shine. Classes that are missed or cancelled for whatever reason, whether on the part of the student, the parent or guardian, or Leahi Swim School, Inc., including but not limited to illness, scheduling conflicts, emergencies such as fecal accidents, inclement weather or acts of God, will not be rescheduled or refunded.


As a courtesy to everyone at the school students who are ill are required to stay home.


Hair that is shoulder-length or longer must be clipped back from the face securely and put into pony or pigtails. Bangs should be trimmed out of the eyes. NO BOBBY PINS.



Potty Training

Students who have not been potty trained for at least 6 months by the start of the session, or who are potty trained BUT under 3 years of age, are required to wear approved reusable swim diapers. Reusable diapers are available for purchase from Leahi Swim School, Inc. Regular diapers and disposable swim diapers are not allowed.


Students may be photographed during a session at the discretion of Leahi Swim School, Inc. These photographs may be used in advertising or publicity. Photos taken during an Underwater Photo event are placed online for the convenience of viewing and purchasing. Only Leahi Swim School, Inc. clients are permitted to access the online site. Requests to exclude your child’s photos from the site must be submitted to us in writing.


Leahi is happy to provide you with a speedy new way to register for your swimming classes

Please follow these steps

  1. Click the applicable button below, then print and complete the pdf form.
  1. Then call our offices to enroll. Honolulu (808) 988-7146 or Pearl City (808) 456-4506.

Leahi Swim School Flyers – Fall 2015

Hanahauoli School Registration – Fall 2015

Aloha Hanahauoli Parents,

Leahi Swim School is partnering with Hanahauoli School to provide swim lessons for your child. Please be sure to reserve your child’s space on the Hanahauoli School bus.

Our maximum capacity for Hanahauoli School is 15 students. In order to secure a space, please return your completed application and payment to Leahi’s business office at 630 Pana Place, Honolulu HI 96816 as soon as possible.

If paying by check, be sure to make it payable to Leahi Swim School. Do not submit cash payments.

We look forward to welcoming your child to our Honolulu location this fall!

Hanahauoli School Fall 2015 Registration packets (pdf)


Where is Leahi Swim School?

Mailing Address
630 Pana Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Manoa Location

Saint Francis School
2707 Pamoa Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
(808) 988-7146

Pearl City Location

Momilani Community Center
715 Hoomoana Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96782
(808) 456-4506

Manoa Location

Pearl City Location