Pittsburgh, PA, USA, is known for its three rivers. 

  • The Monongahela and Allegheny join at the Point and form the Ohio River.
  • Great teams thrived at 3RS, Three Rivers Stadium.

The region's fourth river is its network of swim pools. 

  • Pittsburgh had the highest concentrations of public swim pools in the world. 
Exposition Park, Pittsburgh's North Side

History of Pittsburgh

In the early 1900s, Barney Dreyfus, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed

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Building a stadium

Building something back in the day

On March 1, 1909 — The Pittsburgh Pirates begin construction of their

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Mark and MHCC swim team on deck

Montour Heights Country Club swim team schedule for 2023

Confirmed Swim MeetsJune 8, 2023 - MHCC hosts Shannopin Country Club and their

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Three Rivers Stadium

Big, older homes in Pittsburgh — when there was great wealth among its elite residents

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Three Rivers Stadium

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Networking swim pools among various neighborhoods to provide opportunities for fitness, friendship, competition and wellness. 

Teach, practice and learn how to "play well with others" as we create another treasured Pittsburgh resource, its fourth river.

Logo of Pittsburgh Renegades Water Polo

Click image to go to the Pittsburgh Renegades Water Polo site.

Masters water polo happens at various times throughout the year.

Best to get yourself on the weekly email list and be notified of upcoming practices and competition opportunities. 

Mark Rauterkus

Co-organizer & Coach

Mark Rauterkus, color commentator with the swim coverage for the TribLIVE High School Sports Network.

Rick Flanagan


Call: Lifeguard Recruitment Initiative

Lifeguards need to be good swimmers.

Many people and places to can help with swimming skills and aquatic fitness including the Saturday Swim School offered for free by Coach Mark Rauterkus at the Northside’s PPS Allegheny School located across the street from the Aviary. See: Swim.CLOH.org. Call or text: 412-298-3432.

Basic Pre-Lifeguard Abilities:

  • Swim 300 yards without stopping,
  • Tread water for 2-minutes without using your hands, (kicking vertical, head up), and
  • Recover a diving brick from the bottom of the deep end of the pool.

Lifeguard certifications come from Lifeguard Instructors who teach Lifeguard Classes from various agencies: American Red Cross, The YMCA, Ellis & Associates, Starfish International.
Training includes: Lifeguard skills (such as the rescues), CPR, First Aid,plus written and practical tests. Courses take about 20-hours. Lessons occur in person in classrooms, in the swim pool and sometimes online too.

Lifeguard Training Tuition:

Most lifeguard classes have a fee of up to $250, but some employers cover these costs for their staff members. Pittsburgh’s Citiparks, Sandcastle, and The Pittsburgh Project offer no-charge lifeguard classes for employees who work for them. LA Fitness, YMCA, Pitt, Slippery Rock Univ., Allegheny County Parks, swim clubs, school districts and some country clubs have other affordable classes too.

Upcoming Classes, Reserve Your Spot!
  • The Pittsburgh Project offers Saturday classes starting in the first quarter of 2020, 412-298-3432.
  • Citiparks offers Saturday classes starting March 21, 2020. Call, 412-323-7930.
  • Citiparks offers Tuesdays and Thursdays evening classes in May 2020. 412-323-7930.

Saturday Swim School, January 2020

Fun goes to PPS Allegheny with morning session at 9 am to 11 and mid-day session from 11:30 to 1 pm.

Help plan with more robust activities in spring 2020.

Saturdays in the winter, we are going to hold two main sessions. One is at 8:30 am and the other starts at 11:30 am to 1 pm. Pick your time to fit your schedule. Drop in for some group instruction and a fun game of SKWIM. Adult and youth swimmers and non-swimmers with or without their guardians, siblings, children, friends and others from the community are welcome to attend this labor of love.

The location, PPS Allegheny Middle School swim pool on the Northside, across the street from the Aviary.

Scout groups, sports teams and other civic organizations are encouraged to contact us for game-time opportunities on Saturdays. If your group or club wishes to schedule a visit, don't hesitate in reaching out to Mark-at-Rauterkus-dot-com.

Varsity, Club, Y and/or Summer swim teams can do this.

Opportunities to swim and play SKWIM in and around Pittsburgh are growing. With your help and invite, we hope to see you at the pool soon. 

If in doubt about a gathering, text, email or call Coach Mark, 412-298-3432, or Mark -at- Rauterkus -dot- com.

Invite Coach Mark to your practice. If available, your squad gets to have a fun intra-squad workout, with the fellow coaches either in the water and playing the game with the swimmers or else on the deck. 

SKWIM was played with Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic High School swim teams at Chatham University's pool at 10 am practice on Saturday, February 9, 2019. See some of the action at SKWIM.us.  

SKWIM players at varsity swim practice with Oakland and Central Catholic HS

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The Pittsburgh Project
Kids running in the swim pool at The Pittsburgh Project

Swimmers at The Pittsburgh Project on the Northside. Play SKWIM, water polo, learn to swim and get fit in the water on Charles Street at Fowler Park.

Citiparks Ammon
SKWIM goal at Citiparks Ammon

SKWIM festival at Citiparks Ammon in the summers.

South Park H.S. Water Polo
water polo team and coaches

Pittsburgh Combined, a scholastic team, had players from South Park, Elizabeth Forward and Mt. Lebanon high schools.

Swim & Water Polo as part of PPS Summer Dreamers
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Kids running in the swim pool at The Pittsburgh Project

Swimmers at The Pittsburgh Project on the Northside

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