Join us at various aquatic events

Opportunities to swim and play SKWIM in and around Pittsburgh are presented below. 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.

4RS logo with Three Rivers Stadium

Play SKWIM with your Varsity or JV swim team

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

SKWIM participants at Moon

Moon SKWIM session in fall of 2018

SKWIM with and become a tiger on Sunday afternoons.

Moon Area High School

Many Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 4 pm, (arrive any time after noon for open swim) join in for a game of SKWIM. Swimmers and non-swimmers can be accompanied by their guardians, siblings, friends and others from the community. 

We would love to bring in other teams for some game-time on Sunday afternoons. If your group or club wishes to schedule a visit to the wonderful, 8-lane, 25-yard pool, don't hesitate in reaching out to us. 


Logo of Renegades Water Polo in Pittsburgh

Click above photo to go to the Renegades web site, Renegades.4RS.org

Masters Water Polo

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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. 

Typically: Join us in the winter months from 7:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays at the Chartiers Valley High School pool

Click above photo to see more about entry into the Chartiers Valley HS pool.

SKWIM, Aquatic Training, Swimming 

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Be ready to swim at 7:30 pm as we exit to sidewalk at 9 pm. Meet Coach Mark on bulkhead between the pools. We follow a club swim practice and CV youth swim lessons, so stay out of their way as we arrive.

SKWIM is a disk game, played with fins, non-contact with two teams. It is fun, quick and builds stamina. Meanwhile, advance water polo players are also often invited for a game-day. We have two pools. We'll do a blending of community programming with the goals of providing more opportunities for kids to get into age-group swimming, and to allow them to get experiences with SKWIM and water polo and becoming varsity and masters water polo players on local teams -- as well as lifeguards.

See SKWIM.us for water safety quiz and how-to play lessons.


Underwater hockey players

Underwater Hockey players

Underwater Hockey

Adults and varsity swimmers get to play Underwater Hockey throughout the winter at West Allegheny High School on Tuesdays and Mt. Lebanon High School on Thursdays. Join the email list for updates. Practice times are generally from 8 or 8:20 to nearly 10 pm. More.

Group of underwater hockey players on pool deck

Players take a break from underwater hockey at Mt. Lebanon's pool


Pending until spring


Click photo above to see more at https://swim.cloh.org/saturdays/. 

Saturday Swim School

Planning for activities to begin after spring break and continue through April, May and early June. Activities are hard to organize within the scholastic swim season in Jan, Feb and March.

Saturdays, from 9:30 am to 1 pm, join us at the Saturday Swim School where we provide group instruction and always try to include 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 switched to the Allegheny Middle School swim pool on the Northside, across the street from the Aviary, in the fall of 2018. We hope to get back to using the swim pool at Oliver High School when the swim pool is working again.

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 us. 


Pending until spring

Most Friday evenings, once again in the spring, from 8 to 9 pm, (arrive after 7:30 pm) join in for a game of SKWIM and some introductory water polo skills development. The age group swimmers can stay after their practice ends and can be joined by their guardians, siblings, friends and others from the community. 

We would love to bring in other teams for some game-time on Friday night. If your group or club wishes to schedule a visit to the wonderful, 8-lane, 25-yard pool, don't hesitate in reaching out to us. 


Pending until summer

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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. Campers play SKWIM, water polo, learn to swim and get fit in the water. 

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

Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo happened for consecutive eight years and may or may not return in 2019.

This growing network of swim pools works cooperatively among various neighborhoods and communities, providing opportunities for fitness, friendship, competition and wellness. Teach, practice and learn how to play well with others so as to create another treasured Pittsburgh resource, its fourth river.

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