Join us at various aquatic events
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.
Call: Lifeguard Recruitment Initiative
Co-organizer & Coach
Become a Lifeguard
Lifeguards have 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.
Lifeguards must pass a course to get certification before being hired.
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 Pgh Project offers Saturday classes starting in January 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.
Masters Water Polo
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.
Past: Summer-time outdoor practice happened at Citiparks Ammon and then shifted to Citiparks Sue Murray Pool on Cedar Ave on the lower Northside. Practices times were 6 pm every Tuesday and Thursday -- weather permitting.
Saturday Swim School, December 2019
Fun goes indoor at PPS Allegheny with morning session at 8:30 am and later 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.
Water Polo and SKWIM practices at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Citiparks Ammon Pool on Bedford Ave in Pittsburgh's Hill District.
SKWIM & Water Polo Tournaments at Citiparks Highland Park Pool on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 2019.
Other special pop-up events with various pools, country clubs, swim teams and camps were detailed on the Google Calendar. We visited more than a dozen pools and lakes in the region.
Let's play SKWIM with your teams.
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.
Moon Area High School
Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 4 pm, (arrive any time after noon for open swim) to join in for a game of SKWIM. Sign up details coming soon. 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.
Underwater Hockey to begin again in September, 2019
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.
The Pittsburgh Project
Tip: You can subscribe to this calendar.
Just call or text Coach Mark, 412-298-3432, to confirm the event is being held.
Our 2019 WPIAL Swim & Dive Meet Videos:
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