Saturday SKWIM School with Northgate and others

Wonderful time playing SKWIM at the Saturday Swim School with a nice collection of folks who supported Nick’s Eagle Scout project. It was a pleasure to help. Thanks for the snacks, and the donations raised are getting applied to supplies that furnish the next phase of the project.

group of swimmers at Oliver HS pool
Played 6-on-6 SKWIM. Photo after the first round of games. Then there were fun relays, Underwater Hockey, and more SKWIM.

Underwater Hockey too

With Dave’s help, a 4-on-4 game of Underwater Hockey was also played. He had the sticks and a puck. Kids had their own goggles. Some wore fins. Gloves were not used and neither were snorkels. Kids had a blast.

Games of SKWIM in different quarters and a different pitch

The game approach to SKWIM was different and noteworthy. We played slot style, so the disk has to go into the gutters. Good water height and deep gutters too. Two teams, 6-players on each team, one referee. Everyone played. No subs. All the kids were swimmers from a few different clubs. Team Pittsburgh, Northgate, and later a swimmer from PEAQ attended.

First quarter was played in shallow end across the 6-lane pool. Goals stretched from the ladder near the corner to the 5-foot marker painted on the wall / bulkhead. That was about 13 years wide. Quarter ends when the first team reaches 5 goals. Score was 5-4.

Second quarter was played in the deep end across the 6-lane pool. Goals stretched from the deep end ladder near the corner of the pool to the painted mark that read 7-foot. Again, wider than 10-yards. Quarter ends when the first team reaches 10.

Third quarter was played the length of the pool. One team defended the deep wall and the other defended the shallow end wall. Goals were from the mark that reached between lane 2 and lane 5. That was about a third of the span of the end wall. The third quarter ended when the lead team reached 15 goals.

Fourth quarter was played the length of the pool, again, but the two teams switched ends. Game ends when the first team reached 20 goals.

We had played SKWIM in the shallow, in the deep, and both across the width of the pool as well as the length of the pool. But today was the first day we played SKWIM and incorporated all three formats of the lagoon into the same game.

Underwater Hockey returns to the swim pool at Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy — Rookies welcome!

  1. Wed. Oct 18, 7:30 to 9 pm at Obama.
  2. Mon. Oct 30, 7:30 to 9 pm at Obama
  3. Mon. Nov 6, 7:30 to 9 pm at Obama
  4. Mon. Nov 20, 7:30 to 9 pm at Obama

Obama is at the corner of Highland Ave and East Liberty Blvd. Enter school’s front doors and turn right. Walk past the gym to the pool. If front door is locked, call the coach’s cell: 412-298-3432.

Bring swim suit and if you have them, fins, snorkle, mask. But, we’ve got some loaner equipment too.

Additional insights and other dates and community aquatic activities with Coach Mark Rauterkus​ can be found at the Google calendar at

Entering West Allegheny High School, a frequent host for Underwater Hockey

West Allegheny High School has been a frequent host for practices for Underwater Hockey.
Throughout December and the early months of 2018, the pool was closed for major upgrades.



Google maps of WA school
West Allegheny High School, 205 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. The red line shows where to park and then navigate inside the building to get to the pool.