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Entry into the Allegheny swim pool on the Northside by the Aviary

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Do not confuse PPS Allegheny Middle School with North Allegheny.

PPS Allegheny Middle School is located on the Northside, directly across the street from the National Aviary.

Address: 810 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

When school is not in session, enter the doors to the swim pool by climbing a couple of steps to enter the building and then once inside, go down two floors. The pool and pool locker-rooms is located below the gym. While school is in session, enter the school via the front doors and walk past the main floor office and down a long hallway to the back of the building and then go down, below the gym.

Enter the swim pool from the back, across from the Aviary.

Arrow points to the door to the swim pool on Arch Street

Back of PPS Middle School shows arrow to the swim pool door.

Pool at PPS Allegheny Middle School

Pool is 25-yards long and has five lines but only four starting blocks.


Front of PPS Allegheny Middle School

Front of PPS Allegheny Middle School. Also has a K-5 school too.

Swim News delivered to PPS Elementary School Swim Meet

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Dear Swim Coaches, Swimmers, Guardians and Families:

All are invited to participate in our Saturday Swim School hosted for the next few weeks at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Allegheny Middle School on the Northside right across the street from the Aviary.

Meet us at the pool, both kids and adults, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. No charge. This is a “labor of love.”

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 8 & December 15, 2018

Location: In December 2018, we’ll be at PPS Allegheny.

We held the Saturday Swim School for the past two years at Oliver High School on Brighton Road, but the pool there has been out of commission throughout the fall of 2018, sadly. Perhaps we’ll go back to Oliver HS in early 2019.

Activities: On Saturdays, we have some swim instruction and often play a game in the pool called SKWIM. It is with a water disk but a lot like water polo too. To learn more about SKWIM, see

Kids and Adults are able to participate from 11:30 to 1 pm.

Adults, Triathletes and Varsity high school swimmers looking improve and gain in fitness and are able to swim on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am. We run two sessions on Saturdays.

Being a good swimmer makes you safe and can lead to becoming a lifeguard in the future. We train lifeguards in the spring at the Saturday Swim School too.

Being safe in and around the water, especially at the beach and in other settings beyond an indoor swim pool with lifeguards, should be a goal for all citizens. We want you to test your AQUATIC KNOWLEDGE with a fun, online quiz. There are FOUR levels. Free. See to click on the quiz and learn more about rip-currents and test your decision-making.

Extra: We also do programs on Sundays at Moon High School, Tuesday nights at Chartiers Valley High School, play water polo in the fall at South Park High School, and swim at many outdoor pools in the summers including at the Pittsburgh Project on the Northside on Charles Street and at Citiparks Ammon Rec pool on Bedford Ave in The Hill District. Stay in touch with an email or visit,

Thanks for your interest and keep on swimming!

Coach Mark Rauterkus of Pittsburgh’s South Side
412-298-3432 = cell

PPS ATA swim pool with lilypad and boy and disks

Play at Allegheny Traditional Academy MS pool in an afterschool program. Boys love their toys. We create, engage ourselves, build, balance and have fun. Who knows what we’ll be doing next.


Questions from a parent

I received a flyer about swimming yesterday for my daughter from a Pittsburgh Public School. We are interested in the swim program from 11:30-1 but wanted more information.

Are adults expected to get on the pool with their kids? Do children need to be able to swim to participate? Is their a younger age cut off (can my 4 year old participate)?

Thank you for offering this program.


Adults do not need to get in. I encourage it. I aim for that family experience as it is different, and I feel valuable. Most adults just watch. Some get in.

With the wee one at 4, I would really like the adult to get in, but you would need to be present. I don’t expect many to be there however.

Thank you for your speedy reply.

Just to be clear my four year old would not be able to participate if I do not get in the pool? I do not plan on getting in the pool and we will not attend if that is the case.

Both my 6 year old and 4 year old have taken previous swimming lessons and were (Its been a long time since summer) comfortable in the water but cannot actually swim.

And again thank you I think it is great you are offering this opportunity for the children in Pittsburgh.


Since I don’t think we’ll have many folks there this Saturday — I’m okay to get in with your kids without you in the water this week for a part of the time — for sure for about 30-minutes. Can you come around 10:30 or 11 am? I don’t want to have a dozen middle school kids (doubtful) and the wee one’s get a bad experience. I don’t expect that they’ll want to be swimming much past 40-minutes total anyway.

Good to be able to meet you and start up something with them.

I’m flexible for sure. But this is a wide-ranging invite. No scout groups, football squads or lifeguard classes are happening / booked in December.


I looked around on the website on the flyer some but was not able to find some information. Can you tell more more about the program in general. From what I understand this is just a free trial but you offer swim lessons throughout the year? I saw on the calendar the Saturday Swim School for kids and adults on the 8th and 15th but it also looks like it is on there for the 22nd so I am assuming you would have to pay for that one? How much are lessons usually? Or is it always just a free program? Are parents expected to swim during normal swim lessons (I really hate getting in pools in winter, I don’t know why, haha)?

My daughter is also in a Girl Scouts Troop. Can you give me more information about a troop signing up for programming? What is the cost, what does it involve, are parents expected to get in the pool, etc.?

Thank you for your time.


The swim lessons I offer throughout the school year on Saturdays have been free for three years. I don’t expect to charge anything any time soon. Some of the places we go to need a small fee, such as Moon Area HS pool on some Sundays is $2 for a drop in fee.

Girls Scouts are welcome. Just call ahead. No charge. I want to figure out what day and be sure I’m there (no wedding / away swim meet). And, — sadly — what pool is available. We had done it at Oliver. Had to shift to Allegheny. Both are fine, but there is more room at Oliver for larger groups.

I am alone — so yes — we’d want to build up a host of volunteers with the kids in the water. I wouldn’t want to handle a whole girl scout group — say more than 6 — without another adult or two. Best if adults are in the water and I’m out of it even.

I do have some other guard friends to call.

Sure. Let’s plan something. We’ll go all the way through May, I expect.

Mt. Lebanon High School Pool

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Summer is not ending yet!

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More Aquatic Fun for the Swimming Community

contact:, 412-298-3432 = cell
Organizer of the Saturday Swim School,

Spectators: Watch NCAA Men’s Water Polo games from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Citiparks’ Highland Park Pool.

Sign up in advance for free clinic with college coaches and experts.

High School Boys & Girls: Sign up for scholastic water polo with Pittsburgh Combined. Students from any district can participate.

Practices from 7:30 to 9 am on Mondays and Wednesdays at the indoor swim pool at South Park High School. New players starting on Monday!

Swimmers in grades 6, 7 and 8 are fielding a Pittsburgh Combined Team for the Pennsylvania Middle School League with Sunday tournament games this fall.

Gather a squad of friends, kids and adults, to join a cooperative yet competitive water-safety events with SKWIM (2-team disk-game with fins) at Citiparks Ammon Pool.

Round robin play happens afternoons and evenings, August 6 to 16, 2018. Bring your squad for one session. RSVP now to claim available date.

Adults, join our Masters Water Polo Team, Pittsburgh Renegades, with practices at 6 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dues just $5 per month.

Underwater Hockey Clinic, 6 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Ammon Pool

Any swimmers age 12 and older can attend. Bring fins, mask, snorkel if you have them.


Get details by calling, texting or email with Coach Mark Rauterkus,


Dear Coaches and Summer Club Swim Team Leaders:

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Please review this letter AFTER today’s meet when you have leisure time. Sorry for its length. Thanks in advance for the consideration.

This summer is not over yet!

Let’s forge a relationship by:

a) Introducing you and your team to an exciting new aquatic game, SKWIM.

b) Empowering you to incorporate these tools and game-play in your program in future seasons.

Just contact me by text, email or a phone call, and I’ll send you more detailed explanations. Then we can consider our options and customize a tailored approach to your liking. My cell: 412-298-3432.

Local swim programs have already enjoyed wonderful experiences in 2018. I want you and your athletes to become engaged too. We’ve been on-deck and had a great time (generally on multiple occasions) at the Greensburg Country Club, South Hills Country Club, Edgeworth Club in Sewickley, Montour Aqua Club, with a Y team, and throughout the city at various camps and public pools.

Nationally, I’ve been an invited speaker to podcasts and made trips to deliver presentations in Seattle to the Washington Parks & Rec Conference and to Napa, California, for the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic.

Our fun approach to water safety with SKWIM is new, fun, authentic and purposeful. I hope to share these concepts and their digital badges with you soon so Pittsburgh can lead the nation in deploying these assets and realizing the benefits.


1. Let’s organize a no-cost clinic with your team at your pool this summer.

2. You (and your friends, lifeguards, board-members, guardians and swimmers) are invited to the city to participate in new, competitive, water safety events from August 6th to the 16th, as available openings remain.

3. New, scholastic water polo teams are forming now for both boys and girls, and both high school and middle school. Students from any school district can join Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo. Water polo happens in the fall sports season. As an expansion team and club sport, we’ll play a non-league schedule with practices and some games.

4. Pittsburgh’s adult / masters team, the Renegades, is accepting new (and old) water polo players. Monthly fees are $5.

5. Pittsburgh’s Underwater Hockey team is leading a drop-in clinic for anyone age 12 and older on Friday, August 10.

6. The Saturday Swim School can accommodate additional individuals and groups throughout the fall, winter and spring. Last year’s courses trained more than 100 new lifeguards.

7. On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Citiparks’ Highland Park Pool, is hosting NCAA Men’s Water Polo games (among W&J, PSU, Gannon, Mercyhurst). Spectators are invited and youngsters can sign-up for free clinic sessions with various college coaches and players.

Hopefully, you are interested and an email is sent soon.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Rauterkus

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