SKWIM is a fun, fast-paced water game played with two-teams and a SKWIM disk.


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Mark Rauterkus and Kevin McCarthy in Pittsburgh at the NDPA Conference. NDPA = National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

SKWIM was invented ten years ago by Kevin McCarthy, a friend from the state of Washington. Kevin speaks and leads training on water safety and SKWIM around the world including a visit to Pittsburgh in April, 2017. Kevin leads SKWIM INTERNATIONAL and offers programs in the Seattle area. Mark Rauterkus was hired as the nonprofit executive director of SKWIM USA in January 2018.

Presentation to Pacific Swim Coaches

Coach Mark traveled to Napa, California, and gave a one-hour talk to swim coaches and the audio, slides and associated videos, are published. See Thinking again about aquatic game play.

Pittsburgh Opportunities

Swimmers from USA Swimming’s Diversity Camp with Allegheny Mountain Swimming at CalU in August 2016 enjoyed playing SKWIM in some “free time” sessions.

This new aquatic game is played extensively at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of its Summer Dreamers Academy.


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Swimmers and SKWIM players at PPS Arsenal Middle School.

We play SKWIM as part of many after-school practices throughout the year with students of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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