Aquatics - Squirrel Hill

Aquatics for All

Facilities: The Katz Foundation Swimming Complex
Lap Pool:
25 yards·7 practice lanes (6 competitive lanes) · Depth 3’6” to 4’6″ · 80 degrees
Small Pool: 50 feet (6 lengths =100 yards) · 3 lanes · Depth: 2’10” to 4” · 90 degrees · Hydraulic lift

Comfort in the water and learning to be safe in and around water are skills for life. At the JCC, aquatics are among the most important services we provide. So come for a swim or water workout, enjoy the water with your kids. It’s all here for you!

November-December Pool Schedule



Parent & Child: ages 6-36 months
Parent and child explore the water and begin to learn safe behaviors in the water with songs and games.

Toddler Tadpoles: ages 2-3
An introduction to organized swim lessons and water explorations. A teaching platform enables children to stand without assistance.

Lessons – Pre-K: ages 3-5
Level 1: Overcome fear, build confidence in the water, learn body positioning, floating and kicking.

Level 2:  Learn front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke and treading.

Level 3: Learn and coordinate strokes taught in Level 2 with a focus on breathing to the side during front crawl.

Lessons – Youth: ages 6-12
Level 1 Youth: ages 6-12
Overcome fear, build confidence in the water, learn body positioning, floating and kicking.

Level 2 Youth: ages 6-12
Learn front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke and treading.

Level 3 Youth: ages 6-12
Learn and coordinate strokes taught in Level 2 with a focus on breathing to the side during front crawl.

Level 4: ages 6-12
Build endurance and swimming elementary back stroke, front crawl and back crawl. Learn the basics of breast stroke and sidestroke.

Level 5: ages 6-12
Coordination and refinement of strokes; introduction to butterfly.

Level 6: ages 6-12
Continue refinement of strokes and swim with greater efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

Adult Swim Lessons: ages 13+
It’s never too late to learn to swim. Learn to overcome fear of the water, master the basic techniques and become a more confident, skilled swimmer. Dates & Times

Private Swim Lessons
Private lessons are available by calling for an appointment.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Our heated pool is the ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Gentle movements increase joint flexibility and range of of motion, while restoring or maintaining muscle strength. Must have a physician’s referral to participate in this certified program.

Shake, Splash and Roll
This is a low-impact aerobic class that includes total body conditioning and toning exercises in the small pool.

This high-intensity aerobics class held in the lap pool features exercises using resistance equipment.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

This water fitness program is designed for older adult members to enhance quality of life and daily function, using specifically designed SilverSneakers kickboards. No swimming ability is required for this safe, fun and effective program.

Aqua WalkOut
Enjoy gentle, slow movements in the warm water. The water supports walking forward, backward and sideways as arms assist movements. Stay as long or as little as you like—this group has the warm water pool space for an hour.

JCC Sailfish Stroke School: ages 8-12
Call Al Rose, 412-906-2853.
Learn the four competitive swimming strokes and how to swim faster. Enrollment limited to 24 swimmers. Register at the JCC Centerfit Desk. For more detailed information check the JCC Sailfish website:

Squirrel Hill Swim Team: ages 6-12
Children compete in local intramural meets. Must be an American Red Cross Level V, or be tested by the staff.

Pittsburgh Group Sailfish: ages 7-13
This group is for beginning competitive swimmers who have passed their Red Cross swimmers test. Swimmers will learn all strokes, starts and turns.

Allegheny Group Sailfish: ages 8-14
Swimmers must have some competitive background and meet USA BB/B times and workout set time standards. Swimmers will compete locally. Instructions and training will focus on all strokes, starts and turns and aerobic swimming. Attendance will be taken.
Al Rose, Head coach

Pennsylvania Group Sailfish: ages 10-18
Swimmers must have a competitive background and meet the standards for this group. Instructions will focus on all strokes, starts, turns, race planning and faster set swimming. Swimmers will compete locally and regionally. Attendance will be taken.
Al Rose, Head Coach.

U.S. Group Sailfish: ages 13-18
Swimmers must have advanced skills, meet the standards for this group and have the willingness to commit to excellence. Swimmers will compete locally and nationally. Attendance will be taken.
Al Rose, Head Coach.

U.S. National Group
Junior Nationals or Super Sectional times. Swimmers will compete nationally and locally. Attendance will be taken. (Number of swimmers will be very limited.)
Al Rose, Head Coach.

For adults interested in competitive swimming and harder workouts.
Al Rose, Coach.

Adult Conditioning
For adults interested in fitness through swimming. Practices move outdoors to the Family Park in Monroeville from May to August.

Call 412-695-5429 for information on Water Safety Certifications training.

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Kellie Ayres, Aquatics Director

  • MS in Sport Management/
    Intercollegiate Athletic
    Administration from California
    University of Pennsylvania
  • BS in Elementary Education/English Language Learner Program Specialist from Bloomsburg University
  • American Red Cross First Aid/AED
  •  NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO)
  • Allegheny County Bathing Place Manager Certified
  •  Pennsylvania Pesticide Certified
  •  Learn to Swim Lessons
  •  Private Swim Lessons
  •  Aqua Aerobics
  •  Mad Dog-Spinning Certified

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Meryl Surks, Assistant Aquatics Director

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding
  • American Red Cross First
  • Aid, CPR and AED for Professional Rescuers
  • NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator®
  • Learn To Swim Lessons
  • Private Swim Lessons
  • Supervising Family Park during the Summer

Contact Us

Kellie Ayres

Aquatics Director

Meryl Surks

Assistant Aquatics Director

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