Aquatics - South Hills

Come On In – The Water’s Fine!

Facilities: The Charles M. Morris Aquatics Center

Lap Pool: 25-yard, 6 lanes · Depth: 3 to 6 feet · Hydraulic lift and access stair.

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!


South Hills Pool Schedule 2017

South Hills Group Lessons Pool Schedule 2017

South Hills – Spring Group Lessons

South Hills Aquatics is offering Life guarding Certification classes learn more:
Lifeguard Certification Classes 2017



Swim Lessons
We use the American Red Cross learn to swim program, which teaches aquatic and safety skills in progressive levels.

Water Babies: ages 6-24 months
Parent and child sign songs and play games to build confidence in the water.

Toddler Tadpoles: ages 2-4
This class is an introduction to organized swim lessons and water exploration utilizing an elevated swim platform. Instructors will teach level 1 skills using songs, toys and games to help toddlers to become more comfortable in the water. Parents do not get into the water. Enrollment is limited to 6 toddlers per class.

Level 1: An introduction to water skills
In level 1 your children will learn to overcome fear, build confidence in the water, learn proper body positioning and correct arm and leg movement.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
We learn to float and recover to a standing position without support. Children learn to alternate their arm and leg movements with their faces in the water without support.

Level 3: Stroke Development
In Level 3 students will learn how to coordinate front and back crawl without support. We will learn how to side breathe, perform elementary backstroke, learn the scissors kick and the dolphin kick.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement
In Level 4, students will improve all their skills and fine tune their strokes. Class is held in the lap lanes and students will swim lengths of the pool using all strokes. Introduction of kneeling dives and treading water.

Swim Team Readiness
In level 5 students will build endurance to swim laps. We will learn flip turns for front and back crawl and refine open turns for breaststroke and butterfly.

Adult Swim Lessons

Beginner: For adults who have a fear of
the water or have no experience putting
their face in the water and floating
Stroke Refinement: For adults who are
able to swim but want additional help
with stroke technique.
Beginner: 6:30-7 pm
Stroke Refinement: 7-7:30 pm

Private Swim Lessons

Call to schedule for one-on-one
$34/half hour
$300/10 classes

Private Group Lessons

Open to all ages
Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4
swimmers at about the same level.
Half-hour lesson, scheduled at your
Call 412-278-1975 to schedule.


Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Classes

Our heated pool is the ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Gentle movements increase joint flexibility and range of motion, while restoring or maintaining muscle strength. Must have a physician’s referral to participate in this certified program.
Mondays and Fridays: 10-11 am
Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays: Noon-1 pm

Members-no fee; community-$5/class; $90/20 classes


Sundays: 12:30-1:30 pm
Mondays: 1-2 pm
Thursdays: 1-2 pm

*Schedule subject to change during the summer months. Please refer to the Pool Schedule.

American Red Cross Certifications

American Red Cross Lifeguarding
You must be able to swim 300 yards continuously: 100 yards front crawl, 100 yards breaststroke, 100 yards either front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive and retrieve a 10-lb brick, swim with brick to the shallow end of the pool.

Red Cross Lifeguard Readiness: ages 13+
This class is designed to help you pass the prerequisite swim test given on the first day of lifeguard class. Call for dates.

Lifeguarding Recertification
Recertification class includes lifeguarding, first aid and CPR/AED. Must have a current lifeguarding certificate.

Jamie Nathan
Aquatics Director

Jamie has been teaching swim lessons for 20 years, for all ages and skill levels from babies to adults


Chartiers Valley High School 1996

California University  of PA – B.A. English/Journalism Concentration 2000

California University  of PA – M.S. Science/Multimedia 2003


JCC South Hills:
Lifeguard, 2003

JCC Squirrel Hill:
Assistant Aquatics Director, 2003-2009

Club One Fitness: Aquatics Manager, June 2009-October 2014

JCC Squirrel Hill:
Swim Instructor, November 2014-August 2015


  • Certified Pool Operator
  • Pesticide License
  • American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED, First-Aid and Lifeguarding
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor


I met my husband Taylor at the JCC. We’ve been married since 2010 and have two children, Carly and Natalie.


Contact Us

Jamie Nathan

Aquatics Director

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