Aquatics - South Hills

Come On In – The Water’s Fine!

Pool Closed for Cleaning August 24-30. We will reopen August 31 at 8 am.

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 Fall Pool Schedule

Come work at a great place: The JCC is seeking part-time lifeguards/group/private swim lesson instructors!

All applicants are required a minimum of 1-3 years swim instructor experience. Applicants must have up-to-date American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, & CPR/AED certifications. Water Safety Instructor Certification (WSI) is preferred. A free health membership is offered upon hire. All candidates must possess or obtain Act 33/34, FBI clearances, and mandated reporter training.
Please submit resume and cover letter to:
Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
Attn: Human Resources Department, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Fax: 412-521-7044
Equal Opportunity Employer


Stingrays Swimmers: ages 6-12

Natalie Parker, Assistant Aquatics Director [email protected] or 412-278-1790

Be a part of our non-competitive swim group. Learn swim team skills such as diving, endurance, and efficient stroke technique in a fun, relaxed environment.  Exercise, socialize with friends and discover what you can achieve.

Swimmers are required to attend both days per week and must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and 10 yards butterfly.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:15-6 pm

Swim Lessons

Guppy and Me:
Parent and child class: ages 6-30 months
Your child will build confidence in the
water, sing songs and play with water
appropriate toys. Parents along with the
instructor will help their child learn to float and blow bubbles. Parents will also learn basic safety and swim skills to be comfortable with their child in the pool.
Sundays11 am
Mondays11 am

Minnows (Level 1)
Introduction to organized swim lessons for ages 2-4 years old. Parents do not get into the water. Children will learn to put their face in the water in order to swim forward unassisted. They will also learn how front/back float with assistance and kick on their front/back.
Sundays 10 am
Mondays 10 am, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Tuesdays 4:30 pm
Wednesdays 2:30 pm
Thursdays 10 am
Goldfish (Level 2) Children will learn how to front/back float without support and combine alternating arm and leg action on their front. They will kick on their back unassisted, tread water 15 seconds and front streamline one body length.
Sundays 10:30 am
Mondays 10:30 am and 5pm
Tuesdays 4:30 pm
Thursdays 10:30 am

Dolphins (Level 3)
Children learn how to swim freestyle 10 yards, backstroke 10 yards and elementary backstroke 5 yards. They will also be introduced to breaststroke and be able to tread water for 30 seconds. Sundays 11:30 am
Tuesdays 5 pm
Wednesdays 4:30 pm
Thursdays 11:30 am and 4:30 pm

Whales (Level 4)
Children learn how to swim freestyle 25 yards, backstroke 25 yards, elementary backstroke 10 yards and breaststroke 15 yards. They will tread water for one minute and be introduced to diving.
Sundays Noon
Tuesdays 5:30 pm
5 pm Thursdays 11:30 am and 5 pm

Sharks (Swim Team Readiness)
Your child will learn to swim freestyle 50 yards, backstroke 50 yards, breaststroke 25 yards and butterfly 15 yards. They will also be introduced to flip turns and racing starts.
Sundays 12:30 pm
Thursdays 5:30 pm

Private Swim Lessons

Call to schedule for one-on-one instruction.

$37/half hour
$198/6 lessons
$300/10 classes

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: Noon-1 pm

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


This water-based high intensity interval training challenges your whole body while also improves your coordination, endurance and power.

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm


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

SilverSneakers® Splash

Jump in for a fun, shallow water class that improves agility, flexibility and endurance.

This is a great low-impact option. No swimming ability is required, and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination.

Aqua Groove
This high-intensity class will focus on endurance and resistance
training in an enjoyable atmosphere set to music
Fridays, 11 am-noon

Adult Swim Lessons: For adults who have limited swimming experience or who are able to swim but want additional help with stroke technique.

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



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


I started at the JCC as a lifeguard in 2003 and in 2015 became the Aquatics Director.  My daughters Carly and Natalie both swim, dance and attend preschool and summer camp at the JCC South Hills.

Natalie Parker
Assistant Aquatics Director

Natalie has been teaching swim lessons for six years and swam competitively for 16 years.


American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED, First-Aid and Lifeguarding

Stephen Farrow
Aquatics Specialist

Stephen has been teaching swim lessons for 15 years, for all ages and skill levels.  He also has experience with community and intramural swim programs.

American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED, First-Aid and Lifeguarding

Contact Us

Jamie Nathan

Aquatics Director

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