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!

Pool Schedule 2018

South Hills Swim Classes – Winter 2018

Lifeguard Certification Class December 26-29

Mark your calendars:
10 am-2 pm

For current JCC families and new families who may be interested in joining our spring and summer aquatic programs.
• Observe or participate in any of our aquatic programs offered that day
• Group swim lessons, aquatic exercise, swim team, summer camp
• Great opportunity to meet our swim instructors and swim coaches
• Free family swim 1:15-2 pm
• Snack and drinks provided
• New members receive $1 enrollment and FREE month on annual membership purchase
Contact Jamie Nathan for more information.


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

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

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

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.

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

Swim Team

Tidal Wave is a competitive swim team for all levels of experience.

Monday-Thursday, 4:30-7:30 pm
Friday, 4-6 pm
Saturday, 9 am-12 pm

For more information:
Email [email protected] Visit our website

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

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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