We use the American Red Cross learn to swim program, which teaches aquatic and safety skills in progressive levels. Dates & Times
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. Dates & Times
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. Dates & Times
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. Dates & Times
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. Dates & Times
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. Dates & Times
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
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. Dates & Times
Fitness Swimming for Kids
This class will help students refine strokes and build endurance to become a stronger swimmer. We will work on all strokes and flip turns and use kickboards and pull buys. Students will learn how to check their heart rate. Students must be able to swim 25 yards of each stroke. Dates & Times
Private Swim Lessons
Call 412-278-1975 to schedule.
$225/10 classes (buy 9 get one free)
Meet Our Staff
Earleen Birkner is the Aquatic Director at the South Hills JCC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Robert Morris University. Earleen has been in the Aquatics industry for most of her life. She started working as a lifeguard at age 15! She is an American Red Cross lifeguard instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor and a Water Safety Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer. Earleen is also a Certified Scuba Diver and enjoys diving everywhere from the dark depths of Lake Erie to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
Shawn McClure is the Aquatics Assistant at the South Hills JCC. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh. Shawn served in the US Navy as an Information System Technician second class and a Watch Supervisor. He served aboard the USS Enterprise (the carrier in the movie, “Top Gun”). He has been working at the JCC for over 10 years, first in the fitness center before jumping into the pool and Aquatics management. He is an American Red Cross lifeguard and a Certified Water Safety Instructor, Shawn is also a Certified Pool Operator and has his Pesticide License. In his spare time, he supports all the Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Penguins.