Thursday, April 06, 2017
Introduction Clinic and Walk-up Games of SKWIM with game's INVENTOR, the evening of Wed., April 12 at Oliver Bath House
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Introduction Clinics and Walk-up Games of SKWIM with game's INVENTOR on the evening of Wed., April 12, at Citiparks' Oliver Bath House
All citizens, lifeguards, coaches and physical education teachers in the city are invited to participate in introductory clinics and drop-in games of SKWIM with Kevin McCarthy, SKWIM's inventor, starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 12 at Pittsburgh's Oliver Bath House, Citiparks' historic indoor swim pool on the South Side at 10th Street.
SKWIM is a disk-based team game that can be played with fins in both shallow and deep water with swimmers of various ability levels and ages. Coach Mark Rauterkus has included SKWIM as a vital part of the aquatic efforts of teaching more than 1,000 city-youngsters to swim in recent years including those with Swim & Water Polo of Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers.
"With SKWIM, teamwork, sportsmanship and rule-following are easily stressed with initial interactions among students. But most of all, SKWIM is fun," says Coach Rauterkus. "Water safety, swim ability and fitness are reinforced with SKWIM play."
On April 12, the Oliver Bath House activities from 6:30 to 9 pm are devoted to the SKWIM clinics and scrimmages. Kevin McCarthy from the state of Washington and other local players are going to be present. Pittsburgh is also hosting an annual educational meeting of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the hope is to get some of those national experts to join in too.
A post-game social from 9 to 11 pm is also planned for the South Side home/office of Coach Rauterkus.
Sign up in advance at Swim.CLOH.org. Or, call 412-298-3432.
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