SKWIM goals, lighter, more affordable, tested at Ammon


This site opened and was used in the summer of 2018

A fresh look could come to Citiparks pools in 2024, if we can get them all to support the water game, SKWIM. Then Ammon can be a regional host to games among various lifeguards and pool patrons.


We got a grant! New and improved programs being developed for summer 2019

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Details on the grant at



Grant for up to $7,500 for PLAY

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Aquatic Jamborees happen in 2-hour periods at community swim pools. Local events funnel to HQ pools with weekly festivals hosted at pools: Northside at The Pgh Project, Hill Districts Citiparks Ammon.

Engagement with SKWIM includes: introduction with casual game-play among drop-in individuals and invited community groups (church, scouts, nonprofit, professional, neighborhood, school, teams). Mix audiences, ages 10-and-older to adults, participate in a new, non-contact sport. Playing well with others happens in a setting that stresses teamwork, sportsmanship and integrity with pick-up/playground style squads. The ad-hoc teams form with a coordinator. These highly-social games occur in a lagoon area within the pool. SKWIM is sorta like water polo, but far easier to do and understand. First-time participants are proficient and make team contributions. SKWIM is played with a soft, foam, disk that easily skims along the water’s surface. Players pass and shot the disk into goals (like hockey, soccer, lacrosse and basketball) but teamwork matters, sorta like Ultimate Frisbee. Optional fins and life vests are provided.

SKWIM, a favorite among kids at camps, resonates with adults and guardians.

A pilot program in August 2018 operated with Citiparks blessing. See With grant support, expansion to 15 city public pools can give kids and adults meaningful team and group activities for increased interactions and wellness.

Outreach Purpose

WESA Radio covers Ammon’s Head Lifeguard, Charles, our favorite super hero

Great article and interviews in the main-stream media about Pittsburgh’s Hill District super-star, Charles Bonner, Citiparks Ammon’s Head Lifeguard.

Be sure to read and listen to the coverage.


Charles at side of pool where SKWIM happens
That’s Charles doing command and control. If you look close at the photo, notice the bottom left corner and the SKWIM fins. The guy in the hat in the pool holding a SKWIM disk is Coach Mark Rauterkus. Another SKWIM disk is visible on the bottom right of the frame. Charles is pointing past Coach and to the SKWIM Goal, not visible in the image.



SKWIM goals in shallow water

Kids at Citiparks Ammon got to play SKWIM in the shallow water. Here is some of that action.


Love how the basketballs are floating in the water and are idle.

A yellow fin and other pair of fins come off the kids and float too. The fins are a bit of a pain in the shallow water as the fins make it much harder to walk. For swimming, especially in deeper water, the fins are welcomed.

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Garfield Gators got into SKWIM at Ammon

Thanks for bringing the kids to the swim pool this summer. Some of the game to be posted soon.

Photos from the last day at Ammon with the Garfield Gators! Click image for larger view.


If your group, camp, sports team or school would like to play against the Garfield Gators, the Ozanam squad, or even the Ammon Team, leave a message below in the comments area. We’ll try to get a game with your squad in the hours and days and weeks to come.

The Garfield Gators are a football team with cheerleaders. They played their first games of the fall 2018 season in Ohio on Saturday, August 4, 2018.


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Charles teaching the dive in the deep end.

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