The Township of Upper St. Clair Pennsylvania



Water exercise is a great choice for all populations. Whether you are training for a triathlon, rehabbing an injury, or simply looking for more variety in your day to day workouts, water exercise is the natural choice. You will not only experience physiological benefits, you will receive psychological and emotional benefits as well.

Steps from your backyard the spacious, informal pools were designed with a variety of alcoves and shade corridors. Three pools and unlimited aquatic adventures for all ages and comfort levels! See the Aquatics Information section for more information on what Aquatics offers.

Aquatics Classes

Lap Pool Schedule 

Leisure Pool Schedule 

Aquatics Information

Private Swim Lessons Form

Aquatic Amenities

Pool Guidelines

Benefits of Aquatics

Tips for Safer Swimming

Location, Hours, and Contact information

Indoor Facility
6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Outdoor Aquatics Facility
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Aquatic and Fitness areas close 15 minutes prior to building closing.

Boyce Mayview Park
Dawn to Dusk

Admin Offices
Mon - Fri
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

P. 412-221-1099
F. 412-221-6964

1551 Mayview Road Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania 15241

Holiday Hours
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Facility Closed:
New Year's Day
Easter Sunday
Christmas Day

Accessibility contact for the Community and Recreation Center: Mr. Paul Besterman, Directory of Recreation & Leisure Services at 412.831.9000, ext 6560.

Aquatic Classes

The C&RC Aquatics Department offers a wide range of aquatic programs designed with all ages and fitness levels in mind. Please explore all of the options we have to offer, and remember, it’s never too late to get started! 

Water Exercise

The variety of C&RC water exercise classes are a great place to bring along a friend to reach your fitness goals. Each class is taught by excellent certified water exercise instructors with a passion for fitness. With a variety of classes to choose from we guarantee you will find a class that will motivate and challenge you.

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View the Group Exercise Schedule

Group Swim Lessons

All group swim lessons at the C&RC follow the American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics and Learn to Swim Program.  Preschool classes are intended for children age 3-5 years old, while the Learn to Swim Program is for children age 6-13 years old.

It is recommended that participants/parents review the prerequisites and skills taught in each level before enrolling.  Please click here to view a summary of each level.

Designed to encourage water exploration, the Infant Swim Class will teach parents a variety of support and holding techniques used to help children feel more comfortable in the water. Participants will practice supported front and back floats, arm and leg movement, and breath control.

One parent must be in the water with his/her child at all times during the class.  If each parent would like to participate, we recommend alternating classes.  Only one parent is permitted in the water per class.

Once comfortable in the water, children in the Toddler Swim Class will begin to learn the basic movements and body positions required to start swimming. Parents will continue to assist children in the water by encouraging alternating arm and leg movements, front and back floating with minimal support, and face and head submersion.

One parent must be in the water with his/her child at all times during the class.  If each parent would like to participate, we recommend alternating classes.  Only one parent is permitted in the water per class.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available throughout the year for both children and adults. Each lesson consists of 30 minutes of one-on-one instruction with a certified instructor.  Individuals can register for packages of 4, 8, 12, or 18 lessons by completing and returning the Private Swim Lesson Registration Form and Private Swim Lesson Agreement Form to the C&RC administration office or email to

For more information or questions regarding scheduling, please contact the Aquatics Department at 412-221-1099 Ext. 6140.

Competitive Stroke Clinic

Intended for children seeking to improve their stroke technique, this stroke clinic will cover a different competitive stroke each class, as well as flip turns, open turns, and diving. The goal of this stroke clinic is to better prepare individuals interested in competitive swimming.

Participants must have completed ARC Swim Lessons Level 3 or equivalent.

Maximum participants per class: 6

Fitness Swimming for Kids (Ages 6-9 & 10-13)

A cardio based fitness class for kids. This class will include set work, distance and sprint swimming, use of the swim clock, and development in endurance and strength. The fitness swim class is not a substitute to group swim lessons or stroke clinic which focuses more on stroke technique.

Prerequisites: children must be able to swim 4 lengths (100 yds.) consecutively, know freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke, and have successfully passed level 3 swim lesson or equivalent.

Junior Lifeguarding (Not a certification course)

Are you interested in lifeguarding – but not quite old enough yet? This course is designed to give 11 to 14 year olds a fun sneak peek into what it takes to become a great lifeguard. We cover all the basics and get you ready to enter the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program when you turn 15. Participants do not receive certifications in lifeguard, CPR and/or AED; however, they will receive a certificate of completion for the course.


-Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
-Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
-Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
-Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the   back for 25 yards using the elementary backstroke or back crawl.

Parent & Child Water Exercise

This unique, playful class is designed for parents to workout with their children (age 6- 30 months).  Our instructor will lead parents through a variety of water aerobics-based exercises that use your child combined with the water’s natural resistance to achieve a total body workout.

Adult Learn to Swim

Designed for beginner level swimmers, individuals can expect to learn the basic essentials to swimming. Classes will cover proper flutter kick, alternating arm movements, rotary breathing, and body position in the water.

Fitness Swimming for the Novice Swimmer (Adults)

Geared towards intermediate swimmers, this Fitness Swimming class offers new swim workouts every day. While stroke technique is the primary goal of the class, our instructor will also guide swimmers through a workout to build endurance. Participants should have some understanding of freestyle, backstroke, and/or breaststroke. Ideal candidates for the class should also be comfortable swimming more than one length of the pool at a time.

Fitness Swimming for Adults

Perfect for tri-athletes and former competitive swimmers, the Fitness Swimming class offers new swim workouts each morning. While endurance is the primary goal of this class, our instructor will also be available to correct stroke technique and suggest drills for further improvement. Participants should be proficient in freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke, and be able to swim a minimum of 300 yards continuously.

Aquatic Advanced

Courses & Certifications

C&RC Aquatics Department offers a number of training courses and certifications. If you’re interested in advanced training's for high-skill recreational aquatics activities or certifications from Life-guarding to Water Safety the C&RC Aquatics department is where you’ll find it!

Lifeguard Course


  • Minimum age of 15 and bring a copy of a driver’s license, state identification, birth certificate or passport to first class to verify age
  • swim 300 yards continuously – 100 yards front crawl using rhythmic breathing
  • 100 yards breaststroke using pull breathe, kick, glide
  • 100 yards front crawl, breaststroke or combination
  • start in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-lb object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with the object, exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • tread water with hands out of water for two minutes.

You may buy a hard copy of the book or you can download a free copy of the book at

Lifeguard & CPR Re-Certification

• Participant will receive CPR & First Aid
• Certification valid for 2 years
• Must bring your old certification card
• Must pass the all pre-test requirements for the Lifeguard Course
• Perform all required skills with 100% accuracy
• Pass a written test with a score of at least 80%
• Must attend both classes of the session, pass all writing exams, and perform all required skills with 100% accuracy to complete certification
• The 2011 ARC Manual is required for all class dates.

You may buy a hard copy of the book or you can download a free copy of the book at

Proof of current basic certifications is required on the first day of class.

CPR Re-Certification

• Must bring your old certification card
• Perform all required skills with 100% accuracy
• Pass a written test with a score of at least 80%

Lifeguard Instructor Course

Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) candidates must be:

  • at least 17 years of age
  • able to demonstrate 300-yards continuous swim, using the front crawl and breaststroke
  • retrieve a 10- lb weight from 7-feet of water, swim 20-yards; with legs only tread water with hands out of water for two minutes.


Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) candidates must be able to demonstrate proficient Lifeguard Training, CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer, Standard First Aid land and water skills, and pass a pre-course written exam with a score of at least 80 percent. 

NOTE: Instructor candidates must have current basic certifications in the following: Lifeguarding, Standard First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Proof of current basic certifications is required on the first day of class.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course provides candidates the training needed to teach Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety courses by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. Must attend all six classes, pass all writing exams, and perform all required skills with 100% accuracy to complete certification ***

Certified Pool/Spa Operator® Certification Program

CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations.

The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 282,000 successful CPO® certifications in 64 countries.

The CPO® certification program is widely accepted by health departments. Instructors receive comprehensive training and certification to teach the CPO® certification program. These instructors represent every segment in the aquatic industry including operators, health officials, service professionals, builders, manufacturers, property managers, retailers, and academicians. The training these instructors provide has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.

Disease and Accident Prevention
Hot Water Care, Pool Management
Pool Calculations
Water Chemistry
Water Testing
Seasonal Care
Operational Problems.

75% on the test and full attendance is required to pass.