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North Hills Community Swim Program Registration Tuesday

All swim program activities will be held in the North Hills Senior High School pool.

Registration for the North Hills Community Swim Program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the North Hills Junior High School large group instruction room. Registration will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis. 

The North Hills School District offers a community swim program including swimming and diving lessons for children and adults, community open swims, aqua aerobics and lifeguarding classes.

Children’s lessons will be held on Saturdays beginning Feb. 16. Adult lessons are scheduled for Monday evenings beginning Feb. 11.

The North Hills School District community swim program follows the American Red Cross certification program and offers instruction for preschoolers through level VI. The cost is $50 for swimming and beginning diving lessons. Advanced diving is offered for $125.

Aqua aerobics will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 8 p.m. starting Feb. 12 and 14.  Participants can choose between one class per week for $30 or two classes per week for $50.

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A prerequisite swim test will be held on Feb. 13 at 7:15 p.m. for the lifeguarding classes that will begin on Feb. 20.

Community open swims will be held through May 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $4 for students and $5 per adult.

Adult open swim will be held on Mondays, all ages open swim will be held on Wednesdays and family open swim will be held on Fridays. All open swims are canceled, if North Hills School District is closed.

All swim program activities will be held in the North Hills Senior High School pool. For more information, contact the Athletics and Activities Office at 412-318-1437 or email North Hills Community Swim Director Cathy Fodor at fodorc@nhsd.net.

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Darci Faiello January 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM
We were so very disappointed in the North Hills Community Lessons last year! The disappointment came from many issues but the main one being the long breaks. Lessons were canceled for 3 weeks due to Spring Break, canceled for 2 weeks due to glass being broken in the pool, and then the last lesson (which was a make up lesson) was canceled due to someone being sick in the pool. None of these issues were handled well and the communication was sorely lacking in MANY areas. I spent many years in this program as a teacher and lifeguard, so it was VERY disheartening to have this experience. Most of the instructors were trying their hardest, although there were some that would rather sit on the bleachers and socialize or attend to their personal grooming habits, instead of focusing and watching the kids in the pool (still shocking to me considering Mr Ignatius would always stress when we were working NOT to take your eyes off of the kids or to ever sit down since parents are always watching). (Cont)
Darci Faiello January 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM
The other part I found disheartening was that despite being there on the opening day of registration, my son was put on the wait list because classes were full. I discovered that the North Hills program is not just for North Hills residents but open to all....there isn't even an attempt to let North Hills residents get first crack at securing a spot. Being that North Hills is one of the cheapest programs around at $50 a spot, it fills up quickly. However, this is definitely a case of you get what you pay for! I had really been looking forward to my son's involvement with the North Hills Swim Program since I spent so many years in it......I was so very disappointed. I communicated my feelings to North Hills and they were forwarded to the Athletic Director Dan Cardone and the Director of the Swim Program Cathy Fodor. I never received any response back. To me, that indicates that North Hills doesn't really care about the quality of their swim program. I know many parents had the same feelings that I did and took their children to other swim programs (I understand Shaler has an excellent program). I guess that helped those other families that were wait listed and opened up new spots.
kfs January 16, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I was also disappointed last year. It was our first experience with swim lessons. We spent 10 weeks and my daughter's instructor was still doing the same four things in week 10 as they did in week 1. He did not pay attention to whether or not they were trying as they floated back and forth in pool. The teacher beside him was doing something completely different and they were in the same level. My daughter left there no closer to swimming than when she started. The mother of a classmate that took classes at the same time had the opinion. She took her daughter to Bellevue Pool and after a few weeks she was swimming and going off of the boards. I am undecided if I will suffer through the horrible waiting game (registration) to sign her up again. I don't really want to, but since my daughter's summer daycare goes to the pool all summer I feel as if I must. :(
Darci Faiello February 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
KFS, There are other options that you can look into. The Woodlands Foundation in Wexford offers swimming lessons. There is also the YMCA that offers several locations around the Pittsburgh area including the Baierl Family YMCA near the intersection of 79 ant 910. I know of several families that have left the NH program and have gone with these other options or enrolled their children in programs at other schools in our area. You can also find some private instructors with a simple google search. Good luck!
Scott Baret February 05, 2013 at 04:18 AM
It's sad to hear these comments about a program which was quite strong when I was young. I have fond memories of learning swimming techniques at North Hills and always felt the instructors were very dedicated. I did move on to private instruction later on but the groundwork for me was definitely laid at North Hills. I still enjoy swimming to this day and like to think back to these classes, along with countless afternoons at the YMCA pool, as where my love for swimming began. My instructor has sadly passed away, otherwise I'd recommend her to anyone looking for someone in the area. I feel large group instruction is best early on; go with a private instructor if you feel your child is avid enough. Definitely check the YMCA and see what other communities offer--I'm guessing Bellevue is open to non-residents. Hampton has a good program too but I'm not sure if you need to live there to participate.
kfs February 05, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Thanks for the suggestions Darci. I will check them out again. Last spring I was shocked at the minimal amount of classes offered in the evening or on the weekend. I work 8/5 so that ruled out a lot of places.
KMul February 05, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I had my daughter in 1 class at North Hills years ago when she was 3 and the pool was always freezing (I took water aerobics at the same time, so was also in the water and it was COLD.) Her lips were always blue at the end of the 30 minutes. When she was 4, they laughed when we got to registration because the class had filled hours before. I have since taken both of my children to the Sewickley YMCA and have never looked back. The cost is about double but class sizes are extremely small and I have been very happy with their program. For kids under 5 (or so), classes are held in the warm water therapeutic pool. NICE!!!
Darci Faiello February 05, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Scott, who was your instructor that you would highly recommend that passed away? I only ask because my favorite instructor passed away as well.
Darci Faiello February 05, 2013 at 06:43 PM
KFS, I believe both places had evening classes as well as weekend classes. Hopefully you can find one that works!
Darci Faiello February 05, 2013 at 06:44 PM
KMul, Thanks for the suggestion on the Sewickley Y....may have to see when their classes are scheduled.
kfs February 07, 2013 at 04:13 PM
There was a comment that disappeared from Nancy Jo, maybe she deleted it. But I felt bad. I know the NH program works well for many. I know lots of families who like it and sign up year after year. I would never tell anyone not to use the program, but if you asked me if I would go back, I would have to say most likely not. Unfortunately my sessions, like Darci's, were filled with long breaks for Easter followed by several closures due to glass and other incidents that closed the pool. I know this is not the norm. But with that being said, it was not a positive enough experience that I would leave work 2 hours early to go sit in line to get a time slot. My family will continue to support NH any way we can. We will just look elsewhere for swim lessons.

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