Opening Letter for Guardians of Campers at The Pittsburgh Project from the Head Lifeguard

Mark Rauterkus
Head Lifeguard, Swim Coach
The Pittsburgh Project
Mark@Rauterkus.com
cell: 412-298-3432

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

June 7, 2018

Dear Guardians and Friends of Water!

My life-long goal to further transform our aquatic settings and experiences in Pittsburgh, especially at The Pittsburgh Project’s swim pool, into an amazing, world-class center where everyone becomes an accomplished deep-water swimmers, competitive aquatic athletes with water polo and SKWIM, and aspires to become lifeguards.

Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children up to the age of four. For kids up to the age of 15, national statistics prove that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death. Everyone needs clear understandings and respects for water safety in all sorts of conditions – even beyond swimming pools.

As the head lifeguard, I promise to do my best with our staff and patrons to demand safety at the pool.

At the pool, our quest centers on “playing well with others.” I aspire to Create Literate Olympians Here. Expect coaching, fitness, instruction, support and competitive challenges this summer. I’ve been a college swim and water polo coach for nine seasons. I have coached athletes who have broken state records in a few different states. I published more than 100-titles for cutting-edge sports participants, and I’m also the Executive Director of a SKWIM USA, a non-profit that is striving to build a Water-Safe, Water-Smart, and Water-Strong Community.

Let’s build additional opportunities for our kids, including year-round swimming for those interested. Your help and support is welcomed. Call, text or email any time. Mark@Rauterkus.com, 412-298-3432.

This summer I want to provide city kids with more than 300, free, competitive Swim Suits – while supplies last – value estimate $35 for a girls suit. But, these swim suits must be earned, in-person at the swim pool and on-line. This are completely OPTIONAL activities if kids and guardians are willing to participate.

First step, sign up: PLAY.CLOH.org. (includes a photo release) This begins the process of getting digital badges and online courses called “Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming,” and a SKWIM quizzes, Levels 1 to 4.

Save the dates: Guardians and parents are invited to the swim pool on Friday afternoons (after camp day ends) for SKWIM games with the kids. Drop in!

Thanks for your ongoing help.

Mark Rauterkus