Lifeguard Class with Coach Laurel and at the Saturday Swim School

Become a lifeguard. Red Cross Lifeguard Certification class taught by Coach Laurel McMahon of Northgate and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Photo of Laurel
Laurel, teacher, coach, instructor for Red Cross Lifeguard Course.

Cost is $200 for new lifeguards. Cost is $100 for lifeguards that need re certifications.

See the Google Calendar for the exact dates and times, and register with an email to Laurel.


  1. Saturday, April 29, 2017
  2. Saturday, May 6, 2017
  3. Saturday, May 13, 2017

Classes begin at 9 am and finish by 3 pm.

Location for the course is at Oliver High School pool, 2323 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. The last week, May 13, the class location might shift to the swim pool at Northgate High School.

Save the World

Guarding Lifestyle

A brotherhood and sisterhood among the guarding type exists. Being a guard is more of a duty and less of a means to a paycheck. Guarding is like breathing — a fabric of life for some of us.

Guarding goes from the swim pool deck to the beaches to the ski slopes and even to sites of civic protests. It ranges from the edges of forest fires to mines to factory floors and through ways everywhere. Scoutmasters, camp leaders and bike patrols have guarding instincts as well as day-care workers and those in elder centers. The focus of the guarding mentality is keen — but its settings are wide and diverse.

Dormont Pool from space

Dormont wants to put in a 1-meter diving board, but the water depth is only 9-foot. Ugh

News article link.

Diving board for Dormont community pool temporarily up in the air

Full article

Diving board for Dormont community pool temporarily up in the air

by Matthew Santoni on Thursday, February 24, 2011

The idea of purchasing a new diving board for the Dormont Pool landed like a cannonball on borough council members earlier this month, but a re-vote is scheduled for March on whether to accept a community group’s donation for one.

The Friends of the Dormont Pool raised about $7,000 to pay for the installation of a diving board for the deep end of the 88-year-old community swimming pool, but council president Kim Lusardi said officials began floundering when councilman John Maggio — who is also president of the Friends board of directors — asked them to vote Feb. 7 on a variance allowing a 1-meter-high diving board over 9 feet of water.

“There were members of council who knew nothing of the borough’s application for a variance, and we had no criteria for which we were grant(ing) the variance,” Lusardi said. “We voted on the diving board according to the information we had at that time.”

The council asked for additional information on the actual depth of the pool and whether the diving board would comply with safety regulations, but voted it down 4-3 based on the scant information they had, she said.

Since then, Maggio said the proposal has been refined and measurements were made to confirm that the diving board would be only a half-meter high, in a part of the pool that is 10 feet deep — which won’t require any variances from the borough.

“I thought it was a minor issue,” he said. “Everything was already looked at, taken care of. We had everything in line.”

He said the borough’s solicitor and insurance company have signed off on the half-meter diving board, which would not raise the pool’s insurance premiums.

“Most of council agrees that a diving board would be an asset to Dormont Borough pool,” Lusardi said.

The council could vote again on the diving board at its March 7 meeting, which Maggio hoped would give the Friends of the Dormont Pool a chance to announce good news at its annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser dance and begin installation that month.

“It would be nice to make the announcement at the St. Patrick’s Dance,” he said. “The people who support the dance and support the pool are really the ones who paid for that diving board.”

Don’t get a diving board. Don’t do it!

The depth of the pool is not well suited for a springboard. I do not think it makes sense to install a 1-meter diving board over 9-foot of water. The water depth of 12-foot would be fine, but 9 is too risky.

There are places to dive in the area. Dive at Mt. Lebo High School. Dive at Pitt. Dive at the Allegheny County Settlers Cabin tank where they have a 10-meter tower, and a deeper bottom.

Do something better — get a SKWIM Lagoon instead

The Dormont Pool would be a wonderful place to have a SKWIM stadium or even just a lagoon. There can be a boundary system that makes a tiny part of the pool into a rectangle with a border. Plus, the round floating goals can be set in place with a simple weight in a bag that sets on the bottom of the pool.

A supply of disks, fins and headbands and there could be pick-up games of SKWIM happening at Dormont all summer long.