Swimming Lessons in Fox Chapel - KW Swim School

SUMMER Session Registration - FULL
30-minute swim lessons on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.
June 10, 2024 - July 24, 2024
Cost: $125 (for one time per week, seven weeks)
Fox Chapel High School Pool


If you're looking for swimming lessons for your child(ren), and you live near the Fox Chapel area (in Pittsburgh, PA), check out the Killer Whales Swim School! The KW Swim School is a multi-week, lesson-based swim program designed with the goal of teaching children to be safe swimmers. Our dynamic approach to swim instruction offers the opportunity for children ages 3 to 12 to learn safe, effective, and sustainable aquatic skills. Every swimmer progresses through the swim school based on the completion of specific skills.

Killer Whales Swim SchoolSwimmers who graduate from the five levels of KW Swim School lessons can transition seamlessly to the more advanced and competitive KW Swim Team.

Our swim school students include a range from those with little to no aquatic experience, to those who can swim at least 12 yards unassisted, on their stomachs and on their backs, and are ready to gain endurance. Our swim school is directed by our KW Swim Team coaches. The instructors who are in the pool with the students are advanced members of our competitive KW Swim Team.

Our advanced KW Swim Team members are in the water actively teaching children ranging in skills from those taking their first strokes to swimmers almost ready to transition to the KW Swim Team.

View photos of swimmers and coaches in action on Facebook.

The KW Swim School Consists of Five Levels

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Bobbing; Going under water; Supported front and back floating; Supported rolling over from front to back and back to front; Supported gliding; Supported flutter kick; Supported front crawl arms; Jumping in the water
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Going underwater to retrieve an object; Independent front and back floating; Independent rolling over from front to back and back to front; Independent gliding; Independent flutter kick; Independent front crawl arms; Jumping into water over their head
  • Level 3: Stroke Development: Gliding while exhaling air through the nose; Freestyle with side breathing; Backstroke; Treading water; Jumping into deeper water; Compact dives
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Begin to refine freestyle into an efficient stroke with coordinated side breathing.
  • Level 5: Pre-Competitive: Prepare swimmers for the Killer Whales competitive team. We encourage interested swimmers to join the KW Swim Team once they complete Level 5.

When & Where

  • Lessons take place at the Fox Chapel Area High School pool.
  • You can view the specific times and days offered during registration.
  • Participants may sign up for one or multiple sessions based on the season.
    • Block 1 - Fall
    • Block 2 - Winter
    • Block 3 - Spring
    • Block 4 - Summer

Requirements & Tips

  • Swimmers must be ages 3 to 12.
  • All lessons participants must be toilet trained. No diapers are permitted in the pool.
  • The water temperature is kept at competition temperature (a little on the cooler side), so your child may want to wear a surf shirt during their classes.

Registration & Fees

  • The cost per session is listed during registration.
  • We fill classes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited.
  • If lesson session blocks are full and you would like to be placed on our waitlist, please contact us.
  • We accept payment with debit cards (VISA or Mastercard only) and all major credit cards.
  • We do not prorate or refund registration fees for missed lessons.


Please contact us.

Register for KW Swim School Lessons