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Swimming Programs

Get ready for aquatic adventures at the Y! YMCA Buffalo Niagara is proud to boast a pool at each of our full facility branches in Western New York. Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or a newcomer to all things water, we offer opportunities for everyone to make a splash…and get swimming! Though programs vary by branch location, swimming offerings at YMCA Buffalo Niagara include:

Swim Lessons From tiny swimmers to adults learning something new, we offer swim lessons for every ability level.

Open Swim A great time to enjoy the pool as a family or swim laps to get a great total body workout.

Water Fitness With classes for every ability level, the pool can be a refreshing place to get in shape.

Swim Teams Feeling competitive? Select branches offer youth swim teams.

Lifeguard Certification Learn how to lifeguard, as well as gain important life skills.

Pool Schedules To learn more about everything going on at your local YMCA pool, please check the pool schedules of your nearest branch location.

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Swimming Programs Offered at the YMCA

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Competitive swimming skills are taught and developed in a fun environment that also emphasizes teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, and accomplishing goals. Competitive swim meets are held throughout the season. Participants must be able to swim two lengths of the pool using the freestyle and backstroke techniques. In addition, participants must be able to demonstrate components of breaststroke and butterfly. Contact the aquatics director for details. Must be a YMCA member to join.

Dates: April 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020
Day & Time: , 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $150.00   Program Member Rate: $150.00

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 6:05 PM - 6:35 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 6:05 PM - 6:35 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Dates: March 26, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $80.00   Program Member Rate: $115.00