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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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An assessment is required prior to registration. The Independent Health Family Branch YMCA Sharks Swim Team is committed to helping our youth develop and value teamwork, sportsmanship and self-accomplishment while having fun. The season runs from September through March and competitive swim meets are held throughout the season. Swim season starts Sep 17. Information about Swim Team and Swim Team Prep are available on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara webpage and at the Independent Health Family Branch. Level placement of swimmer and practice schedule is subject to change at the coaches discretion. If the child is new to the swim team the level placement of the swimmer is based on results of their swim assessment.

Dates: November 11, 2019 - March 6, 2020
Day & Time: , 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
YMCA Member Rate: $350.00   Program Member Rate: $350.00

An assessment is required prior to registration. The Independent Health Family Branch YMCA Sharks Swim Team is committed to helping our youth develop and value teamwork, sportsmanship and self-accomplishment while having fun. The season runs from September through March and competitive swim meets are held throughout the season. Swim season starts Sep 17. Information about Swim Team and Swim Team Prep are available on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara webpage and at the Independent Health Family Branch. Level placement of swimmer and practice schedule is subject to change at the coaches discretion. If the child is new to the swim team the level placement of the swimmer is based on results of their swim assessment.

Dates: September 16, 2019 - March 6, 2020
Day & Time: , 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
YMCA Member Rate: $380.00   Program Member Rate: $380.00

This program is structured like a swim team practice that will focus on improving swimmers? techniques and fitness in the water without the competitive pressure. It is great for children who want to participate in a team setting, work hard, make friends, but don?t have the desire to be in a competitive environment. Like all our programs focus will be on collaboration and hard work. *Must be able to jump off starting block, tread water for 30 seconds and swim 25 yards nonstop. Completion of Stage 5 recommended.

Dates: September 10, 2019 - March 5, 2020
Days & Time: Tue, Thu, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
YMCA Member Rate: $260.00   Program Member Rate: $310.00