Child Learn to Swim

Child Learn

to Swim

Learning how to swim is a great activity for children of all ages. Classes are fun, teach important water safety skills, encourage teamwork, and promote exercise and healthy habits. City Swim Project offers swim lessons for children ages 3-18 at multiple locations in Buffalo, NY.

Cost and Benefits:

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to swim. Most of our members can register for swim lessons at no cost. See below for registration information.

City Swim Project Members Receive:

  • Pool access
  • Swim instruction or coaching
  • Swimsuit
  • Cap
  • Goggles
  • One team T-shirt annually
  • Academic support
  • USA Swimming membership
  • Meet entry and splash fees covered (competitive-level swimmers)

How our swim lessons work.

How our swim

lessons work.

Our learn-to-swim lessons are designed with the safety and progress of each child in mind. Each class has at least one coach in the pool for every 6 swimmers. There is also a lifeguard on duty at all times. Learn-to-Swim skills must be achieved for each level.

Red Caps

Submerged face.

Open eyes and retrieve an object.

Blowing bubbles with air exchange.

Front (F) float and recover. (5 sec.)

Back (B) float and recover. (5 sec.)

Front kick. (15 ft.)

Back kick. (15 ft.)

Rollovers F to B and B to F.

Relaxed head bobs (10x)

Yellow Caps

Front and back streamline glide off wall. (10 ft.)

Side swim left and right sides. (25 ft.)

Freestyle (25 ft.)

Backstroke (25 ft.)

Breaststroke (25 ft.)

Dolphin kick (25 ft.)

Tread water (1 min)

Blue Caps

Freestyle (25 yd.)

Backstroke (25 yd.)

Breaststroke (25 yd.)

Butterfly (25 ft.)

Forwards Starts

Backstroke Starts

Streamline off wall with kick

Turns

Tread water (5 min)

Locations and schedules.

Locations and

schedules.

City Swim Project holds practices at multiple pools around the City of Buffalo. Please note that schedules and instruction levels vary by location, and some pools may be reserved for our partner organizations.

William-Emslie Family YMCA

William-Emslie Family YMCA

585 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206

D’Youville College

D’Youville College

320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

Cazenovia Pool

Cazenovia Pool

626 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220

Frank A Sedita Academy

Frank A Sedita Academy

21 Lowell Pl, Buffalo, NY 14213

Build Academy

Build Academy

340 Fougeron St, Buffalo, NY 14211

The Belle Center

The Belle Center

104 Maryland St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Erie Community College Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center

How to register your child.

How to register

your child.

If you prefer to submit a paper registration:

You can pick up or drop off registration packets at our office at 651 Delaware Ave, Suite 144. Our office is opened Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

  1. Complete this form, one for each child online, then print and provide signatures where requested on all pages: City Swim Project Swimmer Registration Packet
  2. Make sure every page has the signature of a parent or guardian.
  3. Be sure to provide a copy of your current 1040 Federal Tax Return with Social Security Numbers removed or other Proof of Financial Assistance. Additional information for Proof of Financial Assistance is available on the Niagara Swimming Outreach Application. If you do not qualify for any of the standards, you will be required to provide payment for each registered child. Cost per child is listed on the Niagara Swimming Athlete Registration Form.
  4. Include your email wherever requested.
  5. Return the completed packet to a coach as soon as possible.
  6. For any questions, contact Coach Mike at 716-359-4729.

To be eligible for free or reduced registration, please provide one of the following:

  • A copy of your current 1040 Federal Tax Return with Social Security Numbers removed
  • A photocopy of an approved application from an assistance program such as:
    • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
    • Social Security Disability Insurance
    • Food Stamps
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
    • Supplemental Security Income
    • Women, Infant and Children’s Program
    • Medicaid
    • Children’s Health Insurance Plan
    • Section 8 Public Housing
    • Home Energy Assistance Program
    • Direct Notification Letter for Free/Reduced Lunch

Additional information for Proof of Financial Assistance is available on the Niagara Swimming Outreach Application. If you do not qualify for any of the standards, you will be required to provide payment for each registered child. Cost per child is listed on the Niagara Swimming Athlete Registration Form.