Aquatics

UB Aquatics strives to provide safe, comfortable, and professional aquatic programming for the State University of New York at Buffalo students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Swimming and Water Safety are important skills for the members of the Buffalo community. UB Aquatics is determined to ensure that those who live in and around the Buffalo community have the knowledge and skill to enjoy aquatic environments safely.

If you have any questions, please click here to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.

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Private Swim Lessons

- Six lessons for $150.00 for 1 person

There is also an option to register with a friend (semi-private) 

On the registration form, please indicate the name of the additional learner. If registering for semi-private lessons, the two swimmers' abilities should be similar. 


Monday, Wednesday & Thursday lessons take place at Alumni Arena, on North Campus.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have a family changing room. Alumni Arena, built as a Division 1 athletics training facility in 1983, and was not designed for children.  The pool water is kept at 77 degrees which is ideal training temperature for Division 1 athletics swimming. Our swim lessons generally cater to our adult UB student population. Most pediatricians would probably recommend pools kept between 83 and 86 degrees.


Make up lessons are not available this session.


If you have any questions please Click here​ to email the UB Learn to Swim Program

There are no private swim lessons scheduled at this time, please check back.

$150.00

ARC Full Lifeguard Course

The UB Aquatics program is introducing the American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguarding Program. This course combines online knowledge acquisition and in-person water, first aid and CPR/AED skills training. Building on the same knowledge and skills as our traditional in-person only training, the course trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water.

COST:  $200 Includes hip pack, whistle and pocket mask. 

COURSE TEXTBOOK: 

https://highsierrapools.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LG_PM_digital.pdf

LOCATION: Alumni Arena Natatorium, North Campus


Requirements (Refund available if not met)

  • Participants must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.Retrieve a 10 pound object from a depth of 7 feet within 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Requirements (No Refund available if not met)

  • Success Candidates must be present for all classes.
  • Must receive an 80% on both multiple choice exams.All participants must successfully complete all physical requirements with respect to lifeguarding skills.
  • All participants must exhibit professionalism at all times during the course.

There are no full lifeguard courses scheduled at this time, please check back.


If you have any questions please Click here​ to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.
$200.00

ARC Lifeguard Review Course (recertification)

The UB Aquatics program is introducing the American Red Cross Learning Lifeguarding Review Course. This course combines classroom and practical in-person water, first aid and CPR/AED skills training. Building on the same knowledge and skills as our traditional training, the course trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water.

COST:  $100

COURSE TEXTBOOK: 

https://highsierrapools.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LG_PM_digital.pdf

LOCATION: Alumni Arena Natatorium, North Campus

PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 6 MAX


Must be available for all class sessions.


If you have any questions please Click here​ to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.
$100.00

ARC Lifeguard Instructor Course

The purpose of the Instructor Course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.

COST:  $200 Includes instructor manuals.

LOCATION: Alumni Arena Natatorium, North Campus

PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 6 MAX


Requirements (Refund available if not met)

  • Participants must be 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Possess one of the following:
    • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
    • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for Lifeguards
    • An equivalent certificate from another organization
  • Successfully complete the In-Water Pre-course Session
  • Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Red Cross
  • Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Lifeguarding course
  • Successfully complete the online Lifeguarding Instructor Pre-course Exam (80% or better)

Requirements (No Refund available if not met)

  • All participants must attend every class. (Any participant that misses a class will not receive certification. No exceptions, no refunds.).
  • All participants must achieve 80% or better on all written exams.
  • All participants must successfully complete all physical requirements with respect to lifeguarding skills.
  • All participants must exhibit professionalism at all times during the course. (Inappropriate behavior will result in dismissal of the course. No exceptions, no refunds.)

If you have any questions please Click here​ to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.

**There are no Lifeguard Instructor courses scheduled currently, please check back.**

$200.00

ARC Lifeguard Instructor Review Course + Base Life Certification

The purpose of the Instructor Review Course is to review materials instructors teach within the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructors also review content within the Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue. There is also an option for Instructors to test their basic lifeguard skills for recertification.


$65  |  LGI Review + Base Lifeguard Certification

LOCATION: Alumni Arena Natatorium, North Campus

PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 6 MAX


Requirements (Refund available if not met)

  • Be at least 19 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Possess a current American Red Cross certificate as a Lifeguard Instructor.
  • Successfully complete the In-Water Skills polish session
  • Optional: Complete the skills required for the basic lifeguard certification course and written tests.

Requirements (No Refund available if not met)

  • All participants must attend the entire class.
  • All participants must achieve 80% or better on all written exams.
  • All participants must successfully complete all physical requirements with respect to lifeguarding skills.
  • All participants must exhibit professionalism at all times during the course. (Inappropriate behavior will result in dismissal of the course. No exceptions, no refunds.)

If you have any questions please Click here​ to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.
$65.00

Water Safety Instructor Course

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course is a Red Cross certification for swimming and diving instructors. The purpose of the course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use course materials, how to conduct training sessions, and how to evaluate participants' progress. This course is completed partially online, in a classroom and pool deck, as well as in the pool.

COST:  $200

LOCATION: Alumni Arena Natatorium, North Campus

PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 8 MAX


Prerequisites

  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Successfully complete the In-Water Pre-course Session, which includes being able to swim at least at the American Red Cross Level 5 proficiency.
  • Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Red Cross.
  • Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Water Safety Instructor Program.

Requirements

  • All participants must attend every class. (Any participant that misses a class will not receive certification. No exceptions, no refunds.)
  • All participants must achieve 80% or better on all written exams.
  • All participants must successfully complete all physical requirements with respect to lifeguarding skills.
  • All participants must exhibit professionalism at all times during the course. (Inappropriate behavior will result in dismissal of the course. No exceptions, no refunds.)

  • If you have any questions please Click here​ to email Nate Bourke, Assistant Director for Aquatics.

**There current are no WSI classes scheduled at this time. **

Wait list sign-up link.

$200.00