Alo PAL Learn To Swim

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Learning to swim is a vital skill and the City of Buffalo, under the leadership of Mayor Byron W. Brown, continues to make every effort to ensure that every child is safe in the water. Below is a list of learn-to-swim programs and swim strengthening programs offered in the City of Buffalo.

Formal “Learn to Swim” Course

  • Offered at Lovejoy and Cazenovia Pools
  • The 8-week course is held on Saturdays from 9:30 – 11am, beginning November 4, 2017.
  • Fee of $15 for residents, $30 for non-residents, ages 5 years and up.

Swim Stroke Strengthening Course

  • Offered at Cazenovia Pool for ages 15 to 18 years old.
  • For youth that already know how to swim but need to develop stronger swimming skills in order to complete the Lifeguard training course.
  • Fee of $15 for residents, $30 for non-residents
  • Please call the Pools & Rinks Office for dates and times.

Minority Lifeguard Recruitment Program: Direct outreach this winter by current City of Buffalo Lifeguards to recruit local minority High School students to participate in Lifeguard training programs. Current staff will visit every city public high school in an effort to inform and recruit minority youth to enroll in the Swim Stroke Strengthening Course and Lifeguard Certification Course. Information will also be provided to local centers and other community organizations throughout the year. These actions ensure a diverse and local workforce to staff Buffalo pools.

Lifeguard Training and Certification

  • Lifeguard Training and Certification is something the city takes seriously.
  • If you are a city youth: get trained and become a Lifeguard by taking part in the upcoming certification courses.
  • Begins January 18, 2018
Click Here for Lifeguard Training Application »

Free Summer Swim Lessons

Offered at each of the City of Buffalo outdoor pool locations between 11am and noon through the summer season, July 1st through Labor Day, ages 5 and up.

Download Swim Programs Flyer Here »

Please call the Pools & Rinks Office at (716) 851 – 5998 for more information

A completed form is required for each participant with each activity they participate in. THIS INFORMATION FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES ONLY.


The information you provide in this form is for statistical purposes only.


Instructions: Please indicate both the number of members living in your household, including yourself and you household income.
Instructions Please note: Hispanic, Latino, and/or Puerto Rican is NOT your RACE. Hispanic, Latino, and/or Puerto Rican is your ETHNICITY. Check which group listed below best pertains to you.

In consideration of my child(ren)’s participation in the programs sponsored by the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), the undersigned hereby agrees not to sue, and hereby releases the PAL, its Board of Directors, members, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all liability for any damage or injury to me/my child(ren) or to the property, sustained by me/my child(ren) caused or resulting from any cause whatsoever. I also acknowledge that I assume all risk of injury from such participation in activities at any PAL facility or other program site and acknowledge that photographs of my child(ren) participating in this program may be used for promotion of PAL activities. By signing this release, I swear my/their participation in the intended use of the facility or program by me/my child(ren).

I acknowledge that this information as submitted above has been examined by me and is true and correct. For youth programs, this form must be completed by a parent or guardian.

By checking this box, I do herby certify that my electronic identification (signature) is the legally binding equivalent of a traditional handwritten signature.