Swimming Lessons

Aquatic Opportunities


American Red Cross Swim Lessons

Register Now for swimming lessons.  The American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program offers comprehensive levels to teach students how to swim skillfully and safely.  NOTE: The shallow end of our pool is 42" deep. Therefore, children must be 48" in height and at least 6 years old to participate in levels 1-5.  Children under 48" in height should enroll in the Oreschool Swim program.  Each level of Learn to Swim includes basic water safety and helping a swimmer in distress.   

NEW Lifeguarding Course

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. Candidates must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session and complete a swim skills test on the first day of class.  Those who do not pass the skills test will be given a full refund.


Water Workout

Water Workout consists of aquatic exercise that will emphasize gentle, stationary stretching and toning exercise. Participants choose the pace of their workout.  Class typically held Monday evenings, 8:15-9 pm, ongoing at the Buffalo Community Middle School Pool.  $5 per class or purchase a bargain punch card onsite.  (No class Dec 24, 31, Jan 21, Feb 18)


Adult Swimming - Learning the Basics

It's never too late to teach an older fish a new stroke!  Class is designed to teach adults the basic fundamentals of propelling themselves through the water.  This three-session class is typically held on Monday evenings, 8:15-9 pm, at the Buffalo Community Middle School Pool.   Register with Community Education.




Open Swim and Open Gym at Buffalo Community Middle School:


  • Sundays, December 2 - February 24
  • 2-4 pm
  • (Closed Nov. 25, Dec. 23, 30)
  • Holiday Open Swim & Gym December 26 & 27, 2-4 pm
  • Enter door #3, lower west side
  • Fee for open swim and/or open gym is $3/person or $10/family per day
  • A lap lane is designated


Lap Swim

  • Sundays, 2-4 pm, during open swim  (Closed Nov. 25, Dec. 23, 30)
  • Mondays, 8:15- 9 pm, during Water Workout class
  • Cost is $3 per visit. Pay at the pool


About Our Pool

  • The pool is located in the Buffalo Community Middle School.  Enter door #3, lower west side.
  • Pool participants are responsible for their own valuables. We recommend swimmers bring a lock.  These locks must be removed after each swim visit.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required.
  • Pool depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 12 feet.
  • An adult must accompany children if the child is under 48 inches in height.
  • The use of approved life jackets/vests and other floatations are allowed when accompanied by an adult in the water.
  • Non-swimmers wishing to watch can sit in the bleacher area.
  • To use the deep end of the pool, swimmers must be able to swim the width of the pool using the American Red Cross Level 3 front crawl.  Swimming ability will be at the lifeguard's discretion.
  • Children are not allowed to jump off the diving boards into the arms of adult in the water.
  • Open swim passes may be purchased at the Community Education office or the pool.  Ten individual passes for $25 or 10 family passes for $90.
  • Latex products are not allowed in any of our buildings, this includes all types of latex balloons.


Pool Rental

The Buffalo Community Middle School is available for private use any time the pool is not scheduled.  Pool rental may include birthday parties, lock-ins, gym/swim activities or aquatic conditioning for sports teams.  Rental rates are $60 per hour for in-district groups or $70 per hour for out of district groups. Fee includes two lifeguards.  Check the Community Education catalog  (aquatic section) for a $5 clip & save coupon!  For more information contact Community Education at 763.682.8770.

Swimming Lessons

Red Cross Learn to Swim Program

American Red Cross Learn to Swim program offers six comprehensive levels to teach students how to swim skillfully and safely in the water.  

Aquatic Exercise Class

Adult Aquatic Classes

Get moving in the water! Water exercise is a gentle form of exercise for all ages.  And, it's never too late to learn to swim! Adult swim lessons teach adults the basic fundamentals.

Lifeguarding Course

Lifeguarding Course and Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

This NEW Lifeguarding course r.17 provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies.