Open Swim

Open Swim is for Recreation Members, including current UB Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members.

Membership is required.


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*Hours are Subject to Change. For real-time updates, please visit the UB Events Calendar.

Open Swim

Swimming Is More Than A Recreational Activity! Swimming isn’t just a fun pastime, it is a great way to stay healthy.

  1. It Increases Flexibility
  2. It’s a Great Work Out
  3. It Improves Your Heart and Lungs
  4. It Relieves Stress

Exercise, in general, is good for your mental well-being as it releases endorphins which are a feel-good chemical your brain produces. On top of this, swimming has meditative qualities - the rhythm of your strokes and breathing along with the sound of water, can further add to a feeling of peace and relaxation.

Alumni Arena Pool.

Alumni Arena 50-Meter Pool

Open Swim Policies

  • Alumni Arena Natatorium will open no sooner than 5 minutes prior to Recreation Swim.
  • 1 Lifeguard is required for every 4.25 swimming lanes that are open for swimming at Alumni Arena Natatorium.
  • Minimum of 1 Lifeguard is required for the Clark Hall Natatorium.
  • Swimmers must present their Student ID or Recreation Pass prior to swimming.
  • Swimmers must wear a swim cap when hair exceeds the length of 1 inch.
  • Inflatables are absolutely NOT PERMITTED.
  • All flotation devices must be US Coast Guard Approved.
  • Diving is not permitted in depths less than 8 feet (except competitions).
  • Use of starting blocks is reserved for competition only.
  • The pool deck shall not be used as a hallway.
  • Patrons must obey all Lifeguard Directions.

Lap Swim Policies

  • Circle Swimming is required when 3 or more swimmers are present in a lane or when lane is designated Circle Swim Only.
  • Walking is only permitted in the first lane at the far end of the Main Pool.
  • Please swim in lanes with people of similar swimming speeds.

Diving Well

Come Plunge Off the Diving Towers at Alumni Arena!

Alumni Arena Diving Well.

Alumni Arena Pool and Diving Well

The Diving Tower has a 1, 3, 5, 7.5, and 10 meter platforms and is generally open:

Saturday Sunday
12:00pm - 4:45pm* 12:00pm - 4:45pm*

*schedule subject to change.

Diving Well Policies

  • All swimmers in the diving well must pass a swim test prior to swimming.
  • Use of springboards are reserved for diving practices and meets.  (Coaches must be present)
  • Use of 7 Meter and 10 Meter platforms are reserved for diving practices and meets.  (Coaches must be present)
  • Divers must wait for the last diver to clear the entry area before jumping.
  • 1 diver on the diving board at a time.
  • No double bouncing.
  • Divers must jump straight off the board or platform
  • The diving well must be observed by at least 1 lifeguard when swimmers are swimming or diving in the diving well.

Contact a Professional

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    Nathan Bourke

    Aquatics Director


    93 Alumni Arena

    Phone: 716-645-5599


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    Troy Lubanski

    Aquatics Coordinator


    93 Alumni Arena

    Phone: 716-645-5983