Buffalo Aquatics

Membership Information

 

The Buffalo Area Aquatics Club (BAAC) is one of the premier competitive swim clubs in Western New York and was formed in the early 1960s as one of the first USA Swimming Clubs in Buffalo (originally founded as the Amherst Swim Club or UBAM.) Over the years, BAAC has consistently developed swimmers of all levels from youth just learning the sport to collegiate athletes now competing in Division I to Division III colleges across the country.

BAAC is led by Head Coach, Mike Cutler, who is beginning his fifth year with the team. We were fortunate to recruit Mike from Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Buffalo area in 2018. Mike was the former General Chair of Michigan Swimming and has over 25 years of Head Coaching experience in high school, USA Swimming clubs and national instructional programs. Mike also coached Liam Smith in Rockford, Michigan who is currently on the USA National Paralympic Team and holds 11 American Records. 

Our team has made tremendous progress under Coach Cutler advancing from Level 2 to Level 3 USA Swimming Club Recognition, sending swimmers to Eastern Zones, Speedo Sectionals, Futures Championship and breaking numerous club records including a Niagara LSC short course record (13-14 girls 400 freestyle relay) in 2022. In 2021 Mike received the Age Group Coach of Year award and was named a Head Coach for the Niagara LSC Long Course Age Group Championship Team in 2021 and 2022. Mike also continues to work with para-swimmers who benefit from his vast knowledge in this area.

Through our long-standing partnership with the University of Buffalo, we are proud to call Alumni Arena our home pool giving our swimmers access to train in a Division I facility with 16 short course lanes and 8 long course lanes available year-round. We look forward to introducing you to our program.

Membership Options

Beginner/Learn to Swim Program

In the Fall of 2022, BAAC is introducing a program for new swimmers with four progressive levels of training groups: Waves (Level 1 and 2) and Tsunamis (Level 3 and 4). Following a swim evaluation, the swimmer will be placed in the level that best fits their ability. These training groups are offered in consecutive seven-week sessions and are designed for age 12 and under. The Waves group will introduce freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly to the swimmers. The Tsunamis will further develop each stroke with the goal of completing all four strokes legally and comfortably in swim practice. Upon completion of level 4, the swimmer will move on to the Junior Group.

Each session is 7 weeks (unless otherwise noted) and is billed in advance at $150 for Waves or $175 for Tsunamis. Members can sign up for one session at a time or for the full year. The 2022-23 schedule is as follows:

  • Session 1: August 22-October 15 (8 weeks), billing 9/1
  • Session 2: October 17-December 3 (7 weeks), billing 11/1
  • Session 3: December 5-January 21 (6 weeks, Holiday Break), billing 12/1
  • Session 4: January 23-March 11 (7 weeks), billing 2/1
  • Session 5: March 13-April 29 (6 weeks, Spring Break), billing 4/1
  • Session 6: May 1-June 17 (7 weeks), billing 5/1
  • Session 7: June 19-Aug 5 (7 weeks), billing 7/1

Junior and Senior Programs

Following a free, two-week trial period with the club, swimmers will join the Junior Roster (Age 12 and Under) or the Senior Roster (Age 13 and Over). If a 12-year-old will turn 13 during the short course season (September through March), they will swim on the Senior Roster for the short course season and beyond. If a 12-year-old will turn 13 during the long course season (April-August), they will swim on the Senior Roster beginning in April for the long course season and beyond.

Dues Structure

Effective with the 2022-2023 season beginning September 1st, 2022, BAAC is offering the following options for payment of dues:

  • Annual Dues: Members who sign-up for the year-round program during the first session will receive a 10% discount on the annual fee. This is a year round commitment to the program. No refund will be provided if a swimmer withdraws during the season unless noted in the Exceptions below.
  • Seasonal Dues (3 Installments):
    • Short Course Season, September 1-March 31: Two thirds of the annual fee with two payments due on September 1 and December 1
    • Long Course Season, April 1-August 31: One third of the annual fee with payment due on April 1
    • This is a seasonal commitment to the program for the entire Short Course and/or Long Course session.  No refund will be provided if a swimmer withdraws at any time during the season committed except as noted in the Exceptions below.
  • Monthly Dues
    • Short Course Season, September 1-March 31
    • Long Course Season, April 1-August 31
    • This is a seasonal commitment to the program for the entire Short Course and/or Long Course session. No refund will be provided if a swimmer withdraws at any time during the season committed except as noted in the Exceptions below.
  • Session Dues (Waves and Tsunami Groups Only)
    • $150 per session for Waves
    • $175 per session for Tsunamis
    • Billing dates are 9/1, 11/1, 12/1, 2/1, 4/1, 5/1 and 7/1
    • Financial commitment only applies to each session. No short course or long course commitment is required.

 

  • USA Swimming/BAAC Registration Requirement:
    • All swimmers joining BAAC will be required to purchase a USA Swimming membership for the year as follows:
      • Premium Member: $88 –provides USA Swimming and Niagara Swimming registration, insurance for swim practice and ability to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned swim meets. Required for all swimmers aged 13 and older.
      • Flex Member: $30 – same as Premium Member but swim meets are limited to (2) per year. Flex membership may be upgraded to Premium at any time during the year. Please note this is only recommended for Wave and Tsuami swimmers. This membership is only eligible for swimmers aged 12 and under.
      • Members will need to register directly with USA Swimming in order to participate with BAAC. The USA Swimming registration system will be ready in September of 2022.
    • BAAC Registration is required of all Junior and Senior members. This includes a swim cap, t-shirt, bag tag and administration for a fee of $30. Wave and Tsunami members are welcome to purchase BAAC Registration as well, but it is not required. For the session, Wave and Tsunami members will receive a latex swim cap and can purchase a t-shirt separately for $15 if desired.
  • Exceptions:
    • First Time USA Swimmers:  Any swimmer who joins the club as a first-time swimmer who has never registered with USA Swimming before or competed with another team may leave the program any time in the first year with written notice prior to the 15th of the month to the Board of Directors.
    • Medical Leave, Temporary Leave of Absence or Moving: Exceptions to the payment policy will be considered by the Board of Directors with written notice due to a medical leave, temporary relocation, moving or other special circumstances.
  • Fees:
    • Membership Dues by Training Group:

 

  • Family discounts are available for siblings as follows:
    • 20% for the 2nd swimmer
    • 35% for the 3rd swimmer
    • $20/month for swimmers 4+ regardless of training group
    • Highest discount applied to the lowest training group(s)
  • Payment methods accepted are ACH and credit card. Credit card payments require a 3.0% convenience fee to cover processing fees. Regardless of payment method used, all members are required to have a debit or credit card on file as a backup payment method and will be required for registration.
  • Meet Fees: Members pay entry fees to participate in swim meets. These fees are billed to the member account immediately following a swim meet and are payable the following month. Meet fees vary depending on the host team but include a swimmer surcharge or deck fee (typically $5-10) and an individual entry fee per event (typically $5-7 each). BAAC will add an additional $2 coaching fee per individual event to cover coaching salary and expenses for the meet. BAAC does not charge swimmers for relay events.
  • Billing: Depending on the payment option selected during registration, annual membership dues will be billed on September 1st. Seasonal membership dues will be billed on September 1st, December 1st and April 1st. Members will be notified of invoices due four to five days prior to the end of the month. This billing notice will include the amount due for the invoice to be processed on the 1st of the month. Members should expect monthly fees to include meet fees and other optional items such as merchandise and social events. Any fees not paid within 15 days of the payment date are subject to a late fee of $25 and the member may be restricted from practice or swim meets until resolved.

Volunteer Support:

BAAC is a non-profit organization that requires the volunteer support of our parents. Each family will be assessed a number of team support points to earn, based on their swimmer’s training group level. Ample opportunities will be provided throughout the season to earn those points through volunteering at BAAC hosted swim meets (required), donations, member referrals, fundraising, etc.

 

 

For additional information or to schedule a free two-week trial, please contact our Membership Chair or Head Coach as follows:

[email protected]

[email protected]

716-544-3222

 

Revised 8/25/22