Helena YMCA
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Lessons for Life

Whether it's learning how to swim or splashing about with your family, the YMCA has been involved in Aquatics since the late 1800's. The YMCA created formalized swim lessons and gave birth to what we now call Swim Teams. The Y was instrumental in developing the first lifeguard certification training and remains today the largest provider of certifications in the country.


Various times are set aside for recreational swim. Children under the age of 7 and those who cannot stand in the shallow end or pass the deep water test must have supervision by an "in-water" adult at least 18 years of age.

Exercise Programs

Lap swim times are available throughout the day for those whose favorite form of exercise happens in the pool.  Anybody with the ability to swim the length of the pool is welcome to utilize the lap swim times.  We also offer aqua aerobics exercise classes at various levels of intensity along with aqua sculpt and water jog (check fitness and pool schedules for current times).


IMG_2533At the Y, we know kids need lots of practice in the water to become proficient swimmers.  That’s why we offer swim lessons year-round.   Don’t risk sun-burn or weather delays!  Swim in our newly renovated indoor pool!

To register for swim lessons on-line click here!



Spring lesson times are evening only Monday/Wednesday for four weeks.  Evening Sessions run for 4 weeks.  Saturday lessons run for 4 weeks once a week.


Spring Session III: May 4 - 27

Spring Session III SATURDAY: May 9 - 30



EVENING SESSIONS:         5:00 PM– 7 PM


Summer lesson times are offered both morning and evening Monday through Thursday for two weeks.  Saturday Lessons are not offered during the summer


Summer Session I - Morning: June 15 - 25

Summer Session I - Evening: June 15 - 25


Summer Session II - Morning: July 6 - 16

Summer Session II - Evening: July 6 -16


Summer Session III - Morning: July 20 - 30

Summer Session III - Evening: July 20 -30


Summer Session IV - Morning: August 3 -13

Summer Session IV - Evening: August 3 - 13


MORNING SESSIONS:      10 AM –12:00 PM

EVENING SESSIONS:         5:00 PM– 7 PM

Call 442-9622 or click here for exact times


Effective January 1, 2015 all lessons (Both preschool & youth) will be 30 minutes in length & pricing for both preschool & youth lessons will be the same. New prices are listed below

Evening: Members - 45.00 / Non Members - 65.00 (ALSO SUMMER LESSON PRICES)

Saturday: Members - 22.50 / Non Members 32.50

*Please note, Member discount is only good for those with a Family Membership.

Helpful Information...

1.  Please bring your child to class on the first day with a suit, goggles, a towel and any supplies to shower with before and after pool use. Long hair needs to be put up or tied back. No lifejackets are needed. Parents will not be in the water unless you have signed up for the Aquatot level.

2. Class ratios of kids to instructors will be kept relatively low at 4:1 for ages 3-5, 5:1 for ages 6-8 and 6:1 for ages 9+. This enables proper amount of one on one work versus group activity.

3.  Remember, it is perfectly normal for a child to repeat a level 2 or 3 or even up to 4+ times.  The YMCA recognizes that children learn at their own rate and we keep this in mind for all levels. If specialty training is needed, private swim lessons are available.

4.  On the last day of class the instructor will give a progress report with their child’s progress and which level to sign them up for in the future. If you have any specific questions please ask the instructor during their free time, or contact Aquatics Director Jacob Byrne at 442-9622 or jacob.byrne@helenaymca.org.

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JUNIOR SWIM TEAM  is designed for kids who know how to swim and are looking for new challenges in the water but who cannot commit to a 9-month swim season.  Junior Swim Team (JuST Swim!)  follows our youth sports schedule allowing kids an opportunity to experience a competitive swim program right here in Helena.  No driving, no overnight hotel stays....just good clean fun and lots of improved skills.  JuST Swim is staffed by our experienced Y staff and parent volunteers.   The emphasis will be on stroke development, refining swim techniques and preparing kids for lifetime of active water enjoyment.

Ages:  7-14 years, must be able to swim the entire length of the pool without assistance

Cost:  $60 members/$120 non-members

Summer Session: June 15 - August 1


For Additional information contact Teri Wright teri.wright@helenaymca.org


Aquaerobics - Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM -10:00 AM and Mon/Wed/Fri 1:00-2:00 PM

Deep Water Aerobics - Tuesdays & Thursdays - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Suspended Until Further Notice)

Water Sculpt - Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-2:00 PM (Suspended until Fall 2014 - Resumes September 9th)

Master's Swim - Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Suspended until Fall 2014 - Resumes September 9th)

Water Polo - Fridays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Suspended until Fall 2014 - Resumes September 12th)

See pool schedule for lap swim and recreational swim times


Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to pass a 300 Yard swim test.  (Participants must be able to demonstrate rotary breathing during the swim.  The distance may be swam any combination of freestyle or breast stroke. )  Register at the YMCA front desk.  Class is taught by Aquatics Director Jacob Byrne.

Session II: April 6-24 (Registration begins March 1)

Session III: May 4 - 22 (Registration begins April 1)

Fee:  $150 per person


7:00 - 10:00 PM    Mon/Wed/Fri

Courses are limited to 10 participants.  A non-refundable deposit 0f $50 is required at time of registration.  Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.  A deposit is required to hold a reservation.

This course is a blended learning course.  Participants will be expected to complete coursework online before coming to the onsite review and skill sessions.  Participants must attend all class sessions. Exceptions MAY BE made if notified prior to course start.


Ed Kellner Mile Swim

The New Year's Eve Ed Kellner Mile Swim will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Registration is online only & opens Tuesday, December 9th.

This year's event will be a combined event with the entire Helena swimming community!  Please join us New Year's Eve for a day of camaraderie, epic swimming, and fun.  If you can't make it New Year's Eve but still want to swim, please register for Saturday, January 3rd.  This extra swim day has been added to accommodate as many swimmers as possible.

Click here to register now

 2014 Results:On December 31, 2014 & January 3, 2015 Masters Swimmers from around Helena participated in the Ed Kellner New Years Eve Mile Swim Event. This year the event donated all proceeds to the Helena Family YMCA Aquatics Department. The 2014 event saw 36 swimmers participate. This year’s top finisher was Jessilyn Ecklund with a time of 23:05, finishing second was Jessica Adams with a time of 23:35, and rounding out the top three was Evan Eck with a time of 23:38. Congratulations to all participants full results are listed below.

Jessilyn Ecklund (23:05), Jessica Adams (23:35), Evan Eck (23:38), Jason Fowler (24:15), Jacob Byrne (24:26), Mandy McGowan (25:14), Poy Wong (28:27), Deb Grebence (29:28), Gerry Hill (29:35), Peggy Stringer (29:35), Adrienne Stanley (30:24), Tim Mehrens (30:44), Bob Mohs (31:07), George Foster (31:53), Peter McCarthy (32:43), Russ Noonan (32:52), Doug Compton (33:06), Heather Grahame (33:48), Tim Cail (34:15), Shawn Pennartz (34:26), Karen Simpson (34:38), Megan Harpster (35:02), Bryan Flynn (35:45), Anna O’Donnell (36:50), Mary Guokas (37:09), Cindy Lockett (37:29), John Crutcher (37:42), Charles Freeman (37:50), Kelly Bourgeois (37:56), Lydia Kuderna (38:27), Chris Caniglia (38:52), Lona McClanahan (39:10), Bill Allen (39:39 FLY), Josh Pallister (39:50), Kathy Chase (41:16), Charlotte Sandoval (1:05:42)

2013 Results:  On Sunday February 3rd 2013 the YMCA held the Ed Kellner Super Mile Swim.  This annual event is a fundraiser for the YMCA Aquatics Department, held in honor of Ed Kellner, a long time YMCA member and swimming advocate.  27 participants raised over $650.00.  The top Male Finisher was Evan Eck (23:44) and the top Female Finisher was Mandy McGowan (26:00).  Congratulations to all participants (full results below) and thank you for supporting the Helena Family YMCA.

Evan Eck (23:44), Jason Fowler (24:02), Mandy Mcgowan (26:00), Jake Byrne (26:26), Mile Fly Relay (Jason Fowler, Marisa Hardy, John Melcher, Tim Mehrens 27:29), Deb Grebence (29.12), Paul Sihler (31:09), Doug Compton (31:27), Peggy Stringer (31:58), Karen Simpson (32:15), Bob Mohs (32:33), Jacob Glueckert (32:34), Stu Kellner (33:38), Ashley Reynolds (33:47), Tim Cail (33:52), Mark Morgan (34:59 - 1650 Yards), Marisa Hardy (35:35 - Breast Stroke),  Tom Sanburg (37:14), Megan Harpster (38:00), Bill Allen (38:24- Mile Fly), Bob Glueckert (38:38), TJ Hill (39:06), Roger Little (40:21), Vickie Williams (41:43), Greg Schneider (47:49)




Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to handle an emergency situation.  CPR/AED and First Aid certifications are required by many employers.  Take action and get certified today!  Our classes are taught by Aquatics Director Jacob Byrne at the YMCA.

CPR/AED/First Aid Classes

February 16, 18, 20 (M/W/F) 7:00 - 10:00PM (Registration begins January 1, 2015)

March 23, 25, 27 (M/W/F) 7:00 - 10:00PM (Registration begins February 1, 2015)

June 1, 3, 5 (M/W/F) 7:00 - 10:00PM (Registration begins May 1, 2015

Cost: $75.00 Courses Include CPR/ AED/ and First Aid (All components must be taken.  If there are not three registrants the class will be cancelled)

Open Kayaking

On Sundays during our Adult Soccer League the YMCA will be offering Open Kayaking Sessions  from 5:00 - 6:30PM. Must bring your own kayak, helmet, paddle, skirt, and flotation device.  Pre registration through sports sign up is required.  Please use the sports & swim lesson registration link to the right.  Registration is only available online and registrants must pay the entire session fee.

Register Here!


Session I: December 7 & 14th

Session II: January 11 - February 22


Session I December 7 & 14th $10.00

Session II January 11 - February 22 $35.00


Operating Hours

Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM & 5-7 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577