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).


The Ed Kellner Mile Swim will be held Super Bowl Sunday February 4th

Cost:  $30 per person or $60 per team.

Time:  swim times begin at 8:00 AM.  Choose your swim time when registering.  (available spots will show when you click the "register online" button)

Teams:  break up the swim by having your friends join in the fun.  You can list your team-mates during the registration process.

Mile Fly Club:  If a mile swim isn't challenging enough, then you can really push your body to the limit by swimming a mile butterfly style.  The cost is $100.00 and you will get serious bragging rights and your name engraved on the coveted "Mile Fly Club" plaque.


This year's event will be a combined event with the entire Helena swimming community!  Please join us February 4th for a day of camaraderie, epic swimming, and fun. The first heats will begin at 8:00 AM.

If you are unable to join us on Sunday the 4th you can always pay your fee and swim when it is convenient. Just bring in your time and we will gladly post it with the others.

The Ed Kellner Mile Swim

The YMCA Mile Swim is held in honor of Ed Kellner who inspired others to swim by mapping his miles swam along several U.S. waterways, including all 2,341 miles of the Missouri river.

All proceeds from the event are donated to the Helena Family YMCA Aquatics Department.

Full Results from this year will be posted after the event.

The 2016 top finisher was Stacey Schwarz with a time of 24:20, finishing second was Jacob Fleury with 24:38, and Stephen Murphy rounded out the top three with a time of 24:46.  Amanda McGowan (33.56), Peggy Stringer (41:21), and Bill Allen (41.58) swam the FLY for the entire 1,800 yards - not an easy feat! The relay team of Jason Fowler, Jacob Malaski, and John Melcher also completed the mile FLY with a YMCA record-breaking time of 25:18.  All of these swimmers are recognized as elite members of the Helena YMCA Mile Fly Club.  Congratulations to all participants.

Full results:

Individual mile swim results: Stacey Schwarz (24:20); Jacob Fleury (24:38); Stephen Murphy (24:46); Amanda McGowan (25:31); Adrienne Standley (28:45); Tim Mehrens (30:27); Robert Rasmussen (30:29); Jacob Gluekert (30:54); Monica Gluekert (31:03); Shawn Pennartz (31:58); Danielle Malaski (32:31); Josh Pallister (34:30); Bryan Flynn (37:02); David Anderson (41:41); Bob Stringer (42:16); Maggie Long (48:46); Patrick Edgar (52:08); Charlotte Sanddal (1.13:37).

Relay mile swim results: Spencer Bartow, Nick Bubb, Paul Field, Parker Keller, Anna Kerins, Jacob Malaski, and Regan Read (24:00); Peggy Stringer, Stacey Schwarz, and Fran Reale (24:09); Kyle Beauchan and Shannon Edgar (26:00); Teagan Boysen, Emily McAnally, and Madison Hasslet (28:17); Dave and Sam Burleigh (31:42); Beau and Charles Snellman (38:07).

Individual mile FLY results: Amanda McGowan (33.56); Peggy Stringer (41:21); Bill Allen (41:58)

Relay mile FLY results: Jason Fowler, Jacob Malaski, John Melcher (25:18)


Previous Years' Full results:

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Junior Swim Team is a program designed for youth who already know how to swim and are seeking new challenges in the water, but who cannot commit to a full swim season.  This program gives young swimmers the opportunity to participate on a team without leaving town.  The emphasis will be on stroke development, refining swimming techniques, and preparing swimmers for a lifetime of active water enjoyment.

Ages:  7-17 years, must be able to swim the entire length of the pool, freestyle and backstroke, without assistance

Cost:  $70 members/$130 non-members


Winter 2018 Session:  February 13 - April 12: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM OR 7:00 - 8:00 PM  **No practice March 26 - 30**

All squad practices will be February 22 & March 22; Meets will be March 8 & April 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

For Additional information contact Dawn Sullivan at [email protected]


Next Class Spring 2018

Private Lessons available now!



swim adult lesson


Designed for the older swimmer (15 years & up), these swim lessons cover basic strokes - freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke - for beginner and intermediate swimmers.  They will also teach treading water and basic water safety techniques.  Swimming is a life-long skill and at the YMCA we want everyone to feel safe and comfortable in the water!




At 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.  


Call 442-9622 or click here for exact times.  You can also click the "register online" button to view detailed information on days and times of lessons available.

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, 6:1 for ages 6+. This enables the 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 your 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 Dawn Edgar, Aquatics Director, at [email protected]

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

Water Sculpt - Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-2:00 PM

Master's Swim - Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 PM –1:00 PM

Water Polo - Fridays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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 swum in any combination of freestyle or breast stroke.)



Coming Soon!! Junior Lifeguard Course for 11-14 year olds.  TBA

Next Classes:

Re-certification course:  (dates TBA)

Standard Red Cross Lifeguard course:  Coming March 2018

It is mandatory that all class sessions must be attended, no exceptions!

Fee:  $175 per person

Courses are limited to 10 participants.  A non-refundable deposit 0f $50 plus the class fee of $125 is required at time of registration.  Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

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.  No exceptions.



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: 9:00 AM-1:15 PM & Tues-Fri 4:30 PM-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