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.  


Fall swim lessons will begin in October.  The first day for registration will be September 14th.  A schedule will be posted soon.  Thank you for your patience.  


Call 442-9622 or click here for exact times

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 Kyle Kallin at 442-9622 or kyle.kallin@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

Winter 2016 Session: January 4, 2016 - February 25, 2016

For Additional information contact Kyle Kallin at kyle.kallin@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.)




Next Class:  TBA

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 Thursday, December 31, 2015.


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 Sunday, January 3rd.  This extra swim day has been added to accommodate as many swimmers as possible.  The first heats on New Year's Eve will begin at 5:30 AM and the last heats will finish at 12:15 PM.  The first heats on January 3rd will start at 8:00 AM and the last heats will finish at 11:00 AM.

Swimmers Started Off 2016 by Swimming a Mile

Twenty-four swimmers rang in 2016 by swimming in the Ed Kellner New Year’s Eve Mile Swim (1800 yard swim) at the Helena YMCA on December 31, 2015 & January 3, 2016.  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 2341 miles of the Missouri river.

This year’s top finisher was Even Eck with a time of 23:26, finishing second was Jason Fowler 24:17, and Amanda McGowan rounding out the top three with a time of 25:56.  Janson Fowler (30:50) and Bill Allen (40:24) swam the fly for entire 1800 yards which is not an easy accomplishment.  Both swimmers are recognized as elite members of the Helena YMCA Mile Fly Club. Five swimmers bettered their swim times over 2015: Evan Eck, Peggy Stringer, Russ Noonan, Karen Simpson, Anna O’Donnell. Kathleen McElwain and Paul Reynolds finished their longest continuous swim. Congratulations to all participants.


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


Full results are listed below.

Evan Eck (23:26), Jason Fowler (24:17 Free) (30:50 fly), Amanda McGowan (25:56), Peggy Stringer (29:25), Robert Rasmussen (29:43), Adrienne Standley (29:44)(grew up in Helena, lives in L.A. now), Julie Ackerlund (30:00), Gerry Hill (30:08), Tim Uhl (31:09), Tim Mehrens (31:34), Russ Noonan (32:16), Karen Simpson (33:18), Katie Campbell (33:57), Shawn Pennartz (34:35), Anna O-Donnell (35:41), Bryan Flynn (37:59), Lydia Kuderna (38:47), Josh Pallister (39:32), David Anderson (39:42), Kathleen McElwain (39:47), Bill Allen (40:24 fly), Paul Reynolds (42:56), Charlotte Sanddal (1:09:58)

 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.

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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!


CPR/AED/First Aid Classes


Next Class:  TBA

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)

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