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.
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).
Winter Session II SATURDAY: January 4 - 25
Winter Session II: January 6/7 - 29/30
Winter Session II Saturday: February 1 - 22
Winter Session III: February 3/4 - 26/27
Spring Session I SATURDAY: March 1 - 22*
Spring Session I: March 3 - 13 (2 Week Mon - Thurs Session)
Spring Session II SATURDAY: April 5 - 26*
Spring Session II: April 7/8 - 30/May 1
Spring Session III SATURDAY: May 3 - 24*
Spring Session III: May 5 - 29
*Saturday Lesson Dates from March 1st on are Tentative Dates. The first two sessions are trial sessions.*
Call 442-9622 or click here for exact times
Preschool: 30 minute sessions (aquatot, pike, eel, ray)
Members: $30/ non-Members: $65
Saturday - Members: $15 / non - Members $32
Youth: 40 minute sessions (polliwog, guppy, minnow, fish)
Youth -Members: $45, non-Members $75
*Please note, Member discount is only good for those with a Family Membership.
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 email@example.com.
JUNIOR SWIM TEAM is a new program designed for kids who already 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
Registration: December 1
Cost: $60 members/$120 non-members
Winter Session: January 6 - February 22 - Register December 1
Spring Session: April 7 - May 24 - Register March 1
Summer Session: June 16 - August 2* 1 Practice Session Only Check back For Times
MON/WED: practices are held 7:00 - 8:00PM
TUES/THURS: practices are held 4:15-5:15 PM
For Additional information contact Jacob Byrne, Aquatics Director at Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.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
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
The next Red Cross Lifeguard Certification class is scheduled for January 13 - 31 2014. Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to pass a 300m swim test. Register at the YMCA front desk.. Class is taught by Aquatics Director Jacob Byrne.
Fee: $150 per person (50 Dollar Non-refundable deposit included)
Monday/ Wednesday / Friday 7:00 - 10:00 PM
January 13 - 31 (Registration Available December 1)
April 7 - 25 (Registration Available March 1)
May 5 - 23 (Registration Available April 1)
Courses are limited to 10 participants. Deposit required at time of registration. Spots are given on a first come first serve basis. Spots will not be held in reserve.
This course is a blended learning course. Participants will be expected to complete coursework online before coming to the onsite review and skill sessions.
The New Year's Eve Ed Kellner Mile Swim will be held on December 31, 2013
This year's event will be a combined event with the entire Helena swimming community! Please join us on New Year's Eve for a day of camaraderie, epic swimming and fun. If you can't make it on New Year's Eve, but you still want to swim please register to swim on Jan. 5th. This extra swim day has been added to accommodate as many swimmers as possible.
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)
AMERICAN RED CROSS
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 3, 5, 7 (M/W/F) 7:00 - 10:00PM
February 17, 19, 21 (M/W/F) 7:00 - 10:00PM
Cost: $75.00 Both Course Include CPR/ AED/ and First Aid
Registration begins January 1 2014