Helena YMCA
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SWIM LESSONS

YUSA Swim Lessons have changed!  Please see the comparison chart to help you decide what level you should choose for your child. 

Past and Present YMCA Swim Level Comparison

If you have any specific questions you can contact the Aquatics Department at 442-9622 or [email protected]

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$70 Non-Members

$50 Members

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.

 

The Helena Family YMCA offers the following levels of swim lessons:

Aquatots: Water Discovery/Water Exploration

Prerequisites: None. Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Skills Learned: Blow Bubbles, Front Tow, Front Float, Back Float, Back Tow, Roll, Wall Grab, Monkey Crawl

 

Pre-School: Water Acclimation

Prerequisites: None. Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help
Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help
Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

Skills Learned: Submerge, Front Glide, Front Float, Back Float, Back glide, Water Exit, Roll

 

Level 1: Water Movement

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation for this level OR Passed Pre-School. In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help
Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help
Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices.

Skills Learned: Submerge, Front Glide, Front Float, Back Float, Back glide, Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water

 

Level 2: Water Stamina

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation for this level OR Passed Level 1. In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides
Developing forward movement on the front and back
Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

Skills Learned: Submerge, Swim on Front, Swim on Back, Water Exit, Roll, Tread Water

 

Level 3: Stroke Introduction

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation for this level OR Passed Level 2. Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Developing the front crawl and back crawl
Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly
Practicing safety techniques in deep water

Skills Learned: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Back Crawl, Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Tread Water

 

Level 4: Stroke Development

Prerequisites:  Instructor recommendation for this level OR Passed Level 3. Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl
Developing the breaststroke and butterfly
Building endurance techniques for deep-water safety

Skills Learned: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Back Crawl, Dive, Resting Stroke, Side Stroke, Tread Water

Level 5: Stroke Mechanics

Prerequisites:  Instructor recommendation for this level OR Passed Level 4. In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Students in this stage focus on the following:
Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water

Skills Learned: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Back Crawl, Dive, Resting Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke or Side Stroke, Tread Water

Past and Present YMCA Swim Level Comparison

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 life-jackets 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 6:1 for levels pre-school through Level 3 and 8:1 for levels 4 and 5. 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 or semi-private swim lessons are available.

4.  A progress report with your child’s progress and which level to sign them up for in the future will be emailed to you after the conclusion of your last lesson.  If you have any specific questions you can contact the Aquatics Department at 442-9622 or [email protected]

HOURS

Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-9 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-3 PM
Summer Hours Memorial Day-Labor Day
Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Mon-Thurs: 4:30 PM-7:00 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