Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
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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 largestprovider of certifications in the country.

Lightning Policy

During electrical storms it is YUSA policy to evacuate and CLOSE THE POOL. The pool will remain closed for 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or roll of thunder.


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).


January Swim Lessons

January 14th thru February 6th


5:10:00 PM

Aquatot: Water Discovery/Water Exploration (Mon/Wed)

Pre-School: Water Acclimation (Mon/Wed)

Level 1: Water Movement (Mon/Wed)

Level 2: Water Stamina (Mon/Wed)

Level 3: Stroke Introduction (Mon/Wed)

5:45:00 PM

Aquatot: Water Discovery/Water Exploration (Mon/Wed)

Pre-School: Water Acclimation (Mon/Wed)

Level 1: Water Movement (Mon/Wed)

Level 2: Water Stamina (Mon/Wed)

Level 4/5 Stroke Development & Mechanics (Mon/Wed)

 6:20:00 PM

Level 1: Water Movement (Mon/Wed)

Pre-School: Water Acclimation (Mon/Wed)

Level 3: Stroke Introduction (Mon/Wed)

Level 4/5 Stroke Development & Mechanics (Mon/Wed)


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]


$70 Non-Members

$50 Members

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

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The Ed Kellner Mile Swim will be held New Years Eve December 31st 2018

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

Time:  Swim times begin at 7:00 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 December 31st for a day of camaraderie, epic swimming, and fun. The first heats will begin at 7:00 AM.

If you are unable to join us on Monday the 31st 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.


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.)



Next Classes:  TBA

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.




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:  7-18 years, Intermediate squad must be able to swim the entire length of the pool, freestyle and backstroke, without assistance or stopping.  Advanced squad must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke 50 yards minimum, plus know breaststroke and butterfly.

Cost:  Beginners:$50 members/$70 non-members

Intermediate/Advanced: $80 members/$130 non-members

Fall 2018 Session II:  December 4th through February 7th, NO PRACTICE December 21st - January 7th

Beginner - 5:30-6:00 PM -- This squad is for swimmers who have never been on swim team before, or who may be intimidated by the experienced team.  Ages 6-12, 

Intermediate* - 6:00 - 7:00 PM -- This squad is for swimmers who have been on swim team for at least 1 session, or have coach approval.  Ages 7-18

Advanced** -  6:00 - 7:00 PM -- This squad is for swimmers who have been on swim team for at least 4 sessions, or who have coach approval.  Ages 7-18


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!




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


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