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.  At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill. In swim lessons, we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water, learn water safety and develop skills that last a lifetime. Our qualified swim instructors are excited to help teach your child to swim!



Swim Lessons


WINTER SESSION: January 7-30, 2020

5:10 PM

Aquatot: Water Discovery/Water Exploration (Tue/Thurs)

Pre-School: Water Acclimation (Tue/Thurs)

Level 1: Water Movement (Tue/Thurs)

Level 2: Water Stamina (Tue/Thurs)

Level 3: Stroke Introduction (Tue/Thurs)

5:45 PM

Aquatot: Water Discovery/Water Exploration (Tue/Thurs)

Pre-School: Water Acclimation (Tue/Thurs)

Level 1: Water Movement (Tue/Thurs)

Level 2: Water Stamina (Tue/Thurs)

Level 4/5 Stroke Development & Mechanics (Tue/Thurs)

 6:20 PM

Level 1: Water Movement (Tue/Thurs)

Level 3: Stroke Introduction (Tue/Thurs)

Level 4/5 Stroke Development & Mechanics (Tue/Thurs)

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.

$80 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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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.)



January 11th & January 12th, 2020

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

Standard registration opens: Nov 12, 2019
Last day for standard registration: Jan 3, 2020
Internet registration opens: Nov 12, 2019
Last day for Internet registration: Jan 3, 2020

Fee:  $175 per person

Courses are limited to 10 participants. Fee is non-refundable.  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.

Questions? Contact Alana, Sr. Program Manager, at [email protected]



Deep Water 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 9:00 AM

Water Walking

Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:00 AM

Water Aerobics 

Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

Water Aerobics 

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

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

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM and 4:15 PM - 7:30 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