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.

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).


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



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 2019 Session: September 30th through November 20th

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


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.


$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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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