There is a good reason why the Y is referred to as America's Favorite Swim Instructor. Y's have been teaching people of all ages to swim for more than a century! The Missoula YMCA offers a variety of swimming lessons, swim classes and swim teams.
In our aquatics programs, children learn to be safe around water and they feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with learning something new. Our aquatics programs use a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment. Kids can develop lifelong skills that will help them stay healthy.
Contact the Director of Aquatics, Rose Kahane at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any aquatics program.
Aquatic Lesson Fees (5 weeks):
Weekdays: $55 ($42 w/Family Membership)
Thursdays: $30 ($22 w/Family Membership)
Saturdays: $30 ($22 w/Family Membership)
Sundays: $30 ($22 w/Family Membership)
Please call the YMCA at (406) 721-9622 for when the next session starts!
YMCA preschool swimming begins with water adjustment, and stresses safety and confidence in the aquatic environment. Class ratio is 1:5.
Children must be adjusted to the water. They will learn to put their faces underwater and blow bubbles. They will learn to develop independent movement with the assistance of noodles and barbells, and to float on their fronts and backs with the aid of an instructor. Children will begin to develop basic kicking, floating and pool safety skills. To pass, children should be able to push off the wall on their fronts or backs and swim five feet to an instructor.
Children are comfortable in the water and are able to swim five feet with minimal assistance from the instructor. With basic skills already accomplished, children will learn basic motoring skills necessary for the front, back and side strokes. To pass, children should be able to propel themselves 15 feet without assistance.
Children have solid skills from eel level and are ready to learn rudimentary mechanics of backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke and freestyle with rhythmic breathing. Children will learn to jump into deep water independently and swim to the surface, to do 10 bobs on the wall, to do surface glides to the bottom of the four-foot deep area, and to front and back float for 20 seconds without assistance. To pass, children should be able to do the above strokes across the width of the pool with minimal assistance.
Young swimmers here begin to refine strokes and build endurance. Children are confident enough in the water to learn to tread water for 30 seconds without assistance and to float on their back for one minute without assistance. They learn underwater somersaults and kneeling dives.
This program begins with water adjustment and progresses toward competency in all strokes with emphasis on safety and self-esteem. Instructor-to-child ratios posted next to each level.
This is the beginner level for children who are uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Children will learn how to float on their fronts and backs, put their faces into the water, and propel themselves through the water with a strong kick. To pass, children must be able to paddle 25 yards with a flotation device, either on their fronts, backs or sides.
Children will begin to learn rudimentary stroke skills with less reliance on flotation devices. Stroke instruction includes: backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and freestyle with rhythmic breathing. Children will learn to jump into deep water independently and swim to the surface, to do 10 bobs on the wall, to surface glide to the bottom of the four-foot deep area, and to front and back float for 20 seconds without assistance. To pass, children should be able to do the above strokes across the width of the pool with minimal assistance.
Children will begin to refine their stroke skills. They will add the scissor kick to the sidestroke and rotary breathing to the freestyle. Children will also play special games to help increase their confidence. To pass, children must have rotary breathing skills and the ability to do all the strokes for the length (25 yards) of the pool.
Children will further refine their skills and build endurance. They will work to specifically refine their breaststroke, as well as learn the butterfly and flip turns.
This nationally recognized Y program for infants, toddlers, and their parents, teaches water adjustment for each developmental level. Classes require (2) or more participants to occur.
The Y welcomes requests from Childcare and School Groups for group lessons in the morning or early afternoons. Please arrange 30 days in advance through the Aquatics Office.
Session: 5 and 10 Lesson Sessions
5 Lessons: $25/participant
10 Lessons: $42/participant
Private swimming lessons are for those who want extra attention or have unique schedules. One-on-one lessons are arranged by the Aquatics Office or by request at the Welcome Center. Payment is made at the first class.
Session: 5 half-hour lessons
Fee: $65 ($52 w/ Family Membership)
Designed to serve families who have two siblings/friends, age 3 or older, who wish to learn to swim together. In order to register for private lessons, please complete a Private Swimming Lesson Request Form and submit it to the Welcome Center. Once an instructor is confirmed, you will be notified. Payment is made at the first class.
Session: 5 half-hour lessons
Fee: $48 ($40 w/ Family Memebership)
If you’re looking for an activity to enjoy during the week break from school, take advantage of this special session. Space is limited so sign up today!
An introduction to aquatic personal safety, stroke development, water sports, and rescue. The SPLASH! program consists of four 30-minute lessons. Our goal is to see that every Missoula 3rd grader can swim.
For more information, please contact Rose Kahane at email@example.com or by calling 721-YMCA (9622).
Fee: $18 per child
Cub Scouts will learn how to get over fear of water, develop basic swim strokes, and learn water safety skills. The goal of this course is for participants to be able to pass the Boy Scouts of America beginner swim test, and possibly the BSA swim test.
Fee: $30 for (4) one-hour lessons
In only three hours, your boy scout can learn the basics of snorkeling skills, including what equipment to use and how to use it, as well as BSA SafeSwim Defense and Safety Afloat Guidelines.
This course will take Scouts through the Merit Badge curriculum set forth by the B.S.A. Each Scout will have an opportunity to complete this merit badge throughout the course. It emphasizes proper swim strokes, endurance, and water safety skils. Prerequisite: Be able to pass the B.S.A. beginner swim test.
Follows the B.S.A. Lifesaving Merit Badge curriculum. We foucs on basic water rescues and preventative measures to take while on the water. Scouts should be in realtively good shape due to the amount of physical activtity. Prerequisite: Complete the B.S.A. Swimming Merit Badge course and pass the B.S.A. swim test.
Scouts who need to complete the 100 yard swim test can do it at the Y pool! All participants must be an active member for a local Boy Scout Troop and register at the Welcome Center. Please contact certified Boy Scout Swim Insructor, Tony Higuera, to schedule a swim test at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This pre-competitive swim team combines a fun atmosphere with emphasis on improving technique and endurace in two 45-minute weekly practices. Beginning participants must be able to swim 25 yards of any stroke. New swimmers should contact the Aquatics Office for more information.
Days & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Monthly Fee: $67 ($55 w/ Family Membership)
This pre-competitive swim team meets with the two-day per week program. Participants pick one day per week: either Tuesday or Thursday.
Days & Time: Choose either Tuesday or Thursday 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Fee: $46 ($40 w/ Family Membership)
Previous competitive swimming experience is not required. However, swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of any stroke. MYST competes in YMCA and USA swim meets throughout the year.
Check out the MYST wesbite at http://missoulamyst.com!
Crew: Age group, Monthly Fees:
Megamouth Sharks (Intermediate): 8 & Under: $87 ($75 w/Family Membership)*
Hammerhead Sharks (Intermediate): 9 - 10 $87 ($75 w/Family Membership)*
Great White Sharks (Advanced): 11 - 14 $97 ($85 w/ Family Membership)*
Mako Sharks (Senior): 14 - 20 $107 ($95 w/ Family Membership)*
*All swim team fees must be paid via monthly automatic draft or 3-month advanced prepay.
Discounted one-month trial for new swimmers!!
New swimmers receive a $25 discount off their first month's fees as a 30-day trial period to swim with their age group crew. After their trial period, swimmers must pay the regular monthly program fees, and register and pay for USA Swimming dues.