Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are offered for ages from 6 months to adult. Class offerings are based on instructor availability. Register in person at the Grizzly Pool front desk, by phone at (406) 243-2763 or register online. Payment is required at time of registration.  A class with fewer than three participants is subject to cancellation.  Call the pool at 243-2763 for more information.

Monday-Friday Morning

Each session includes eight lessons, occurring twice per week.
Class times: 9:05-9:35 a.m., 9:40-10:10 a.m., 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Session Registration Opens Dates
1 Mon., June 4 June 11-22
2 Mon., June 18 June 25-July 6
3 Mon., July 2 July 9-July 20
4 Mon., July 16 July 23-Aug. 3
5 Mon., July 30 Aug. 6-17
swim lessons

Monday/Wednesday Evening

Each session includes eight lessons, occurring twice per week.
Class times: 6:05-6:35 p.m.; 6:40-7:10 p.m.

Session Registration Opens Dates
1 Mon., May 28 June 4-27
2 Mon., July 2 July 9-Aug. 1

Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon

Each session includes eight lessons, occurring once per week.
Class times:  3:30-4 p.m. and 4:05-4:35 p.m.

Session Registration Opens Dates
1 Mon., May 28 June 5-28
2 Mon. July 2 July 10-Aug. 2

Class Level Descriptions

The Grizzly Pool Lessons and Water Safety program combines the best in swim instruction with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety.  Courses are available for a variety of ages and skill levels to encourage healthy, lifelong recreational habits and to help keep your family safe.

  • Parent-Tot:  Parents/guardians are in the water with their child(ren).  For ages 6 months to 3 years old.
  • Level 1:  Must be at least 3 years old. Not yet ready to go underwater, some anxiety to work through.
  • Level 2:  Prereqs: Must be comfortable going underwater and be able to float on front and back.
  • Level 3:  Prereqs:  Must have fair knowledge of crawl stroke for 6-10 feet.   Must have an independent front and back float with kick.
  • Level 4 Beginner:  Prereqs:  Must have an efficient crawl stroke for 15-20 feet.  Knowledge of elementary backstroke is helpful but not essential.  Backstroke for 15-20 feet. Working on stroke and breathing refinement and more endurance.
  • Level 4 Advanced:  Prereqs:  Must be able to do crawl stroke for 25 feet and have beginning of rotary breathing techniques.  Should have some knowledge of elementary backstroke.  Backcrawl for 25-30 feet.
  • Level 5:  Prereqs: Must do one width of pool crawl stroke with rotary breathing, elementary backstroke and backstroke.
  • Level 6:  Prereqs:  Must do two widths crawl stroke, backstroke, elementary backstroke and two widths sidestroke.

Grizzly Pool Swim Lesson Program Policies

Learning how to swim is extremely important. Our objective is to offer high quality lessons to all our students. We aim at providing focused fun during our lessons to make sure swimmers progress in the learning process. To make the environment conducive to learning we ask for the parents/guardians cooperation with the following Grizzly Pool Policies.

Closed Deck

To allow our instructors to bond with their students in a safe and secure environment with limited distractions the Grizzly Pool has a closed deck policy. We encourage parents/guardians to accompany their swimmers in the locker rooms and out on deck, then once class starts the parents/guardians are asked to wait in the hallway. The Head Instructor will come and collect the parents/guardians before the last five minutes of lessons are over. This closed deck policy for parents/guardians will last for the first 4 lessons, after that parents/ guardians are more than welcome to watch from our balcony. Parents/guardians are required to stay in the building while lessons are taking place.  

Class Changing

We reserve the right to change students levels based on ability. It is vital that each student be correctly placed in order for them to get as much out of the learning experience as possible. We also may modify or cancel classes based on the number of students registered in each level.


Due to limited space and high demand, cancelations and refunds must be made two business days prior to the first lesson. Refunds and prorating will not be given for absences except for special unusual circumstances.

Locker Rooms

The safety and privacy of all patrons is of paramount importance to the Grizzly Pool staff. In order to ensure the safety of our young patrons as well as the cleanliness of our locker room Grizzly Pool policies are as follows:

  • During private rentals locker rooms are only accessible to participants of the renting organization.
  • Patrons age five and younger are allowed to change in the locker room of their opposite gender. If your child is above the age of five and still needs you to accompany them we have a family changing room you are welcome to use upon request to our staff.
  • We do not allow videos or pictures to be taken inside the facility – this is for the children’s safety.
  • No food is allowed in the locker rooms or on the pool deck in order to comply with health code requirements.

Make a Splash

The Grizzly Pool is a part of the USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. The USA Swimming Foundation launched Make a Splash in 2007 with the goal to teach every child to learn to swim.  In order to accomplish this, the Make a Splash initiative spreads awareness of the importance to learn to swim and be safe around water to every community in the country.

Make a Splash USA Swimming Foundation