In 2013, we expanded our swim offerings to accommodate all levels of swimmers based on ability, rather than just age. By doing so, we are able to fit each child in the best possible learning environment so they feel safe and successful. With only 5 students per group, your swimmer will get personalized attention with our highly qualified instructors. Read the class descriptions below to find the right fit for your child. Need help deciding? See our swim level flow chart or call Jason Schoper at (406) 586-2817 or email

PARENT-TOT (Standard ages: 6 Mos-2 Yrs)
For infants and toddlers who need a parent in the water with them. Our instructor will coach parents on how to introduce your child to the water with some fun water games.

CLAMDIGGERS (Standard ages 3-5 or kids 6 and below who have never had swim lessons, or who have limited experiences in the pool)
This class is for children with limited or no previous swim experience. Children will learn basic water and safety skills through games, songs, and fun! The class goal is to become comfortable in the water.

What will they do in class? Kids will play games and do activities aimed at helping them become more comfortable in the water as well as working on basic swimming skills.

A successful Clamdigger will be able to do the following:

  • Blow bubbles from their mouth and or nose
  • A front float with instructor assistance
  • A back float with instructor assistance
  • Kick their feet while sitting on the stairs

TURTLES (Standard ages 3-6 who have had some experience with the water, and those who can complete all Clamdigger skills)
This class is for children who are able to comfortably submerge underwater and attempt floating on front and back with assistance. Our goal is to learn proper breath control, float unassisted on front and back, jump in the water, and be able to reach the side independently using a beginner stroke.

What will they do in class? Turtles will improve upon skills from the Clamdigger level and will venture deeper into the pool to learn to move themselves using a kick.  Turtles will also practice some skills in the deep end of the pool, and learn more independence while swimming.

A successful Turtle will be able to do the following:

  • An independent front float
  • An independent back float
  • Kick at least 10 feet on both the front and back using either a foam barbell or kickboard

STARFISH (Standard ages 4-6+ who are comfortable going underwater and attempting to swim independently)
This is an introductory swim class for swimmers with limited or no previous class experience. We provide basic swim and safety instruction for beginner swimmers. Our goal is to comfortably float on front and back without assistance. Swimmers will learn proper breath control, and basic stroke mechanics.

What will they do in class? Starfish will begin increased work on independent swimming.  They will learn safety skills important to young swimmers and will be introduced to beginner freestyle and backstroke.

A successful Starfish will be able to do the following:

  • A Vertical Recovery (Safety skill)
  • Self-rescue in deep water (Safety skill)
  • Basic Freestyle for at least 10 feet
  • Basic Backstroke for at least 10 feet

CROCODILES (Standard ages 5-8+ who have completed all Starfish skills or those who have learned basic arm strokes but not worked on breathing while swimming)
This is an intermediate class for swimmers who are able to swim beginner front and back strokes independently with some rhythmic breathing. Our class goal is to be able to swim the length of the pool using basic stroke mechanics and roll comfortably from front to back.

What will they do in class? Crocodiles will begin working on full swimming skills.  They will be taught how to breathe effectively during freestyle and given increased knowledge of backstroke skills.  Crocodiles will also be introduced to swimming skills like diving, how to leave the wall, as well as a basic breaststroke.

A successful Crocodile will be able to do the following:

  • Freestyle with a roll or side-breathing stroke for at least half of the pool
  • Backstroke the full length of the pool
  • Basic breaststroke kick
  • Streamline position dive

SURFERS (Standard ages 6-10+ who are able to swim full lengths of both backstroke and freestyle, or those who have completed all Crocodile skills)
This is a class for experienced swimmers who are able to swim 25 yeards independently using proper stroke mechanics for freestyle and backstrokes. This class provides endurance and technical support for swimmers who have beginner stroke mastery. Our goal is to swim 50 yards using proper stroke mechanics with freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Swimmers will be introduced to the breaststroke.

What will they do in class? Surfers will work on refining techniques of full swim strokes.  The breaststroke will be expanded upon, as well as beginning work of the dolphin kick.  Elementary backstroke will also be taught as a safety skill and an additional stroke.

A successful surfer will be able to do the following:

  • Swim a full length of freestyle using proper side-breathing
  • Swim a full length of backstroke using straight arms and proper rotation
  • Swim half of the pool using an underwater dolphin kick (does not have to underwater for the entire length)
  • Proper breaststroke kick with a board
  • Swim a full length of elementary backstroke

BARRACUDAS (Standard ages 8-12 or those who have passed all other levels of the Ridge program or an equivalent swim program)
This is an advanced class for swimmers who are able to swim 50 yards using proper stroke mechanics for freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstrokes. This class provides basic coordination for breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. Our class goal is to swim multiple laps using good stroke mechanics and technique.

What will they do in class? Barracudas will work on all 4 competitive strokes.  They will learn how to execute each stroke to a swim team standard, and participants in this class will generally be ready for a competitive experience after completing the final requirements.

A successful Barracuda will be able to do the following:

  • Swim a full 50 of freestyle
  • Swim a full 50 of backstroke
  • Swim one length of breaststroke with basic timing
  • Swim half of the pool using a basic butterfly

Fall Afternoon Swim Schedule
Monday and Wednesday afternoons

Clamdiggers and Turtles: 4-4:30pm
Starfish and Crocodiles: 4:30-5pm
Surfers and Barracudas:5-5:30pm

Session 1: September 9th-October 9th
(No Class on September 16th or 18th)
Session 2:October 14th-November 6th
Session 3: November 11th-December 11th
(No Class November 25th or 27th)

$75 Members | $100 Non-Members

Fall Morning Swim Schedule
Saturday Mornings

Clamdiggers and Turtles: 9:30-10am
Starfish and Crocodiles: 10-10:30am
Surfers and Barracudas: 10:30-11am

Session 1: September 7th- October 5th
(No class on September 21st)
Session 2: October 12th-November 2nd
Session 3: November 9th-December 7th
(No Class November 30th)
$60 Members | $70 Non-Members

If you’re already a Ridge Member, click here to register. Non-Members, please call Jason Schoper at (406) 586-2817 or email

Private lessons and other youth programs are also available!

Whether your child is just learning to swim or you’re wanting to refine your stroke, private lessons give you focused attention to achieve success at your pace and meet your unique goals.

Private Lessons

Single 1/2 Hour Private Lesson
$35 Members | $45 Guests

1/2 Hour Private Lesson Packages
6 Lessons: $145 Members | $175 Guests
8 Lessons: $190 Members | $230 Guests

Four 45 Minute Private Lessons
$145 Members | $175 Guests

Semi-Private Lessons 

1/2 Hour Semi-Private Lesson
$20 Members | $25 Guests

45 Minute Semi-Private Lesson
$30 Members | $40 Guests
Semi-Private Lessons are per person, per lesson

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