City swim lessons at MSDB delayed to Jan. 21

The start date for city swimming classes at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind pool has been postponed to Jan. 21.

Classes were initially scheduled to start on Jan. 14, but a seal went out on one of the pumps and since it’s owned by a state agency, there’s a process for repairs, according to Park and Recreation.

The Morony Natatorium closed at the end of December and the city is currently looking into demolition plans while removing all usable equipment from the facility.

Registration is now open for swim lessons and all aquatics activities are in the Mustang Center, located in Montana School for the Deaf and Blind campus, located at 3911 Central Avenue.

The schedule from Park and Recreation at MSDB is:

Aquatic Fitness:

Water Fitness/Aerobics:

$4/daily or $30/monthly

Monday – Thursday

6:30-7:15 a.m.

7:30-8:15 a.m.

6-6:45 a.m.

Independent Exercise:

$4/daily or $30/monthly

Monday – Thursday

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 a.m.

Aquatic Solutions:

$4/daily or $30/monthly

Tuesday and Thursdays

10-10:45 a.m.

11-11:45 a.m.

For further information, please contact Marian Permann, Aquatics Supervisor at 406-727-6099 or the Park and Recreation Office at 771-1265.


Swim lessons

Weekdays: $40 per child – 2 week sessions

4:30-5:05 p.m., Monday – Thursday
5:15-5:50 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Jan. 21-31
Feb. 4-14
Feb. 18-28

Weekend Lessons: $35 per child – 6 week session

10-10:45 a.m., Saturday
11-11:45 a.m., Saturday

Dates: Jan. 26-March 2

Water Babies

11–11:45 a.m., Saturday
Jan. 26 – March 2

The schedule may change depending on usage and demand in the new facility, subject to availability at the pool.

City staff are considering hosting an open house or orientation type of event to orient swimmers to the new facility.

Steve Herrig, park and rec director, told the City Commission in December that MSDB is charging a $12.50 hourly rental rate or about $1,700 monthly and that class prices would be based on that.

Because it’s a state facility, Park and Rec can’t make a profit on the activities there but can charge rates for classes to cover their costs, Herrig said.

The pool has steps into the water and Herrig said staff are planning to move the city chair lift to the MSDB pool.