Community Benefit Programs

Scholarship Program

Currently, about 5% of our members are part of The Wave’s scholarship program. These members are unable to afford the full cost of membership and are granted a reduced rate membership based on their financial situation. Using a system similar to the YMCA’s around the country, we have adopted a sliding fee scale that helps local residents enjoy our facility. For anyone to be considered for the scholarship program they must complete an application and provide documentation. Once our administrative staff has the application it can take 2-3 weeks to process and applicants are notified of approval. The scholarship program keeps our administrative staff busy with a constant stream of new applicants, monthly reporting, and yearly renewals.

School to Pool

The Wave works with the local elementary schools to offer complimentary swimming lessons to students during the school day. Aside from The Wave’s Red Cross Learn to Swim Program the School to Pool program also help our local youth to be safe in and around the water. An added benefit to all swimming lessons is a solid foundation to build from and prepare them for the Wave Ryders Swim Club.



A+ Student Program

North Valley students are the focus of much of The Wave’s efforts. We offer in-kind donations to nonprofits all over the valley to auction off but The Wave puts a little something extra out there for the students in our community.We have an A+ student program that provides free membership to all A+ students. At the end of each grading period, students can drop their report cards off with membership to earn free membership over the next grading period.

Wave Ryder Swim Team

The Wave Ryder Swim Club, founded in 2005, is known throughout Montana as a first-class, year-round swim program. We offer a guided age group youth program for children age 5 and up, from the beginning swimmer to the most competitive and skilled swimmer. When a young person becomes a member of the Wave Ryders he/she learns the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Swimming with our club also provides physical, emotional and intellectual skills that will last a lifetime. The mission of the Wave Ryder Swim Club is to provide an opportunity for all swimmers to reach their highest personal potential as a person and athlete. Each athlete will have an equal opportunity to grow technically, physically, and mentally, to develop a love for the sport.



  • Discharged Military deployed overseas within the last 10 years and with a DD214 – 1 year free
  • Families of deployed military – 6 months free
  • Discounted rates for honorably discharged Veterans w/military ID

Backpack Program

Backpack Program 

The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of chronically hungry children, providing food on the weekends and over holiday breaks, when they are away from the school lunch and breakfast programs they depend on for nutrition. One in five Montana children struggle with hunger and Flathead County is higher than the state average where the child food insecurity rate is nearly 1 in 4 (23.6%). Thanks to a generous start-up grant of $25,000 from the Angora Ridge Foundation, and a tremendous need the BackPack Program was implemented in Whitefish and Columbia Falls in January of 2012 providing food for nearly 200 kids every weekend.