Your average day at the pool just got a lot more exciting! This massive facility has a 4-lane, zero-depth entry pool with certified lifeguards, exercise classes, swimming lessons, and more! Enjoy a few twists and turns on the waterslide, create some fun on the splash pad, take a spin on the vortex before an enjoying float in the lazy river.

Lap Swim

See the lap lane schedule for specific lane availability. It is updated monthly.  

Recreational Swim

Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm


No reservations are necessary for Recreational Swim. It is open swim during operating hours but the play structure and waterslide may be off during certain times. View our pool schedule for detailed times of our features and activities. 

Aquatic Center Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Water Fitness

Overview & Philosophy

Gravity got you down?  Having trouble keeping your balance on land? Looking for ways to spice up your workout routine? Join us in the Aquatic Center where water is quite literally life and provides a stable and buoyant yet challenging environment to get your sweat on or just keep moving.  Our instructors help you push yourself to new heights while guiding you through custom routines designed with you in mind.  Oh, and being able to socialize while working out isn’t half bad either!

Classes are suited for all levels with modifications to either increase or decrease intensity, helping you meet your goals.

Session Information

Classes are ongoing, require no advance registration and are included in your membership.  Non Members may purchase a day membership, which will allow them to participate in classes.

Minimum class size for any class is 3 participants. If the average class attendance is lower than 3 participants, the class will be removed from the schedule.

Group Fitness Classes

most classes included in membership


moderate intensity

Members: Free

Non-Members: Purchase a day pass, which will allow participation in class

Ages 10+

Follow along with our instructors as they lead you through a series of exercises guaranteed to increase your heartrate, build endurance, strengthen major muscle groups and improve your balance.  Step your efforts up a notch or slow it down as needed using suggested modifications from your instructor.  A combination of buoyancy equipment keeps things interesting in this shallow water class.  No swimming experience needed; comfort in the water is preferred.

Tuesday & Thursday

10:00 am


6:00 pm


8:00 am

View Fitness Calendar HERE

Aqua Zumba

moderate intensity

Members: Free

Non-Members: Purchase a day pass, which will allow participation in class

Ages 10+

All the fun of Zumba mixed with water resistance for a low-impact, high-energy aquatic
exercise. Have a blast dancing off calories with easy-to-follow steps that mix dancing and water movements to get the ultimate workout.


6:00 pm

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

10:00 am


6:30 pm


9:00 am

View Fitness Calendar HERE

Paddle Board Yoga

low to medium intensity

Members: FREE

Non-Members: Cost of Day Pass

Ages 18+

Put your balance to the test with this advanced paddle board yoga class. It is a full body workout that incorporates strength training, balance practice, and calming meditation with a wide variety of yoga moves. This class is not recommended for beginners.


12:00 pm

View Fitness Calendar HERE


Members: FREE  |  Non-Members: Cost of Day Pass  |  Ages 16+

Enjoy a mix of our Aqua Zumba and Aqua Fit classes to get the ultimate workout using water resistance to build endurance, tone muscles, and improve balance.

Dates | September 12, 10 am – 12 pm | October 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | November 10, 10 am – 12 pm | December 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Aquatic Events

Pumpkin Plunge:

Put on your spookiest swim wear and pick your Halloween pumpkin from our floating pumpkin patch, and go “bobbing” for apples in the vortex to win a prize along with other fun Halloween themed activities.

Register by Friday, October 14th

TIME:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Parks and Rec Foundation Halloween Duck Race:

Support the Fairview Heights Parks and Rec Foundation by “entering” a rubber duck in our race around the lazy river during our Floating Pumpkin Patch.  During the month of October buy a duck at the front desk to enter into the big race for your chance to win an annual membership.

TIME:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Splashin with Santa:

Join Santa as he takes a break from the cold North Pole and warms up in our Aquatics Center.  There will be plenty of fun and games to be had by all and unique photo opportunities with the big guy himself.

Register by Friday, October 14th

TIME:  10:00 – 12:00 PM

Group Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Update:

The Aquatics team is diligently working on rebuilding The REC’s swim lesson program.  The team is working hard to recruit qualified swim instructors and add extra support to the current staff.   During this transition, we appreciate your patience as we work through creating a new swim program that will benefit you and your child. If you are interested in swim lessons please add your name to the wait list and as soon as we have our program ready staff will send you an email to let you know there has been a class created for you or your child.

Overview & Philosophy

As a famous blue fish one said, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”  Swimming is an invaluable, lifelong activity that can be learned and enjoyed at any age!  Join us in the Aquatic Center where we explore a variety of skills while gaining confidence and independence in and out of the water.

What makes us unique is that we encourage participants to progress at their own pace during the session.  Through weekly updates with instructors, each participant and/or their caregiver will review what has been accomplished, what they’re working on and what to look forward to in the coming weeks.  This builds confidence, gives everyone something to celebrate and takes the worry out of what’s next.  Doing so allows us to take the focus off completing a level and instead, put it on gaining independence while developing lifelong skills.

The REC Aquatic Center Youth Rules and Policy

Ages 6 and under:

Children must be within arm’s reach of a parent or guardian (18+), who is also in the water

Ages 7-10:

Youth must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian (18+) in the aquatic center.

Ages 11-15:

Youth must have a parent or guardian (18+) present at The REC at all times

Lifejackets/Puddle Jumpers

Anyone in a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) must be in arm’s reach of someone of adult age (18 or older) as it signals to the lifeguards that they are non-swimmers or weak swimmers.


Inflatables are not allowed as they are not Coast Guard approved flotation devices and could pop or deflate at any time.  Larger inflatables like rings, baby seats, and rafts prevent the lifeguards from seeing under them, causing a potentially dangerous situation.

Photo & Video Policy

As swimmers are not fully dressed, photos and videos are not allowed in order to protect the safety and privacy of members and program participants.

Food and Drink Policy

Our food and drink policy comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health and attempts to keep items from entering the water and creating messes on the deck.

No Diaper and Clothes Changing on the Pool Deck

Please remember to utilize the locker rooms when changing clothes or diapers in order to keep our Pool clean!

Why are the lifeguards always blowing their whistles?

They’re trying to get the attention of someone not following a rule or policy and correct the potentially dangerous behavior.  As time goes on and we all become more familiar with the rules, the whistles will become less frequent.  Until then, make it a habit to stop, look at and listen to the lifeguards in case they’re trying to get your attention.