Swim – The Rec

Swimming

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.

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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

AquaFit

moderate intensity

Members Only  |  Ages 10 through Adult

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.

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
9:30am-10:15am
Mondays & Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:15pm

Stretch & Stride

low intensity

Members Only  |  Ages 10 through Adult

This no impact class uses your body weight and basic water resistance to provide a head to toe experience allowing you to stretch your way to increased flexibility while striding to improved balance in water and on land.  Participants are encouraged to move at their own pace as we focus on isolated and combined joint exercises in shallow water.  No swimming experience needed.

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
10:30am-11:15am

HIIT the Pool

moderate to high intensity

Members Only  |  Ages 10 through Adult

High Intensity Interval Training is all the rage on land, so we’ve brought it to the pool to create a new experience.  Short bursts of fast paced, focused exercise is balanced with active rest for a workout that checks all the boxes and keeps you coming back for more. Swimming experience preferred; comfort in the water is required.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:00pm-7:45pm

Float & Flow Yoga

low to medium intensity

Ages 12 through Adult

Enjoy this quiet and Zen opportunity to practice your favorite yoga poses while balancing on our FlowMotion fit mats.  You’ll literally go with the flow as you turn inward to focus on breathing, meditation and core activation.  What better way to end the class than relaxing with the waves and the sound of the water during savassana? This class is not for beginners as yoga experience is required.  While staying on the mat is the goal, falling in is a rite of passage!

Saturdays
7:30am-8:30am

Member fee: $10
Non-Member fee: $20

Group Swim Lessons

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.

Session Information

All classes: meet one (1) days per week for a total of six (6) classes.

Registration & Session Dates:

Winter Session: January 6 – February 15, 2020; Member registration begins December 2, 2019 Nonmember registration begins December 16, 2019

Spring I: February 17 – March 28, 2020; Member registration begins January 20, 2020, Nonmember registration begins February 3, 2020

Spring II: March 30 – May 9, 2020; Member registration begins March 2, 2020, Nonmember registration begins March 16, 2020

 

Minimum class size for any level is 3 participants. If the minimum is not reached on the first class meeting, the class will be cancelled and fees refunded.

Registration

Something that puts us over the top is that we’ve taken the guesswork out of registration and made it easy for everyone.  Just sign up for the appropriate age group, and we’ll do the rest!  The first day of each session includes an orientation to swim lessons and a quick skills assessment.  From there we match each participant with the best instructor for them and let the learning begin.  Easy peasy!

The listed fees are for the entire session and must be paid in full at registration.  Participants or their caregivers are asked to choose the class day and time that best meets their schedule.  Make-up lessons are not available for swimmer absences including but not limited to personal scheduling conflicts, brief illness or injury, vacation, etc.

Registration after the start of the session may be allowed based on enrollment capacity but is not guaranteed.  Please register prior to the start of the session to ensure your space in the class.

Contact the Aquatics Manager regarding class transfers, refunds/credits, accommodations for special needs or program related questions.  We’re here to help!

Class Descriptions, Schedules & Fees

Bigs & Littles

Ages 6 months through 3 years  |  30 minute lessons

Children and their caregivers learn together to increase the child’s comfort level in the water while building a foundation of basic skills such as arm and leg movements, breath control, and safe entries through guided discovery, individual exploration, songs and games. Each child must have an adult caregiver in the water with them for the duration of the class. Children that wear diapers must wear a commercial swim diaper under their swimsuit.

Members: $24  |  Non Members: $48

Preschool

Ages 3 years through 5 years  |  30 minute lessons

Participants explore basic skills through repetition and muscle memory while encouraging safety in the water. Entry and exit, breath control, gliding, floating, jumping, treading water and combined arm and leg actions are just a few of the skills practiced in each class meeting while developing comfort, confidence, and independence.

Members: $24  |  Non Members: $48

Youth

Ages 6 years through 12 years  |  40 minute lessons

After a brief assessment on the first day of class, participants are divided into groups based on comfort in the water and swimming ability. Beginners focus on water adjustment and development of basic swimming skills such as breath control, floating, gliding, treading water and combined arm and leg actions. More experienced participants will expand upon these concepts and work to fine tune their strokes and breath control while increasing their endurance and learning new skills.

Members: $30  |  Non Members: $60

Teen & Adult

Ages 13 years through adult  |  40 minute lessons

Following a skills assessment during the first class meeting, participants customize their learning by developing and working toward their own goals with the assistance of their instructor. Beginners, self-taught swimmers and everyone in between will learn and refine basic skills while building the confidence and endurance needed to enjoy this lifelong activity.

Members: $30  |  Non Members: $60

Winter – January 6 through February 15, 2020


Spring I – February 17 through March 28, 2020


Spring II – March 30 through May 9, 2020


Lifeguarding & Water Safety

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARDING

30 HOURS

MEMBERS $125 | NON MEMBERS $200
AGE 15+

Each course has multiple meeting days and times, all of which must be attended within the chosen course in order to receive certification. Accommodations will not be made for schedule conflicts and make-up dates are not available.

Provides entry-level participants or lifeguards with expired certificates the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants learn to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Those who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years from the course completion date.

This course includes approximately 30 hours of instruction. Participants should be prepared to swim, sit, stand, kneel and lie down throughout the course as they experience a combination of classroom instruction and skill practice in the water and on land. As this is a very physical course, participants must wear a well-fitting, properly lined swim suit: trunk, jammer, board shorts or one-piece. Suits with ties and open backs are discouraged. Compression garments such as Speedos and sports bras are recommended under swim suits.

 

Prerequisites:

Minimum Age: 15 years old on the last day of class

Swim: 300 yards (12 lengths in a 25-yard pool) swum continuously using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two. Participants may use goggles but may not stop between lengths, swim underwater or walk during any portion of the swim.

Tread: using only legs to kick, participants must hold a vertical position in the water for two (2) minutes with the head above the water surface. Arms are either crossed with hands under arm pits or hands raised above the water for the duration of the skill.

Timed event: without goggles and starting in the water, participants have one (1) minute and forty (40) seconds to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface and swim on the back with the object in both hands to return to the starting point. The participant must exit the water without using a ladder or steps, at which point the timer stops.

Following successful completion of the prerequisite skills on the first day of class, participants will continue with the remainder of the material.

Anyone failing to complete the prerequisite skills may transfer to another course and try again. However, refunds are not available.

Course #1 times:

  • Friday, March 20th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, March 21st, 9a-6p
  • Friday, March 27th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, March 28th, 9a-6p

Course #2 times:

  • Friday, April 17th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9a-6p
  • Friday, April 24th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, April 25th, 9a-6p

Course #3 times:

  • Friday, May 8th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, May 9th, 4p-9p
  • Friday, May 15th, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, May 16th, 4p-9p

Course #4 times:

  • Sunday, May 17th, 10a-6p
  • Monday, May 18th, 4p-9p
  • Tuesday, May 19th, 4p-9p
  • Wednesday, May 20th, 4p-9p
  • Thursday, May 21st, 4p-9p
  • Friday, May 22nd, 4p-9p

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARDING REVIEW

10 HOURS

MEMBERS $75 | NON MEMBERS $125
AGE 17+

Each course has multiple meeting days and times, all of which must be attended within the chosen course in order to receive certification. Accommodations will not be made for schedule conflicts and make-up dates are not available.

Individuals currently certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding or expired less than 30 days may participate in this two-day review course to renew their certification. Participants who successfully complete this course receive a certificate for American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

The review course includes approximately 10 hours of instruction. Participants should be prepared to swim, sit, stand, kneel and lie down throughout the course as they experience a combination of classroom instruction and skill practice in the water and on land. As this is a very physical course, participants must wear a well-fitting, properly lined swim suit: trunk, jammer, board shorts or one-piece. Suits with ties and open backs are discouraged. Compression garments such as briefs, jammers and sports bras are recommended under swim suits.

 

Prerequisites:

Must show proof of current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate that has been expired no more than 30 days.

Swim: 300 yards (12 lengths in a 25-yard pool) swum continuously using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two. Participants may use goggles but may not stop between lengths, swim underwater or walk during any portion of the swim.

Tread: using only legs to kick, participants must hold a vertical position in the water for two (2) minutes with the head above the water surface. Arms are either crossed with hands under arm pits or hands raised above the water for the duration of the skill.

Timed event: without goggles and starting in the water, participants have one (1) minute and forty (40) seconds to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface and swim on the back with the object in both hands to return to the starting point. The participant must exit the water without using a ladder or steps, at which point the timer stops.

Following successful completion of the prerequisite skills on the first day of class, participants will continue with the remainder of the material.

Anyone failing to complete the prerequisite skills may transfer to another course and try again. However, refunds are not available. Attendance at all class meetings is required in order to receive certification. Accommodations will not be made for schedule conflicts and make up dates are not available.

Course #1 times:

  • Friday, April 3rd, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, April 4th, 12p-5p

Course #2 times:

  • Friday, May 1st, 4p-9p
  • Saturday, May 2nd, 12p-5p

Stroke Development

Registration & Session Dates:

Winter Session:
January 6 – February 15, 2020
Member registration begins December 2, 2019
Nonmember registration begins December 16, 2019

Spring I
February 17 – March 28, 2020
Member registration begins January 20, 2020
Nonmember registration begins February 3, 2020

Spring II
March 30 – May 9, 2020
Member registration begins March 2, 2020
Nonmember registration begins March 16, 2020

Minimum class size for any age group is 3 participants. If the minimum is not reached on the first class meeting, the class will be cancelled and fees refunded if another class is not available.

Stroke Clinic
Youth

45 minute workouts

Fee:

Member:
$45 1 day/week
$75 2 days/week
$90 3 days/week

Non-Member:
$90 1 day/week
$150 2 days/week
$180 3 days/week

Date(s): TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Time: TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Ages: 10 and under

Coached workout for advanced swimmers preparing to join a team, compete in triathlon, or stay in shape for summer swim leagues. Participants practice the four competitive strokes and receive instruction on turns, lap swim etiquette and light physical conditioning. Focus is on goal setting while improving stroke technique, breathing, timing & endurance, leading to increased speed and efficiency over time. Participants in this age group must be able to swim 1 length of the pool with rhythmic breathing and tread water comfortably for 1 minute.

Stroke Clinic
Pre-teen/Teen

60 minute workouts

Fee:

Member:
$60 1 day/week
$105 2 days/week
$135 3 days/week

Non-Member:
$120 1 day/week
$210 2 days/week
$270 3 days/week

Date(s): TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Time: TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Ages: 11 through 18

Coached workout for advanced swimmers preparing to join a team, compete in triathlon, or stay in shape for summer swim leagues. Participants practice the four competitive strokes and receive instruction on turns, lap swim etiquette and light physical conditioning. Focus is on goal setting while improving stroke technique, breathing, timing & endurance, leading to increased speed and efficiency over time. Participants in this age group must be able to swim 2 lengths of the pool with rhythmic breathing and tread water comfortably for 2 minutes.

Stroke Clinic
Adults

60 minute workouts

Fee:

Member:
$60 1 day/week
$105 2 days/week

Non-Member:
$120 1 day/week
$210 2 days/week

Date(s): TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Time: TBD; Contact the Welcome Desk to be added to interest list

Ages: 19 and older

Coached workout for advanced swimmers preparing to join a team, compete in triathlon, stay in shape for summer swim leagues or accomplish personal goals. Participants practice the four competitive strokes and receive instruction on turns, lap swim etiquette and light physical conditioning. Focus is on goal setting while improving stroke technique, breathing, timing & endurance, leading to increased speed and efficiency over time. Participants in this age group must be able to swim 2 lengths of the pool with rhythmic breathing and tread water comfortably for 2 minutes.

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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+)

Ages 11-15:

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

Lifejackets/Puddle Jumpers

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

Inflatables

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 form 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 fro 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.

– Necklaces –
The code behind the color
Red

Not tall enough to touch in 3 1/2 feet of water and must be in arms; reach of an adult

Yellow

Tall enough to touch in 3 1/2 feel of water but not tall enough to use the yellow slide

Green

Tall enough to use the yellow slide

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