Swim – The Rec


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

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

View Fitness Calendar HERE

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.


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 us at 618-489-2040 with any questions.  We’re here to help!

Group Swim Lesson Levels & Registration


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: $30  |  Non Members: $60


Ages 3 years through 6 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, 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: $30  |  Non Members: $60


Ages 3 years through 6 years  |  30 minute lessons

Participants will build upon their confidence and comfort in the water by fine tuning their swimming abilities and skills. A strong focus on independence, learning proper technique for safe entry and exit, proper breathing and floating techniques, treading water, and frontal crawl. Participants in this class should be comfortable with entering and exiting the water, jumping, and combined arm and leg actions within the water.

Members: $30  |  Non Members: $60


Ages 6 years through 13 years  |  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 will learn and refine basic skills, with an emphasis on water acclimation, floating, and an introduction to the four major swimming strokes.

Member: $35  |  Non Members: $70


Ages 6 years through 13 years  |  40 minute lessons

Participants will 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 should be able to swim 1 length of the pool with rhythmic breathing and tread water comfortably for 1 minute..

Member: $35  |  Non Members: $70


Ages 13+ years  |  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: $35  |  Non Members: $75

Private Lessons

Group lessons are not for everyone. For swimmers who prefer individual swim instruction, work one-to-one with a swim instructor to meet your goals. Participants receive seven (7) 30-minute lessons. No limitations/ restrictions for enrollment. Those interested in private swim lessons must submit this private lesson request form providing their availability for private instruction and describing the skills they wish to learn. The interested participant or their caregiver will be contacted by the Aquatics Team to further discuss their interest and availability.

Dates and times are flexible between participant and instructor.

Members: $98  |  Non Members: $196

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.

– Necklaces –
The code behind the color

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


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


Tall enough to use the yellow slide

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