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Aquatics Programming 2016

All Champaign Park District aquatics programming is offered at the Sholem Aquatic Center. Sholem is an outdoor family water park open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. For more information about Sholem Aquatic Center including open swim times, special events, rentals & parties, and weather closure guidelines, please see the menu to the right.

Ready to register?  Sign up online here.

Weather Cancellations

For weather-related closures or other program delays or cancellations, please visit our Cancellations Page or call 217-805-4100 and press 6 for automated updates.

NEW! Footsteps to Fitness

Ages: All ages, all ability levels

Fees (R|NR):  $2|$3.50 per person, FREE for pool pass holders and swim team/swim lessons parents/guardians (when present with a swimmer in swim lessons or swim team practice).

June 4-August 14
Monday-Sunday, 7:00-11:45am & 7:15-8:00pm

Come out to Sholem and take part in the new Footsteps to Fitness program that leads you around parts of Sholem Aquatic Center. We have laid out a great walking path (complete with painted footsteps for you to follow) that will help guide you in your summer pursuit of fitness. This program is great for parents, grandparents, and guardians who usually find themselves sitting by the pool waiting for their children to finish with swim lessons or swim team training.

This is a self-guided/self-paced program. Enjoy this DRY (out of water) opportunity to walk your way to better health and fitness!

NEW! River Run/Walk

Ages: 15+

Fees (R|NR):  $2|$3.50 per person, FREE for pool pass holders.

June 4-August 14
Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:45am & 7:15-8:00pm

This new program offers you a fun way to work towards better health and fitness with low impact water running/walking in Sholem’s Lazy River. We will have the river current turned on and flowing. All walking/running will be against the current for added resistance. This is a selfguided/self-paced program. Feel free to bring your water weights for a more intense workout.

Enjoy this WET (in the water) opportunity to walk/run your way to better health and fitness. Water shoes are recommended, but not required, for better traction in the river.

Tiny Tots Splash Time 

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Ages: 0-5 with parent/guardian

Fees (R|NR): $3|$4.50 per person or FREE for pool pass holders.  Children 3 & under are free with a paying adult. Pay onsite per visit (no registration).

Dates & Times 
June 4 – August 14
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 11:45 am
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 – 10:45 am

One of Champaign-Urbana’s best kept secrets.
We can’t promise that bringing your little one to Tiny Tots will ensure the perfect nap, but we can guarantee that you both will have a great time! One of Champaign-Urbana’s “best kept secrets,” Tiny Tots Splash Time provides a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some quality water play time with your little one and socialize with other parents and kids before the afternoon rush and ahead of their afternoon nap. Only the kiddie pool will be open during this time. Tiny Tots is a paid activity and is not part of swim lessons. All parents/guardians will receive (and must wear) a Tiny Tots wristband from the Sholem ticket office upon payment.

Group Swim Lessons & Graduation Pool Party

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Ages: All ages, all ability levels

Fees (R|NR): 

  • Parent-Tot & Preschool sessions: $38|$57
  • Beginner through Adult sessions: $47|$70.50

Dates & Times
June 5 – August 5 (depending on session).  Group swim lessons are offered in the mornings five days a week and evenings four days a week

This summer we will offer the following basic lessons options:

  • Sunday Mornings (1 session for 8 weeks)
  • Monday-Thursday Mornings (4 sessions for 2 weeks)
  • Monday-Thursday Evenings (4 sessions for 2 weeks)

Questions: Please contact swimlessons@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2550.  To see all the session options, or to register, please visit our Registration Page.

Swim lessons can save a life, build confidence, and introduce a lifelong habit of water exercise.  Our instructors are carefully selected and trained and our curriculum is expertly planned by a team of experienced coordinators.  Whether a participant is fearful of the water or just wants to perfect a particular stroke or skill, we’ve seen it all before and we’re here to help with open hearts and lots of techniques to make learning fun.  More specifics regarding objectives, content, and goals – as well as specific session dates and times – are listed in our Summer Program Guide.  Our group swim lesson levels are:

* Parent-Tot Exploration (suggested ages 6 months to 3 years; with parent/guardian)
*  Preschool (suggested ages 3-4)
*  Beginner (suggested ages 5-7)
*  Advanced Beginner (suggested ages 6-8)
*  Intermediate (suggested ages 7-9)
*  Advanced (suggested ages 8+)
*  Beginner Adult (great for those with a fear of the water or who never learned how to swim)
*  Intermediate Adult (great for those who know the basics but want to improve their technique)

Pool Party
Friday, August 12, 8:00-11:30am

To congratulate you on graduating your swim lessons, we are throwing a party! Come out and enjoy all that Sholem Aquatic Center has to offer and show off your new swimming skills. This graduation party is for Swim Lesson participants and one guest. Best part….it is FREE! Let us show you how much we appreciate you as Sholem swim lesson participant.

Private Swim Lessons


Ages: All ages; all ability levels

Fees (R|NR):
Private (1)
Semi-Private (2) $10|$15
Semi-Private (3) $7|$10.50 

Dates & Times: All lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled by appointment during times that the Sholem Aquatic Center is open for public swim.

Questions: Please contact swimlessons@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2550 on or after May 16 to set up your lessons for the 2016 season.

Description: Looking for a more personalized approach or more flexible scheduling for swim lessons? Our private swim lesson program offers one-on-one or small group lessons that are tailored to meet your personal needs. All lessons are 30 minutes and are available by appointment only.


Sholem Sharks Swim Team

Pre swim team

Please see the Sholem Sharks Swim Team page for more information.

Lap Swim

Ages: All ages, all ability levels

Fees (R|NR):  $4|$6 per person, FREE for pool pass holders

June 6-August 12
Monday-Friday, 6:45-7:45am
June 4-August 14
Saturday-Sunday, 9:30-10:45am

*No Lap Swim on Jun 18, July 9 & 16, or Aug 6

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, increase your flexibility, improve your mood, or simply enjoy one of the simple pleasures of summer – lap swimming is just what the doctor ordered. Lap swimmers do not share the lanes with swim team or any other groups – so feel free to stretch out and Carpe Piscinam: Seize the Pool! For those who can’t attend Lap Swim, lap lanes are protected during most open swim hours with some exceptions on weekends and holidays. Swimmers are welcome to call ahead to check on lane availability.

Water Aerobics


Ages: 15+; non-swimmers welcome

Fees (R|NR):

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday sessions: $24|$36
  • Tuesday/Thursday sessions: $16|$24
  • Weekend sessions: $24|$36

Dates & Times
June 6 – August 11 (divided into sessions)
M/W/F & Tu/Th, 11:15 – 11:45 am
Sa/Su, 9:00 – 9:45 am

Questions: Please contact jameel.jones@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2550. For session information, or to register, please visit our Registration Page.

Description: The benefits of water aerobics include increased energy, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Morning water aerobics is arthritis, back pain, and Fibromyalgia-friendly. Swimming skills are not required. Participants must attend only the class/section for which they registered.

Junior Lifeguard Academy


Ages: 12-15

Fees (R|NR): $33|$49.50

Dates & Times
July 12 – August 11
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Questions: Please contact jameel.jones@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2550.  To register, please visit our Registration Page.

Description: The primary purpose of the Junior Lifeguard Academy is to increase participants’ selfconfidence, physical conditioning, and safety awareness by providing a thorough introduction to water safety, first aid, and aquatic rescue techniques. All Junior Lifeguard Academy instructors are veteran members of our award-winning lifeguard team, well-versed in water safety, and passionate about teaching and mentoring young people. The goal of this program is to provide participants with the skills necessary to apply for lifeguarding positions with the Champaign Park District after they turn 16. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards comfortably in a reasonable amount of time and should also have an interest in learning about aquatic rescue techniques.

Spray & Play


The Champaign Park District operates two free Outdoor Water Play areas (spray parks) from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. We’ve maintained the beloved spray park at Hessel Park since 1995, and in the winter of 2015 we constructed a brand new spray park at Douglass Park. For more on our spray parks, please visit champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2550

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