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Aquatics Programming

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.

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons can save a life, build a child’s confidence, and introduce little ones to a lifelong habit of exercise. Our instructors are carefully selected and trained, and our curriculum is expertly planned by our team of experienced supervisors. Whether your child is fearful of the water or just wants to perfect a particular stroke, we have the right class for you! Our highest priority is to provide all swim lesson participants with a safe and comfortable place to learn swimming skills that are appropriate for their needs and abilities. Upon registration, we will ask that you choose the lesson level that best fits your child. The suggested ages listed are designed to serve as a guide but should not be the main determinant in selecting a class for your child.

Registration Begins: March 16, 2020



Private Swim Lessons

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. For more information or to schedule your lessons, please email swimlessons@champaignparks.org starting May 15, 2020.

Fee (R/NR)
Private (1): $20/$30
Semi-Private (2): $12/$18 per swimmer
Semi-Private (3): $10/$15 per swimmer

Lap Swim

Whether you’re looking to get fit, improve your mood, or 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. Feel free to call ahead to check on lane availability.

DateDayTimeFee (R/NR)
June 1-August 7*Monday - Friday6:45-7:45a$4/$6
May 30-August 23*Saturday & Sunday8-10:45a$4/$6

*No Lap Swim: 7/3, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581

Tiny Tots Splash Time

Ages 0–5 with parent/guardian
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 before the afternoon rush. Only the kiddie pool will be open during this time. Tiny Tots is a paid activity and is not part of swim lessons or swim team.

June 1-August 7Monday - Friday7:30-11:45a
May 30-August 23Saturday & Sunday8-10:45a

No Program: 7/3, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18*
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Fee (R/NR): $4/$6 per person or FREE for pool pass holders! Children ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult.
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581

Water Aerobics

Ages 15+
Get some fresh air while getting in shape! This guided class will help to increase your energy, flexibility, strength, and circulation. All water aerobics classes at Sholem Pool are arthritis, back pain, and Fibromyalgia-friendly. Swimming skills are not required. Participants mustattend only the class/section for which they registered.

Registration Begins: March 16, 2020

Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Instructor: Jo Rodriguez
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581



Weekday Morning Water Aerobics

DateDayTimeFee (R/NR)Min/Max
June 1 - June 12M/W/F11:15-11:45a$30/$455/35
June 2 - June 11Tu/Th11:15-11:45a$20/$305/35
June 15 - June 26M/W/F11:15-11:45a$30/$455/35
June 16- June 25Tu/Th11:15-11:45a$20/$305/35
June 29 - July 10*M/W/F11:15-11:45a$25/$37.505/35
June 30 - July 9Tu/Th11:15-11:45a$20/$305/35
July 13 - July 23M/W/F11:15-11:45a$30/$455/35
July 14 - July 23Tu/Th11:15-11:45a$20/$305/35
July 27 - August 7M/W/F11:15-11:45a$30/$455/35
July 28 - August 6Tu/Th11:15-11:45a$20/$305/35

*No class: July 3

Weekday Evening Water Aerobics

DateDayTimeFee (R/NR)Min/Max
June 2 - June 25Tu/Th7:15-8p$40/$605/35
June 30 - July 30Tu/Th7:15-8p$50/$755/35
August 4 - August 27Tu/Th7:15-8p$40/$605/35

Weekend Morning Water Aerobics

DateDayTimeFee (R/NR)Min/Max
6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/5, 7/12Saturday & Sunday9-9:45a$30/$455/35
7/19, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22Saturday & Sunday9-9:45a$30/$455/35

River Run/Walk

All Ages
Here’s 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 self-guided/self-paced program. Feel free to bring your water weights for a more intense workout. All we ask is that all participating be respectful of those around them (no swimming, playing with toys, splashing, etc.).

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.

June 1-August 7*Monday - Friday10-11:45a & 7:15-8p
May 30-August 23*Saturday & Sunday10-11:45a & 7:15-8p

No Program: 7/3, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18*
Fee (R/NR): $4/$6 per person or FREE for pool pass holders.
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581

Junior Lifeguard Academy

Ages 12-15
The primary purpose of the Junior Lifeguard Academy is to increase participants’ self-confidence,
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.

Registration begins: March 16, 2020

Date: July 6-17
Day: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:30-11:30a
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Fee (R/NR): $30/$45
Min/Max: 6/30
Deadline: 7/2
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581

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