Campus Recreation

Aquatics Center

Aquatics Center

The Aquatics Center is a fully accessible facility staffed with friendly, professional lifeguards who ensure a safe and positive aquatic environment. We are open in the early morning, at noon, and in the late afternoon/early evening for your convenience. The facility includes a 25-yard pool, an 8-person hot tub, a sauna, and adjacent locker rooms. Informal recreation activities such as water basketball, open swimming, aqua classes, and lap swimming are offered. The Aquatics Center provides a variety of water fitness equipment and is ADA compliant.

Dress Code

  • Swim trunks or swimsuits are required for swimming.
  • Non-swimming attire is allowable only in the sauna.
  • No sweatshirts, sweatpants or hats.
  • Leggings must be rolled up to calf length. 

Aquatics Center Hours

This schedule does not reflect breaks, holidays, or finals week.

Spring 2018 Hours

Aquatics Hours Center Spring 2018

Party at the Pool

Planning something special? Host your event in the Aquatics Center at the Rec Center! Call Nick Knowles, 309-298-1228, ext. 237, for details and to book your party!

Book a pool party with WIU Aquatics Center


  • 25 yards longPool
  • 6 lanes wide
  • ADA lift accessible
  • Average temperature: 80 - 82° F
  • 4 feet to 12 feet deep
Aqua Climb - Poolside Climbing Wall
  • Climb heights almost 16 feet above the water
  • Plunge into the deep end of the pool
  • Open as long as the Aquatics Center is open
  • Add small amounts of water to reach your desired temperature
  • Maximum capacity: 16 people
  • Long sleeves or pants are not allowed
Hot Tub
  • Relax or rehab in our hot yub
  • ADA lift accessible
  • Maximum capacity: 8 people
  • Average temperature: 103° F

Water Fitness Equipment


Family Swim (Free)

Fall & Spring Semesters: 1:00PM-3:00PM

Summer Term: 11:00AM-1:00PM

  • Students and University employees are invited to bring their immediate families and must be present during Family Swim
  • Spencer Student Recreation Center membership is not required; however, a signed waiver with the WIU affiliate and their valid WIU ID is needed
  • Children must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times and also must remain one arm's distance from their child in the water at all times
  • Immediate family members under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign a Family Swim Waiver - no exceptions
  • No one under the age of 16 is allowed to use the whirlpool or sauna - no exceptions
  • Schedule does not reflect breaks, holidays, or finals week (see for current Aquatic Center hours)
Lap/ Open Swim (Fall Hours)
  • Morning Hours (Monday-Friday)
    • 6:00AM-9:00AM | 4 lanes open; AquaClimb use available upon request
    • 9:00AM-11:00AM  (Saturday) 4 lanes open; AquaClimb available upon request
  • Lunch Hours
    • 11:00AM-1:00PM | 4:00PM lanes open
  • Evening Hours
    • 3:00PM-9:00PM | 4 lanes open (Monday-Thursday)
    • 5:00PM-6:00PM | Tuesday - Aqua Dance class, 2 lanes open for lap swim
    • 1:00PM-5:00PM (Saturday)
    • 3:00PM-7:00PM (Friday, Sunday) 4 lanes open

NEW! Adult Swim Lessons

American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor - Learning the Basics or Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes

Group Swim Lessons - Spring 2018

Each class is limited to 10 participants and last 6 weeks.

  • Sunday, March 25 - Sunday, April 29
  • 7:00PM-7:45PM
  • Prices
    • Student - $30
    • Member - $30
  • Registration & Payment
    • Registration accepted in the Campus Recreation office
    • Payment is due upon registration to secure a spot in class
    • Registration begins on February 1

Private Swim Lessons

Course will consist of eight 45-minute lessons.

  • Prices
    • Student - $100
    • Member - $110
    • Non-Member - $125
  • Fill out the Swim Lesson Registration Form and return it to the Campus Recreation office or call Nick Knowles, Assistant Director of Facilities, Aquatics, and Sport Clubs at (309) 298-1228 ext. 237

Space is limited, priority will be given to the following:

  1. WIU students
  2. WIU faculty and staff
  3. Retired WIU faculty staff or spouses

Private Lessons Grant

Private Rentals


Free Personal Training or Adult Swim Lessons - Apply Here

Contact Info

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, 200A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Office: (309) 298-1228
Front Desk: (309) 298-2797
Fax Number: (309) 298-3224