Campus Recreation


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.

Aquatics Center Hours

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

Lincoln's Birthday Observed Hours: Feb. 13, 2017

Lincoln's Birthday Hours at WIU Student Rec Center Monday, FEB. 13, 2017

Spring 2017 Campus Recreation Regular Hours
WIU Campus Recreation Spring 2017 Regular Hours

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!

Contact Nick Knowles at 309-298-1228 for pool party details


  • 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
  • Our NEWEST feature!
  • Climb heights almost 16 feet above the water!
  • Enjoy the 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 Tub!
  • ADA Lift accessible
  • Maximum Capacity: 8 people
  • Average Temperature: 103° F

Water Fitness Equipment


Family Swim(Free)

Fall & Spring Semesters: 1 pm - 3 pm

Summer Term: 11 am - 1 pm

  • Students and University employees are invited to bring their immediate families and must be present during Family Swim.
  • A 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 must also remain one arm's distance from their child and in the water at all times.
  • Immediate family members who are 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.
  • Please note the schedule does not reflect breaks, holidays, or finals week.
Lap/ Open Swim (Fall Hours)
  • Morning Hours (Monday- Friday)
    • 5:30 am - 9 am  |  4 lanes will be open, and AquaClimb use available upon request
    • 9 am - 11 am  (Saturday) 4 lanes will be open, and Aquaclimb available upon request
  • Lunch Hours
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 PM | 4:00 PM lanes will be open
  • Evening Hours
    • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | 4 lanes will be open (Monday-Thursday)
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Tuesday/Thursday - Aqua Dance class, 2 lanes will be open for lap swim
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Saturday)
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Friday, Sunday) 4 lanes will be open
Group Lessons
NEW! Adult Swim Lessons

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

Group Lessons Prices
  • Student - $30
  • Member - $30
Spring 2017 Group Classes are as follows: (each class is limited to  10participants and last 6 weeks)
  • Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Starting on January 29 and ending March 5
Group Lessons Registration

Registration can be done in the Campus Recreation Office. Payment is due upon registration to secure a spot in the class.

Private Lessons
Private Lessons Prices
  • Student - $100
  • Member - $110
  • Non-Member - $125

Courses will consist of eight 45-minute lessons.

Private Lessons Registration


Nick Knowles
Director of Facilities, Aquatics and Sport Clubs
(309) 298-1228, Ext. 237

or fill out the following Swim Lesson Registration Form and return it to the Campus Recreation Office.

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

  1. WIU students
  2. WIU faculty & staff
  3. Retired WIU faculty staff or spouses
Private Lessons Grants
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