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.


Aquatics Center Hours

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.

Party at the Pool

Planning something special? Host your event in the Aquatics Center at the Rec Center! Call Nick Knowles, 309-298-2641, 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 - Fall 2018

Each class is limited to 10 participants and lasts six weeks.

  • Sunday - dates to be announced
  • 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
    • Deadline date - to be announced in Fall 2018

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