Pool Schedule | West Suburban YMCA

Pool Schedule & Information

The Church St Y is home to two pools, the Big Pool and Small Pool. Wells Ave Y has one indoor 4 lane 25-yard lap pool. A variety of aquatics activities are available, including lap swimming, family swim, swim lessons for all ages, water aerobics classes, and more. 

If you are not a member and are interested in swimming at the Y, please check our Membership Rates page for more information.  Financial aid is also available for membership and programming, more information on financial aid can be found on the Membership Rates page.

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Church St Y Pools Weekday Information

The Big pool opens Monday-Friday at 5:30am for Adult Lap swim and Adult Recreation swim and remains open until 5:00pm Monday-Thursday.

The Big pool closes from 5:00-7:00pm Monday-Thursday for swim team practice and reopens at 7:00pm for Adult Lap Swim. The Big pool remains open Monday-Thursday until 8:45pm and the building closes at 9:00pm. On Friday, the Big pool closes at 7:45pm.

There are times during the week/weekend when there is reduced lane space in the Big pool due to programming, please check the weekly pool schedule for the number of lanes available when you plan to visit the Y. 

Church St Y Pools Weekend Information

The Big pool opens at 7:00am Saturday & Sunday for Adult Lap Swim and Adult Recreation Swim.  The Big pool remains open until 5:45pm and the building closes at 6:00pm.


Pool reservations have been eliminated, even for family swim.

Test, Mark, Protect

ALL swimmers will be given a swim check to see where in the pool they are safe to swim, we mark them by giving them a swim necklace to indicate where they are safe to swim, and we protect them by giving them flotation if they need it and keeping them in the appropriate part of the pool.

Any swimmer who is NOT able to swim on their own, and/or needs flotation must be accompanied in the water by an adult and will be given a red and white necklace for their swim time.  All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end and within arm’s reach of their accompanying adult.

Any swimmer who is able to swim the width of the small pool, in a comfortable, confident and consistent stroke will be given a red swim necklace. All swimmers who are able to swim the width must stay in the shallow end.  If the swimmer is 7 years of age or younger, they must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Any swimmer who is able to swim the length of the small pool, in a comfortable, confident and consistent stroke will be given a yellow swim necklace and able to swim anywhere in the small pool.

Swim necklaces must be worn in the pool at all times.  Swimmers will receive the necklace from the lifeguard and will return the necklace to the lifeguard after they are done swimming.

Adult Lap Swim

For Adults (16 yr+)

Swimmers must be swimming (in a horizontal position) back and forth in the pool.

Kickboards and pull buoys are available for use.

Swimmers will be required to share lanes or circle swim during peak times.

Adult Rec Swim*

For Adults (16 yr+)

Swimmers looking to do water exercises that may include:

  • Aqua jogging
  • Water aerobics
  • Use of barbells and noodles

*Typically, swimmers that cannot do laps.

Youth Lap Swim

For Youth (ages 7-16)

This is a LAP LANE in the Big Pool. Swimmers MUST be competent swimmers (Stage 4 or Higher).

Swimmers MUST swim laps when in this lane – this is not a free area to play in.

Open Swim 

Reservations are no longer required. For Families, Rec swimmers or anyone who would like to use the smaller pool for open swim. Please check the weekly pool schedule posted on the upper right part of this webpage as the schedule can change from week to week.

*Note: Children under the age of 7 must be ONE-on-ONE with an adult (age 16+) 

Open Swims are typically in the small pool, but can be in the big pool.  This is play-time for everyone in the pool.   

The noodles, barbells, toys, bubble belts, etc. are available for use. 

Swimmers may be in the deep end if they pass the Deep End Swim Test. See Test, Mark, Protect, above.​

  • All participants that attend the Free Swim MUST be current and active WSYMCA members. 
    • Exceptions: Youth under the age of 7, or non-swimmer regardless of age will always REQUIRE ONE parent/guardian (age 16+) in the water.
  • Outside pool toys or equipment cannot be brought in.
  • Life jackets are available for any non-swimmers.

Church St Y Aqua Fit

Aqua Fit is a water aerobics group exercise class that is offered in the small pool. Please see the group exercise schedule for days and times. 

Church St Y Water Polo

Water Polo is in the Big Pool from 8:00pm-8:50pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 
Water Polo is free for WSYMCA members.  If a non-member would like to “drop in”, they are welcome to pay the guest fee for the day.  If you are new to water polo and interested in playing, please email Kelly Barker at Kellyb@wsymca.org prior to coming in.            Water Polo players must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate.

Additional Information

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: A disinfectant spray bottle is available at all benches in the Big Pool. We ask swimmers to please spray down their bench area after they are done with their reservation to help expedite turnover time.
  • Pool Deck Shower: A shower has been installed right on the pool deck of the Big Pool, allowing members to quickly rinse off before and after their swim.
  • Locker Rooms: Group locker rooms are available for changing, showering, and storing items. Please observe all signage and adhere to the Locker Room Code of Conduct. Private changing rooms A-E are available for use.
  • Training Equipment: Kick boards, pull buoys and aqua jogging belts are available for member use. 
  • Personal Items: Benches will be available in the pool area to place your belongings. We ask that you please try to keep all personal belongings in one bag and place it on the bench. Lockers rooms are also available if you'd like to bring a lock and put your things in a secure area.
  • What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle and a towel.


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