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Starfish Swimming

YWCA Pekin is proud to offer the internationally recognized program, Starfish Swimming,

year-round in our heated pool… perfect for those learning to swim!


Each session is 6 weeks and can be group, private or semi-private format.


Session 6: Aug. 19 - Sept. 29

Session 7: Sept. 30 - Nov. 6

Session 8: Nov. 11 - Dec. 21


Group Lessons $39               

Semi-Private $102                 

Private $72

(classes overlapping a holiday closure will have prorated pricing)


StarBabies™ (Adult and infant ages 6 months - 18 months)

         and StarTots™ (Adult and toddler ages 18 months - 36 months)

The purpose of these courses are to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training the adults who accompany them in the water safety and drowning prevention. These courses do not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; however they do provide a confidence-building, fun, and loving experience. One adult must be in the water with each child. Swim diapers required.


10:00am - 10:30am  (StarBabies)



10:30am - 11:00am  (StarTots)



9:00am - 9:30am   (combined)



Starfish Swim School® for Pre-schoolers (Ages 3-5)

Designed to meet the needs of children ages 3 to 5, this course will develop a high comfort level in the water and a readiness to swim, and for those children who are developmentally ready, it will teach    functional swim skills. This class teaches swimming techniques through fun and creative activities in the water. Students work toward developing the five competencies and progress toward achieving the benchmarks at their own pace in a small group setting.


10:00am - 10:30am



5:15pm -  5:45pm



9:30am - 10:00am


Starfish Swim School® for Youth (Ages 6-12)

Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies using age-appropriate learning activities. Learning is self-paced but challenging.

Tuesday White & Red                     

5:15pm - 5:45pm


Tuesday Red & Yellow        

5:50pm - 6:20pm


Tuesday Blue, Green & Yellow      

6:25pm - 6:55pm


Saturday White                   

 9:30am - 10:00am


Saturday Red & Yellow     

10:00am - 10:30am


Saturday Blue & Green     

10:30am - 11:00am


Starfish Swim School® for Teens and Adults (Ages 13 and older)

This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Students work toward developing the five basic core swimming competencies using principles of adult learning.

Classes are offered in private or semi-private format - call us for availability!



Starfish Pre-Swim Team 

This course is designed for students of any age who have achieved the Green Swim School benchmarks. Students refine freestyle stroke and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and develop endurance. 


5:50pm - 6:50pm



10:00am - 11:00am    



Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Private swim lessons provide one-on-one instruction to allow advancement at the student’s own pace. Semi-private allows two students with one instructor.


6:30pm - 7:00pm 

7:00pm - 7:30pm

7:30pm - 8:00pm


6:30pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 7:30pm

7:30pm - 8:00pm


11:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:00pm

Don’t see a time that suits your schedule? Contact the Director of Aquatics and Fitness for more lesson times.


Adaptive Aquatics

Adaptive Aquatics is designed for individuals with physical or learning disabilities requiring more individualized instruction. There are limited scholarships available. All ages welcome. Lessons are available in both group and private format. 

Thursday Level I                 

4:30pm - 5:00pm


Thursday Level II                 

5:05pm - 5:35pm


Thursday Level III               

5:40pm - 6:10pm


Thursday Level IV               

6:15pm - 6:45pm

The YWCA Pekin also hosts a Special Olympics swim team. Please contact Bethany, our program coordinator, if you are interested in one of these classes or participation on the team.