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!


Swim Lessons

Registration opens October 18 for current participants.

Registration opens October 25 for new participants.

November 4 - December 18

6 week session due to holidays


Group Lessons


**We reserve the right to cancel any class for low registration numbers.**


(split between 2 children of same swimming stage)






Fees must be paid prior to session to register your spot. 


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



9:00am - 9:30am



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.



5:00pm - 5:30pm


9:35am - 10:05am



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.


White Red

5:00pm - 5:30pm


Yellow Blue

5:35pm - 6:05pm


6:10pm - 6:15pm



WhiteRed, & Yellow

9:35am - 10:05am


Red Green

 10:10am - 10:40am

Starfish Stroke School

This course is designed for students of any age who have achieved the Green Swim School benchmarks. In Stroke 1 class, students learn stroke technique for freestyle and backstroke. In Stroke 2 class, students learn technique for butterfly and breaststroke. 


Stroke 1

6:10pm - 6:40pm


Stroke 1

10:45am - 11:15am


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 of like ability with one instructor. 


Monday - Thursday evening

Saturday morning

Call us to schedule!​

Adaptive Aquatics   CURRENTLY ON HOLD

Adaptive Aquatics is designed for individuals with physical or learning disabilities requiring more individualized instruction. All ages welcome. 

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.