Lap Swim

Lap Swim

How to Reserve Time to Lap Swim

Lap swim reservations need to be made at least six hours in advance. If you need to make a reservation inside of six hours, please call (217) 333-3806 or visit the ARC Member Services desk to see if any lanes or areas in the pool are available.

  1. Login to the Active Illini web portal
  2. Click the button on the top left corner of the screen to expand the menu
  3. Click on “Aquatics” and then “Lap Swim Reservations”
  4. Reservations you’ve already made will appear under “Upcoming”
  5. Scroll down and select either “Open Swim” or “Diving Well”
  6. Follow the prompts until you have secured your spot

Swimming Etiquette

  • Entering the Water: Always use a feet-first entry into shallow water. If the lane is crowded, always ease in, using a feet-first entry. You may dive into the pool only from the deep end and only if the pool is completely clear ahead of you.
  • Direction of Swimming: Just like on the road, stay to the right. Try to leave the middle of the lane open.
  • Passing: If a swimmer knows you are behind them and that you want to pass, the best place to pass is at the wall. A light touch on the foot can also signify this. If you pass in the middle of the lane, it should be between the backstroke flags, and you should pass on the inside or middle of the lane. Make sure the way is clear; you can lightly touch the foot of the swimmer in front of you to let them know that you are passing. This will signal the swimmer that you are passing to slow down a little and “hug the lane.”
  • Number of People in a Lane: Several people (as many as 8 or more), can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of like speed are together.
  • Lane Speed: It is very important to swim in a lane with other swimmers of the same speed. The lanes progress with the side pool wall being the slowest and moving faster from there. Fast and slow are relative terms, so take some time to observe the swimmers in the pool and take your best guess as to where you should swim.
  • Stopping/Resting: If you are resting on the wall, stay to the right side of the lane to stay away from the swimmers coming in. Stopping in the middle of the pool should be avoided. If the lane is crowded and one person stops, all will have to stop. Be aware of the swimmers around you.
  • The Diplomacy of Shared Space: If someone makes a suggestion concerning any of the mentioned etiquette topics, try to make adjustments in the spirit of cooperation. If you make a suggestion to another swimmer, try to do it as diplomatically as possible. Lifeguards will intercede only if there is a problem that cannot be resolved or if there appears to be a safety concern.
COVID-19 Precautions
  • What to bring with you:
    • Towels – our towel service is currently suspended
    • Personal equipment – bring your kickboards, pull buoys, and fins, as we have restricted the use of shared equipment
  • To minimize patron interaction in hallways, crossing paths on the pool deck, etc. patrons will be encouraged to reserve a lane closest to the locker room of intended use (as feasible). If you need shallow water, please reserve that space as necessary. All patrons should exit the pool deck at the nearest designated location
    • Please note that if you are uncomfortable with deep water or wish to do activities such as water jogging, you will be encouraged to reserve a south lane. The north lanes and diving well contain deep water areas
  • Reservations begin on the top of the hour and will last for 45 minutes. At the end of each reservation time, lifeguards will signal to clear the pool. Failure to exit the pool in a timely manner at the end of your reservation may result in a suspension to your membership status.