Stingray Bay Aquatic Center is currently planning to open for the summer 2021 season. We are still evaluating the current health restrictions before pass sales begin; however, it is clear at this time that there will be some level of capacity restrictions in place, currently 50%. With this knowledge there will be some changes to our schedule this year, and we may reach capacity at certain times. In evaluating our previous attendance figures, even at this rate, with the schedule changes we are making, it is not anticipated that the Aquatic Center would reach capacity except on extremely hot days.
Fees and Schedule
Season passes will go on sale in a few weeks (target is early-April) when we hope to have more clarity on pool guidelines. We will be implementing new passes this season and you will be able to buy them directly online if you have a park district account. There will be no need to make a separate trip to our office to take a picture or receive your pass, your picture will be taken right at the pool and you will receive your pass right at the pool. You may come to our office prior to the beginning of the season if you prefer.
In preparation for this sales period, please make sure you can login here. If not, please contact our front desk now, while there is no wait, to setup your account including updating which family members are on your account so online purchasing will be smooth.
In the event that health restrictions or other circumstances change our operations, other changes in our pricing and pool availability may occur. To be as transparent and to help families plan, based on the information the Park District has now, the information below is provided.
2021 Stingray Bay Season Passes!
*Price Through June 6
Price After June 6
|Individual (Ages 3-61)
|Household of 2
|Household of 3
|Addl. HH member
2021 Stingray Bay Daily Fees!
|All Ages (3+)
|Ages 2 & Under
|Special Admission Days
Season Pass holder benefits:
Unlimited visits to Stingray Bay
Priority entry for the first 15 minutes of the day
One (1) free guest pass per season pass holder (electronically on card)
$1 off admission for guests at the door anytime
Discounts on pool rentals
Pool Season (Tentative): May 29-August 17
Monday-Thursday: 12:00 - 7:00p
Friday: 11:00a - 8:00p
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 7:00p
Starfish Swimming Lessons
at Stingray Bay
The Huntley Park District is an independent authorized provider of Starfish Swimming. Starfish Swimming is a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI). The Starfish Swimming Program combines both swimming and water safety skill development by providing effective color awards of achievement to swimmers as their skills advance. The curriculum begins with StarBabies/StarTots, and transitions into the five levels Starfish Swim School, and finally advances to Starfish Stroke School.
We select top instructors to guide children through the world of swimming. Each of our instructors is trained and certified through the Starfish Swimming program. We provide a minimum 1 instructor per 6 children ratio for our group swimming lessons.
Choosing the Appropriate Level
At the Huntley Park District, we group our swim lessons by ability level. You will notice an average age in the description of the level. This is meant to serve as a guide for parents, and is no way a parameter for swimmers. Our lessons are broken up into 3 categories:
StarTots & StarBabies- Infants and toddlers are introduced to the water in a fun environment.
Starfish Swim School- Swimmers work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement.
Starfish Stroke School- Swimmers refine freestyle and also learn stroke techniques for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and more.
The Huntley Park District keeps the previous year’s completed levels on file for reference. To look up your previous level record, email the Aquatic Supervisor.
We are more than happy to help make reasonable changes with your swim lessons. To change your swim lesson level, please email our swim lessons coordinator no less than 4 days prior to the start of your session. Please note that your class time may change due to a level transfer.
If you would like to transfer your child into a different session and/or time, please visit the Huntley Park District registration desk. Class transfers will only be allowed if there is room in the desired class and if the change is made at least 7 days prior to the start of class. A service change may occur for class changes.
Cancellation and Make-up
In cases of inclement weather, Stingray Bay swim lessons host 1-2 make-up classes if needed. These classes are built into the lessons schedule and dates will be provided to you on the parent letter handed out on the first day of lessons. Please remember that swim lessons are instructed in cool and windy weather. The pool water is kept at 82 degrees, but may vary due to weather conditions. Lessons are only cancelled due to severe weather. To receive weather updates and text alerts when swim lessons are canceled, please subscribe to our Rainout Line by clicking the weather icon at the top of the page. Please be sure to subscribe to “Swim Lessons” You may also call 847-515-POOL (7665) to check the status of lessons and listen for “Weather Updates and Early Closings.” Please do not call the REC Center for weather updates. Please keep in mind that make-ups will only be held if the park district cancels the class. No make-ups will be issued for sickness or vacations.
Any child that is not fully toilet trained MUST wear an aqua diaper at all times. Aqua diapers are rubber or plastic and have elastic at the waist and legs. Reusable aqua diapers are available for purchase at Stingray Bay or other retailers. Children who are not toilet trained will not be allowed in the pool without an aqua diaper in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health standards.
Like a school setting, children perform better when they are able to give full attention to their instructors. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL PARENTS OR SIBLINGS BE ALLOWED TO WAIT ON THE POOL DECK. Parents are invited to the pool deck on the last day of lessons to take pictures and see what your child has learned.
For more information regarding Starfish Swimming Lessons such as level options and session schedules check out our Summer Brochure. For additional information, please contact the Aquatic Supervisor.
The Starfish Swimming Logo is a registered trademark of Starfish Aquatics Institute. All rights reserved.
Huntley Stingrays Swim Team
The Huntley Stingrays Swim Team is a competitive team that participates in meets across the county through the North Central Illinois Swim Conference.
In order to be eligible, swimmers must be 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2021 and must complete the following requirements:
- 8 years and under
- Must have completed Green Shark swim course in Starfish Swimming lessons OR swim 25 yards continuously.
- 9 years and above
- Must have completed Electric Ray stroke course in Starfish Swimming lessons OR swim 50 yards continuously.
Time trials, a comprehensive assessment, will be completed the first week of in-water practice to determine eligibility and practice groups. Any swimmer unable to meet the requirements will not be permitted to participate and will receive a full refund.
The Stingrays' season begins in late mid-May and ends with our Conference Championship meet in July. Practices are held in the evening while District 158 is in session, between 3:30p and 6:30p. Upon dismissal for the summer, practices are held between 7:00a and 10:40a, with beginner age groups typically starting later in the morning.
Practice times will range between 1-2 hours. Swimmers are required to attend 4 days of practice each week.
Meets are held on Tuesday evenings June-July at Stingray Bay and other pools in the surrounding area, in towns such as Cary and Algonquin. The Stingrays' season concludes with the Conference Championship Swim Meet in July.
Strong parental commitment is vital to the success of the Stingrays Swim Team. Volunteers are needed for home and away swim meets, the Rubber Ducky Race, banquet and more. Have questions about volunteering? Contact our swim coaches via email.
Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to Stingray Bay to celebrate a birthday, family gathering, corporate event, or just for the fun! Stingray Bay can host groups from 25 to 550 individuals at a time!