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STINGRAY BAY IS CLOSED FOR THE 2023 SEASON. SEE YOU NEXT SUMMER!

2024 Season

General Pool Information

Stingray Bay Aquatic Center passes are now available for sale online for the 2024 summer season! Take advantage of our early bird discount by purchasing your pass before April 30.

Information is posted below regarding the pool fees, season dates, etc.  Occasionally, the pool may close early due to home swim meets. Please see the OPEN SWIM section for posted dates.

Open Swim

As many other businesses continue to adjust to increasing minimum wage requirements, the Park District also continues to adjust to these mandates.  As such, we continue to increase the pay of our staff to comply, but more importantly, offer a competitive wage and provide a great work environment to mostly to younger staff in the workplace.  If you are interested in applying for a job at our Aquatic Center, please check our Employment Page for more information and available jobs as they are posted.

All fees listed consider these changes and the pool season dates as posted below.  Please be aware of season dates before purchasing your season passes. 

All fees listed take into account these changes and the pool season dates as posted below.  Please be aware of season dates before purchasing your season passes. 

 
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Season passes are now on sale in person and ONLINE.  You can now buy your season passes online!  Pass holders who had a past last year will retain the same "Universal Passes" they had last year, and upon purchasing, your pass will be activated for the season.

If you are a new season pass holder, you will need to pick up your universal card and have your photo taken. You may do so at the pool, just bring a photo ID or receipt with you on your first trip and we will issue your pass right at the pool. 

Want to pick up your pass/update your photo before the season begins? Stop by the front desk at the REC Center!

In the event that health restrictions or other circumstances change our operations, other changes in our pricing and pool availability may occur.  

2024 Stingray Bay Season Passes!  Buy_Now

Season Pass

*Price Before April 30
(Res. Discount/Regular)

Price May 1- June 4
(Res. Discount/Regular)

Price after June 4
(Res. Discount/Regular)
Individual (Ages 3-61) $85/$106 $90/$113 $95/$119
Household of 2 $170/$213 $180/$225 $190/$238
Household of 3 $220/$275 $240/$300 $250/$313
Addl. HH member $50/$63 $55/$69 $60/$75
Senior (62+) $60/$75 $65/$81 $70/$88

A household is defined as parent/guardian and their children under age 21, living in the same household.


2024 Stingray Bay Daily Fees!  Buy_Now

  Regular Rates *Twilight Rates
  Resident Discount General Admission Resident Discount General Admission
All Ages (3+) $11 $14 $7 $9
Ages 2 & Under Free Free Free Free
Special Admission Days $7 $9    

*Twilight Rates are from 5:00p till close each day.
 

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: May 25-August 13

Hours:

Monday-Friday:  12:15 - 7:00p
Saturday & Sunday:  11:15a - 7:00p

Special Hours:

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29:  12:15 - 6:00p
Independence Day, July 4:  12:15 - 6:00p

*3-4 early closure dates will be announced at a later date.
*Discount Admission Day

 

General Pool Rules

Stingray Bay Rules

  1. Lifeguards are present to prevent and respond to emergencies. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their children.
  2. Children 11 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker at least 16 years of age.
  3. All non-swimmers must remain within an arm's reach of an adult.
  4. All guests are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner at all times.  When a person's safety is jeopardized, staff has the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the facility.
  5. Individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as those prone to seizures, are encouraged to inform pool managers to best prepare them in case of an emergency.
  6. Glass containers are not allowed in the facility.
  7. All coolers are subject to inspection by Stingray Bay staff and may be checked for unapproved items such as alcohol or glass.
  8. Controlled substances are not allowed in the facility. This includes, but is not limited to alcohol, tobacco products (including e-cigarettes)
  9. Swim diapers or swim pants with elastic at the waist and thighs are required for children who are not potty-trained. Reusable swim diapers are available for sale at Stingray Bay or other retailers.  Huggies swim diapers alone are not sufficient, but can be worn under a reusable swim diaper.
  10. All food must be consumed in the grass or designated eating areas in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  11. All lifejackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved. All other personal flotation devices, including noodles, inner tubes, and unapproved lifejackets, are prohibited in the pool.
  12. Safety breaks will be announced at designated times. During safety breaks, only individuals 18 and older and infants who are unable to walk on their own will be permitted in the water with their parents.
  13. Huntley Park District reserves the right to suspend operations or reduce staffing/attractions due to inclement weather and/or low attendance.
  14. Huntley Park District reserves the right to amend these rules or create new ones as necessary.

Pool rules promote a safe, fun environment for everyone.  Thank you for following our rules at Stingray Bay!

Diving Board Rules

  1. Only one person at a time is permitted on the diving board and ladder.
  2. Each person must wait at the bottom of the diving board ladder until the previous diver has reached the side of the pool.
  3. Only one bounce per dive is permitted.
  4. No running on the diving boards.
  5. Cartwheels and handstands off the board or the side of the pool are prohibited.
  6. You must leave the board, feet first.  No backward dives are permitted.
  7. Immediately after surfacing, divers must swim directly to the ladder and exit the pool, you may not swim under the lane line. 
  8. Swimming under the diving board is prohibited.
  9. Playing or swimming in the diving area is not permitted while boards are open for diving.
  10. Hanging off the end of the diving board is not permitted.
  11. Masks, goggles, toys or floatation devices may not be worn when going off the diving board.
  12. The Manager on Duty may restrict certain dives based on safety concerns.

Water Slide Rules

  1. All riders must be 42" tall in order to ride the waterslide.
  2. Maximum rider weight is 300 pounds.
  3. No foreign objects in pockets and no jewelry may be worn while riding the water slide.  In addition, only swimsuits are permitted to be worn and clothing items with metal or hard plastic objects (such as jeans) are strictly prohibited.
  4. Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position and wait for instructions form the Slide Attendant.
  5. All riders must ride feet first or on their back with arms crossed on their their chest or clasped behind their head and their legs crossed at the ankles.
  6. Only one rider at a time permitted.  
  7. No tubes, mats or lifejackets are permitted.
  8. The line should form on the deck with one rider on each landing and one rider in the starter tub.  Wait until landing area is clear before entering.
  9. Riders must be in good health.  Pregnant women or individuals with heart or back conditions should not use this ride.
  10. You may not use the slide under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  11. Follow the instructions of the Slide Attendant.
  12. No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in the flume.  Arms and hands must remain in the flume.
  13. No diving from the slides.
  14. Leave the plunge pool promptly after entering.
  15. Non-swimmers are not permitted. 
  16. WARNING:  Water depth at the plunge area is 3 feet 6 inches deep.

Diaper Requirements

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.  Huggies Little Swimmers alone, for example, are not enough.  A tight-fitting plastic or rubber swim diaper must be worn over this.

Rules for Other Amenities

Frog Slide Rules

  1. A parent or adult must supervise children on the tot slide at all times.
  2. Enter the slide using the steps and hand grips. Do not climb on the slide.
  3. One child on the slide at a time.
  4. Riders must slide down feet first only. Standing, stopping and headfirst sliding are not allowed.
  5. After sliding, exit the area quickly.
  6. Walk. No horseplay, such as running or pushing allowed.
  7. The tot slide is designed for small children and toddlers only. Larger children and adults are not allowed on this slide.
  8. Violation of any of these rules may result in immediate removal from the aquatic park.

Basketball Hoop Rules

  1. Keep basketballs above water.
  2. Shoot only from the water.
  3. No hanging on the rim, net or backboard.
  4. No whipping or chucking the ball.
  5. No rough housing at any time.
  6. Violation of any of these rules may result in immediate removal from the aquatic park.

Play Structure Rules

  1. The spray structure area is for children under 48 inches tall.
  2. Parents/guardians are required to supervise their children in the area.
  3. Adults are not permitted in the area unless they are accompanying a child 48 inches or less.
  4. Climbing on any apparatus in an unsafe manner is strictly prohibited.
  5.  Unruly or rough behavior is strictly forbidden and may result in loss of water play area privilege or expulsion from the facility.
  6. Riders must slide down feet first only. Standing, stopping and headfirst sliding are not allowed.

Inclement Weather Information

To keep fees as reasonable as possible and for the safety of all visitors and staff, Stingray Bay Aquatic Center may not open when weather is poor.  The Aquatic Center may also close early under certain circumstances.  The opening status of Stingray Bay will be posted on the Weather Page of the Huntley Park District Website.  From THIS SITE you can also download the Rainout Line App and subscribe for notifications when the status of the pool changes.  Public swim hours, swim lessons, and swim team cancellations will be updated here.

Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center may not open during Public Swim if:

  • Current and forecast temperature is below 68 degrees
  • Moderate to heavy rain
  • Visible lightning or thunder
  • The lightning warning system has been activated

Stingray Bay may close if:

  • Attendance is lower than 30 patrons for 1 hour, and at least one weather condition listed above is present

Ray’s Café may close if:

  • Stingray Bay is closed
  • Attendance is lower than 75 patrons for 30 minutes

*In Lieu of closing, certain areas or attractions may be closed.

*Other weather conditions such as wind may influence facility status as well.  

Ray's Cafe and Other Food Information

Stingray Bay's Concession Stand, Ray's Cafe, Is available daily from 12:15 - 6:00p, weather permitting.  In addition, guests of Stingray Bay may bring their own food to the pool or order from a local restaurant and have it delivered.  Note, staff cannot announce when food arrives.  Please workout a communication plan with your delivery provider at the time of ordering your food.

Swim Lessons

Starfish Swimming Lessons
at Stingray Bay

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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. 

Swim Lesson registration dates and information are typically made available in late April, within the summer program guide.

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Options That Fit Your Family

We're proud to offer flexible swim lessons varying from once a week to four times a week in the mornings, evenings, and on Saturdays. Swim lessons are offered from infancy to adults, proving it is never a bad time to learn to swim!
Group swimming lessons are offered in the mornings, evenings, and Saturday mornings. Our littlest swimmers are to register by level (StarBabies or StarTots), while other swimmers register by "School." In each school, swimmers are separated into varying levels based on their skills evaluation completed on the first day of swim lessons. Looking for which school to register for? See below:

StarBabies - Infants are introduced to the water with their caregivers. In this welcoming environment, little swimmers sing songs and learn floats with their loved ones!

StarTots - Toddlers who are able to walk on their own get comfortable in the pool in a class led by Starfish Swim Instructors. Songs, floats, and jumps make this class fun for everyone.

Starfish Swim School Stingray Bay Swim School is for beginning swimmers, or swimmers who are working on the core competencies of swimming. In Stingray Bay's Swim School, participants work toward developing the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. On the first day of swim lessons, swimmers will be placed in the appropriate class based on their age and evaluated ability level.

White Starfish | Focus: Trust and Submersion | For the child who is afraid of water, cannot swim, or will not get his/her face wet. Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water. Swim Skill: Assisted submersion, relaxed, 5 seconds and then come up to breathe. Average age: 3 years-4 years.

Red Seahorse | Focus: Body Position and Air Recovery | For the child who enjoys water, gets his/her face wet, jumps in but can swim only with support. Safety Skill: Put on a life jacket, float on back, kick 20 feet. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, roll on back for 5 seconds in swimwear and in regular clothes. Average age: 4 years- 6 years.

Yellow Otter | Focus: Submersion | For the child who is not afraid, can float, jump in and return to surface.  Safety Skill: Reach or Throw (Don’t Go) and know how to call 911. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, forward movement 10 feet, change direction, and return to wall. Average age: 4 years-7 years.

Blue Dolphin | Focus: Body Rotation | For the child who can swim 10 feet while taking an occasional breath.  Safety Skill: Tread water 15 seconds. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover to side glide position and kick 10 feet. Average age: 6 years-8 years.

Green Shark | Focus: Integrated Movement | For the child who treads water for 15 seconds and can swim freestyle for 10 feet. Safety Skill: Survival float and tread water for 30 seconds. Swim Skill: Start inside glide, swim freestyle 30 feet with 1-2-3 breathe pattern. Average age: 8 years-10 years.

Starfish Stroke SchoolStingray Bay Stroke School is for swimmers who have completed the Green Shark level in Stingray Bay Swim School and can swim 30 ft with a 1-2-3 pattern. In Stingray Bay's Stroke School, swimmers are guided through Starfish curriculum in order to refine their freestyle and learn stroke techniques for backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. On the first day of swim lessons, swimmers will be placed in the appropriate class based on their age and evaluated ability level.

River Ray | Focuses: Freestyle, Backstroke, and Intro to Butterfly | Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water, put on a lifejacket from in the water, and kick 25 yards (one pool length). Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 25 yards (one pool length) with body stretched out and consistent form, swim 25 yards of backstroke with straight arm recovery, body roll, good arm and body extension, perform arm down pulsing for 15 feet. 

Electric Ray | Focuses on: Butterfly and Breaststroke | Safety Skill: Scenario assist and know when and how to call 911 and discuss the Starfish Safety Concepts. Swim Skill: Swim 4 strokes butterfly with only one breath, then remainder of pool freestyle, swim 25 yards breaststroke with good timing and extension.

Manta Ray | Focuses on Endurance | Safety Skill: Tread water or survival float for 2 minutes. Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 50 yards, swim backstroke 50 yards, swim 25 yards butterfly, swim 50 yards breaststroke, perform freestyle and backstroke flip turns and butterfly and breaststroke open turns.

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 Manager.

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.

What to Expect During Your Swim Lesson Experience

At the time of registration, you may be asked a few short, simple questions about your swimmer’s level of experience. From your answers, their age, and our registration records (if applicable), we will determine each swimmer’s appropriate class to start in.

On the first day of class, a comprehensive assessment will be made to determine the swimmer’s ability and level. Throughout your session of class, you can expect that your swimmer will be tested on benchmark skills and will be moved to the appropriate level as necessary. If a swimmer cannot be moved into another level, they will be challenged accordingly in their current class.

To limit distractions for both students and instructors, spectators will not be permitted on deck during swim lessons. Spectators may watch swim lesson from designated areas in the grass. Caregivers are invited to the pool deck on the last day of lessons to take pictures and see what your swimmer has learned.

Weather

Taking swim lessons outdoors a fun experience! However, inclement weather may affect classes. Swim lessons will be held as much as possible, including in cool and windy weather. Lessons are only cancelled due to severe weather

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. 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 sicknesses or vacations.

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Huntley Stingray Swim Team

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The Huntley Stingrays Swim Team is a high-quality, competitive team that participates in meets across the county through the North Central Illinois Swim Conference.  

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, swimmers must be 18 years of age or younger as of June 1 of the current year and must complete the following requirements:

  • 8 years and under
    - Must be able to swim 25 yards continuously, without assistance.
  • 9 years and above
    Must be able to swim 50 yards continuously, without assistance.

Practices

At the beginning of each season, new swimmers participate in a time trial to determine eligibility and practice groups. Practice groups are assigned based on ability; however, age will be considered when determining the appropriate group for a swimmer.

Practices with the oldest, fastest swimmers will occur earliest in the morning, with the youngest swimmers swimming at the latest time. Times are subject to fluctuate based on registration; however, practice times and groups may mimic the times below.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Whip Rays 

6:00-7:30a

6:00-7:30a

6:00-7:30a

6:00-7:30a

6:00-7:30a

Manta Rays

7:30-9:00a

7:30-9:00a

7:30-9:00a

7:30-9:00a

7:30-9:00a

Butterfly Rays 

9:00-10:00a

9:00-10:00a

9:00-10:00a

9:00-10:00a

9:00-10:00a

Junior Swim Team: Guppies

9:00-10:00a

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9:00-10:00a

NO PRACTICE

9:00-10:00a

 

Swim Meets

The Huntley Stingrays will compete in up to 6 dual meets each summer. Meets are typically held on Tuesday evenings June-July at Stingray Bay and other pools in the surrounding area. The Stingrays' season concludes with the Conference Championship Swim Meet on a Saturday in July.

Swim meet start times may vary based on the location. Stingray Bay does not have lights, so home swim meets may start earlier to complete all scheduled events. You may be asked to arrive as early as 3:45p for swim meets. 

Parent Volunteers

Strong parental commitment is vital to the success of the Stingrays Swim Team. Volunteers are needed for home and away swim meets, fundraising efforts, banquets and more. Have questions about volunteering? Contact our swim coaches via email.

Pool Rentals

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!  Annual rental opportunities are typically made public every spring, for the upcoming summer.

Learn more about rentals at Stingray Bay

 



Contact Us:

(847)515-7665 (POOL)