2021 Season

General Pool Information

Stingray Bay Aquatic Center will be open with restrictions for the summer 2021 season.  At the start of the season we are currently in the "Bridge Phase" of the Restore Illinois Plan.  Some changes have been made 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.  We also must section the pool into different "groups" and families coming in should find their "home base" to put their belongings.  Seating on the pool deck will be extremely limited during the Bridge Phase and once the deck chairs are full you must sit in the grass.  You are able to bring your own chairs if you prefer but beach towels may be the norm for a few weeks.  We have received indications that we could enter Phase 5 as early as June 11, at which time we expect most, if not all, restrictions to go away.

Please review our COVID-19 Mitigation steps below and please come to the pool prepared.  




Fees and Schedule

Season passes are now on sale in person and ONLINE.  We will be distributing new "Universal 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.  This card will be the same card used if you are a fitness center member as well.

In preparation for this sales period, please make sure you can login hereIf 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.  

2021 Stingray Bay Season Passes!  Buy_Now

Season Pass

*Price Through June 6
(Res. Discount/Regular)

Price After June 6
(Res. Discount/Regular)

Individual (Ages 3-61) $70/$88 $75/$95
Household of 2 $140/$175 $150/$188
Household of 3 $180/$225 $200/$250
Addl. HH member $35/$44 $40/$50
Senior (62+) $50/$63 $55/$69

2021 Stingray Bay Daily Fees!  Buy_Now

  Regular Rates *Twilight Rates
  Resident Discount General Admission Resident Discount General Admission
All Ages (3+) $9 $12 $5 $7
Ages 2 & Under Free Free $5 $7
Special Admission Days $5 $7    

*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 29-August 17


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

Special Hours:

Memorial Day, May 31:  Noon-6:00p
Independence Day, July 4:  Noon-6:00p
Due to home swim meets the pool will close at 3:00p on the Tuesdays of June 29 and July 6.


COVID-19 Mitigations

Stingray Bay is swimming pool facility licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, all guidance established will be followed to maintain compliance with licensing requirements.  Stingray Bay is currently limited in capacity by the IDPH as a condition of its license status. You can expect the following rules and procedures when we start the season Memorial Day weekend.  Should safety guidance change, the rules and procedures will be updated.

In observation of the recent guidance from the CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health has also recommended the use of face coverings by all individuals. The Huntley Park District will follow this recommendation through Monday, August 2. However, effective Tuesday, August 3, those visiting our facilities for any reason will be required to wear a face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status. In all outdoor settings and activities, face coverings are no longer required.  While masks may not be required in outdoor settings, we ask our customers to continue to be respectful of those who may still choose to wear them.

  1. The schedule has been adjusted to provide separate swim times for Huntley Park District day camps and Open Swim so capacity restrictions have less of an impact on availability.
  2. It is anticipated that only on the hottest days of the summer we will hit capacity under these current restrictions. When at capacity, entry will not be permitted, and anyone leaving the facility for any reason will need to get back in line for re-entry. Please take all necessary items into the pool on these days as re-entry may be restricted. In reviewing past participation levels, it has been very rare that we exceed even the new capacity restriction on any given day.
  3. Refunds will not be issued as it relates to pool availability due to capacity restrictions. Please consider your options before making your purchases.
  4. Capacity is reduced by IDPH so customers can maintain social distancing of 6 ft. in the facility. Please see Diagram B below which indicate where to sit when you enter the facility.  Markings will be provided around the facility as guides to help achieve this. Exceptions to maintaining social distancing include:
    a.  A rescue of a distressed swimmer, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or provide first aid; or
    b.  When the water (or facility) is evacuated due to an emergency. Once out of the water please observe social distancing as soon as reasonably possible.
    c.  When sheltering in place from severe weather, at which point masks must be worn.
  5. Deck chairs will be placed such that social distancing can be maintained. Groups of chairs will be placed 6 ft. apart from other chairs. Because chairs will be placed specifically to maintain distancing, chairs may not be moved under any circumstance. Once deck chairs are filled, customers should find a place in the grass as their “home base.” Customers are welcome to bring their own chairs for seating in the grass. Lounge chairs will be limited this year until or unless restrictions loosen.
  6. Non-swimmers are required to always have an adult in the water with them. Supervision of your children is required.
  7. You are encouraged to bring two (2) masks in case the first one gets wet.
  8. Please follow signs at the facility for proper entry and exit locations and social distancing while waiting in line for attractions.
  9. Customers are encouraged to come to the pool ready to swim and avoid use of locker rooms whenever possible.
  10. All lounge chairs and tables will be cleaned daily, and sanitizing wipes will also be provided to customers for your convenience.
  11. Customers should self-screen themselves prior to arriving at the pool and should stay at home if:
    a. Any symptoms of COVID-19
    b. Fever equal to or higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    c. Under evaluation for COVID-19 (e.g., waiting for results of a test to confirm infection), or
    d. Diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation.
  12. Those not following the rules of the pool may be removed from the facility.
  13. Masks must be worn by customers over the age of two (2) when not in the water including:
    a.  Inside the bath house (unless showering)
    b.  Interacting with staff
    c.  When social distancing cannot be maintained
    d.  All slides and the diving board will have distance markers to ensure proper social distancing.
    ​e.  In the event of inclement weather, customers must either seek shelter in their own vehicles or wear a mask when sheltering in place at the facility.
  14. Masks should NOT be worn in the water while swimming or while engaged in sliding or diving activities unless customers are fully vaccinated.  Should you see park district staff without face coverings, please note that per the most recent guidelines published on May 18, 2021 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities (DCEO), park district staff who are fully vaccinated are able to provide service to our customers without the use of face coverings.  For those not fully vaccinated, here is a simple picture (Diagram A) to help understand where masks are required.

Diagram A - When to wear a face covering


Diagram B - Where to sit (your "home base")


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. Do 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 Noon-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.

Please see Ray's Cafe Menu for food available at the concession stand.  Items subject to change based on availability.

Swim Lessons

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. 

Swim Lesson registration will begin on Monday, May 3 at 7:30a.



Choosing the Appropriate Class

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. Out 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- In 5 levels of Swim School, swimmers work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. Participants in swim school vary from beginners to able to swim 15 feet independently. Levels include White Starfish, Red Seahorse, Yellow Otter, Blue Dolphin, and Green Shark.

Starfish Stroke School- In 3 levels of Stoke School, swimmers refine freestyle and also learn stroke techniques for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and work towards gaining endurance. Those registering for Stroke School should be able to swim 30 feet independently and should know their kicks (dolphin kick and froggy kick). Levels include River Ray, Electric Ray and Stingray.

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.

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.

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.

Parent Observation

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. Please limit observation to 1 spectator per child.

More Information?

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.  Registration for swim team will begin on Monday, May 3 at 7:30a for returning swimmers and Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30a for new swimmers.


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. 

Practice times will range between 1-2 hours. Swimmers are required to attend 4 days of practice each week.

Swim Meets

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.

Parent Volunteers

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.


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!

Learn more about rentals at Stingray Bay

Contact Us:

(847)515-7665 (POOL)