People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from aqua aerobics at the Y. Burn calories and build strength while you make friends and have FUN! Our indoor pools are kept at a comfortable 84.5 degrees with a lifeguard on duty any time the pool is open for use. The shallow end in both pools is 3.5 feet deep while the maximum depth is 5 feet. The pools are equipped with a lift for those individuals requiring assistance.


Use the natural resistance of the water to increase muscle tone and improve your fitness level without the stress and impact on your joints. This class may use equipment such as water noodles and water dumbbells.

Intensity: L/M/H

Using both Yang Sun, and Chee Gong styles, Aqua Tai Chi is a continuous movement coordinated with abdominal breathing and mental focus to build overall muscle strength, improve posture, increase flexibility, improve bone density, improve cardiovascular fitness, improve lung capacity, build energy, reduce stress, and improve balance. It incorporates martial arts and utilizes slow gentle exercises with graceful movements.


Intensity: L/M

Jump into Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness dance party that makes working out a splash! Shake, shimmy, and sizzle in the water as we create some heat Zumba® style! No need to register but you can purchase your 10 class punch card at the Welcome Desk. You may also purchase a one time pass. Punch cards and passes should be purchased prior to entering in the pool area.


Intensity: M/H

Gentle water exercises for easing the arthritic and Fibromyalgia discomforts, while improving joint mobility, increasing muscle town and enhancing circulation.

Intensity: L

A mature adult’s water exercise program designed to improve muscle tone and elevate the heart rate while improving joint mobility and enhancing circulation.

Intensity: L/M

A mature adult’s water exercise program designed to improve muscle tone and elevate the heart rate to a level that will improve your cardiovascular system.

Intensity: L/M

Join in the fun for a non-competitive game of water volleyball! No instructor but as always, a lifeguard is on duty.

Intensity: L/M


Due to COVID-19, there will be multiple restrictions in place to maintain social distancing while allowing access to the pool.

  • Swimmers must register for lanes via the Mattoon Area Family YMCA app, or in the calendar below.
  • Registration opens 72 hours in advance of that slot.
  • Walk-ins will only be accepted if there is a lane available in the pool that was not reserved.
  • Please click here to review all pool restrictions prior to your arrival.
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