Join Us for Two New Aquatic Programs at the Galowich Family Y This Fall!

Swim Programs in Joliet

As America’s most trusted swim instructor, the Y has been teaching kids how to swim for more than 100 years.  With a wide range of swim lesson options for the entire family and convenient class times, you’ll be sure to find something the meets your family’s needs and busy schedule.

This fall, the Y is introducing two new swim programs at the Galowich Family YMCA.  Set to get underway in early September at the Y’s Houbolt Road location, the Homeschool Open Swim program and the Sensory-Friendly Swim program are both open to the community.

Homeschool Open Swim Program
Parents looking for a class to supplement a physical education curriculum will find it in the Y’s new Homeschool Open Swim program. Designed for every member of your family, this exciting new program will be held on Monday afternoons at the Galowich Family YMCA.

September 10-November 12
Mondays from 2-4 p.m.

YMCA Facility Members: Free
Community Members: $50 for a 10-visit family punch pass

Sensory-Friendly Swimming
Sensory-friendly swim times will feature no music and little-to-no whistle use by our lifeguards. Swimmers will also be provided with an assortment of toys to play with during their time in the pool.

Sundays, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

YMCA Facility Member Families: Free Family Admission
Community Member Families: $8 Per Family

For more information on these two new programs or our other aquatic programming, please contact:

Kenya Raichart
Galowich Family YMCA Aquatics Director
[email protected]
(815) 729-9629, ext. 320

As a reminder, our Fall 1 Session begins Monday, August 27.  To learn more, visit

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