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Lap Swim:

Mon, Wed, Fri: 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Open Swim Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Pool Passes

Pool passes are now included with a Campus Recreation membership! Non-member pool passes for open and lap swimming at Gabel Hall pool are available.

Purchase your pool pass online!


*Valid August 17, 2015 - December 23, 2015


Fall 2015: $60

August 17 - December 23

Annual: $120 

 Valid for one year from date of purchase

Family Pool Pass

Fall 2015: $60

August 17 - December 23

Annual: $120 

 Valid for one year from date of purchase

Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Passes

I am a student. Can I use the pool?
Yes. Students paying fees for the NIU DeKalb campus have access to the pools. Students must present their current NIU OneCard for admittance to open/lap swim programming.

If I am a Faculty/Staff Campus Recreation member, can I payroll deduct my pool pass?
Yes. Only Campus Recreation faculty and staff memberships can be payroll deducted at this time.

Where can I purchase a Pool Pass?
Passes can be purchased online via our online registration page or in person by visiting the Student Recreation Center during Open Recreation hours.

Can I bring my children/family with me to the pool?
Yes, however, each individual (adult & child) needs a pool pass to use Gabel pool during open/lap swim times.

Each child (17 and under), must be accompanied by a fee paying adult at all times. Each child needs to possess a current pool pass to enter the pool. Children are encouraged to visit during Open Swim times. Lap Swim is held exclusively for lap swimmers.

Where can I park when I go to Gabel Hall pool?
Various parking options are available for Gabel Hall. Visit our Parking Information page for more information and parking maps. Except for metered parking, permits are required to park on campus. Please contact Parking Services at 815-753-1045 for pass purchases and any additional questions.

Where is the pool?
The pool is located in Gabel Hall (Southeast corner of Annie Glidden Road and Stadium Drive). For additional information and directions to the pool, please contact Campus Recreation front desk at 815-753-0231.

What equipment is available to check-out during Aquatics Open Recreation, Programs, Classes, and Rentals?

  • Kickboards
  • Noodles
  • Fins
  • Swim/exercise belts
  • Pull Buoys
  • Diving Bricks
  • Lifeguard tube (for those signed up for lifeguard training)
  • Inner tubes
  • Beach ball
  • Water Dumbbells

What are the Aquatics Program policies and procedures?
Policies and Procedures can be found here.

Can the pools be reserved for private functions?
Yes, past rentals have included birthday parties, group outings, swim meets, scuba classes and other various trainings. For more information please contact the Graduate Assistant of Aquatics at 815-753-9360 to discuss how your needs can be met.