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Swimming Pools:

‘Rowdy’ Gaines Olympic Pool
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
(863) 291-5656

The ‘Rowdy’ Gaines Olympic Pool has an Olympic size (25 yards x 50 meters) competitive pool, which is 4 feet deep on each end and 6 1/2 feet in the middle. This pool has competitive starting blocks and is used for competitive swimming, swim instruction and recreational use. In addition, there is a separate diving well with (2) 1 meter and (2) 3 meter spring boards. The "Rowdy" Gaines Olympic Pool is heated and open year-round.

Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool
801 Avenue T NE
Winter Haven, Florida 33881
(863) 291-5675

The Winter Haven Recreation & Cultural Center (WHRCC) pool is an “L” shaped pool measuring 25 yards x 25 meters. The pool is used for swim instruction and recreational use from mid-May through August.

WHRCC Pool Hours:

Recreational Swim
*WHRCC Pool closes Sept. 2 and will reopen in the spring.

WHRCC Pool Fees:

Admission is free for youth 15 and under Fee: $2 Resident, $3 Non-Resident, $1 Life jackets

Aquatic Activities at the "Rowdy" Gaines Pool

Winter HavenStingrays Swim Team
The Winter Haven Stingrays Swim Team is a USA registered age group and mast swim team that practices and competes year round.  A swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke and be at least 5 years of age.  Practices are held Monday through Saturday at the Rowdy Gaines Pool.  For more information, contact Mary Dilorenzo at 863-287-9279 or visit their webpage


Jennifer Burke, AFO
Recreation Supervisor II - Aquatics
"Rowdy" Gaines Olympic Pool

David Nugent

Aquatics Head Lifeguard

"Rowdy" Gaines Olympic Pool



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