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Programs

Aquatics

The City of Winter Haven Aquatics Unit offers two pools and a splash pad for the communities enjoyment.

RGOP Swim Lessons      WHRCC SWIM LESSONS

WHRCC FREE SWIM LESSONS

“Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool

The “Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool (RGOP) 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. Equipped with competitive starting blocks, it 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. This pool is heated and open year-round.

Pool Hours (Summer Hours March 18 – Sept. 4)

  • Lap Swim:
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Mon. – Thur.)
  • Recreation Swim:
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)

Aquatic Passes

  • 10 Punch Pass
    $18 Resident / $27 Non-resident
  • 20 Punch Pass
    $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident
  • 60 Punch Pass
    $80 Resident / $111 Non-resident

Pool Fees

  • Residents – $2
  • Non-residents – $3
  • Life Jackets – $1

Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool

The Winter Haven Recreational & 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.

Pool Hours

  • Recreation Swim (May 27 – June 4):
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Sat. – Sun.)
    Open Memorial Day from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Recreation Swim (Starting June 5):
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)

Pool Fees

  • Free – Youth 15 and Under
  • Residents $2 / Non-residents $3
  • Life Jackets $1

Splash Pad at Trailhead Park

The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park is a new amenity for families to enjoy together. This space has two first-come first-serve shaded picnic tables areas, an on-site bathroom and is open year-round.

  • Days: Monday – Sunday
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Ages: All
  • Fees: Free

Aquatics Activities

Winter Haven Stingrays

The Winter Haven Stingrays Swim Team is a USA registered age group and master swim team that practices and competes year round. A swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke. Practices are held Monday through Saturday at various times.

  • Location: “Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool
  • Contact Name: Mary Dilorenzo
  • Contact Number: 863-287-9279
  • Ages: 5 & up
  • WebsiteWH Stingrays

Free Lessons

  • Location: Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool
  • Session I: May 22 – 26, 2017
  • Session II: July 24 – 26, 2017
  • Registration: Daily at 5:30 p.m. the week of, for the first 30 students.
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 5 – 15
Locations
Chain O’ Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens BlvdWinter Haven, Florida 33880
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Contact Information
Fax: (863) 291-5660
Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center
801 Avenue T NEWinter Haven, Florida 33881
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Contact Information
Fax: (863) 297-3133

Staff

Jessie Saylor
Head Water Safety Instructor
David Nugent, AFO
Recreation Supervisor II
Adam Butler, CPSI, AFO
Head Lifeguard