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Programs

Aquatics

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

“Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33880

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 springboards. This pool is heated and open year-round.

Spring Swim lessons

  • Session 1: February 6th – 17th
  • Class time: 1:30 pm, Class duration will be 30 minutes.
  • Classes Offered: Parent & Child (6 months – 2 years old)
  • Fees (per session): Residents – $35, Non-Residents – $44

For safety precautions the class sizes will be no more than 10 pairs (parent/guardian + child = 1 pair). Space for these classes are limited. Call 863-268-6766 to register. 

Summer Hours

  • Morning Lap Swim:
    10:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
  • Evening Lap Swim:
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Mon. – Thurs.)
  • Recreational / Open Swim:
    1:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Sat. – Sun.)

Winter Hours (Starting September 6)

  • Morning Adult Lap Swim (Long Course):
    10:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
  • Evening Adult Lap Swim (Short Course):
    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Mon. – Thurs.)
  • Recreational / Open Swim:
    12:00 p.m. –  2:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)

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

Summer Swim Lessons

More information about Summer Swim lessons, please visit our Swim Lessons Page.

Summer Swim Lessons

Lifeguard and Water Safety Training Classes

Lifeguard: This course is three weeks long. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies.

  •  Prerequisites: Before the first night of class, you must complete a 300 yard continuous swim, tread water for 2 minutes, and a timed event. Must be 15 years on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Dates: Session 1: Jan. 30 – Feb. 16, Session 2: Feb. 20 – Mar. 9
  • Days, Times: Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday. 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Fees: $150 – Resident and $188 – Nonresident

Water Safety Instructor (WSI): This training is four weeks long. It is designed to equip instructors with the tools and skills needed to teach and effectively promote water safety in, on and around water.

  • Prerequisites: Before the first night of class you must complete, 25 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke and Sidestroke. Also, 15 yards of Butterfly. Must be 16 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. Must be Lifeguard certified.
  • Dates: Session 1: Mar. 20 – Apr. 12
  • Days, Times: Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday. 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Fees: $175 – Resident and $218 – Non-resident

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Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool

801 MLK Blvd. NE 
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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.

WHRCC Pool Hours:

  • Starting September 7, 2021 – WHRCC Pool will be CLOSED until Summer 2022.
Free Swim Lessons

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 table areas, an on-site bathroom and is open year-round.

  • Days: Monday – Sunday
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ages: All
  • Fees: Free
Locations
"Rowdy" Gaines Olympic Pool
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.Winter Haven, Florida 33880
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