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Riverdale & Lehigh Swimming

Welcome to swimming in SouthWest Florida

At this time we are using two county pools: 
Lehigh Acres Community Pool & Riverdale High School Pool

Please look at the practice schedule and Twitter feeds for the latest information regarding practices at both the Lehigh Acres and Riverdale pools.

We have additional web addresses (www.SwimRiverdale.com & www.SwimLehigh.com)


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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR SWIM TEAM?

We are having tryouts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 pm at both the Lehigh Acres community pool and the Riverdale High School pool.
We are a competitive swim team for ages five (5) through senior year in high school.
Our program runs all year long. The pools are heated in the winter months.
We have our own Recreational Swim League that involves about 11 pools in Lee and Collier County. The Summer Swim League has a lot of meets including an end of the Summer Championship meet while the Winter Swim League has fewer meets.


Contact Information

Please either use our contact information to the right or fill in the form below for general questions. If you have content to add or correct on the web page, please use the form below. To attach a document or photo, please click on the button that says "Choose File". 

To contact a specific coach or person, please click on the Coaches Tab/Page. The main e-mail address and phone number for each located is in the column to the right ==>

If you have suggestions, corrections, or anything else regarding our program or web page, please use the form below.

Contact Form (Information Request)

Please let us know which pool is closest to you or the most convenient as well as things that can help us provide the most accurate information. Ex. Name, age, level of experience, and how comfortable you or your child is in the pool. Please also include additional information that can helpful for us to know about. If you have a photo or file to submit, please use the button below the message box.

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Lehigh & Riverdale Coaches

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 Coach Pam Barry (Head Coach - Lehigh & Riverdale pool) 

Coach Pam has been the Riverdale High School coach for over 30 years and has been running the Swim Florida age group program at the Lehigh Community pool since 1992. Coach Pam has been a coach with Swim Florida since her own children swam on the team and a coach since the late 1980s.

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Coach Luis Fhon (Age Group Coach - Lehigh pool) 

Coach Luis is a parent of a few of our former swimmers who are now in college (Camilla and Leah) and current swimmer and has been working with the new swimmers at the Lehigh Community pool for over 10 years.

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Coach Julie Vander Plaats (Sr & Age Group Coach - Riverdale pool) 

​Our Riverdale program is lead by Coach Julie Vander Plaats.
Coach Julie can be reached at 239-850-7125.

Coach Julie is a parent of a former Swim Florida & college swimmers and is in charge of the age group program in the evenings at the Riverdale High School pool. Coach Julie has been a coach with Swim Florida for almost 20 years in North Fort Myers and now Riverdale / East Fort Myers - Bayshore area.
Coach Julie was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. In 1992 her daughter joined Swim Florida (Cape Coral) and thoroughly enjoyed it. In 1996 she became more involved with the team and volunteered her time as Secretary of the Board of Directors. In 1999, she became the age group coach at the North Fort Myers pool as well as the girls' coach of North Fort Myers High School. Coach Julie has trained and sent many swimmers to Senior groups and some of those have gone on to swim in college on scholarships. Coach Julie coached at North Fort Myers High School, Dunbar High School and Cypress Lake High School for a total of almost 20 years. Coach Julie lives with her husband in North Fort Myers and her daughter Andrea now lives in Boynton Beach, FL. Andrea is a Palm Beach Ocean Rescuer and a Nurse. Go Swim Florida!!

Coach Julie has been running our age group program at the Riverdale HS pool since the beginning of 2018, before that she was at the North Fort Myers HS pool

 
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Coach Dan Jimar (High School & Age Group Coach - Lehigh & Riverdale pool) 

Coach Dan has been a coach with Swim Florida since he attended Cape Coral HS. Coach Dan has worked with swimmers of all abilities and ages, from 5 years to 80+ years. Coach Dan is helping out both at the Riverdale High School pool and Lehigh Community pool a couple of days a week.

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About Us

We are a group of coaches and parents that provide swimming in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres that provide a fun and technical learning environment. We are part of Swim Florida and the coach in charge of this area is Pam Barry who has coached for over 30 years with Swim Florida as a club and/or High School coaching. The main Swim Florida age group coach at the Riverdale high school pool is Julie Vander Plaats.
If you have questions, suggestions, corrections, or anything else, please use the form on the following page for feedback.

Lehigh Acres Community Pool   -----   Riverdale High School Pool

Lehigh Acres community pool

Address    Google Map and Directions

1400 West 5th St.
Lehigh Acres, FL 33972
239-369-8277

Information

The Lehigh Acres Community Pool is a 169,800 gallons, eight-lane heated pool that is open to the public year-round. The pool has an aggregate finish and a high rate rapid sand filter system. Amenities - eight (8) lane pool with depths ranging from 3'6" to 5'6". The pool is heated in the winter with an average water temp. of 82 degrees. There are both outdoor and indoor showers as well as locker rooms. The pool is used by a large number of organizations including Swim Florida youth swim team.

This pool is operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation
View the Lee County Parks website for the latest information regarding the Lehigh Acres Community Pool.

WeatherBug countdown is at the bottom of the page.

Current Practice Schedule:


Lehigh Community Pool
 Dryland when bad weather plus before practices. 

  Older Swimmers   Younger/Newer Swimmers
 Mon, Wed, Fri .5:15-7:00PM  5:15-7:00PM
 Tue & Thur .5:00-7:00PM (@ Riverdale HS pool) 5:00-7:00PM (@ Riverdale HS pool)
 Saturday At Riverdale HS 8-10 AM (ask Coach Pam)  
Please show up by 5:30 pm for group tryouts.
 Dryland  - please bring running shoes, shorts, shirt. 

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Riverdale High School Pool

Address    Google Map and Directions

Riverdale High School
2600 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Information:

Coach Julie Our Riverdale program is lead by Coach Julie Vander Plaats.
Coach Julie can be reached at 239-850-7125.
We have several coaches that coach at the Riverdale High School pool and the Lehigh Community pool.
We are looking forward to having you as part of our competitive swim team and summer league. Our age group program is for children 5-18 (boys and girls) that can swim at least one length of the pool.
There is a one continuous week of FREE try-out (5 weekdays in a row) before the children have to register for the team (done on SwimFlorida.com). For Tryout days and times as well as practice schedules, please visit the Calendar page or see the summary table below. We do run Saturday practices as well as small camps and clinics.

The Riverdale pool has a fiberglass pool interior finish with an aggregate finish and a high rate rapid sand filter system. Amenities - 183,500 gallons, six-lane "L shaped depths range from 3'6" to 11' with a 1-meter diving board. The pool is heated in the winter with an average water temp. of 82 degrees and cooled during the summer months. Unfortunately, there are no indoor showers or locker rooms.
The pool is home to the Riverdale Raiders High School swim team and Swim Florida.

This pool is operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation

View the Lee County Parks website for the Riverdale High School Pool.
WeatherBug countdown is at the bottom of the page.

Current Practice Schedule:

 

 Riverdale High School Pool 
 "CLICK HERE FOR 2022 Weekly PRACTICE SCHEDULE - updated weekly" 

 Optional dryland for the older swimmers 4:00-4:40 PM on Mon, Wed, Thur. 
 General practice schedule below,
click the link above to check for changes/cancelations.

 Morning practicesAfternoon practices
 Coach Dan Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri 7-9 AM
Thursday 6-8 AM
Saturday 8-10AM
Mon, Wed, Thur 2:30 - 4 PM
 Coach Julie runs practices: 
 5:00-7:00PM Mon - Fri 
 Coach Julie
(Newer swimmers & Elementary school)
Saturday 8-10 AMMon - Fri
5:00-7:00 PM
 Senior 3 / HS
(Riverdale HS)
Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri 7-9 AM
Thursday 6-8 AM
Saturday 8-10A
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Mon, Wed, Thur 2:30 - 4 PM
Please show up at 5:30 PM for team tryouts on Mondays - Fridays.
 Dryland  - please bring running shoes, shorts, shirt. 

 

Lightning Countdowns for Lehigh & Riverdale

Lee County Parks & Rec

Parents: please be aware of the Lee County code of conduct for parents.
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Pool Quick Links

Lehigh Acres Community Pool (of Williams Ave):
1400 W 5th St
Lehigh Acres, FL 33972

Phone: 239-565-4532 ( Pam )
 Pam@SwimLehigh.com  

Riverdale High School Pool:
2600 Buckingham Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Phone: 239-850-7125 ( Julie )
 Julie@SwimRiverdale.com 

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