Riverdale & Lehigh Swimming

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About Us

We are a group of coaches and parents that provide swimming in East 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 close to 30 years of club and/or High School coaching. The main Swim Florida age group coach at the Riverdale high school pool is Julie Vander Plaats.
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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


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 shower as well as locker rooms. The pool is used by a large number of organizations including Swim Florida youth swim team.

Current Practice Schedule:

Lehigh Community Pool
  Age Gr 1 & Sr 1 Age Gr 2 & Sr 2 Lois
 Monday-Friday 6:30-8:00 PM
4:40-6:00 PM
or later
7:20-8:25 AM
5:50 - 7:00 PM
5:50 - 7:00 PM
 Saturday 7:00-8:25 AM7:00-8:25 AM 
Please show up at 5:45 PM for tryouts


This pool is operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation
View the Lee Parks web site for the Lehigh Acres Community Pool.

WeatherBug countdown is at the bottom of the page.

Riverdale High School Pool

Address    Google Map and Directions

2615 Buckingham Road
East Fort Myers, FL 33905


Our Riverdale program is lead by Coach Julie Vander Plaats.
Coach Julie can be reached at 239-850-7125.
We are a total of six 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. Tryouts are on Weekdays at 5:30 pm. 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
Our current practice hours are Monday - Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm. We are also looking to expand our practice hours during the summer (more information will come).
We do run some Saturday practices as well as small camps and clinics.
Bio about Julie Vander Plaats:

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!!

The 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. Unfortunately, there are no indoor shower or locker rooms.
The pool is home to the Riverdale Raiders High School swim team and 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

Current Practice Schedule:

Riverdale High School Pool
Pool is under renovation
  High School swimmers only   Older Group (Dryland 4:40-5pm) Younger Group
Please check with Coach Pam regarding morning practices as those can change or be canceled.


This pool is operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation
View the Lee Parks web site for the Riverdale High School Pool.

WeatherBug countdown is at the bottom of the page.

Lightning Countdowns for both pools

Lee County Parks & Rec

Parents: please be aware of the Lee County code of conduct for parents. You agreed to it when you registered, and you can download a copy here (from the Cape Coral branch).

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

Phone: 1-239-565-4532 (Pam)

Riverdale High School Pool:
2615 Buckingham Rd 
Fort Myers, FL 33905 

Phone: 1-239-850-7125 (Julie)

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