Riverdale & Lehigh Swimming

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We are having tryouts on 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) and older (currently NO Masters group).
Our program runs all year long. The pools are heated during 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.

Lehigh & Riverdale Coaches


 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.


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.


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.



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

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

Phone: 239-565-4532 ( Pam )  

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

Phone: 239-850-7125 ( Julie ) 

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