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Aquatics Operation




  • Gandy Pool

    Gandy Pool
    404 Imperial Boulevard
    Lakeland, FL 33803
    Ph: 863.834.3157
    Email: Aquatics@lakelandgov.net

    Gandy Pool features a 10-lane, 25-yard short course heated pool with a one-meter diving board and a 3-4 foot deep recreation pool. A handicap ramp at 0 depth and a hydraulic lift chair are provided.

    Open year-round

    Hours of Operation

    Lap Swim
    Monday - Friday 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM

    Open Swim
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Lap & Open Swim
    Saturdays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sundays - Closed January & February

    Closings & Adjusted Hours



    • Vending machines (Food and drink permitted in pavilion areas only.)
    • Lockers for personal belongings
    • Lap lanes (Time clocks available)
    • Bleacher seating
    • Shower/changing rooms
    • Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available for checkout.

      Sorry, no refunds due to inclement weather.


    • $4 per visit/guest*
    • $40 per 20-visit/guest pass* (passes are assigned to 1 guest, sharing passes no longer applicable)
    • ACTIVITY PASS (Semi-Annual or Annual Pass) Covers Weight rooms, Cardio Rooms, Open Swim, Lap Swim, Open Tennis, and any Health and Fitness Class  in front of the class

      Ages 14-59 (Individual) $150/$300

      Ages 60 and up (individual) $120/$240

      Family (Two adults up to the age of 59 living in same household plus any legal dependents) $400/$740

      *Anyone going onto the pool deck counts as a guest with the per-visit fee applicable.


  • Simpson Pool

    Simpson Pool
    1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
    Lakeland, FL 33805
    Ph: 863.834.2286
    Email: Aquatics@lakelandgov.net 



    Hours of Operation
    Simpson Pool is Closed until May 2024

    Lap & Open Swim

    Closings & Adjusted Hours

    - Sunday, September 24th will be the last day for Open/Lap Swim


    • $4 per visit/guest*
    • $40 per 20-visit/guest pass* (passes are assigned to 1 guest, sharing passes no longer applicable)
    • ACTIVITY PASS (Semi-Annual or Annual Pass) Covers Weight rooms, Cardio Rooms, Open Swim, Lap Swim, Open Tennis and any Health and Fitness Class with the  in front of the class

      Ages 14-59 (Individual) $150/$300

      Ages 60 and up (individual) $120/$240

      Family (Two adults up to the age of 59 living in same household plus any legal dependents) $400/$740

      *Anyone going onto the pool deck counts as a guest with the per visit fee applicable.

    17 & under - inquire about dollar days.

  • Programs and Fitness Classes

    Gandy Pool 

    Come enjoy a spin class in the pool. Hop on our Hydrorider spin bikes that are submerged in waist-deep water.
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 6:30 AM
    Monday & Wednesday 6:00 PM
    Saturday 8:00 AM

    Join this low-impact water aerobic workout geared for everyone. Shape up using our water weights and enjoy the water at Gandy Pool.
    Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    This class will take place in the lap lanes of Gandy Pool and utilize suspension techniques using pool hand buoys and noodles
    Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:45  AM

    Interested in teaching at one of our facilities? Fill out our online call for instructors form.

  • Lifeguard Classes

    Participants must be 15 or older.
    Pre-requisite swim test includes:

    • 300-yard swim with freestyle and breaststroke
    • 2-minute tread using legs only
    • Timed brick retrieval within 1min. and 40seconds.

     $200 Class Fee

    Upcoming Class Dates & Times:

    Thursday & Friday 4 PM - 9 PM

    Saturday & Sunday 8 AM - 5 PM

    A blended learning portion of the class will be emailed to participants before the in-person class begins.

    To register, please visit Gandy Pool, or for more information, call us at Gandy Pool at 863-834-3157 or aquatics@lakelandgov.net

  • Swim Lessons

    group of children in swim lessons on the steps of Gandy Pool. Little girl in foreground holding nose while working with instructor.

    Swim Lessons

    For more information, call 863.834.3157 or email Aquatics@Lakelandgov.net 

    Adult Beginner Swim Lessons 
    Participants will be introduced to basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. Participants will also learn the skills and concepts needed to stay safe around water—5 participants max.
    $50 (for the 4-week session)
    8:15 -9:00 AM
    9:10 - 9:55 AM

    Session 4: September 9 – 30
    Session 5 : October 7 - 28

    Swim Lesson Level Descriptions

    • Parent-Child Aquatics (Ages 6 months - 2.5 years)

      A parent or guardian will be in the water with the child. Skills that will be learned include different holding and support techniques, safely entering and exiting the pool, buoyancy on the front and back, and rolling on the front and back.

      The instructor will help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water. Swim diapers are required under a bathing suit.

    • Preschool Aquatics (Ages 3 - 5)

      This Beginner class is designed to be the first class without parents. 

      Skills that will be taught include safely entering and exiting the pool, breath control and submersion, floating on front and back, and changing direction in the water by gliding and swimming.

    • Youth Learn to Swim (Levels 1-3 / Ages 6 - 12) 

      Beginner to intermediate class with participants learning fundamental aquatic skills such as floating, gliding, and simultaneous arms and leg motions all while doing this independently of an instructor’s support.

    • Youth Learn to Swim Level (Levels 4-5 / Ages 6 - 12) 

      Advanced class with participants improving their aquatic skills and increasing their endurance using the following swim strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke

    Upcoming Sessions

    $50 per session per child

    Gandy Pool - Fall Swim Lessons
    Upcoming Sessions TBA


  • Swim Team

    Gandy & Simpson Pools are the home to Riptide Aquatics. Riptide Aquatics is a year-round competitive swim team providing high-quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability from novice, state, national and international competitors. Train with some of the best swimmers in the country and work with talented and experienced coaches. Find out more on their website.

  • Pool Rules

    City of Lakeland, Aquatics Operation

    Pool Rules

    Enforced at all City of Lakeland aquatics facilities
    Gandy Pool & Simpson Park Pool

    Please email the Aquatics team( Aquatics@Lakelandgov.net)  with any questions.

    1. Patrons are required to abide by any safety requirements or request as instructed by the lifeguards or City of Lakeland staff  
    2. Swimmers swim at their own risk
    3. Parents/Guardians are responsible for the activity/behavior themselves and their dependents. Unruly/disrespectful behavior is not permitted.
    4. Parents/Guardians should remain an arm’s length from toddlers and children who cannot swim.
    5. Water wings are prohibited. USCG personal flotation devices are available for use.
    6. No glass containers in pool or on pool deck
    7. Extended breath holding discouraged
    8. Alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco including vaping and smoking are strictly prohibited
    9. Running and rough play is prohibited
    10. No pets/animals are allowed in the pool or on the pool deck area. Service animals are permitted on pool deck only.
    11. Proper swim wear is required. Cutoffs, sweats, jeans, athletic shorts, undergarments, boxers, briefs, thongs/t-backs, transparent suits are not permitted. Appropriate coverings for body image and religious beliefs are permitted
    12. Aquatic staff have the right to disallow floating rafts, balls, frisbees and throwing objects.
    13. Non-potty trained children must wear waterproof diapers with plastic swim pants.
    14. Do not hang on lane lines, lifeguard stands, life lines, diving board, and hand rails
    15. Diving block use permitted for swim team and City of Lakeland staff only
    16. Do not enter pool if you are experiencing diarrhea or have open deep cuts, wounds, sores, or gashes.
    17. Do not drink pool water