Lauderdale's swimming heritage dates back to the
Civitan raft off Las Olas Boulevard and the monumental
Casino Pool, which followed in 1928. As the first
pool of Olympic size (50m
x 20m) in Florida, it remained at the forefront of
the swimming scene for nearly half a century and
consequently witnessed a great deal of American swimming
directly on the beach at what is now known as D.C.
Alexander Park, just south of Las Olas Boulevard,
this beautiful Spanish-style facility was engineered
by Clifford Root and filled twice a week with salt
water directly from the Atlantic Ocean.. The Casino
Pool (1928-1966) was home to the nation's top swimmers
for decades, namely, Katherine
Rawls, Fort Lauderdale's first celebrity of sport
and international athletic ambassador. The pool cost
$150,000, and measured 50.38 meters by 18.3 meters (55 yards by 20 yards).
Originally built in 1965, the property is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, a municipal pool owned
operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Considered a leader and pioneer among the world's
top aquatic centers, the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex
contains two 50-meter Olympic-size pools, a diving
pool, a teaching pool and a spa.
The Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex is home to U.S. National Team Champions, the Fort Lauderdale Dive Team (FLDT), and Swim Fort Lauderdale (SFTL). Swim Fort Lauderdale is an award winning USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming team. In 2012, SFTL earned USA Swimming Level 3 club honors and was recognized by USA Swimming as a Silver Medal National Club of Excellence.
Dave Burgering, 2008 USA Olympic Coach, member of the 1980 USA Olympic, and Past President of USA Diving directs the diving team. With over 70 years of combined experience, highly acclaimed coaches Jennifer and Dave Gibson are the head age group coaches for Swim Fort Lauderdale. Marty Hendrick, who lead Fort Lauderdale swimmers to the 2010 U.S. Masters National team championship title is the head coach of the adult masters team.
365 days a year, the aquatic complex is an active
facility and hosts an average of 50 events each year
over an impressive 100 days. The pool's legacy includes
the Annual College Swim Forum;
U.S. National Swimming Championships; YMCA
National Swimming & Diving Championships;
U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships; NCAA
National Water Polo Championships; the FINA/U.S.
International Diving Invitational and national and
international synchronized swimming competitions.
a training site for many national and international
teams, the complex is unique in that it is also a
public facility, operated by the City's Parks and Recreation Department. Citizens and visitors
of Fort Lauderdale have
an opportunity to swim in the same pool that Olympic
and World Champions train and ten
world records have been set.
more information, visit the International
Swimming Hall of Fame web site at www.ishof.org.