Please donate to help us raise $25,000
ECFF 2021 Kids Water Safety Campaign
- PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID TO FAMILIES FOR SWIM LESSONS AND OTHER AQUATIC PROGRAMS
- PROVIDE SWIM INSTRUCTORS FOR COMMUNITY YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
- PROVIDE LIFEGUARDS DURING COMMUNITY YOUTH SWIM LESSONS AND YOUTH AQUATIC PROGRAMS
AQUATIC PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH:
- Swim Lessons: Parent/Tot Ages 6mos to 2 years
- Swim Lessons: Youth Ages 3-12 Years
- Swim Lessons: Teen Ages 13-17
- Summer League Developmental Swim Team: Ages 5-17
- Summer Camps: Open Swim & Lessons for Campers
- Family Swim: Open Swim & Lap Swim Family Time
Programs are offered at both facilities: Bernie R. Lefebvre Aquatic Center on the grounds of Liza Jackson Preparatory School 1127 Hospital Road, Ft. Walton Beach Telephone: (850)863-SWIM. This facility features a 25-yard indoor heated pool and is open to the public.
Aquatic Center in Destin at 4345 Commons Drive West, adjacent to Destin High School has an outdoor 25-yard heated pool and a heated family pool with a slide and zero-entry ramp and lazy river
The ECFF is requesting that patrons and visitors to the facilities wear a face covering when they are not in the pool, especially when physical distancing is not possible.
Everyone will still be asked to complete to COVID-19 screening/waiver form.
Please come to the facility to learn more and register for programs. We do not have any on-line registration.
4345 Commons Drive West Destin
(next to Home Depot)
APR-JUN 2021 DESTIN POOL SCHEDULE
Click on the schedule to download a printable version
Focusing On Physical & Environmental Fitness
Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is dedicated to supporting community health and fitness and is contributing to environmental health by reducing energy consumption at our facilities. Energy conservation and use of renewable energy not only lower operating costs and reduce our impact on the environment, these measures also insure the continued sustainability of our community pools for years to come. Watch for more environmentally-friendly improvements and community education efforts in the future. We hope to be an example of environmental and physical fitness for the entire community.
Aquatic Center in Destin Celebrates the 1st Anniversary of Solar Array
The new solar array has been operational for one full year! Since then, it has generated a total of 14.82 megawatts of energy. The array has prevented the emission of 22,941.7 lbs of Carbon Dioxide which is the equivalent of planting 173.35 trees.
The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation recently received a $60,000 grant to install a solar panel array at the Aquatic Center in Destin to harness renewable energy and reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. The grant was awarded by All Points North Foundation, an organization that provides funding for initiatives to implement solar projects in the United States as well as funding for middle school education and teacher training. The energy produced by the solar panels at the Aquatic Center in Destin meets 10% or more of the facility’s energy needs and saves an estimated $4,000 annually. The system was installed in April of 2020 and will provide 30 years of clean, reliable, renewable energy.
Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that operates two aquatic centers in Okaloosa county: the Aquatic Center in Destin and the Bernie R. Lefebvre Aquatic Center in Fort Walton Beach. Reducing energy consumption is a crucial step in ensuring sustained operation of these pool facilities. In early 2019, the ECFF installed a geo-thermal system at the Aquatic Center in Destin to reduce energy usage and costs to heat and cool the pool. ECFF is currently in the process of converting to environmentally friendly LED lighting at both facilities and hopes to add additional panels to the solar array at the Aquatic Center in Destin in coming years.
In April of 2020, SunFarm Energy from Pensacola installed the 24.09-kilowatt system consisting of 66 panels on the roof of the locker room building. SunFarm is a local expert installer of solar photovoltaic power systems, battery systems and chargers and serves the region from Northwest Florida to lower Alabama.
Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation treasurer Kathi Heapy said “We are grateful to All Points North Foundation for their support and the generous grant which allows us to meet our commitment to the environment as well as our commitment to the community to provide safe, affordable community pools.”
Mission: The mission of the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is to develop physical fitness and water safety among the youth and adults of Okaloosa County by providing facilities and programs that will deliver opportunities for instruction, training, and competitive excellence, primarily in the sports of swimming, running, and cycling. Learn more @ www.ecfitnessfoundation.org.
BOTH POOLS AT THE AQUATIC CENTER IN DESTIN ARE HEATED WITH A GEOTHERMAL HEATING SYSTEM that is more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly
THANKS TO GENEROUS DONORS, OUR UTILITY COSTS ARE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED.
DESTIN PROGRAM PUNCH CARD: $75 FOR 10 VISITS
(APPLIES TO LAP SWIM & AQUACIZE)
WE ALSO OFFER ONE-WEEK PASSES $22.50 FOR LAP SWIM AND AQUACIZE FOR VISITORS
Naming Opportunities and donations of all amounts are still needed in order to continue to make this facility achieve its full potential. Contact the ECFF at swimECFF@gmail.com or call the pool to discuss options. Please consider your tax-deductible donation carefully.
1127 Hospital Road
Fort Walton Beach
(corner of Hospital Road & Lewis Turner Blvd.)
(enter through patio gate)
Please join us for daily programs
Drop-ins are welcome
Daily Fee for Lap Swim & Aquacize is $8.00 per person
Daily Fee for Family Swim is $12.00 per family group (2 generations)
SWIMMING LESSONS ARE OFFERED TO ALL LEVELS at the Bernie
- LESSONS ARE PACKAGED ON A MONTHLY BASIS (8 LESSONS OR 4 LESSONS). YOU MUST PAY THE FEE TO SECURE A SPOT IN THE CLASS. YOU MAY REGISTER FOR MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
- REGISTRATION IS CONTINUOUS. COME TO THE POOL ANY TIME TO REGISTER. DON’T WAIT, CLASSES DO FILL UP!
- PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE. CONTACT THE POOL TO SCHEDULE THEM.
- FEES MUST BE PAID TO SECURE SPOT IN CLASS:
- SATURDAY CLASS FEE IS $45 PER MONTH (4 LESSONS)
- TUESDAY/THURSDAY CLASS FEE IS $80 PER MONTH (8 LESSONS)
YOUTH & ADULT SWIM TEAMS:
Bernie’s Bullsharks Summer Swim Team
LAP SWIM, AQUACIZE & FAMILY SWIM
SWIM MEETS & POOL PARTIES
to join our e-mail notification list:
text “DESTINswim” to 22828 (APPLIES TO BOTH FACILITIES)
PROGRAM FEES are due the 1st of each month
Fees are not pro-rated for mid-month registrations