In compliance with the Governor’s executive order and in the interest of the safety of our staff and patrons, we have been forced to close our Aquatic Centers for the time being. We are heartbroken.
During the shutdown, we hope to make some facility improvements, including the solar panel installation at the Aquatic Center in Destin, which is funded by a grant from the All Points North Foundation, Inc. It is our great hope that we will be able to reopen and be better than ever when the threat of the pandemic passes.
However, without the patron revenue during the closure, it will be very difficult for the ECFF to meet its ongoing fixed financial obligations, such as utilities and insurance. Please consider making a donation to the ECFF, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible. Even a donation of your usual monthly program fee would be tremendously helpful.
Donations can be made via the link below or on Facebook pages or checks can be mailed to us at 4345 Commons Drive West, Destin, FL 32541.
We appreciate your support and pray that all of you remain safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing all of you on “the other side” of this incredible challenge that we all face.
May God Bless You,
From the ECFF Board and Staff
Please come to the facility to learn more and register for programs. We do not have any on-line registration.
Tax-Deductible donation and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email email@example.com for further information.
4345 Commons Drive West Destin
(next to Home Depot)
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 is “Going Solar”
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 will meet 10% or more of the facility’s energy needs and save an estimated $4,000 annually. The system will be installed in the first quarter 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.
ECFF has contracted with SunFarm Energy from Pensacola to install the 24.09-kilowatt system consisting of 66 panels to be installed 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.
THE COMPETITION POOL IS NOW 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