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Pool Parties and Group Rentals

Looking for a great way to recognize and reward your child, classroom students, or youth group? Let us provide an inexpensive, safety conscious, clean, fun venue for your outing.


People rolling around the pool in the inflatable hamster balls.
Students racing in hamster balls

Group outings and private rentals are part of the Aquatic Center's offerings. Established as a tradition in the 1970s, panhandle schools, churches and community groups continue to bring youths to the pool celebrating milestones, hosting award ceremonies and rewarding students for outstanding behavior and accomplishments.

The UWF Aquatic Center is available on a limited basis for group activity rentals. All rental requests must be submitted to the Aquatics Director at least 2 weeks prior to the requested rental date. Rental rates vary depending on group classification and the rental time period.

Rental rates include access to the pool and locker rooms. Regular group facility usage requires a user agreement.


Small Pool Parties

All party participants receive an explanation of the rules, and, for those who wish to swim in the deep water or use the diving boards, a swim test. The swim test is considered to be successfully completed when the participant is comfortable in deep water and can swim across the pool, back float in the middle of a swim, flip back onto their stomach, and swim 25 yards without stopping or touching the bottom. There is an additional height requirement (4’10” minimum) for 3M diving board use. Lifejackets are available on the pool deck at no additional charge. Standard, Deluxe, and Premium party packages are available.

For more information on small pool parties, e-mail our Aquatic Director, Nancy Quina, at nquina@uwf.edu or call 850.474.2497. Inclement weather may require all parties to exit the water until the all clear signal is given. The UWF Aquatic Center does not refund money.

Deluxe Party

  • $60 + $4/person ($3.72 + $0.28 tax).
  • $60 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date.
  • Two-hours of pool-filled fun.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Deluxe Games Coordinator.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit.

Inflatable Obstacle Course Premium Party

On your mark, get set, splash through this fun-filled, two-hour, deep-water, floating obstacle course party.

  • $300 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $15 for each additional child.
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date.
  • Party participants must be at least six (6) years old and able to successfully complete the 25-yard swim test.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Games Coordinator.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit.

Log Rolling Premium Party

Have a party like no other you have experienced! This party offers an introduction to the great American sport of log rolling. Log rolling party participants gain endless rewards as they remain atop the log for longer and longer periods. Parents, don’t tell the kids, but this two-hour sports party promotes balance, leg and core strength, and cardiovascular endurance. 

  • $240 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $15 for each additional child.
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date.
  • Available to all ages and skill levels.
  • Trained Log Rolling Games Coordinator.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit.

Hamster Ball Premium Party

Two hours of hamster ball fun!

  • $240 (plus tax) for 10 children
  • $15 for each additional child
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date
  • Available to children 10 years of age and older
  • Party participants must be able to successfully complete the 25-yard swim test for a deep water party
  • Games Coordinator.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit.

Olympic Challenge Premium Party

This two-hour party is full of fun competitions for future Olympians of all ages and skill levels. Activities include team relays, lifejacket competitions, diving board challenges, a treasure hunt and more!

  • $180 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $12 for each additional child.
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date.
  • Olympics Games Coordinator.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit.

Water Safety Premium Party

This two-hour party is lead by a Water Safety Games Coordinator with an instructional emphasis and is designed to provide your future lifeguard with knowledge and experience regarding self-help and out-of-the-water techniques to help others.

  • $180 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $12 for each additional child.
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required one week prior to party date.
  • Basic water safety knowledge and skills are introduced.
  • Includes an understanding of the importance of constant and dedicated surveillance and knowing when and how to get help.
  • Available to all ages and skill levels.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • Diving boards included as events and space permit. 

Large Group Rentals

For large group rentals, customized fee estimates are available to fit your aquatic needs! Contact the Aquatic Administrative Office by calling 850.474.2981 or emailing nquina@uwf.edu or aquatics@uwf.edu to discuss your options and needs for a large group rental. Inclement weather may require all parties to exit the water until the all clear signal is given. The UWF Aquatic Center does not refund money.


Kids posing for a picture together in the pool
Kids enjoying the Aquatic Center

Party Planning Tips

Safety Protocols

  • A "Rules Rap" is given to set the tone for your event.
  • Passing a 25-yard swim test is required to use the diving boards.
  • Swimmers ill-at-ease in deep water will be restricted to the shallow end.
  • 4'10" is the minimum height required to use the high dive.
  • Coast Guard approved lifejackets are available for non-swimmers.
  • Lifejacket wearers are limited to the shallow end.
  • Personal inflatable floats used to support weak or non-swimmers are not allowed in the facility.
  • Lightning may close the pool until the storm has passed.
  • Lifeguard staff has complete authority regarding patron safety.
  • Refrain from using glass containers, chewing gum and hard candies while in the pool area.

Food and Beverage

  • Please leave chewing gum and hard candies at home.
  • Personal grills are allowed in the Sun Yard.
  • No alcoholic beverages permitted.
  • Coolers welcome.
  • Refrain from using glass containers.
  • Trash receptacles are on deck for waste disposal.

Reservations and Payment

  • Reservations are required and advanced bookings are encouraged.
  • Contact the Aquatics Administrative Office at 850.474.2981 or nquina@uwf.edu to verify availability and costs.
  • Non-refundable deposits are required for some events.
  • Payments for the remaining balance of fees accepted the day of your event.
  • Cash, check (made payable to UWF), and credit cards are all acceptable forms of payment.