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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 Aquatic 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. To pass the swim test successfully the participant must be able to 1. show comfort in deep water, 2. have the ability to swim 25 yards with their face in the water and breathing rhythmically, and, 3. the ability to rotate onto their back, maintain a back float for at least 5 seconds, and rotate back onto their stomach in a swimming posture 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 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.

Standard Party

  • $5/person ($4.65 + $0.35 tax).
  • $80 non-refundable reservation fee required one week prior to party date.
  • Two-hours of pool-filled fun.
  • Reserved indoor space for refreshments.
  • 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.

  • $330 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $15 for each additional child over the limit.
  • $100 non-refundable reservation fee 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.
  • 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. 

  • $265 (plus tax) for 10 children.
  • $15 for each additional child.
  • $100 non-refundable reservation fee required one week prior to party date.
  • 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

  • An explanation of the pool rules is given to set the tone for your event.
  • Passing a 25-yard swim test is required to use the diving boards. The swim test includes swimming with your face in the water and being able to maintain a back float for at least 5 seconds.
  • 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 diving board.
  • Coast Guard approved life jackets are available for non-swimmers.
  • Lifejacket wearers are required to swim in the shallow end only.
  • Anything that can blown up to support weak or non-swimmers is not allowed in the facility.
  • Lightning may require all swimmers to exit the pool water until the storm has passed.
  • Lifeguard staff have 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 are permitted.
  • Coolers are 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 Aquatic Administrative Office at 850.474.2981 or nquina@uwf.edu to verify availability and costs.
  • Non-refundable reservation fees 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.