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WHO ARE WE?

Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC), founded in 1982, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides learn-to-swim, competitive, and recreational swimming opportunities to the greater Lehigh Valley.

Board of Directors:

President: John Kline
Vice President: Dave Pappentick
Secretary: Laura Nelson
At Large: Annie Kocon, Bob Perose, Pete Rautzhan

CEO: Doug Cornish

Annual Program Numbers

Competitive Swimmers

Swim Lessons Students

Triathletes

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Our Mission: Stewards of Swimming

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WHAT’S THE PROJECT?

EMAC is erecting a ClearSpan structure with iWave Air Purification Technology over our existing pool so that our members have year-round access to a swimming pool.

COVID took away many opportunities, shutting down facilities where EMAC rents pool space to provide our services.

With the support of our members and the community, we made it through with the realization that we will always be limited in our ability to serve our members if we must rely on other pools.

Our outdoor pool served our swimmers through November of 2020 by heating the pool with propane tanks and renting lighting for night swimming. This was a temporary solution.

We are excited to announce our Brick Campaign which helps to fund the cost of a retractable roofing system to be installed over our outdoor pool. This will protect our swimmers from the elements and support the swim services EMAC provides year-round!

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    Half million dollar project

  • 9,500 sq ft structural steel framed double tedlar pvc wrapped skin ClearSpan Building System
  • Engineered heated air circulation system with iWave air purification technology.
  • 4-zone energy efficient gas fired infrared ceiling heating system
  • Energy efficient LED lighting system
  • Sliding walls to expose the pool to the exterior during the warmer months
  • New Pool deck coating with donor brick paver border
  • New exterior synthetic turf exercise area with state-of-the-art fabric shade system

PHASE 1 GROUND BREAKING

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6 at 10 am

WHERE: 2546 Mill Race Road, Emmaus, PA18049

 

PHASE 1 COMPLETION

Mid-September

This is a huge step in the right direction for EMAC and for the sport of swimming in the Lehigh Valley as it will mark the first time in the history that a Lehigh Valley team will own and control their pool time.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Click HERE to purchase a brick to be inlaid in the concrete around our pool. See graphic HERE.

Become an EMAC Sponsor. See EMAC Sponsorship info HERE.

FUTURE PHASES

Our priority is to establish our property as our “campus” with the erection of our pool enclosure. Additional phases may include:

1. renovation of our mid-1800s barn to include offices and other amenities

2. renovation of tennis courts to include pickle ball courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball court

3. walking track around perimeter of our property

4. installation of health & fitness stations located along walking track

BRICK PERIMETER

COURTS UPGRADE

MEDIA

EMAC To Transform Outdoor Pool into Lehigh Valley’s First Year-Round Swim Club

“Pave the Way Brick Campaign Kicks Off to Fund Swim and Wellness Center”

June 28, 2021, Emmaus, PA — With over 500 competitive swimmers, swim lesson students and triathletes, Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC) will officially announce the opportunity for its membership to swim year-round at its existing outdoor pool — a first time in history that a Lehigh Valley team will own and control their own pool time! During a press conference on Wednesday, July 7th at EMAC located at 2546 Mill Race Road in Emmaus, details will be shared on the Clear Span structure that will cover the pool, exercise, health and wellness improvements, and ways to get active with the Pave the Way Brick Fundraising Campaign!

According to EMAC CEO Doug Cornish, “COVID threw us a curveball. Since the majority of all area swim clubs (including EMAC) rely on high school and college indoor pools during the fall, winter and spring months, we could not access these facilities due to their pandemic restrictions.”

That didn’t stop EMAC from providing services to its membership at its outdoor pool. Once restrictions were lifted during the summer of 2020 to permit swimming, EMAC provided swim team practices and lessons through November of last year by heating the pool with propane gas and renting lighting systems for evening practices.

“With the support of our members and the community, we made it through with the realization that we will always be limited in our ability to serve our members if we must rely on other pools. We knew this was a temporary solution,” he says.

With a goal to erect the Clear Span structure by mid-September 2021, this 9,500 square feet structural steel framed double tedlar pvc wrapped skin will be engineered with a heated air circulation system and with iWave purification technology.  The structure will also feature a 4-zone energy efficient gas fired infrared ceiling system, as well as an energy efficient LED lighting system.

“The beauty of the structure are the sliding walls, which expose the pool to the exterior during the warmer months,” Cornish says.  The project also includes a new exterior synthetic turf exercise area with a state-of-the-art fabric shade system.

Future plans to the EMAC campus include enhancements to the tennis courts to include pickle ball, basketball and volleyball courts; a walking track with health and wellness stations around the perimeter of the campus; and the renovation of a mid-1800s barn which will house offices and other amenities!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 7 at 10 am

WHERE: 2546 Mill Race Road, Emmaus, PA 18049

How to contribute and sponsorship opportunities through the Pave the Way Brick Campaign can be found here.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY, INVITATION TO COVER

Contact:  Doug Cornish, CEO, EMAC

717-395-8156; coachdoug@emacswim.org

ABOUT EMAC

Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC), founded in 1982, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides learn-to-swim, competitive, and recreational swimming opportunities to the greater Lehigh Valley.

Emmaus Aquatic Club to transform pool for year-round swimming

The Emmaus Aquatic Club broke ground Wednesday on a new structure that will be built to cover its existing outdoor pool.

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