DVIDS – Information – Out of doors Rec sustains Airmen morale and readiness


The 325th Force Support Squadron’s outdoor leisure office is open and has plenty of activities for Airmen and their families despite the current COVID-19 health status.

Changes have recently been made to protect the health and safety of Team Tyndall. However, ODR offers a wide range of fun activities and equipment that can often be rented at lower prices than off-base equipment.

“Things have changed, but there is still a lot to be done,” said Robert Sprague, 325th FSS ODR director. “You can go out and play, out of the house; There is always something to do outside. “

ODR offers a variety of watercraft for rent. However, motor vehicle renters must obtain their Florida State Boating Certification if they were born after January 1, 1988. Members can complete the training with ODR free of charge.

“The best part is they come back and tell me what they saw,” said John Estep, 325th FSS ODR Recreational Specialist. “You see dolphins, sea turtles and sometimes even manatees.”

Motor boats and jet skis are not all that ODR has to offer. They also have kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, snorkel kits, ax throwing, camping gear, and sports gear.

Much of the ODR excursions, such as horse riding and skydiving, are also still available. The most popular service that they have had to reschedule is the shuttle rides to and from Shell Island.

According to Sprague, the ODR shuttle used for Shell Island is the only shuttle they have, making it difficult to keep this ship clean and sanitized when there are 50 to 60 people traveling to the island throughout the day. It’s easier to maintain HPCON levels for single, small group, or family rentals.

“We have nine pontoon boats so we can go four out at the same time,” said Sprague. “When the rents come back, we have the option to disinfect the equipment and expose it to the sun for a few days before it goes out again.”

ODR also works with the US Air Force’s Recharge for Resiliency program. R4R focuses on active duty Airmen who fall into one of three categories: individual Airmen, Airmen preparing for deployment, and Airmen and their families returning from a deployment or dependent assignment.

“Families can still come out and have fun and make memories,” said Estep. “Children’s eyes light up when they tell what they have to see and do.”

The ODR is open Thursday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They also remain open on selected public holidays.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure you have the best time possible,” said Estep. “I’ll work for you when you come to have a good time.”

For more ODR information, call 850-283-2255, reach them online at www.tyndallfss.com/odr and www.facebook.com/TyndallODR, or visit their office in Beacon Beach Marina.

Recording date: 08/24/2021
Release Date: 08/24/2021 3:57 PM
Story ID: 403833
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