The fellow students in your child’s class will have been selected on the basis of their similar ability in the water and their close age to your child. Occasionally the Deck Manager will move a child to another class that is better suited for him/her. Do not hesitate to talk with your Deck Manager if you feel your child will benefit by changing classes.
All classes except for swim team are 30 minutes long. Although it’s possible to keep students in the water longer, experience has taught us that 30 minutes is about the longest you can expect a student to be challenged with new swim skills in the water.
Emler swim classes can be no larger than 4 students for every teacher. Waterbabies and Advanced Waterbabies classes have six students for each teacher because they are parent participation classes. Statistically, the average class size at Emler is 3.3 students per instructor.
Emler tried to incorporate Trial Lessons into our program. It was an opportunity for parents to see how their child fit in to our swim lessons. We found Trial Lessons to be a failure on many levels and have suspended them except for Waterbabies and students wishing to try out a Swim Team practice.
Here are the difficulties we discovered with Trial Lessons.
In short we at Emler have discovered that Trial Lessons do not benefit most students.
The two exceptions are our Waterbabies Orientation Classes for babies under 3 years of age and Swim Team Trials for students who would like to try out one swim team practice. Emler customers are welcomed to participate in Trial Lessons during a Waterbabies Orientation Class or a Swim Team Practice.
Yes, each location* offers make-up lessons. You can find your location’s make-up lesson schedule on their respective location page here on our website, or by asking the staff at the location you attend.
(*Note: Our Portland-Tigard location is currently unable to offer make-up lessons – we will update families when we are able to add these back into our schedule at this particular location.)
Managers, instructors and lifeguards participate in extensive, ongoing training to monitor pool water, swimmers, swim families and other guests. You may observe some regular drills performed during operating hours, which provide real-life practice. We continually evaluate our team on their performance and vigilance around the water. In addition, we would like to remind parents that although we have professionally trained employees, they are not a substitute for parental supervision. Lifeguards are provided at parties to monitor and respond to emergencies, but not to discipline or bathroom little ones. Safety is our top priority. Please always keep your eyes on your children.
Emler incorporates fins during swim lessons because they assist in the improvment of body position and they enhance propulsion through the water. The younger the swimmer is, the more important the kick is.
Each semester the students are introduced to new strokes and longer distances than they have swum before. Utilizing fins near the beginning of a semester will give extra propulsion so the students can accomplish new strokes and longer distances. As the students become more proficient in swimming, we remove one fin and eventually both fins.
In an effort to protect all swimmers from Water Born Illnesses (WBI), Emler Swim School requires that all students under 3 years of age wear reusable swim pants. Wearing two pairs of swim pants with tight elastic around the waist and legs will contain a solid accident in the swimming pool and protect everyone from WBI.
For children that have any food allergies or sensitivities, we require that they wear a water safe bracelet (provided by us) in class. Please inform the facility when you sign up for classes so we can document it in your child’s file.
Emler Swim School has used M&Ms or Skittles as an incentive in certain class levels for many years, but we are adapting to new incentives for the children to make sure we aren’t excluding anyone who might have an allergy to those food items.
We know there is more than one way to teach a child to swim. However, we don’t endorse techniques that include letting go of babies on top of the water and allowing them to sink underwater if they don’t lie still. We understand that these well-meaning teachers are simply trying to protect these babies from drowning. Emler Swim School agrees that that steps must be taken to reduce drowning, the #1 reason for the accidental death of US children under the age of five.
At Emler, we promote a more gentle way for babies to survive in a swimming pool. We promote independent back floats as well as a technique called Jump, Turn, and Swim.
If you will give us your email address, we’ll send you a link to videos of Emler students performing the JTS and testimonials of parents whose children have survived a water accident by using JTS. You are also welcomed to come to an Emler Swim School Waterbabies Orientation free of charge. You can experience first hand how swim lessons can make your baby safer AND be one of his or her fondest childhood memories.
Emler Swim School does not use backfloat drown-proofing to teach babies survival in the water. Although we agree that there is a real and present danger of drowning for toddlers, we disagree philosophically with this survival method of teaching.
Emler Swim School does successfully teach babies and toddlers to swim. More importantly we teach safety techniques that have resulted in hundreds of our students recovering from accidental falls into pools by saving themselves. We have devoted the past 40 years to developing effective young swimmers by using nurturing and effective teaching techniques.
We invite all families to visit their nearest Emler facility to witness babies jumping into the water and swimming back to the wall while smiling and laughing.
99% of all students learn to swim alone the first semester they are enrolled at Emler. The award winning curriculum along with nurturing, professional teachers account for such a high success rate. The watchful eye of an Emler Manager can identify and assist those students who struggle reaching their swim goals. Each Emler student is evaluated for progress by a manager every four lessons (once a month).
Yes. Occasionally we’ll have students at Emler who progress faster than their classmates. The Deck Manager will assist you in finding a convenient class time at the proper skill level, should your child need a mid-semester promotion.
Emler instructors participate in a rigorous Teacher Training Weekend including 16 hours of classroom training and in-water training. If the teacher trainee passes a final exam and the physical demands of this Teacher Training Weekend, s/he is invited to train for 40 more hours beside one of our veteran teachers in swim classes in the water.
Additionally, every Emler instructor is certified in CPR and First Aid.
Teachers of the Waterbabies Program undergo 12 more hours of classroom and in-water training to qualify as Waterbabies teachers.
Yes. Emler instructors participate in several H2O (Huddle 2 Optimize) Meetings a year. These meetings include new teaching techniques and safety improvements. EAPs (Emergency Action Plans) are also practiced regularly by each shift of teachers, so Emler instructors are ready for an emergency.
Emler Swim School is one of the few facilities in town that has invested in the Ultraviolet Light system which is the only proven method to kill all dangerous germs such as Cryptosporidium.
Our pools are monitored continually and fed chemicals electronically the very moment a change in chlorine or pH is indicated. However, in case our equipment malfunctions, we also test our pool water manually every hour that Emler is teaching in the pool.
Yes. As long as there is an opening in a class, a student is welcomed to join a class late in the semester. A Deck Manager is available to assist if needed to merge the student successfully into the class.
Priority Enrollment is a program offered by Emler that provides hassle-free enrollment and flexible payment options. Emler Swim School is a semester-based, goal-oriented program. There are three semesters every year scheduled very much like the school calendar. This program allows swimmers to keep their favorite class time semester after semester, even though they promote to the next level!
These are the highlights:
Emler Swim School is one of the premiere swim schools in the nation. The 99% success rate in the first semester gives you the highest return on your investment in the BEST swim lessons in town! Other swim programs may be less expensive, but they require enrollment in several semesters before your child is swimming at goal. In the long run, you may spend less money on swim lessons by enrolling with Emler for one semester rather than paying for other programs for several semesters.
Because teaching swimming is our passion, everything we do is first class and costly. From training every instructor for 56 hours, and heating our pools to 90 degrees, to installing expensive ultraviolet light systems to keep our water pristine; you’ll see the value of your tuition immediately.
Teaching swimming is all we do…and we’re the BEST in town!
The registration fee helps with the cost of administrative expenses. We also pay for insurance on each student with this annual registration fee. Registration Fees are non refundable.
To reach the exceptional goals that Emler has set for your child requires commitment from everyone involved. Commitment from our teachers to honor the bond they have with each of their students until the end of the semester. Commitment from our managers to work on providing ideal pool conditions for your child to learn and commitment from the parents to finish out the semester until their child reaches the swim goals of the class. Paying in advance for the semester is one of commitments required for a professional, quality swim program.
The staff at Emler Swim School realizes that family obligations, religious holidays, etc. may cause our students to miss some of their lessons. Unfortunately, we are not able to pro-rate swim lesson tuition. However, Emler is committed to making certain that all students reach the goals of the level in which they are enrolled even if they have missed some lessons. Your Deck Manager will work together with you to make certain your child achieves the goals of the swim class.
Yes, Emler Swim School does provide a way for you to break down tuition fees into multiple payments. An automatic payment plan can be arranged with the office staff at any Emler Swim School location. There is a small fee for this service.
Emler swim lessons are fully guaranteed, and we are committed to delivering a world-class swim lesson and experience. We promise to do whatever it takes to ensure your child achieves the goals of the session in a positive, nurturing, and safe environment. In support of the Emler Guarantee and commitment, Emler continually invests in our facilities and equipment. Likewise, we commit significant resources to training our teachers and staffing each class for the entire semester as well as the next class level in subsequent semesters, so your child has a path to continuous improvement. As a result of these commitments, Emler’s lessons are non-refundable with only ONE exception: