Emler Swim School Alamo Ranch is excited to serve the communities on San Antonio’s far west side, northwest side and Lackland Air Force Base. You’ll find us in Culebra Commons between Shaenfield Road and Culebra Road, on the east side of West Loop 1604 directly across from the Walmart Supercenter.
We’d love to find out more about how we can best serve you. Come by and take a free tour or go ahead and jump right in.
Safety has always been and will continue to be #1 at Emler. We’re doing what we’ve always done – followed or exceeded all local, state and federal guidelines – to protect not just your family but our employees as well.
We’re using CDC recommended cleaning products to wipe the facility every 30 minutes, and making hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. Instructors are wearing face shields in the pool, and we are requiring all adults out of the water to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses. Kids are not required to wear masks in the pool but those over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear them while they are not in a lesson.
We are allowing only one caretaker to accompany each little fishy, and chairs in the observation room and on the pool deck are spaced 6 feet apart. Employees are monitoring traffic in and out of the building to remind people about social distancing. Plus, we are taking staff temperatures within 5 minutes of the beginning of a shift. There is more information on our Health & Safety Protocols page.
Yes, it’s safe to be in pools! According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through properly maintained pools. We’ve always valued health and safety, which is why we already had a top-of-the-line purification system with UV lights that kills and inactivates viruses and bacteria in addition to using proper chlorine levels. Every Emler pool meets or exceeds CDC health standards. Plus, our leading-edge air filtration systems replace stale air from the facility with fresh air 8 times per hour.
No one has to wear a mask in the water. Masks in the water are unsafe, which is why we would never require them. Plus, masks are ineffective when they’re wet. Our instructors instead wear face shields in the water.
All adults, including employees and caretakers, out of the water are required to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths. Kids are not required to wear a mask out of the water. However, children over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear a covering over their mouth and nose when entering and exiting the building or if they are not actively participating in a lesson.
We’ve always had small class sizes of 3-4 kiddos, as well as private lessons, and nothing has changed. We now offer the option to form your own private group with family, friends or neighbors you know. Additionally, another option is the parent & child class, with appropriate spacing between families in the pool, where kids receive instruction from a teacher on the deck. We are monitoring and strictly adhering to all local, state and federal guidelines regarding levels of occupancy and the number of people that are allowed in gatherings so we can continue to be the healthiest, happiest pool in town.
Julie grew up in a military family and traveled a lot as a kid. Her summers were spent in Mexico City with her grandmother. Spanish was her first language, followed by English at the age of 5. Her family settled in San Antonio and Julie has been there ever since. She studied at UTSA and received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Julie believes in continuous development and is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Bilingual Counseling Certificate. Julie never thought she’d end up in the swim industry- she never even knew it was as big as it is, but now she can’t see herself anywhere else! She started off in December of 2012 as a swim instructor and quickly became an Aquatic Director opening a new school in January of 2014. She is now opening the Alamo Ranch location and is excited to see where her future will lead her at Emler Swim School!
The people I get to interact with every day makes working for Emler a treat! I love my team, my families and my kiddos. I love to be able to build such genuine, fun-loving relationships with so many people that are all focused on the same goal! It truly makes coming to work a fun and exciting part of my life.
I think my ability to adapt to any situation I face makes me a great site director. I don’t always know all the answers and I am not afraid to admit that. I am always trying to learn more, do more and improve myself and my team. My passion for growth, in myself and others, keeps me and my team motivated to always be the best we can be.
When I was little, I would spend every summer in Mexico City with my grandmother where she would take me to swimming lessons at the YMCA down there. I picked up swimming fairly quickly and remember being one of the youngest in a more advanced level! I was so excited to come home and get to show my mom everything I learned from swim lessons.
My favorite memory here at Emler was our opening party at the Alamo Ranch location! It was so great hanging out with the team and getting to know all the girls! I hadn’t met them prior to that day since I had just relocated to the Alamo Ranch location, but we all just clicked and it felt like family! I’m excited to grow and share in many more experiences with my team at AR!
During elementary school, I played in so many sports. One year during softball season I was hit by the ball on my finger and my finger nail broke off. It took weeks to heal and I was terrified to play again. I sat out for so long and was so scared to start. Every time my coach or mom would try to convince me to play, I’d refuse. But I was also so sad watching all of my friends play while I sat on the side and watched. Finally, my mom decided to help me practice with tennis balls and little by little I became more and more confident. When I finally decided to play again, my mom and grandmother were close by cheering me on and I was finally able to step into the game and play! It was so much fun! I couldn’t believe that I sat out for so long out of fear!
I absolutely adore it! I am always looking forward to seeing a new smiling face.
I love being outdoors; hiking, swimming, playing with my dog, and tanning.