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Emler Swim School of Austin – Westlake

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Emler Westlake is centrally located to serve the communities of Austin, Circle C Ranch, Steiner Ranch, Barton Hills and Lost Creek. We joined the community in 2011.

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.

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Schedule and Pricing

  • Summer 2020

SUMMER 2020

Call or fill out the registration form to inquire about schedule and pricing – our dedicated staff is ready to get you signed up today!

*Monthly payment plans available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are you doing to keep everyone safe and healthy?

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.

Are pools safe to swim in during COVID?

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.

Do parents or children have to wear masks in the pool?

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.

What are your class ratios?

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.

director Megan Lantz

Megan Lantz

Megan was born and raised in Austin, TX. She always knew she wanted to work with children and even wrote “teacher” in her kindergarten yearbook as what she wanted to be when she grew up. At 15 years old, Megan started lifeguarding at the local City of Austin pools and fell in love with the aquatics industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Edward’s University in 2014, the same year she started with Emler Swim School. Since then, she has managed 8 locations and launched 5 in the Houston area. Our Westlake location is where Megan’s journey began and she could not be more proud to return home.

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Q+A with Megan

What is the best part about working for Emler every day?

I love the unpredictability! When working with children, you never work the same day twice.

What do you believe makes you a great site director?
I genuinely enjoy coming to work every day and building a team. While each teacher has their own classes, I pride myself on making sure they all feel connected.
Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.
My parents taught me to be safe around the water, but I never actually took formal swim lessons. As a lifeguard in high school, it became very clear to me how important they are and how lifesaving they can be.
What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?
In my second year, I started teaching a little girl named Chloe. She was in my class from when she was about 8 months old and we became pretty good friends. A little after she turned two, Chloe had gone fishing with her grandfather and fell off of the dock. Her grandfather couldn’t reach her to pull her out, but because we practiced Jump Turn Swim every week Chloe knew exactly what to do. Chloe thought it was fun and swam right back to the bank. She came in the next week so proud to tell me about how she went “swimming” with grandpa. Talking to Chloe’s mother and realizing that without our practice together, she may not have been there to tell me about it changed my world. I had known that swim lessons were important for years, but this was the first time that I was able to experience it for myself.
Share a childhood memory when you were brave and overcame fear.
When I was in third grade, we had a winter musical for all of the parents. I got picked to play Snowshoe Bunny and was pumped for my “leading role”. I practiced my lines for weeks while my mother made my costume. The night came and I walked into that auditorium with my head held high. That is until I saw the massive crowd and immediately forgot all of my lines. I was so scared and just wanted to run off the stage. I looked over to the side and both of my parents were shouting my lines for me. After a few sentences, I caught my stride and started dancing to the music. It made for quite the video and taught me that public speaking wasn’t scary at all. It was fun!

John Mazurek

John Mazurek

Aquatic Director

Q+A with John

Why do you love working with kids?

Working with children enables me to check out of the chaotic life of an adult that we face these days.

What do you enjoy outside of working at Emler?

I am an avid musician and play more than 9 instruments. I also always love a good video game!