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Emler Swim School of Katy

Change Location

Emler Swim School is excited to announce that we are expanding our fins and making a splash into Katy, Texas! We will be swimming into our new Katy location at the corner of 99 and Fry in Summer 2020 – stay tuned for more information!



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 Craig Courtney

Craig Courtney

Craig Courtney was born and raised in Dallas, Texas after college Craig began his career in management including positions with Macy’s, Express, and Formal Specialist LTD as a Sales Manager and a District Manager. Craig has been married to his wife Rae for 18 years, and they have a 13-year-old daughter.

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Q+A with Craig

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

I love seeing the progress of not just the children that are swimming with us, but also to see the teacher grow and become more confident. This is my favorite part of being with the Emler family.

What do you believe makes you a great site director?

I bring over twenty-five years of leadership experience to the table including hiring and developing talent. My main goal as Site Director is to maintain a strong relationship with our staff and our families. I do not succeed unless we all succeed.

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

With being new Emler, I am so impressed with the level of passion for teaching and making every guest and employee feel welcome. We have some of the most talented teachers and customer service reps that define the definition of customer service.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

I started swimming lessons when I was 10 at the local YMCA. I remember how amazing it felt to advance to the next level and earn my swim patch. This was one of my favorite summer memories.

Share a childhood memory when you were brave and overcame fear.

I was around 11 when I stepped on a small shark off a sand bar in Port Arkansas, I got some bite marks on my foot and more than anything I became afraid of the ocean. I thought “What if the next time I go in there is a larger shark?” Finally, after many trips to the beach and gradually going further into the water, I was comfortable at doing all water activities including surfing and snorkeling.