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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!



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.