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Emler Swim School of Bay Club-Portland-Tigard

Change Location

Emler Swim School is excited to announce a partnership with Bay Club. This partnership will allow Emler Swim School to use the indoor pool at the Bay Club (18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd / Tigard, OR 97224) to provide swim lessons. These will be full Emler lessons, utilizing Emler Teachers and the world-renowned Emler curriculum.

Ready to take a leap into swim lessons with us? Call, email or fill out this form and we will be glad to help assist you! Sign up today and experience what it means to be Emler Sure!

Schedule and Pricing

  • Pricing
Pricing varies depending upon the class you choose, when you sign up and how you choose to pay. There are three easy ways to determine your fees.
1) Click HERE to fill out the New Swimmer Registration Form.  Someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours to answer all your questions.
2) Call 855-232-2006 and Press Option 1 to speak with an Emler Enrollment Expert.
3) Login to the parent portal.  Click HERE and then choose your preferred location.  After this, prompts will take you through the enrollment and payment process.
Got Questions?  Join us for one of our LIVE online Information Sessions.  Click HERE to sign up.

Refund Policy

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:

  • Refunds will be issued to any active-duty military customer who requests a refund and provides evidence of permanent change of station (PCS) orders occurring during the registered semester.

Learn more about Pricing and Payments by visiting the FAQs page on our website.

Makeup Lesson Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

When should kids start swim lessons?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting swim lessons at age 1 as a layer of drowning prevention. Emler recommends starting swim lessons as early as possible, and reiterates that it is never too late for someone to learn to swim.

Emler offers its low-cost Bathtime Babies class for newborns 2 months to 5 months old to teach parents how to use bath time to bond and help little ones become familiar and comfortable with water play, and Waterbabies classes for kiddos 6 months to 35 months.

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.

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.

How can I learn more about swim lessons?

You can get in touch with us in many different ways – call 855-232-2006, fill out this form or sit in on a virtual live information session that guarantees there won't be any phone tag. We host them on Zoom at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central, Monday through Thursday. You can have your camera turned on or off, whatever you're most comfortable with! Sign up here.

How To Prepare Your Kids For a Lifetime of Swimming Safety

1. Start teaching kids water safety early.

Teaching kids to swim needs to happen as early as possible to prevent the risk of accidental drowning. Formal swim lessons result in an 88% reduction in drowning risk for children ages 1 to 4, studies have found, and children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, according to the CDC. At Emler Swim School, safety is our top priority and why we are so passionate about teaching swim lessons. We want to empower children and their families with the water safety information they need to protect themselves.

2. Teach kids in a supportive environment.

Evidence tells us that children learn best in encouraging, supportive environments. At Emler Swim School, we create a warm, safe atmosphere to help children feel free to explore and try new things that may scare them initially. We know some children find the water daunting and we want to do everything we can not only to help them feel comfortable in the water but also enjoy swimming and playing in the pool.

3. Make swimming lessons fun with positive reinforcement.

Songs, games and playing make-believe are part of the curriculum. Progress is measured and milestones are celebrated, both big and small. Through encouraging words and high-fives during every class, learning to swim is as fun as possible. While safety is our number one priority, students also learn a love for the water.

4. Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Just like any skill or sport, perfect practice makes perfect. In the case of water safety, proper swimming and safety skills become muscle memory. The more a child is doing a specific activity, the more it becomes an instant reaction. If a little one finds themself unexpectedly in water, it is ideal for their instincts and muscle memory to take over without much conscious effort. One of the most popular lesson days at Emler is when the kids jump in the pool with all their clothes on so they know what it feels like to be in water in something other than bathing suits. They then turn around to the wall for a safe exit.

5. Celebrate progress!

Both small and large achievements are celebrated, as mentioned earlier. For some kids, putting their face in the water is a big step forward, so we recognize and applaud this. We have informal and formal ways of marking progress, from showering the little swimmers with praise to providing ribbons of completion at the end of a level. At Emler, swimming is made as fun and rewarding as possible while teaching the basics of water safety so all the kiddos feel confident around water.

director Cullette Sommers

Cullette Sommers

I have spent the last 25 years in the hospitality industry, with restaurants, golf courses and event planning. I was raised in the pool. I was fortunate to experience many exciting opportunities because of swimming. Today you will find my household very involved with USA Swimming, as my twin boys swim competitively for the Hillsboro HEAT, my husband of fifteen years is an official certified to work at meet levels up to the Olympic Trials, and I have kept busy with volunteering as the president of their swim team’s board. Our daughter has taken the path of making us a two-sport family, as she is involved with a competitive boxing team!

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Q+A with Cullette

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

Working at Emler has been a wonderful experience. I enjoy seeing children grow in confidence with their swimming skills. I am excited to see what their next steps in their swimming journey will be. Working with the families and finding the best fit for students is a highlight of the job.

What do you believe makes you a great general manager?

I have experience working with a team in other management positions. This experience has allowed me to bring those skills to work with the Emler team. And that is exactly what we are, a team. We are a team that works together to help children and families conquer the skill of water safety and swimming.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

I was swimming for the Las Vegas Gold for many years. I remember doing well in a certain race and my coach, Bob, was so excited he pulled me out of the water to give me a hug. This is just one example of how swimming helped me become the person I am today.

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

I am loving the relationships I am building with the staff and families. Swimming has always been an extended family for me, and I am fortunate that the family has grown even more.

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

As a young adult, I worked for a church and had to overcome my fear of public speaking. Each weekend I would address 3,500 families. This is something I never saw myself doing. It was hard, but I am proud of myself for pushing through.

Erin Ladearious

Erin Ladearious

Operations Manager

Q+A with Erin

Why do you love working with children?

I love seeing the confidence in kiddos grow as they learn new swim skills. Being a part of the moment they realize they can do more than they thought they could is really special to me.

What do you enjoy doing outside of working at Emler?

I love getting outdoors, spending time at the beach, and playing volleyball with my friends.