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Emler Swim School of Portland – Tualatin – Martinazzi Square

Change Location

Opening Week of February 20th, 2023!

Emler Swim School is excited to continue to make a splash in the Portland area, with a new location in Tualatin! We look forward to opening this location on the week of February 20th, 2023. Register TODAY!

Looking to register for swim lessons? Have questions for our team? We can help you with that!

Call: 855-232-2006, Email: Tualatin@emlerswimschool.com, or fill out this form!

We look forward to welcoming you and your family at Emler Swim School, where we provide Safety With A Splash of LOVE!



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

Hi, I’m Cullette! 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’sboard. 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 3500 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

Sarah Ballas

Sarah Ballas

Operations Manager