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Emler Swim School of Portland-Beaverton Washington Square

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Emler Swim School is excited to expand our fins and make a splash into the Portland, Oregon area! We are now open in Beaverton – and we can’t wait to meet you!

Looking to register for swim lessons? We’d love to have you splash with us! You can call, email, or fill out this form and we can help sign you up today! Come find out 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. You can login to the parent portal. Go to emlerswimschool.com and click on the Log In button in the upper right corner. Prompts will take you through the enroll and pay process. Pricing will populate in the Cart for your review before you add a payment method.
  2. You can 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.
  3. Call 855-232-2006 to speak with an Emler Enrollment Expert.

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

  • Makeup tokens will be issued for missed classes.

  • Makeup tokens are limited to 1 per month regardless of the number of absences in that month.

  • Makeup tokens can be redeemed for any open spot in your class level no more than 6 days in advance.

  • Due to our low instructor to student ratio, we cannot guarantee the availability of make-up classes.

  • Makeup tokens will expire 30 days from the issue date.

  • Makeup tokens will not be re-issued for missed makeup lessons.

  • No refund will be issued for unused tokens.

  • All unused makeup tokens will expire on your drop date if withdrawing from classes.  (with the exception of tokens issued for drops)

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.

director Alona Fowler

Alona Fowler

Email Alona

Q+A with Alona

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

The best part about working for Emler everyday is interacting with kiddos and seeing their progression on a daily basis, seeing their smiles and excitement when they’ve reached a milestone and witnessing parents (at times with tears in their eyes) as they see their little ones reach those milestones.

What do you believe makes you a great general manager?

What makes me a great manager is my ability to build relationships by connecting on a personal level and having interactions with our families to celebrate their milestone moments with them on an individual basis. I firmly believe that creating solid relationships is one of the most important parts of our role in this world.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

During my time in rec swim lessons when I grew up in California, children were given the opportunity to jump off of the diving board as a reward for passing the program. I remember my parents telling me about how “graceful” my jump was because at the time I was a competitive gymnast. I didn’t realize that a jump could be considered “graceful!”

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

My favorite memory so far is with a child that started in our Waterbabies program last session and had a really hard time not crying, even with mom, which kept him from progressing. He turned 3 at the start of the spring session and went into Aquatots, but his anxiety increased exponentially as mom was no longer in the water with him. Each week we tried a new tactic to get him comfortable and week by week, he would allow teachers small moments of cooperation, but even then, mom and dad had to be out of the sight of the child and couldn’t enjoy those small achievements. Last week was a breakthrough moment – he not only allowed mom and dad to be on deck watching him but he had his first official submersion, did not cry when he came out of the water and was excited to stay in his class! Mom was in tears. After months of struggle, this child had what we at Emler call “when magic happens.” Those moments are what make my part in these family’s lives essential, taking part of watching a life-saving skill begin to take shape is truly the most rewarding part of my job.

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

I grew up living on a sailboat in the most northern coastal town in California (Crescent City). During a heavy gale, the spreader on the top of our mast broke and my dad told me I was the only one small enough to be hoisted up to be able to fix it. I naturally have a fear of heights and so just the mere thought of being pulled up the mast, which is 28 feet up into the air hovering above the ocean gave me a major tummy ache. I hesitantly sat down on the small wooden seat, held onto the the ropes, and my dad pulled me up, checking in with me every few minutes. I distinctly remember praying the entire way up for protection. Once I got to the top, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had been so scared of the height and potential of falling that I wasn’t paying attention to what was around me. I could see a panoramic view of the lighthouse, castle rock (a large rock island near our favorite surf spot), the mountainous redwood forest and the city. Although it was incredibly scary, it ended up being one of my greatest memories of not only facing something extremely frightening and overcoming fear, but witnessing one of the most beautiful sights of my gorgeous childhood town.


Korena Jarmarillo

Korena Jarmarillo

Operations Manager

Q+A with Korena

Why do you love working with kids?

I love working with children because they are so honest! You never know what they are going to say. Children have so much potential!! When I am around children it feels like they are bundles of joy.

What do you enjoy outside of working at Emler?

My favorite thing to do when I am not at work is to take walks with my dog. She is a mini doberman mix with big doberman energy!! Once we finish our walks we generally like to lay in the sun! Me in my hammock and Ronnie right below me on the grass for a nap!