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Emler Swim School of Southlake

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We are located in northern Tarrant county to offer swim lessons to the cities of Southlake, Colleyville, Grapevine, Westlake and Keller. You will find us inside the 280 Sports Complex behind the QT, off of Southlake Blvd. near the intersection of 114. We joined the community in 2009.

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director Amanda Potter

Amanda Potter

Amanda grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. As a child she took swim lessons at Emler, when outdoor pools were still being used for instruction. Following her graduation from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, she traveled all over the country pursuing various interests with the National Park Service and Girl Scouts. Amanda returned to Texas to work on another passion – professional baking. Several years later, she missed working with children and families, so she was glad to return to Emler in 2017 as a Customer Service Representative at the Flower Mound facility. Now, she is so excited to be the Site Director at the Southlake location. Amanda’s love of the water doesn’t stop at Emler – she is also scuba certified and loves to dive!

 

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Q+A with Amanda

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

Seeing the smiling faces of so many children excited to swim is one of the best parts of working for Emler! My staff also makes this job such a blessing. Every day we get to help kids reach new milestones and provide a fun and safe learning environment and that is pretty special.

What do you believe makes you a great site director?

I’m very fun-focused because I want everyone to have as much of a good time when they come into our facility as I do! By sharing that joy, we are able to create a happy and safe space that’s ideal for learning. My team also knows I love to turn challenges into opportunities and I am always ready to go the extra mile our families and our staff.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

I always loved being in the water and remember never wanting to get out. My biggest triumph was finally getting the courage to jump off the high dive at our local pool – a longstanding fear of mine!

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

One of my most rewarding memories is of a young swimmer in the Advanced Beginners program who was quite timid about swimming to the island without holding my hand. One day I brought her a little toy elephant, and shared that he would help her be brave if she held onto him. It worked, and she swam without holding me! The next week, the elephant stayed on the edge of the pool and watched her be brave. Toward the end of the semester when she was swimming amazingly well, she brought the elephant back to me, saying that she didn’t need him anymore and I should give him to a new student to help them be brave. That moment still brings tears to my eyes!

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

I was terrified of rollercoasters and amusement park rides when I was young, and always had to wait with one of my parents. As I grew older, I saw how much fun people were having and I didn’t want to miss out anymore! One day, I made the decision to ride all of the rollercoasters at Six Flags AND IT WAS SO FUN! I couldn’t believe how much I had been missing, being afraid of the unknown.

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