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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.

We’d love to find out more about how we can best serve you. Come by and take a free tour or go ahead and jump right in.

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Schedule and Pricing

  • Pricing

See pricing options below.  Once you are ready to enroll and find the schedule that best fits your schedule.  Either click HERE and fill out the form and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours.  Or call 855-232-2006 to speak with an Emler Sales Representative.

Emler Swim School provides guaranteed results in a semester of 18 lessons. The semester begins when you are ready and there are two ways to participate:

  • Once a week for 18 weeks
  • Twice a week for 9 weeks

Either pay in Full for the entire semester or make Installment payments.  Pricing options:

Best Deal – Pay Semester in Full

$425.16* / $23.62 per Class

*plus all applicable fees

Installment Plan

(The cost varies from month to month, depending on how many lessons occur that month, payments process on the 25th of each month, except December which is processed on the 19th)

$462.60* / $25.70 per Class

*plus all applicable fees

We also have private lessons available! Call for more info on private lessons.

Got Questions?  Join us for one of our LIVE on-line Information Sessions.  Click HERE to sign up.


Refund Policy

Emler will refund tuition (minus the processing fee) if given a two-week notice prior to the beginning of a new semester. Registration fees are not refundable.
In cases of medical emergencies, Emler Swim School will give credit for future swim lessons.



posted Sep14

Make-Up Lesson Dates

*Please go to the Parent Portal to sign up for class time on the date you plan on attending.*
$5.00 fee for each make-up class
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are you doing to keep everyone safe and healthy?

Safety has always been and will continue to be #1 at Emler. We’re doing what we’ve always done – followed or exceeded all local, state and federal guidelines – to protect not just your family but our employees as well.

We’re using CDC recommended cleaning products to wipe the facility every 30 minutes, and making hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. Instructors are wearing face shields in the pool, and we are requiring all adults out of the water to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses. Kids are not required to wear masks in the pool but those over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear them while they are not in a lesson.

We are allowing only one caretaker to accompany each little fishy, and chairs in the observation room and on the pool deck are spaced 6 feet apart. Employees are monitoring traffic in and out of the building to remind people about social distancing. Plus, we are taking staff temperatures within 5 minutes of the beginning of a shift. There is more information on our Health & Safety Protocols page.

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.

Do parents or children have to wear masks in the pool?

No one has to wear a mask in the water. Masks in the water are unsafe, which is why we would never require them. Plus, masks are ineffective when they’re wet. Our instructors instead wear face shields in the water.

All adults, including employees and caretakers, out of the water are required to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths. Kids are not required to wear a mask out of the water. However, children over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear a covering over their mouth and nose when entering and exiting the building or if they are not actively participating in a lesson.

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.

director Dennis Pawelski

Dennis Pawelski

Dennis Pawelski was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After college, Dennis moved to Orlando, Florida, where he worked as a Guest Engagement Manager for 11 years at a Resort and Waterpark. It was in May 2018 that Dennis moved to the DFW area and began working for Emler Swim School. He began as the Aquatics Director and was promoted to Site Director in April 2019.

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Q+A with Dennis

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

The best part of working for Emler is that I get to work with kids each and every day. There is no greater joy than seeing a child’s excitement when they learn new things and the fact that I get to be a part of that is an absolute privilege.

What do you believe makes you a great site director?

My passion for people and bringing out the best in them is what I feel makes me a great site director. I love nothing more than to develop team members into the very best version of themselves and then watch them succeed.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

My parents always called me a fish. They put me through swim lessons at the age of 4 and said that ever since, they couldn’t get me out of the water. As a child, I had my parents take me to the pool every day in summer. I loved diving for rings and pennies, and was obsessed with finding the pennies my dad used to throw in the pool. As I got older, swimming became a passion and led me to join competitive club teams – including my high school team – on which I swam all 4 years of high school.

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

There are too many, but if I have to share just one it would be the first time that I helped a child overcome his fear of the water. It was probably about 6 weeks into my career here at Emler. I had a student who screamed and cried from the time he entered the pool room until his mom simply gave up and took him home. His mom called the facility the next day and asked to talk to a manager. When I got on the phone, she told me he was just too scared, and she didn’t think it was a good idea to bring him back anymore. I shared with her the “magic” of week 3, and how I would be happy to spend one-on-one time with him, working to make this a fun experience for him. She agreed, and a few days later she brought him in. I met them in the observation room, then told him that I needed his help catching all the dinosaurs in pool. When he looked in the pool, he saw 7 dinosaurs sitting on turtles throughout the water. I’ll never forget how his eyes lit up and he said, “ok, let’s go get them.” From that day on, he had a new excitement for swimming and has been absolutely amazing in all of his classes.

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

The first time my parents enrolled me in swim lessons, I had an absolute fear of going underwater. I failed my swim test for my first set of lessons because I wouldn’t let the teacher take me underwater. My parents were extremely frustrated and disappointed. After several sets of lessons along with my parents’ hard work and encouragement that they believed I could do it, I finally decided to be brave, make them proud, and go underwater. Ever since, I believe I have found a home in the water!

Lacy Moehnke

Lacy Moehnke

Customer Service Manager

Q+A with Lacy

Why do you love working with kids?

Kids are so full of positive energy and they have the most contagious laughter to be around.  Outside of Emler I am a mom to two precious girls.  I love that I can come to work and have a family away from home, I love all of the kids here just like my own!

What do you enjoy outside of working at Emler?

Outside of Emler I enjoy being outside with my family.  We enjoy frequent trips to Possum Kingdom Lake and spending time together at the lake on our boat.  When it is not lake season, we enjoy going to car shows where my husband and father show off their projects they have built

Cambria Smith

Cambria Smith

Aquatic Director

Q+A with Cambria

Why do you love working with kids?
I love working with kids because the pure joy that they get when they see you just warms my heart and I love to teach them new things and watch them grow in their knowledge of water safety.
What do you enjoy outside of working at Emler?
The best part of working at Emler is the fact that when I come into work, it never feels like work. I love the culture and everyone working here, it feels like a family and a home away from home

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