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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

Once you are ready to enroll and find the class 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.

Either pay in Full for the entire semester of lessons or make installment payments.

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 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.


posted Jan14

Make-Up Lesson Dates

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
Saturday, May 1st, 2021
*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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posted Jan8

Swim Stations

Want more time in the pool at Emler to practice swimming? Swim Stations are here for you!

Click here to Book a Swim Station!

We know that your kiddo loves spending time at the pool at Emler Swim School, and you would love to be able to have more time to practice skills with your child – that’s where Swim Station comes in! You can easily book time in the water  so you and your child can have some one-on-one time in the water together.

This is not a class, and you will not have a teacher there with you – this is just time for you and your child to utilize our year-round heated pools at Emler so you can practice skills together. Please note that it is a requirement for an adult guardian to enter the pool per swimmer during your Swim Station time slot.

Interested in purchasing props to use in the pool for Swim Stations or for your own private use at home? Available by age level, or a la carte! Click here to check out our Props Packages! 

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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!

Cambria Smith

Cambria Smith

Operations Manager

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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