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History

Founded by Jan Emler in 1975, Emler Swim School has taught thousands of swimmers since its early days giving swimming lessons in a backyard swimming pool. Today, we teach over 30,000 students every year the life-saving skills they need to stay safe in the water, using a time-tested curriculum  that helps every swimmer gain confidence and achieve their goals.

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Jan, who began her career in swimming instruction at the age of 13 as a lifeguard and swim teacher at the YWCA in Kansas City, has devoted almost 40 years to her students and the swim school, and remains actively involved with every one of Emler’s swim schools. She has also taken Emler Swim School’s award-winning curriculum to other swim schools, working as a consultant to teach others the techniques that result in a 99 percent goal achievement rate at every level.

Jan is a charter member of the U.S. Swim School Association and a three-time member of its board of directors. She is also a frequent speaker at national and international aquatic education conferences.

Jan and Emler Swim School have won numerous awards for innovative teaching and exceptional leadership.

Nearly 40 Years of Emler Swim School History:

  • 1975 Jan marries Dave Emler and starts Emler Swim School.
  • 1976 Jan teaches in Arlington, Texas, backyard swimming pools.
  • 1977 Jan hires a staff to help teach swim lessons.
  • 1980 New Waterbabies curriculum is written.
  • 1981 Emler is teaching 500 students a summer.
  • 1983 Emler Swim School teaches summer lessons in seven backyard pools.
  • 1986 Emler is teaching 1,000 students a summer.
  • 1988 Emler becomes the first charter member of the National Swim School Association.
  • 1992 Emler’s first year-round swim facility opens in Arlington.
  • 1994 Emler operates four additional year-round programs in health clubs.
  • 1995 Emler hosts the National Swim School Association Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth.
  • 1998 Emler Swim School of Plano opens.
  • 1999 Emler Swim School of Colleyville opens.
  • 2000 Emler expands Plano location by adding second swimming pool.
  • 2001 Jan Emler receives the Guiding Light Award from National Swim School Association.
  • 2003 Seven swim schools throughout the country license the Emler curriculum.
  • 2004 Emler Swim School of Austin-Anderson Mill opens.
  • 2005 Emler Swim School of Preston Forest opens in Dallas.
  • 2007 Emler Swim School of Arlington moves to the Maverick Athletic Club.
  • 2009 Emler Swim School of Colleyville moves to Southlake.
  • 2010 Jan Emler enters the US Swim School Association Hall of Fame.
  • 2010 Emler Swim School of Frisco opens.
  • 2011 Emler Swim School of Austin-Westlake opens.
  • 2011 Keynote Speaker in ASTCA (Australia Swim Teachers and Coaches Association).
  • 2013 Emler Swim School of Allen opens.
  • 2014 Emler Swim School of Kansas City-Leawood opens.
  • 2016 Emler Swim School of Flower Mound opens
  • 2016 Emler Swim School of Sachse opens

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