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Ms. Emma’s Swim and Survival Academy

Ms. Emma believes that your child will not only learn the skills to survive an aquatic problem but will also gain the confidence to use these skills to have a fun and safe swim experience.

WHY CHOOSE MS. EMMA?

Ms. Emma’s Swim and Survival Academy specializes in creating safe, individualized swimming lessons for infants to adults. Throughout the past 17 years Ms.Emma has taught thousands of children these life-saving skills through positive reinforcement, toys and games. She is 100% committed to ensuring that your child is completely safe in the water, this is not her job, it’s her passion!

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Dedicated Swim and Survival Instructor

  • Give your child the competence, confidence and skills of aquatic safety with these life-saving lessons with Ms. Emma.

  • Children as young as 6 months old and up can learn the skills to save themselves.

  • Specialized in creating safe, individualized swimming lessons.

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Reviews From Parents

  • positive review  We have had an amazing experience with Miss Emma! We were at another swim school for 14 months with no improvement! My son could not swim or float at all after all that money spent! Within 4 weeks with Miss Emma he can swim-float-swim and save his own life! I am so grateful to have found her for my son’s safety!

    Jennifer Fairfax Spurrier Avatar Jennifer Fairfax Spurrier
    April 23, 2019

    positive review  Being a, what I’d like to call, “typical Florida parent” who’s very aware of water exposure EVERYWHERE, I was adamant to get my daughter and, soon after, son into a pool as quickly as I could. Now, I’m not an avid swimmer nor do I have great teaching skills related to swim. So I began the search of who’d best be suited to do so. After about 3-4 not so ideal connections, I decided to check out Ms. Emma. I discovered her via a friend whose sons went from one-“water terrified” and the other-“water fearless” to water babies-safety, swimming laps around the other. I was made a believer within the first week of lessons with both of my children. We’ve since returned yearly to strengthen technique and confidence within the water. I love how Ms Emma is direct and stern yet is gentle and encouraging with children of varying ages and experience levels. She gives specific instructions and expectations to both parents as well as the student to consider both when in and outside the water. I also love how her lessons are first concentrated on the skill and necessity of survival then graduates to stroke lessons with consideration of technique and readiness. Her sessions are short yet consistent as they are a daily 10 minute lesson at 4 day segments. I highly recommend Ms Emma because of her passion and expertise in what she does, her dedication to her students/families, and the confidence and skills she imparts to them. There are so many different people and programs and places to choose from when it comes to teaching your children water safety and swim lessons. I’ve experienced many but none better than Ms Emma’s Swim and Survival Academy. I recommend her highly and without question. My family is lucky to have her.

    Christine Evon Petschel Avatar Christine Evon Petschel
    May 29, 2019

    positive review  We love Ms Emma and are so thankful our girls had lessons with her. We are very impressed with the progress we have seen with our girls in such a short amount of time. They learned their survival skills at ages 2 and 3 in less than a month. They went from hating to get water in their eyes to swimming and floating in no time. I'm always asked "Is it hard to watch" and "isn't that expensive?!" My response is that it's nothing like the you tube videos where you see the kids getting thrown in so no- I don't have a hard time watching AND you can not put a price on your child's life. Knowing they know what to do if they fell into a pool,pond, ocean...whatever is priceless-worth every penny.

    Katie Rathgeb Avatar Katie Rathgeb
    May 19, 2019
  • positive review  Ms. Emma is amazing and really cares about teaching water safety and survival. My son had lessons at a popular chain location and a private instructor before we came to Ms. Emma. To say he was terrified to swim was an understatement, after his first lesson he eased up due to Emma’s firm but warm teaching style. In a few short weeks he was swimming on his own. We came back this year for a refresher and while we have not spent more than a handful of days near a pool he remembered everything she taught him a year before and is now diving into pools on his own. I started lessons with the intent of my son being able to rescue himself if an accident occurred and it has grown into a love for the water. He is excited to go to class and asked many times throughout the year to see Ms. Emma. Her new nickname to me is the “swim whisperer”.

    Kelsy Robinson Avatar Kelsy Robinson
    May 18, 2019

    positive review  I cannot say enough amazing things about Ms. Emma!!! My son started with her last summer. He was 2.5 years old. He learned so much from her, I was so amazed. It is amazing and impressive that it only takes ten minutes, four times a week and they can learn so much. He just did his refresher class about a month ago. We have been to the pool a few times since then and I no longer worry about him falling in and him not knowing how to swim and float. Pool time is so much more fun now. I cannot recommend Ms. Emma enough. She is amazing and my son loves her!

    Siobhan Silva Avatar Siobhan Silva
    May 18, 2019

    5 star review  We are so ecstatic about our choice of going with Ms. Emma! She is so wonderful to work with and very accommodating with our schedule. Additionally, she is SO communicative about cancelled/postponed lessons which is huge when it comes to the unreliable Florida weather. Our 3-year-old talks about swim and Ms. Emma for days after each lesson, and we are so glad we didn't go anywhere else. I'm going to be sad when they're done for the season lol Perfect choice; highly recommended!

    Natalie Danielle Avatar Natalie Danielle
    September 21, 2017
  • 5 star review  My 19 month old daughter just finished her lessons with Ms. Emma and I couldn't be happier! Ms. Emma was so great with her and my daughter is now safe around water, what a blessing and relief!!! Thank you Ms.Emma!!!

    Celisse Brooks Smith Avatar Celisse Brooks Smith
    July 21, 2017

    5 star review  You are just such an amazing swimming instructor. Thanks for everything you are teaching our little girl. Such amazing results in few weeks. Thank you for teaching safety first and always Xoxoxoxoxoxo

    Aline Bauer Avatar Aline Bauer
    June 15, 2018

    positive review  My daughter has been going to Emma since she was 2 ½ years old. We tried the traditional group swim lessons but didn’t feel our daughter was learning enough as she sat on the wall and got incremental opportunities to learn some techniques. We have a pool and needed lessons that would teach her to save herself in the event of an accident. When we started with Emma we saw results almost IMMEDIATELY and our daughter was able to go from swim to float properly by the end of week 2. The peace of mind these lessons gave my husband and I are invaluable. Emma also gave my daughter so much confidence in her ability to swim and a healthy dose of respect for the water. At 5 years old my daughter is now working on stroke lessons, can swim to the deep end of the pool to get toys, and save herself in an emergency. Hire Emma, she is worth EVERY PENNY and please know I don’t normally write reviews but if this one saves one child’s life it will be worth it.

    Sarah Godwin Avatar Sarah Godwin
    May 18, 2019
  • positive review  Ms. Emma was the best decision we ever made for our 3 year old son. He started with her just before his 2nd birthday and was absolutely terrified of the water. Her knowledge and confidence made me feel extremely comfortable in “ trusting the process”. Sure enough my son now loves her and the water! We will be back every year to swim with her without a doubt! Thank you Ms. Emma for keeping my boy safe!

    Jenna Ann Avatar Jenna Ann
    May 19, 2019

    5 star review  Miss Emma is someone we will remember forever. I thought our 3.5 year old who hated getting her face wet would be a challenge. Our daughter was swimming on day 1 and "graduated" in 4 weeks. There were tears along the way (which is normal) but Miss Emma's calm and direct style eased the nerves. Now our daughter loves the water and I feel better knowing she has the skills necessary to float and swim if she were to ever fall into a pool/lake.

    Christina Koster Avatar Christina Koster
    September 29, 2018

    5 star review  So thankful for Ms. Emma's swim instruction. Thanks to her my almost 3yr old daughter had a wonderful, safe and fun summer in the water. She has always been confident in the water, but now she also has the skills to match her confidence. She absolutely loves swimming and showing off her new found floating and swimming skills. Thank you Emma!!

    Natalie Haskedakes Avatar Natalie Haskedakes
    October 3, 2017
  • positive review  We did survival swim with our 14 month old. He was floating on his own after 4 days of lessons!! So amazed at how easy and natural these life saving skills were for him to learn. After “graduating” his survival lessons we went on vacation. During vacation our then 15 month old was playing in the pool on a sun shelf, as he was moving around he walked off the step and fell head first under water. Even though we were there to save him, it was not needed, he flipped over to his float before we could grab him, so amazing to see! Highly recommend survival swim and swim lessons with Ms. Emma. Both of our boys have done survival swim and my oldest (who is 3) is already learning strokes. So thankful our family can enjoy the water and not fear it. Teaching your children the life saving skill of how to survive in the water is priceless.

    Beth Coffman Avatar Beth Coffman
    May 20, 2019

    positive review  My son just turned 5 and wouldn’t get his face wet in the pool, so that’s when I decided he needed to go to Ms. Emma. I was really impressed with her techniques and the fact that she communicated with me as well during the lesson to make sure everyone was comfortable. After 4 weeks of survival lessons, my son passed his water tests and loves swimming now. The following summer we enrolled in her refresher course to get ready for pool season again. I would highly recommend her for any age!

    Andrea Barry Avatar Andrea Barry
    May 21, 2019

    positive review  In just 6 weeks, my 2,5 year old daughter learned how to safe herself in the water. She absolutely loves Ms Emma. And so do I. I highly recommend her to anyone with children!

    Kimberley Asante Avatar Kimberley Asante
    August 14, 2019
  • positive review  We are SO thankful that several of our friends recommended Ms. Emma for survival swim lessons! We have 2 graduates. 3 year old girl and 11 month old boy. Both experiences were wonderful. Ms. Emma is a natural at creating a bond with the kids (and parents!) and she is incredibly skilled in teaching the survival swim techniques. In addition, Ms. Emma does a fantastic job communicating schedules and accommodating changes wherever possible.

    Katie Baston Avatar Katie Baston
    May 20, 2019

    positive review  Ms. Emma has been instrumental in teaching both of our boys how to swim. Her consistent instruction is very effective, and she is also able to creatively respond if the kids lose focus. We are confident in their ability to swim now because of Ms. Emma’s approach to safety and the swimming techniques she taught to them.

    Vanessa Petrisko Avatar Vanessa Petrisko
    July 21, 2019

    positive review  I can’t say enough wonderful things about Ms. Emma and her program. After six weeks our daughter can swim float swim and is growing more confident each day in the water. Her approach is awe inspiring and I can’t recommend what she does enough! This vital skill is so important and I’m glad we found her. I’m already looking forward to my daughter’s lessons next summer. Thank you Ms. Emma!!

    Anjoli Hill Avatar Anjoli Hill
    July 20, 2019
  • positive review  Ms. Emma was absolutely amazing with our son! Before beginning classes with her he was afraid of the water and wouldn’t even allow us to carry him around the pool. He really felt comfortable with her from the start and made incredible changes over the weeks we saw her. I can’t wait to take him back to learn strokes. Worth the investment!!

    Ana Coddington Avatar Ana Coddington
    May 14, 2018

    positive review  Our family highly recommends Ms. Emma and we are so thankful that we found her swim academy. Our daughter went from being scared to get her head in the water to being excited to swim in less than 3 weeks, but the most important thing is that now she can save her own life in the water. We will start our infant son with Ms. Emma as soon as he’s old enough next season.

    Shelley Powers Avatar Shelley Powers
    May 19, 2019

    5 star review  The best instructor in the area. I have a son, who got accepted into swim team, by the age he was 4.5, because he swam with Ms Emma.

    Як Тат Avatar Як Тат
    June 25, 2017
  • positive review  My kiddos went from not being able to swim to swimming with confidence in a short amount of time. She is wonderful.

    Andrea Johnston Avatar Andrea Johnston
    July 25, 2019

    positive review  If you want the best, most qualified swimming instructor in town, I HIGHLY recommend Ms. Emma!!! Both of my children have taken lesson with her, that is why I can attest to how wonderful Ms Emma truly is. She was able to provide my kids with the knowledge and swimming skills that they can have for the rest of their life. Her skills as an instructor are truly amazing; to witness what these children can accomplish in such a short time is clearly evident that her approach works. She is patient/loving/firm/ with the children; her lessons are about quality not quantity Within 10min 4 times a week I guarantee that you will see a change with your child.

    Rusmieah Mimi Samad Avatar Rusmieah Mimi Samad
    June 7, 2019

    positive review  Ms. Emma has been nothing short of amazing working with our 1.5 year old daughter. She is consistent, compassionate, and clear with children (and the adults who care for + love them). Our daughter has QUICKLY learned essential skills to save her life and we plan to continue learning, maintaining, and perfecting these vital skills. Spending the time and money is MORE than worth it to keep our daughter alive--especially in and around so much water in Florida. Thank you, Ms. Emma for your passion for teaching and saving our children!

    Anna Harwick Branca Avatar Anna Harwick Branca
    June 8, 2019
  • positive review  Ms Emma is simply amazing! She has only been working with my 2 1/2 year old grandson for 2 weeks and he has progressed far more than we expected in such a short amount of time. Her passion for what she does is undeniable. She is extremely patient and caring.

    Michelle Reina Jasinski Avatar Michelle Reina Jasinski
    May 21, 2019

    positive review  Absolutely one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. There are people who are good at what they do, and then here are the people who are downright incredible- and Ms. Emma is one of those people. My son was terrified of putting his face in the water and tried to swim with a bizarre kicking motion that actually pulled him under water. On the first day he was putting his face in the water- now he swims, floats, and enjoys himself. Don’t think twice, just sign your kids up- it’s more than worth it! We will absolutely be coming back next year with both kids!!

    Ashley Hessbrook Avatar Ashley Hessbrook
    July 9, 2019

    positive review  Not only can my daughter float on her back, but she can swim to safety, all in six week! Taking her to Ms Emma was the best decision. She went from crying going into the water to being excited to go in the water, all in a matter of days. We had many recommendations and I can see why, she is the best! So grateful to her helping keep my daughter stay safe in the water. We will continue to go back every year. I would recommend Ms Emma to all parents that want their kids to learn real survival skills.

    Marien Pons Avatar Marien Pons
    May 18, 2019
  • positive review  Ms. Emma is incredible. My daughter is only two years old and went from being afraid of the water to floating and swimming to safety in only six weeks. Since Ms. Emma's swimming lessons, I've taken my daughter to the community pool and everyone is astonished with how well she swims at such a young age. One parent was explaining that they'd taken their child to another swim school and even after six months of swim school, their child couldn't swim nearly as well as my daughter. Ms. Emma is one of the best investments I've ever made for my child. She's tough, but incredibly friendly, and just an amazing swim instructor. If you are reading this and on the fence about whether to book swim classes with Ms. Emma or not, take it for me, she's worth it. Being a Florida resident, you cannot afford to have children that don't know how to swim. There is too much water around and accidents can occur. Ms. Emma is not only a true professional, she is contributing to the preservation of your child's life.

    Dre Fournier Avatar Dre Fournier
    June 8, 2019

    positive review  Ms. Emma has been a God send to us. My daughter was 9 months when we started her in the survival class. Within 2 days she had figured out at least how to get herself over and to air. We have pools at many of our family members houses and it's a breathe of fresh air to know that heaven forbid she gets away without noticing that she can save herself. We cannot say enough amazing things about our experience and will be back to learn how to swim when she is able to.

    Kelly Beach Avatar Kelly Beach
    May 18, 2019

    positive review  Hands down one of the best investments we’ve ever made. I brought my firstborn to Ms. Emma when he was 2 years old and I became worried that he was scarily confident around the pool. She patiently worked with him for 5 weeks and he was broken of bad habits and learned that swimming can be fun once one is taught safety. We returned to her for 3 years and then moved on to swim strokes in swim team. Our infant daughter recently nailed her float flawlessly with her Emma’s help. I tell parents that are hesitant that this is much like “sleep training” some kids cry because they have to learn a new skill. In this case it’s one that could save their life one day 🙏

    Laura Kallmann Avatar Laura Kallmann
    May 18, 2019

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