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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  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  We did our refresher lessons this year with Ms. Emma and we loved it! I was afraid they didn’t know anything anymore and Ms. Emma had both of them swimming like fish in no time! She showed me the proper way to swim with them in the pool and we are all so much more confident around the water now! I would (and have) recommend Ms. Emma to everyone! Thank you Ms. Emma for the priceless peace of mind!!

    Kira McCourt Avatar Kira McCourt
    May 18, 2019

    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  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  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 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  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  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  We started with Ms Emma last year when my son was 1.5YO after getting nowhere with another swim program. Despite having some sensory issues, she was able to work with him successfully due to her patience and experience. We came back for refreshers this year and every day my son wakes up asking to see Ms Emma. We are so excited for him continue to grow with her and eventually do stroke lessons. Thank you Ms Emma for treating all your swim students like your own children.

    Abby Gannon Budd Avatar Abby Gannon Budd
    May 29, 2019
  • 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  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  Ms. Emma is just amazing! We took our 18 month old to her last year and Ms. Emma could tell she wasn't going to do well with swimming, so she taught her how to float for survival. Two weeks before we were due to resume lessons, eight months since she had been or practiced, we were in a pool and my daughter slipped off a step. I was right next to her and watched her flip onto her back and come to the surface. Now she is almost 2.5 years old and is swimming thanks to Ms. Emma! She notices every change and will tailor the lesson to your child, I couldn't recommend her enough!

    Kelly Parham Avatar Kelly Parham
    May 26, 2017
  • positive review  When I brought my four-year-old to Miss Emma she would not even go in the water. After just a couple weeks she was diving in the water, swimming, and playing with her friends. I would recommend Miss Emma to absolutely anybody!!

    J-jump Jennifer Avatar J-jump Jennifer
    May 26, 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 have been going to Ms Emma for almost 10 years! I take all my 6 kids, starting from when they can crawl to learn swim and survival from Ms Emma! They continue to go every summer for a refresher class and help with strokes. I feel very comfortable taking all my kids alone to any pool as I am confident that they have the skills to swim and survive since they have been taught by Ms Emma! She is a very patient, persistent and qualified teacher who knows how to teach even the most stubborn child and they all end up loving Ms Emma and swimming!! Thank you Ms Emma!!

    Chana Hinda Rivkin Avatar Chana Hinda Rivkin
    May 19, 2019
  • positive review  I cannot say enough about how important Ms. Emma’s swim lessons have been for both of my boys. It’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made! Having a 3.5 year old (been through 3 seasons) and a 2 year old (2 seasons) who both adore her, are comfortable in the water and can master their skills has been amazing. My older son is now using “big arms” in the pool and learning to breathe on his side. My younger son was a floater last year and now can’t get enough of swim-float-swim! Her natural, encouraging attitude is a testament to her knowledge in working with little ones. She is patient and consistent. We went from crying in the water to smiling and happy because she gave them confidence! I am proud as a parent to know that they are safe poolside.

    Haidee Weaver Avatar Haidee Weaver
    May 23, 2019

    positive review  5 weeks in and my 2 year old can completely swim and float on her own - it’s amazing. Ms Emma is wonderful and very patient yet direct with all the kiddos who fight it and whine (my own included ?)

    Hannah Fridley Avatar Hannah Fridley
    July 11, 2019

    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
  • 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

    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  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  i have taken both of my children to mrs emma and she is absolutely amazing. My 3 year old is going on her second year and she is swimming laps around me. My 15 month old finished her first season with mrs. emma and she is swimming and floating. Mrs. emma is very patient and very knowledgeable with what she is doing and works with your children as if they were her own. Not once was i nervous or anxious while watching her teach my children to not only survive but to also swim. i would recommend her to anyone amd everyone.

    Bryce Popple Amber Popple Avatar Bryce Popple Amber Popple
    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

    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
  • 5 star review  This is only the second week of lessons for our 18 month old son and we can already see the work paying off! Ms. Emma is so patient and makes not only me as the parent comfortable, but relaxed for my son as well. Swimming is a valuable skill for any child to learn. Here's a little note my son "wrote" for her on his second Monday: Ms. Emma, Even though I am crying every time I see you, I know it's good for me to be taking swim lessons. Thank you for teaching me! Mommy thinks it's hard to watch, but is excited about my progress! Love, Steven �

    Haidee Weaver Avatar Haidee Weaver
    March 28, 2017

    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

    positive review  Ms. Emma's teaching is caring and straight to the point. My daughter learnt how to survive in the water, then how to swim, in no time. I feel that Ms. Emma has her students' best interest at heart.

    Judith Jain Avatar Judith Jain
    May 28, 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

    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

    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

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