Learning to swim builds confidence and self-esteem

EmBe has spent almost 90 years teaching people to swim in Sioux Falls and the region. If you grew up in Sioux Falls, its likely that your parents or grandparents spent time in the EmBe pool. Whether your child is starting their first lesson or you’re training for a triathlon, we can help you learn the skills you need to be successful. At EmBe, our goal is to teach people how to be safe in, on and around the water.

In addition to teaching folks to swim, EmBe has been taking people’s love for the water and helping them turn it into a career for decades. With a variety of courses aimed at training the best aquatics instructors in the region, we are an integral part of the aquatics community in Sioux Falls.

Pool Calendar

Updated daily. For questions about swimming schedule or information on reserving pool time, call (605) 336-3660.

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Our Aquatics Programs


Water Fitness Classes

For those members that like to keep a record of their swim miles, participate in our “Swim & Stay Fit” program.


Junior Lifeguard Camp

Designed for kids ages 11 to 14, Junior Lifeguard Camp introduces kids to the foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for a future career as a lifeguard.

Aquatics Jobs

EmBe has been training lifeguards and swim instructors for decades. If you are whistle worthy, go to our career page for the latest aquatics postings: lifeguard, water safety instructor, or lifeguard trainer. Check back often for seasonal opportunities.

Community Parters & Resources

Sioux Falls Swim Team is a USA Swimming year round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.

GreatLife is the fitness partner for EmBe. EmBe offers a full range of fitness equipment plus access to our 25 yard swimming pool. Find out more about GreatLife memberships.

Olympics Swimming has been in the Olympic Games since 1896. The very first Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1904. Women’s swimming became Olympic in 1912 at the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been part of every edition of the Games. The men’s and women’s programs are almost identical, as they contain the same number of events, with only one difference: the freestyle distance is 800 meters for women and 1,500 meters for men.







Pool Rental

The EmBe pool is available to rent for swim meets and celebrations of all kinds! Have your next club meeting, birthday party, church gathering at EmBe! Pool rental requires an adult to child ratio of 1:10 and that an EmBe lifeguard be on duty.

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Financial Assistance

EmBe financial assistance provides for the needs of youth, families and individuals who cannot afford the full cost of EmBe memberships and programs. EmBe is committed to being accessible to all, and works hard to support those who may be in challenging financial situations.

Scholarship Application

Latest EmBe News

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Can you empower women and families with a donation?

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts our community more and more each day. Suspending program offerings and decreasing demand for childcare are impacting our organization. We ask you to consider a donation to EmBe so that we can respond to urgent community needs like childcare scholarships and employment resources. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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Click here to learn more about EmBe’s Program Scheduling changes due to COVID-19.



While EmBe’s childcare operation is reopening with limited services on March 30, EmBe’s offices are closed.

Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238