Our company vision for Coastal Swim Academy is to provide a safe environnment for babies and children to learn how to self rescue in an aquatic situation, while learning how to have fun in the water and build a life skill such as a love for swimming. Safety around water is the primary goal and it is paramount in the preparation of honing their survival skills, and their love for the water.
Certified ISR Master Instructor
Owner, Director of Operations and Lead Aquatics Director
My name is Emily Toungate, I am the owner and lead aquatics director of Coastal Swim Academy. I live and work in Pearland, Texas, along with my husband and five children. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and have been teaching survival swim lessons since 2013. Currently, I am a master instructor with ISR, and am the only master instructor in the greater Houston area. After a few years of teaching, ISR in my backyard pool, I felt a greater calling to reach more kids and offer these lessons in a climate controlled environment, all year around. I am super excited to offer ISR lessons along with a more traditional, learn to swim program all under one roof! This completely sets Coastal Swim Academy apart from all other swim programs in the area.
Why do I teach ISR, and feel passionate about water safety? Unfortunately, on August 14, 2007, my precious daughter, and twin sister, Mallory, slipped under the water and drowned at 14 months of age. The unthinkable happened to us, and we were devastated. She left behind a twin brother, and two older brothers. After a few years of healing, we were blessed with another daughter. A friend of mine called me and told me about these life-saving skills being taught to children ages 6 months to 6 years of age. I immediately called the local ISR instructor and enrolled my then 16-month-old daughter in lessons. After watching lessons for only one week, I knew what my mission was going to be. I wanted to be involved in teaching young children how to save themselves if they were to find the water alone. I believe that if Mallory had the skills to roll over and float, she would be with us today. Drowning does not discriminate, and it knows no season!
I step in the pool each day, knowing that I am making a difference in a child’s life and hopefully preventing a parent from experiencing the tragedy that my family had to endure. Mallory lives forever in my heart and I know her short time here on earth is far reaching and making a “huge splash”!
Certified ISR Instructor
Howdy! My name is Kim Scott, and I am a certified instructor for ISR, located in Pearland, Texas. I have been teaching ISR survival swim since 2017 and currently teach out of my home located at 3603 Oak Hollow Drive North, Pearland. You can sign up for lessons with me by visiting our team scheduler on the homepage. I look forward to working with your children!
Marketing Director and Office Coordinator
My name is Lam Todd and I am the Marketing Director and Office Coordinator at Coastal Swim Academy. I live in Pearland with my husband and I am a Mom to two very sweet little girls. My oldest daughter started with ISR Self-Rescue® lessons just when she was 15 months old! Ever since then, my love for helping more parents learn about self-rescue and swim safety has completely blossomed. I love helping parents through the process of registering their children and getting them one step closer to a safer little fish or mermaid in the water! I am ecstatic to be able to combine my passion for swim safety with my passion for marketing. I have a Marketing degree from the University of Houston and have worked in corporate retail for over 12 years specializing in supply chain and sales planning for the consumer products industry. My favorite thing about marketing is being creative and connecting with parents like you! I can’t wait to meet you!
Certified ISR Instructor
Hi There! My name is Brenda Larsen, and I am a certified ISR instructor. My ISR journey began in early 2018 when my grandson, Jackson, went through the ISR program. I was so impressed by the high caliber of instruction that I decided to immediately apply to become an instructor. It would be my honor and pleasure to work with your children!