Marlee Sanders

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The statistics are astounding. Roughly one in five people who die from drowning are children ages 14 and younger. African-American children ages 5-19 drown in swimming pools 5 1/2 times more often than white children. Emerald Youth is committed to teaching more urban children to swim, and we also offer a competitive swim team during the summer.

Learn-to-Swim private lessons

Emerald Youth offers an affordable Learn-to-Swim program that is available to the public at the E.V. Davidson Community Center Pool, located at 3124 Wilson Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. American Red Cross certified swim instructors guide each student through a series of swimming skills and water safety information to better equip them for their time in and around water.

Cost is $25 for 8 private, one-on-one lessons. Lessons typically take place twice a week for four weeks. For more information or to check availability, please contact Marlee Sanders through the contact form on this page.

Community Swim

Community Swim is offered year-round at at the E.V. Davidson Community Center Pool at 3124 Wilson Avenue.


August through May:
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
Saturdays, 12-4 pm

June and July:
Tuesdays, 4-6 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4 pm

Cost is $2 at the door. If the pool is closed for any reason, there will be a sign on the door indicating closure. 

Swim Team

The Emerald Force swim team is a co-ed team for 1st - 12th graders. The team competes during the summer months at meets throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee.