By Colleen Peregrin
Goldfish Swim School, a unique facility directed at teaching children from ages 4 months to 12 years to swim, is scheduled to open on April 16.
Goldfish, 271 Merchants Square Dr., houses an indoor pool four-and-a-half-feet deep that is perfect for teaching children to swim, and the pool, as well as the air, is heated to 90 degrees to avoid the chill factor that so often strikes dread in the hearts of young swimmers.
“We have a curriculum that we don’t deviate from. Our teachers go through 40 hours of training, and they have to follow our curriculum. So every child goes through the same curriculum until they pass through the level. Once they have graduated through the skill, they move on to the next,” said Jenny McCuiston, one of the founders of the Goldfish Swim School. “There are not a lot of facilities that do that. A lot of teachers are given leeway to teach their classes, and our teachers are not given leeway, because kids need repetition. They aren’t going to remember without repetition.”
The sign up process is much like a gym membership. Participants can sign up for as long as they want. Therefore, the child is not rushed through lessons to try and get through the course in a certain amount of time but rather can graduate through the skills as quickly or as slowly as they need.
“Goldfish offers children and families a completely different swim class experience than traditional lessons given at country clubs and gyms,” general manager Tom Anderson said. “Our instruction is personalized, and our instructors work one-on-one with students to ensure their success in the pool.”
The children won’t spend all winter forgetting what they learned. Since the facility is indoors, kids can continue to practice and learn year-round until they are competent swimmers. The Goldfish Swim School also provides family swim.
“Family swim is a big deal because we want them to come and have fun with it. We don’t want them to think it’s always just lesson-oriented,” McCuiston said.
The Goldfish Swim School also is looking to employ young adults around the ages of 18 to 23 to teach swim lessons.
For more information, visit www.goldfishswimschool.com or call 810-0790.