No one who owns a small business will tell you it’s easy; however, most will say that the rewards absolutely make up for the long hours and effort involved. Not to mention, our economy needs small businesses! In addition to creating and supplying local jobs, small businesses are key contributors to the communities they serve by providing critical services and establishing much-needed competition in their industry. That’s why supporting local businesses is more important than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic!
British Swim School is Locally Owned and Operated
Many may not realize that British Swim School locations are locally owned and operated by franchise owners who have chosen to go into business for themselves in order to have a positive impact and lasting impression on their community through education and awareness of water safety and survival skills. Across the British Swim School “family,” our owners share a common goal of reducing childhood drowning statistics throughout the United States and Canada and for the majority of them, teaching survival-based swimming lessons is their primary source of income!
Creating Local Jobs
Small businesses are job creators, and with over 215 pools across the United States and Canada, our team is a large one! Employment opportunities range widely – from aquatics instructors to customer service, among many others. With many of these jobs considered entry-level, our team is proud to help local residents develop essential skills beyond what is taught in high school and college. Strong performers are rewarded with upward mobility opportunities and expanded responsibility with hard work and commitment!
Building a Sense of Community
Rooted in their communities, our British Swim School businesses act with the interest of the community at heart. We aim to support the community in as many ways as we can, through charitable contributions, swimming lessons in our pools, and water safety education in the classroom!
In our swimming lessons, we build personal relationships with our families to help children acclimate to the water, teaching skills in the most effective way for each individual via our highly effective program. This ensure each student receives personalized attention that helps to retain the information. Outside of the pool, franchise owners and staff regularly participate in community charity events, including donation drives, volunteer work and more.
Importance of Survival Swimming Lessons for All Ages
We know that parents will be making difficult decisions about which activities to return to, and in which order. The survival aspect of our lessons – whether in the water survival or stroke development program – should make swimming a priority. With summer approaching, and with the additional requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults and children may be engaging in a greater amount of water-based activities, such as boating, canoeing and even exploring creeks and rivers. While this can be a great way to pass the time – both now and when life begins to return to normal – water competency and knowing the basics of survival swimming is paramount for safety.
The unfortunate reality is that drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old and the second leading cause among children ages 5 and 14 years old. Formal swimming lessons should not be seen as “drown proofing” but can reduce the risk of drowning by nearly 90%, especially when combined with water safety rules, life jackets and other precautions! Our goal is to educate as many people as possible so everyone can continue to enjoy water fun in the times ahead!
Find a location near you and contact them to learn more about our program and support local business!