British Swim School Opens New Location in San Francisco!
Nation’s Premier ‘Learn to Swim’ Provider is Excited to Increase Presence in Bay Area.
February 08, 2021 // Franchising.com // SAN FRANCISCO - British Swim School is adding a new location in San Francisco. British Swim School of Walnut Creek will be the second location in the Bay Area.
British Swim School focuses on teaching survival skills to students of all ages. Lessons can begin with children as young as 3 months old.
“The focus on survival skills is really what attracted me to British Swim School,” said Ignacio Pinilla, owner of British Swim School of Walnut Creek. “I have a young son, and I really want to make sure he is comfortable in the water, so I can relate to parents who want the same thing for their children.”
Pinilla is originally from Venezuela and came to the Bay Area after living in New York City for more than 20 years. After spending most of his career in Customer Service and Contact Center Operations, he decided it was time to start his own business. He’s an avid surfer and loves spending time around water, so he thinks British Swim School is the perfect fit.
“Water can be a very peaceful place and can be enjoyed for a lifetime,” Pinilla said. “But you have to know how to swim and how to survive if there’s a problem. That’s why I really fell in love with the curriculum and the service we bring to the area.”
“We’ve always thought the Bay Area could benefit from multiple pools,” said Brian Garrison, British Swim School President. “Ignacio is so passionate about what we teach and will be a great asset to the families who want to make sure their children and loved ones are safe around water.”
British Swim School, an elite local swim school franchise, launched in England in 1981. It was then brought to the United States and Canada, and eventually rolled out to more than 200 locations.
Research shows that participation in formal swim programs, such as those offered by British Swim School, can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children who are most at risk for accidental death by drowning. British Swim School of Walnut Creek will teach water safety and survival first and swim stroke development second. Students are placed in classes based on skill level.
Devastating News on Drownings:
- Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States among children aged 14 or younger. (CDC)
- Seventy-seven percent of drowning deaths involve children under age 5. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- African American children between ages 5–19 are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a pool than white children of the same age. (USA Swimming Foundation)
SOURCE British Swim School
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