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British Swim School Welcomes New Franchisees to Washington

Husband and Wife Duo Acquire British Swim School Locations in Seattle

May 11, 2022 // Franchising.com // SEATTLE - British Swim School welcomes its latest franchise owners, Juli and Chris Richling.

The husband-and-wife team joined the British Swim School family in February, acquiring two territories in Washington. As parents to two young children, ages 3 and 5, the Richling family knows the importance of the life-saving lessons British Swim School provides throughout the community.

“We are excited to offer valuable water safety programs to those in Seattle and the surrounding areas,” Juli said. “One aspect that attracted us to British Swim School it is dedicated to teaching survival skills to everyone, no matter the age. As a mother of two small children, this is very important to us. We are honored to provide these vital services and look forward to making a difference for families across the state.”

British Swim School has been dedicated to teaching water survival skills by offering a three-part curriculum teaching infants, children and adults of all ages the skills needed for water acclimation, water survival, and stroke development. Its mission — ensure that every person, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer.

Nearly 4,000 people across the nation die from drowning each year. While parental supervision is always the number one safety measure, research shows that participation in formal swim programs, such as those offered by British Swim School, can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children.

While drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, the risk of drowning isn’t limited to children: a Red Cross survey found that more than half of all Americans (54%) either can’t swim or don’t have the basic swimming skills needed to save themselves in the event of a water emergency. To combat this alarming statistic, the Washington locations will also offer swim lessons to adults using the same methods proven effective in teaching this demographic across the country in many other British Swim School locations.

To ensure their children’s safety in and around water, Juli and Chris will enroll their two children in the beneficial programs they now offer. And they aren’t the only ones wanting to sign up for lessons.

“Across our three locations we’re already at capacity, with a full waiting list,” Juli said. “This demonstrates how important water safety is to the community and the need to provide vital survival skills to those around us. Our goal is give everyone on our waiting list the tools necessary to survive a water emergency, so we’re expanding our team rapidly to keep up with the demand.”

"It’s great to welcome a vibrant couple like Juli and Chris to the British Swim School family," said Ashley Gundlach, British Swim School President.

SOURCE British Swim School

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