Big Blue Swim School Inks Deals to Open 15 Swim Schools in Philadelphia and New Jersey
May 18, 2022 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Big Blue Swim School announces three new agreements to open 15 swim schools in Philadelphia and South and Central New Jersey. With those 15 schools, Big Blue has the opportunity to offer life-saving skills to more than 22,000 students each week when fully operational. Badr Kayali, Jamey and Julia Holmes, and Erica, Keith, and Kristy Kowal will open locations in the two states offering Big Blue’s best-in-class swim school experience to local families. The anticipated opening for the first three locations is spring 2023.
Big Blue’s newest franchise partners include Badr Kayali, who will open five units in Philadelphia, Erica, Keith, and Kristy Kowal, who have plans for five in Philadelphia and South New Jersey; and Jamey and Julia Holmes round out the region with five units in Central New Jersey.
Pennsylvania mom and former schoolteacher Erica Kowal brings a unique viewpoint and passion to Big Blue Swim School. Not only is her sister-in-law and business partner Olympic silver medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke and former world record holder Kristy Kowal, but she also understands first-hand the importance of teaching children how to swim confidently.
“I’m beyond excited to join Big Blue Swim School, partnering with my brother and sister-in-law to open schools in Philadelphia,” Kristy Kowal says. “Since retiring from swimming, I’ve made it my mission to not only pass on my love of swimming to the next generation but also promote the need for this life-saving skill. Opening a Big Blue gives me the opportunity to continue this commitment with an organization that is dedicated to empowering children and creating a lifelong love of the water.”
The new Big Blue Swim Schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey offer children from three months to 12 years an unparalleled weekly swim lesson experience. With highly trained swim instructors, proprietary curriculum, and best-in-class facility amenities, Big Blue has evolved the learn-to-swim experience, so it is enjoyable for kids and parents alike. And with its proprietary mobile app and convenient locations, Big Blue makes it easy to fit into a family’s busy schedule.
“We’re thrilled to sign on with these three franchise partners to help us grow Big Blue in Philadelphia and New Jersey,” says Scott Sanders, CEO of Big Blue Swim School. “What makes this announcement even more exciting for us is that since signing their original agreements in 2021, two of the three families were awarded additional units this year.
SOURCE Big Blue Swim School
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