British Swim School Continues Rapid Expansion with North Columbus Location
By Jill Baker
January 6, 2023
January 6, 2023
Leading National “Learn to Swim” Franchise Grows Footprint in OhioBritish Swim School, the country’s leading “learn to swim” franchise, is continuing to grow its reach by opening two new locations in the North Columbus area. The pools will be operated by Teresa and Nate Walsh and are expected to launch in early January. The wife-husband duo brings plenty of relevant experience to the British Swim School brand. Teresa has spent the last 15 years working as a Registered Nurse and received her first college degree in business. Meanwhile, Nate has worked in outside sales for most of his career and has an extensive background in customer service. When the Walshs were searching for a new business opportunity, some strategic research brought them to Buzz Franchise Brands and British Swim School.
“When we started talking to the Buzz Franchise Brands and British Swim School teams about the backstory and history of the brand, their model, the aquatics program, and the way they structure their business — all of those items alongside their mission, made it something we’re really passionate about,” Nate emphasized. Teresa added, “we’re in the business of saving lives. That’s where I started in my nursing career, and we’ll continue that.”For more than 40 years, British Swim School has been dedicated to teaching water survival skills by 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. Across the nation, eleven people die every day from unintentional drownings, with nearly 4,000 deaths occurring each year. 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 who are most at risk for deaths caused by drowning. However, 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. The Walshes noted how rapidly the Columbus, Ohio area is growing and cited the need for available swim instruction. The couple recognized that it was difficult to get their own children signed up for swim lessons. and are determined to provide proper instruction through lessons that are readily available for nearby residents.
“We’re opening in an area that will be accessible to a lot of people,” Teresa said. “There’s so much demand [for swim lessons],” Nate continued. “Columbus is growing like crazy right now so there’s going to be a ton of kids that are going to need access to this life skill.”
“Teresa and Nate bring a perfect combination of compassion and business-savvy skills to the British Swim School family,” British Swim School President Ashley Gundlach shared. “We recognize a need for available swimming instruction in the North Columbus area and we’re confident Teresa and Nate will do an outstanding job of providing their community with a much-needed service.”For more information about British Swim School of North Columbus, visit www.britishswimschool.com/north-columbus.