British Swim School Extends Vital Instruction to North Tampa
September 5, 2023
The Nation’s Premier, “Learn to Swim” Provider Expands with Newest Location
British Swim School, the nation’s leading “learn to swim” franchise, is bringing its “Survival of the Littlest” mindset and exceptional service to North Tampa. Dr. Alicia Gayadeen recently opened British Swim School of North Tampa, located inside the Esporta Fitness at 5225 Cypress Preserve Drive.
From a young age, Alicia has had no illusions about the dangers of the water. Born in Trinidad and raised both in Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands, she has grown up around water all her life. Alicia spent 17 years as a public school educator in South Florida before seeking entrepreneurship with British Swim School. She shared that the model set by British Swim School and the desire to save lives aligned perfectly with her experience and beliefs.
“As a former classroom educator, I value the importance of routines and step by step lessons,” Alicia said. “So for me, the British Swim School’s model paralleled just another type of teaching. One which not only focused on teaching a lesson and skills, but also placed Safety as their #1 core value. I am honored to be able to share the importance of water safety and awareness ithe communities of North Tampa. Whether it’s the beach or at the pool our mission is to ensure that both children and adults are equipped to become safe and happy swimmers. In Florida, we are surrounded by water, therefore it is crucial to fulfil our mission to ensure everyone’s safety in the water at all times.”
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.
“Alicia has been in public education for nearly two decades and water safety is another type of instruction that we expect she will excel at,” said Ashley Gundlach, President of British Swim School. “She has a passion for teaching and for children and she understands the need for survival skills in an area that is surrounded by water, whether it be oceans, lakes, pools, etc. We couldn’t be happier to have Alicia bring that awareness to North Tampa.”
For more information about British Swim School at Esporta Fitness at Cypress Preserve, visit https://britishswimschool.com/north-tampa/esporta-fitness-cypress-preserve/
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