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British Swim School Opens New Location in Carlsbad-Encinitas, California

Owner pulls from his personal experience to help others

British Swim School, the nation’s leading “learn to swim'' franchise, is proud to announce that new owner Karim Tartoussia will open the Carlsbad-Encinitas location this month. Classes will be held on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday at the 24 Hour Fitness Carlsbad located at 1265 Laurel Tree Ln Suite 100, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

Karim lives in nearby Oceanside, California, a community where many people own swimming pools. Thinking about his three young children who don’t know how to swim helped instill a desire to help when considering a new business venture.

“I worry about that, especially since a lot of these pools aren’t fenced in,” said Karim when reflecting on the importance of swim safety. Karim himself almost drowned when he was just six years old. An ocean current carried him out past where he could stand. A passing swimmer noticed his distress and got him safely to shore. “The trauma stayed with me, and I never learned to swim,” Karim said. “That’s the reason I’m opening a British Swim School. I want to prevent this from happening to other children.”

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.

After 15 years in Software Product Management, Karim knew he wanted to start his own business; one that is impactful in his community. He then came across British Swim School and their model helped reinforce his desire to help others.

They have a mission. They are teaching a skill everyone needs to have. Their proprietary curriculum not only focuses on swim training, but also water survival and water safety practices."

Ashley Gundlach, President of British Swim School, expressed her enthusiasm about the new franchise. “Karim’s personal journey and commitment to water safety are deeply inspiring,” she noted. “His dedication to preventing drowning and teaching essential swimming skills will make a significant impact in the Carlsbad and Encinitas communities.”

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