Navy Veteran Brings Aquatic Passion to British Swim School
August 14, 2023
Sean & Alison Bailey to open new location in Northeast Orlando
British Swim School, the nation’s leading “learn to swim” franchise company, continues its rapid expansion across North America with the opening of its newest location in the sunshine state. British Swim School of Northeast Orlando opens July 28th with lessons to be held four days a week at the eSporta Fitness at 3851 Lake Emma Road in Lake Mary.
Sean Bailey and his wife Alison own and operate the new location. Sean will also serve as an instructor, a perfect role after spending nearly 30 years in the Navy and Armed Forces. The veteran admitted that his vast experience in the water and passion for teaching made opening a British Swim School a no-brainer.
“We were really attracted to the motto, ‘Survival of the Littlest’, alongside the fact that I love swimming and I like helping kids,” Sean said. “After being in the special forces for so long, I recognized how important it was to have a base of knowledge of the water and how to learn to swim and thrive in an aquatic environment.”
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. Tragically, in the state of Florida alone there have been 53 child deaths from drowning this year, with children 3 and under accounting for 68% of those fatalities. Rip currents along the coast have claimed dozens of lives this year as well. 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.
As the parents of two children, the Bailey’s understand a parents’ need to ensure the safety of their kids and look to foster a comfortable atmosphere with British Swim School. “We hope to create a family environment where parents can bring their children and kids can learn to survive and thrive in the water,” Sean added.
“Sean epitomizes why veterans can become fantastic franchise owners, and he and Alison’s enthusiasm for the water and swim safety is unmatched,” said Ashley Gundlach, President of British Swim School. “Not only are they prepared to be great instructors and franchisees, but it’s clear that they have a real desire to make others feel comfortable and understand that each student progresses at their own pace. We’re fortunate to have them be part of the British Swim School family.”
For more information about British Swim School, visit www.britishswimschool.com/northeast-orlando.
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