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Goldfish Swim School Considers Location in Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores

A franchise specializing in year-round swim lessons for children is asking for input from families in the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores to determine whether such a business in the area would be beneficial.

A year-round swim school located in five other Michigan cities is asking for input from parents in the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores about whether having a franchise in the area would be beneficial.

Goldfish Swim School is trying to gain as much feedback as possible while researching whether to open a location in the Grosse Pointe-St. Clair Shores area, according to a letter recently given to parents at Assumption Nursery School.

Parents are asked in the letter to complete a short survey online, which is estimated to take about two minutes. Along with the survey, parents are asked to express how they would feel about having a Goldfish location in the area.

Opening a location nearby would be an estimated investment of about $1 million, according to Goldfish's estimate of the necessary financial support needed to open a franchise.

The Michigan-grown company has franchise locations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The most recent location opened in Okemos in November, according to the company's website.

It's original location in Birmingham opened in 2006 after the founding owners completed two years of research. That location currently serves 1,500 students per month, according to the website.

Offering year-round swim lessons to children, the company has a 4:1 ratio of students to teacher. All of the teachers are Red Cross certified and trained swimming instructors. Children begin at one level and advance as they demonstrate competency in a range of skills deemed appropropriate for each level, according to the website.

Locations also offer space to have events, such as birthday parties. Goldfish caters to students ages four months old and older.

 

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Bobby Alcott February 07, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Both our girls learned to swim at Goldfish in B'ham -- and every mile of driving was worth it. The folks there are as good-hearted as you'll find. I don't know that we could say enough good things about this idea.
Maria February 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
There is already a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program at the new Neighborhood Club facility located right in the village that offers year-round swimming lessons in a warm-water pool with American Red Cross certified swim instructors and Lifeguards. The Neighborhood Club has been in integral part of the community for generations and I along with many others will continue to support our local organizations.
Michelle February 07, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Personally, with a pool that warm, I would reconsider using Goldfish. I am a certified pool operator and wouldn't want my child to swim in a therapy-warm pool. To be able to keep a pool that warm, you have to ensure the bacterial levels aren't high. To ensure the levels are not high, you have to have higher doses of chlorine in the water. So, either you have a good operator making sure the chlorine levels are high enough to eliminate dangerous levels of bacteria or you have a dirty pool. I don't like being exposed to that much chlorine as it causes rashes, eye irritation, bloody noses, sinus infections, dry skin, etc.
John F Martin February 07, 2013 at 06:50 PM
We've had our daughter there two years. She's 5 and swims better than most kids twice her age. Those who say this isn't necessary haven't experienced the difference. The parks and clubs just don't offer the kind of curriculum and attentiveness Goldfish does.
Salvador February 07, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Goldfish == Awesome.. Had my son go to the swim lessons in the area but nothing beats goldfish. The way they teach and the curriculum makes it fun the kids. Please please please start one here. That saves me the drive every week to Bham.. It will be good for the community too if they start it in the village..
Mark February 15, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Neighborhood Club also has a curriculum and it is year round and has warm water and makes swimming fun. Sounds a little familiar. The Neighborhood Club just opened in the Village of Grosse Pointe and they offer the same exact services, but for a better price and have the same certifications as Goldfish. Seems like it may be a waste of a million dollars to provide the same exact service.

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