British Swim School teaches water survival, stroke techniques

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By Maria Cook

British Swim School, with locations throughout the United States, recently opened in Carmel. The school is the first in Indiana and marks the company’s expansion into its 21st state. British Swim School offers water survival and learn-to-swim programs at two pools at 11895 N. Meridian St. in Carmel.

“We’ve partnered with Residents Inn and the Spring Hill Suites in Carmel,” said Katie Blair, who runs the Carmel British Swim School franchise with her husband, Greg. “The hotels share a parking lot. It’s another way that we’re able to keep our classes small and not overload one single location. We partner with existing and under-utilized pools, so it becomes a real win-win for everyone.”

British Swim School derives its name from its CEO, Rita Goldberg, a former competitive swimmer who developed British Swim School’s safety program in Manchester England, in 1981. British Swim School focuses on teaching water survival skills without the use of swim aids before teaching stroke techniques.

“We focus on those survival skills, and once we feel that a child has progressed through the program to where they are safer in the water, then we move them into our learn-to-swim program, which is more traditional stroke development,” Blair said. “First and foremost, we want them to be comfortable rolling over and holding a back float. If you’re in the water, your back is the safest place to be. For our survival lessons, we do not allow goggles. Often, if a person were to fall in the water, their goggles may fill up with water, or they may not have goggles. We want them to really understand what it feels like to be in the water, to have their face submerged.”

British Swim School accepts students age 3 months up to adults. For more, visit britishswimschool.com/hamiltoncounty/ or call 317-863-0300.

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