Goldfish Swim School opens

Mary Helen Darah

Camryn Bates and Karter Stokes enjoy their visit to the Goldfish Swim School.

Hanna Maciaszek, general manager at the newly opened Goldfish Swim School, 4959 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., is excited to offer the school’s services to Sylvania. “We are thrilled to be here,” she stated. Chris and Jenny McCuiston, founders and CEOs of Goldfish Swim Schools, now offer their school locally. Jenny McCuiston is a busy mother of four, 16-time high school state champion swimmer, 17-time collegiate All-American, while attending the University of Arizona, and two-time olympic trials qualifier. She has a degree in early childhood development and family studies. Her husband and co-founder, Chris, was the former captain of the Michigan State University baseball team where he earned a degree in finance. He was drafted into the Detroit Tigers organization.

According to Maciaszek, Jenny McCuiston realized the need for quality swim instruction after teaching swim lessons at local clubs. Her clientele continued to increase. She enlisted the help of her husband and they spent two years researching other swim schools and programs across the country. In 2006, they opened the first Goldfish Swim School in Birmingham, Mich. with 500 enrolled students. Within the first two years, that number grew to 2,000 students per week.

Their unique program offers a perpetual lesson model that features one certified lifeguard/swim instructor for four children. “We also offer private lessons, which are especially beneficial for kids with mental or physical disabilities,” Maciaszek said. “There is no set time on the length of time kids are in lessons. Every child is different and kids vary greatly in their time to learn. Students are placed in a class based on their swim levels. We make certain they learn the fundamentals as well as know the butterfly, breast, free and backstroke. We also have parent and baby classes for children 4 months to age 3. They get in the water with the child and have class together. Babies float, play, and get comfortable in the water. Kids learn well in strategic play environments. We practice safety skills and enforce water safety. In fact, we have classes up to age 13 and every single class contains water safety skills. Once students complete the program, they can be part of Swim Force, which is our version of a swim team.”

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Maciaszek and her team look forward to serving Sylvania clientele. “We cater to families. Some parents prefer to have their kids take lessons in the summer or winter and some attend year round. Our families are very important to us. I have had families that have been with us in another state and are so happy we are here. The Sylvania community has been so warm and welcoming. Things are going swimmingly,” she stated. Currently, there are more than 90 schools open through the US and Canada and teach more than 100,000 students weekly to swim and be safe in as well as around water.

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