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Goldfish Swim School reopens with restrictions in place

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent
Tara Moore and her two boys, Luke and Noah, talk with training supervisor Anthony Jacobson while doing a health check before entering the Goldfish Swim School on Whipple Avenue as part of the safety precautions implemented since reopening.

JACKSON TWP. The Goldfish Swim School in Jackson Township had been open just more than a year before it had to shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It was able to reopen in early with several guidelines and safety restrictions in place.

The swimming school, 7245 Whipple Ave. NW, offers swim classes for kids ages four months to 12 years. The business is independently owned and part of a national chain which has locations in 26 states and Canada.

The swim school offers different levels of swim lessons for the different age groups. General Manager Vince O’Leary said they kids can start with them and then go onto high school competing or the local YMCA competing swim teams. O’Leary said the goal is to teach kids the essential swim skills to keep them safer around the water. The swim school uses The Science of SwimPlay, which is a research-based philosophy that teaches through guided play in a fun, safe environment.

“We have implemented a number of safety measures since reopening,” O’Leary said. “Class sizes are smaller, everyone coming in has to wait outside the front door for one of us to come out and do a health check, our parent chairs are six feet apart, each child has to come in with their suit on and they have to leave wet for now because our showers and changing rooms are closed and we sanitize everything between each lesson.”

Class sizes were four kids to one instructor and parent/child classes were six kids to one instructor. New guidelines have reduced class sizes to three to one and four to one respectively. There have been changes made in the pool, too. The lanes each child uses to learn are wider and there is a separator lane in between each student. Plus, all of the open swim times have been canceled for now.

The facility includes a climate-controlled viewing area, a 90-degree pool, private changing stations, the Blow Dry Bar with hair-drying stations, swim suite dryers and family-friendly changing stations. With the health department guidelines in place, the only thing left open is the pool and the viewing area. Parent chairs setup in the viewing area are spaced six feet apart.

“At first our numbers went down but they are coming back up because there is not much for kids to do this summer. We are happy to be back open and teaching kids to swim especially since drowning is the number one cause of death for kids aged one to four years old,” O’Leary said.

The Goldfish Swim School is taking enrollment for classes. For complete details, costs and other information, visit https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/north-canton/.

Training supervisor Anthony Jacobson, manager Vince O'Leary and front desk personnel Renee Robinette from the Goldfish Swim School on Whipple Avenue.