Goldfish Swim School Growing Love for Water, One Toddler at a Time

Goldfish Swim School splish-splashed its way into our Johns Creek community and has local families bubbly about the water! From first-time greetings with the agua to instruction on furthering swimming skill-sets, this school has changed the mentality behind pool time. Upon its official January 2017 opening, Goldfish swim has seen bouncy babies to tiny tots to growing guppies and everyone in between. As the first location in Georgia, our neighborhood is totally embracing this new take on water classes and running (and swimming) with it!

Owner and General Manager Mark Sheppell says that Alpharetta and Johns Creek families have already witnessed the difference of this school from others because of the concepts they’re teaching, the passion of the instructors, and the overall vibe of the pool and building itself.

“Our goal is to teach every child to swim, the earlier the better!” Sheppell says. “We’re working on breaking bad habits, or better yet, not developing any along with making sure there’s no fear of the water at any age.”

Goldfish Swim School welcomes little ones, ages 4 months to 12 years, to enter into the year-round tropical oasis that features a 90 degree, 25-yard pool with various lane options, bright and inviting colors surrounding a large mural of fish and underwater animals, changing areas, storage cubbies, a retail section with pool and snack-time necessities, and a seating and viewing area for parents and guardians.

Karrie Crocker, mother of two daughters who participate at Goldfish Swim, has been impressed with the venue since her first encounter with Sheppell, who allowed her to express her concerns and expectations prior to booking the first clinic.

“The sitting area is top notch,” Crocker says. “We are able to watch our children, and they are able to see us cheer them on. I am very happy with the establishment.”

Striving to promote safety first, the staff ensures that parents are involved in the process, every stroke of the way! With five different groups for swim lessons based on age and skill level, this school promotes gradual improvement and constant success in regards to your child’s progression in the water. Weekly progress reports and an open-invitation to watch every single class are among the ways that Goldfish Swim is making an effort to keep our local little ones safe before the ever-so popular pool season starts.

“We have participated in other swim lesson venues, and I feel like the Goldfish staff really individualizes with each swimmer’s comfort and skill,” Lindsay Meredith, mother of a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, says, “Parents are well-informed with their swimmer’s progress.”

Parents like Meredith are recognizing that the instructors are tailoring their approach to each swimmer based on their individual needs and abilities. And, not only are your needs met within the pool, but the staff also recognizes that not every family’s schedule aligns. With various class and lesson options, families are able to attend classes at a rate that’s convenient and comfortable for them.

“I also like how I can schedule my kids at the same time slot,” Meredith says.

Among the weekly swim clinics are family swim sessions, private birthday parties, and even a swim team that began in early March.

“My daughter had her 5th birthday party at this location – it was amazing,” Susan Matt, mother of Diana, says. “All of the children enjoyed the playful atmosphere and amenities provided all by the staff at Goldfish. It made it easy for me as a busy mother – they provided all of the birthday decorations, food, and instructors!”

By bringing the community together, one swim class at a time, Goldfish Swim School is ensuring that pool, beach and lake season will be a blast around the Johns Creek area. Whether you’re just now ready to sign up for swim classes or you’ve been seeking a new option around town, you’re able to test out a trial lesson or schedule month-to-month class options that can be altered or paused at any time. With the customer service to match the quality of instruction that your child is guaranteed to receive at Goldfish Swim School, you’ll be at-ease knowing that your little guppie is learning to love the water at just the right pace!

“This place is up and coming, and it is a matter of time before many more people find out about this hidden gem,” Crocker says. “I feel that, for younger kids, you cannot go wrong with Goldfish. The instructors are engaged and really want to teach our children. It is hands down the best place around.”