2107 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, from 4-6:30 p.m.
2388 Cole St., #101, Birmingham, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
6034 Waldon Center Drive, Clarkston, from 2-6 p.m.
22710 Haggerty Road, #200, Farmington Hills, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
18377 Hall Road, #200, Macomb Township, from 3-5 p.m.
550 South St., Rochester, from 3-5 p.m.
Water Safety Awareness Day, which is free and open to the public, will also feature such activities as family swimming with certified lifeguards on duty, rescue personnel from various jurisdictions, bounce houses, face painting and snacks and prizes.
Goldfish is staging the event in conjunction with National Water Safety Month.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4.
Goldfish works to address that statistic through its Bubbles’ Water Safety Program, which features WATER safety rules for children:
- Wear your life jacket
- Act by going for help if someone is in trouble in the water
- Take swim lessons
- Educate yourself on swim safety skills, such as treading water, rolling onto your back and climbing out of a pool
- Respect (following the rules while swimming, including listening to life guards and keeping your hands to yourself)
Goldfish’s ultimate goal is to ensure children are comfortable and confident in the water. The school offers year-round swim lessons to children ages 4 months through 12 years old.
The Goldfish Swim School network was started by Birmingham natives Jenny McCuiston – an Olympic swim trials qualifier with a degree in early childhood development – and her husband, Chris, a Michigan State University graduate who captained the Spartan baseball team. They developed the Goldfish curriculum in 2006 based on U.S. Swim School Association principles.
While the McCuistons still own the Birmingham school, Goldfish has expanded throughout the state and nationally by selling franchises. Now, 29 schools are open or in development in Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and New Jersey.
The McCuistons are working to increase their franchise network to 100 locations by 2024.
More information is available at www.goldfishswimschool.com.