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Running a swim school

This section will provide you with helpful information to be considered when running your own swim school.

Running a swim school

Setting up a Swim School may seem an attractive option to supplement your income as a Swimming Teacher and to many it is. There are many examples of well organised Swim Schools around the country that operate very effectively, delivering quality lesson programmes.

Equally, there are many operating that seem to concentrate solely on a profit motive, without understanding the need to have sound business objectives underpinning the programme.

There are many things that need to be considered:

  • Securing a suitable facility on acceptable terms
  • Understanding potential demand in your local market
  • Developing a strategy right for your area of operation and skills
  • Adopting a teaching plan and philosophy
  • Complying with best teaching practice
  • Selecting an awards scheme
  • Drawing up an appropriate Business Plan
  • Dealing with the financial and taxation aspects
  • Employment related issues
  • Managing the business………… 
  • Dealing with accountability and customer service
  • Risk assessment
  • Insurance
  • It’s a daunting list – but don’t be put off – there is plenty of help available.
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