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Would you like to know what it takes to be a franchise owner?

October 29, 2014   //   by admin   //   Franchise updates  //  No Comments

On Thursday 6th November, Swimtime, the UK’s largest independent swimming instructor network, is opening its doors at its central office near Manchester Airport, to let potential franchise owners discover what it takes to run a successful franchise in the competitive, but fast growing swimming education sector.

During the Discovery Day the Swimtime team will explain the operation of the business, the service we provide, the training and support systems you will receive as a franchisee, and the financial investment required.

Space is limited and demand is high, so to register your interest, please email with your name, address and some short concise background information on your experience or your interest in franchising.

The event begins at 10.30am, at the Regus Building on Aviator Way, near Manchester Airport.

More information on the exciting opportunities in franchising for the growing Swimtime family can be found here.

"Hat Trick" 3rd consecutive nomination for Swimtime

April 30, 2014   //   by Swimtime   //   Franchise updates, New courses, News, Press  //  No Comments

Swimtime has been nominated for the What’s On 4 Junior Awards for the third year running. We’ve been nominated in five categories including the Best National Activity for Children 5–12. Check out our video (above) and vote for us here! Thank you.

Swimtime Nominated in 5 Award Categories

Swimtime launch new Teacher Training Division

October 7, 2013   //   by Swimtime   //   Franchise updates, New courses, News, Press, Uncategorized  //  No Comments


Learn how to teach this vital life skill to others!

Swimtime Training
is thrilled to announce details of our 1st Swimming Teacher Training Course which will be held at the Village Hotel in Cheadle, Cheshire in December. There are limited spaces available so please contact us directly at or call 0161 960 0124 for detailed information.

We will shortly publish a list of courses which will run in 2014.

STA launches new award scheme for children

September 4, 2013   //   by Jane-Ann   //   Franchise updates, New courses, News, Press, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Swimtime are proud to be in partnership with the STA (Swimming Teachers Association. All instructors teach the STA International Learn to Swim Programme.

The International Learn to Swim Progamme (ILSP) is an exciting, motivational, interlinking and progressive Awards Programme that engages children at every stage of their development.
All levels have clearly defined standards, teaching objectives and learning outcomes, and all levels incentivise and reward with colourful badges and certificates.

We have just presented our swimmers with their brand new up-dated STA badges & certificates so please click here to see how your child is doing against the various stages of development. You will know already know how many badges your child has, so check out what has to be achieved for the next level.

The BFA recognise Swimtime's award nomination

May 3, 2013   //   by Jane-Ann   //   Franchise updates, News  //  No Comments

We were delighted to be mentioned in The British Franchise Association’s news pages this week as they have picked up on our nomination for the What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2013. As they say, we’re up against 11 other companies for the title and we really hope that you will vote for us. Voting closes on 28 May 2013 so there’s still time to follow this link and vote for us.

Pictured: Swimtime founders Barry and Linda Price (left and right) with the BFA’s Kerry Bhella.

Swimtime lessons now available in Blackpool

October 27, 2011   //   by Jane-Ann   //   Franchise updates, New courses, News  //  No Comments

We’re opening new venues for lessons all the time, and in response to local demand we recently started offering classes for the new term in Blackpool. You can now book Swimtime sessions in the Imperial, Hilton and De Vere Village hotels in the town.

Lessons are run by David and Jo Drury (pictured right) our newest franchisees. David learned to swim as an adult just a few years ago, and soon realised what a great business opportunity it would be to run a Swimtime franchise with his wife Jo.

To find out more about swimming lessons in Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecombe and the surrounding area call David or Jo on 01524 899319 or get in touch using our contact form.

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By 'eck the first Boddington's girl is a Swimtime franchisee

  //   by Jane-Ann   //   Franchise updates, News, Press  //  No Comments

Meet Swimtime franchisee Debby Carr. A highly successful model since the 1980s, five years ago Cheshire-born Debby swapped the catwalk for the poolside when she bought her own Swimtime franchise in the south of England.

She’s now in charge of Swimtime lessons in London and the Home Counties.

“I find it very rewarding knowing that I am providing a top class service that is extremely valuable and, importantly, an essential life skill to children and adults,” says Debby.

Although she had a very long and distinguished modelling career, Debby is best known as the first Boddington’s girl who rubbed her face with the frothy head of a pint of Boddie’s. The famous catchline was, “By ‘eck you smell gorgeous, petal.”

Read more about Debby and Swimtime