Olympic champion Joseph Schooling launched a swim school for children on Wednesday (27 June) and is already eyeing expanding the business with more venues here and around the region.
Swim Schooling, a partnership between the Singaporean Olympic Gold medalist and a UK-based company, aims to deliver a unique programme based on Schooling’s achievement and experiences.
Located in Tampines, school will also provide training for swimming coaches.
“I am excited at the launch of Swim Schooling, at our first venue at Our Tampines Hub,” said the 23-year-old. “Swimming became the very thing that defined my life and I would like to give every child the same opportunity with Swim Schooling.”
Swim Schooling’s classes start from next week, with sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The academy’s eight-stage programme teaches children aged three to 11 skills such as water confidence, lifesaving and competitive swimming.
Schooling, who won gold in the 100m men’s butterfly event at the 2016 Olympics, will not be involved in day-to-day teaching at the school, with trained coaches conducting courses.
“One of the things that make Swim Schooling different is that we offer all children a free trial introduction to place them in the correct group for their ability and make them feel comfortable before they sign up for the programme,” said May Schooling, Joseph’s mother and one of the school’s directors.
“Our programme also includes parent feedback time with teachers and an awards scheme to celebrate each child’s success,” she added.
Swim Schooling plans to expand with a few more venues in Singapore and in the South-east Asia region.
“I want to see the growth of swimming as a sport, in Singapore and also in the South-east Asia region. It is important that we start here, in Singapore, as I want to be involved with this project,” said Joseph.