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Best friends dive into a new career

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Best friends Adrianna and Joanna have taken their love of swimming to a whole new level by starting a brand-new swimming school in Blackpool
The girls met whilst working together on a local poolside and both dreamed of opening their own swimming school, and being fully qualified it seemed like a great ambition for the future.

Joanna and Adrianna love swimming and Joanna has competed on behalf of her home country. Joanna said ‘from an early age I wanted to be a swimming teacher it is all I have ever wanted to do, I love swimming and I want everyone to love it too.’

Both talented swimmers want to share their love of swimming making learning to swim a safe, enjoyable and exciting experience. The ladies explained that Ocean Waves is about motivating children, young people and adults to learn skills for life. Adrianna said ‘everyone should learn to swim it’s great fun, great exercise and really important to stay safe when we live in seaside town.’

Joanna said “we joked about the future plan for a little while but then started to realise we could bring the plans forward. Initially, our dream revolved around owning our own pool but obviously that needs a big investment of money, however, when we started talking it seemed obvious there are lots of pools in Blackpool that we could hire to deliver lessons.”

Adrianna said “once we realised we could hire local pools there was nothing to stop us. We contacted Blackpool Council’s Get Started team to work out exactly what we needed to put together to start the business. We spent a lot of time planning and found it very useful. It’s important to think about each part of the business from customers’ needs through to advertising, costs, pricing, equipment etc. Writing everything down makes it real and helps you work out if the business will definitely work.”

The swimming school is open to any age and any level of swimmer. The school is STA registered and a member of Swim England. The business has full insurance and both teachers are DBS covered.

Ocean Waves offers small group sessions (maximum of six students) at an affordable price and the ladies work in the water with students. Their passion for swimming is clear, both are qualifies and have trained for many years. The lessons available are there to help non-swimmers, improving swimmers and anyone in between. Adrianna said ‘Your goal is our goal.’ Ocean waves are also keen to introduce mermaid and mermen lessons as this is a growing area of the sport.

Future plans include expanding offering more lessons across the week, recruiting more staff and to eventually own their own pool.