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Goldfish Swim School splashes into Urbandale


Goldfish Swim School, a franchised water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, is diving into the Iowa market. Construction has begun on a 9,500-square-foot facility at 3771 86th St. in Urbandale that will open this winter. The swim school provides indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a family-friendly setting, the company said in a news release. Goldfish Swim School was established in Birmingham, Mich., in 2006 and opened its first franchise location in 2009. The company currently has 92 schools open with more than 100 more under development in North America. A company representative said the Urbandale franchise owners — two Midwest families who reside outside of Iowa — plan to open two more Goldfish Swim School locations in the Des Moines metro within the next two years. Facility highlights will include an air-conditioned viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, individual/private changing rooms, a blow dry station, a snack bar, a retail shop and warm tropical decor. Families can register for lessons now by visiting the website or calling (515) 612-9500.

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