Interview With The Owner

We caught up with the founder and director of a Surrey-based swim school, Slawek, to find what it takes to run a successful, effective swim school.

As you would expect, Slawek has had a passion for swimming from a very young age, so the swim school is a perfect career path to fulfil his dream.


What was your first big achievement in swimming?

As far as I can remember, my first big swimming achievement was completing a distance of a 5 mile swim in a lake when I was 10 years old.


Where Does Your Passion For Swimming Come From?

My Dad has engrafted swimming into me since I was a very little boy and this passion for swimming has stayed with me for all these years. I remember the moments when I used to swim everywhere: in lakes, rivers, ponds and in the sea. In my early childhood, my parents could not afford to sign me up for swimming lessons and there were not that many swimming pools in the town where I lived, so I took every opportunity to swim wherever I could.


So it seems, with the challenges that you faced, creating a swim school was a natural step for you. Perhaps you wanting to help future generations from not having accessible swimming lessons. What is your business mission?

To develop a love of swimming in children.


Do you find that local competition is a problem for you?

Based on our market research, we have found that there are many local swim schools. However, what distinguishes us from the rest is that we only provide private and semi-private lessons,  which  are held in a private, exclusive swimming pool. We give free badges and certificates when the students achieve a new set of skills, and also, we video record all of our lessons.


That’s great that you have so many things to make your school unique. How long would you suggest it takes a child to be able to learn to swim?

Parents very often ask me that question, and my answer is always the same: it varies depending on each child. Some children progress quicker than others, and that is perfectly normal. In my career, I had a five year old girl who could not even submerge after one year of lessons. On the flip side of that, I have had a five year old boy who swam five metres after only one lesson, who had never had swimming lessons prior.


So there you have it, words from the successful, and clearly passionate director of your local swim school. Contact Surrey Dolphins Swim School.


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