Seattle is famously the home of excellent coffee, grunge music and big business—and soon, it will also be home to Big Blue Swim School.
The children’s swim school franchise is actively looking to add eight to ten locations in Seattle, Washington, targeting Mill Creek, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Kent, Bellevue, Renton, Northeast Seattle, Ballard, Federal Way, Lynnwood, Shoreline and surrounding areas.
Big Blue Swim School will host an informational Dive-In Day in Seattle on July 24, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m. PDT at The Westin Bellevue, located at 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
12:00 PM - 12:30 p.m. Meet & Greet + Networking
12:30 PM – 2:00 p.m. Presentation
2:00 PM – 2:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Questions
Interested franchisee candidates will have the chance to meet and discuss the exciting business opportunity with Big Blue Swim Schools executive team, including Scott Thompson, Chief Development Officer, Chris DeJong Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Big Blue Swim School and Justin Waltz Vice President of Franchise Operations.
“The ideal Big Blue franchisee is someone who loves children and swimming, has strong business and leadership skills, and enjoys building teams and having visibility in the community,” said Thompson. “We are really looking forward to hosting potential franchisees in the Emerald City, finding the right potential franchise partners to help grow the brand with in a strong market where we have identified real estate already.”
What sets Big Blue Swim School apart from other franchises is the brand’s hands-on approach to identifying real estate in a given market. This strategy significantly decreases the time it will take Seattle-based franchisees to open their doors. In addition to already having real estate locked down, Seattle franchisees will receive best-in-class corporate support, including pre-opening and ongoing training, lead generation and access to a franchisee brand fund. Big Blue Swim School also has proprietary technology, LessonBuddy, setting it apart from its competitors. The software allows franchisees to easily schedule employees while also letting parents easily schedule sessions and track progress. It’s another differentiator that no other swim lesson franchise can compete against.
Thompson said that Seattle is a perfect region for the brand because of its strong economy and established market. “Big Blue is more than a ‘version 2.0’ swim school—it’s a 3.0 swim school. As a forward-thinking community, Seattle will be very receptive to our concept and approach,” said Thompson.
The demand is already building. With major companies like Amazon, Costco, and Microsoft headquartered in Seattle, so are skilled employees and their families. Though not a densely populated city, Seattle cares deeply about the welfare of its children, said Thompson.
“There are a lot of working parents who are looking for someone to help keep their kids safe. Big Blue is the choice of millennial moms who want their kids to learn how to swim,” Thompson said, adding that 91 percent of all parents will at least try swimming lessons for their children aged nine and under.
This expansion would create 20 to 30 full-time management, swim instructors and support staff jobs at each location. Parents love that Big Blue Swim School instructors are full-time child engagement specialists, adding another level of professionalism and comfort. This also results in low staff turnover, saving franchisees time and resources.
“What Big Blue brings to the table is exactly what parents in Seattle are looking for: not just basic safety, but safety in a warm, friendly, clean environment where the level of instruction is unmatched. And that opinion comes from taking my own kids to swimming lessons across the country over the years,” said Level 5 Operating Partner and President of Real Estate Services Michael Chin. “We’re really looking forward to meeting the folks of Seattle on Dive-In Day on July 24.”
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Big Blue Swim School offers discounts for female franchisees and veterans of the military. The total investment for one Big Blue Swim School location ranges from $1,825,500 to $3,687,000.
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