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July 22, 2024

Growing Up Goldfish!

Cincinnati’s Leading Learn-to-Swim Program Teaches Critical Life Skills to Thousands of Cincinnati-area Kids at Three Locations.

Swim safety is a year-round priority for all families, and Goldfish Swim School is proud to be Cincinnati’s premier water and swim safety community resource since 2016. With locations in West Chester, Anderson and now Kenwood, OH, Goldfish Swim School is proud to have taught over 10,000 kids how to be safer in and around water. Simply put, every child needs to learn this critical life skill.

Drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death for kids under age four. The Goldfish team is committed to changing this statistic. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children participate in regular, high quality swim lessons starting at age one because studies show that swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88 percent. Thousands of Cincinnati families have experienced first-hand the proven curriculum, highly trained instructors, state-of-the art pool, family-friendly facilities that make Goldfish Swim School a place where all children can progress and reach their full potential.

The Fortenboher family from Lebanon, OH has experienced the magic of Goldfish Swim School with each of their three kids who have all had their own learn-to-swim journey. Lillie began swimming at Goldfish Swim School West Chester in 2017 as an 8 month-old.

Lillie’s mom Kelly Fortenboher says, “As a baby, Lillie loved the sea otter float and the slide. She progressed fairly quickly and by age 2, she moved to an independent class without me!”

Since that time, Little has moved up to the Pro 1 level and has her eyes set on the Swim Force Team! Four year-old Liam began swim lessons when he was 18 months-old. Liam was born with a cleft palate and had a speech delay. Kelly notes that his weekly swim lessons were always the highlight of his week and he has made great strides with his swimming, but he has also made enormous progress with his socialization and communication skills thanks to his dedicated swim instructor Miss. Courtney.

At two years-old, little Logan is the newest member of the Fortenboher family to enroll in swim lessons at Goldfish. He works hard at the skills in his Mini class including floating on his back and he is eager to get in the pool and get to work each week! Kelly says that the thing that has really stood out about their experience at Goldfish Swim School is the relationships that the kids develop with the instructors and the enthusiasm that the staff shows each and every child as they reach new milestones.

“The staff is what makes this experience so special. I see their team greet every child by name each week and we feel like part of a family. They are invested in my kids. We are not just an enrollment number. They genuinely care and you can feel that. They have worked with us to ensure that each of our kids is successful in lessons.”

Goldfish Swim School provides indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a safe, fun and family-friendly setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Goldfish offers perpetual lessons and families can enroll at any time. Goldfish Swim School is now enrolling students in their new Kenwood location.

Visit for more information on free trial offers, grand opening celebrations, free family swim opportunities and more.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.