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December 8, 2023

Mom Report: Goldfish Swim School

Before I could even open the door, I heard a “woooooaaaaaaahhhhhhh” escape both of my kids. They caught a glimpse of the inside of the new Goldfish Swim School facility in West Chester. Walking in is like stepping into a “vacation destination.” The bright colors, friendly staff, and amenities are all welcoming.

After getting a tour of the new facility, my kids stopped to use the restrooms (and test their acoustics) and then played with the toys and chalkboards available while they waited for the classes to be called. They also tried to convince me to buy them the adorable goldfish plush in the Treasure Island Pro Shop … I didn’t buy the goldfish, but I did purchase some new goggles for my son.

When the lesson started, I got to observe from the sitting area, which runs the length of the pool. There is glass that separates the pool from the sitting area and as a mom of a little, I loved it! I was able to watch my son’s lesson without the fear of my daughter getting too close to the pool and without breaking a sweat. The warm pool is great for the kids getting in, but can easily overheat fully clothed parents.

During the lesson I observed a lot of positive interactions between my son and his teacher. I could tell the instructor was encouraging him every chance she got. I could see the smile on my son’s face and the determination to do even better his next turn. He is very competitive … even with himself!

The last five minutes of the lesson, parents are invited out to observe the remainder of the lesson and to talk to the teacher as needed. I was told the skills that he mastered as well as the ones that he still needs to work on. He also earned a ribbon off of the ribbon wall!

After the lesson, we used one of the changing areas and then spun my son’s suit. The machine drains the water away from your feet, which is a pet peeve of mine, so I was very happy to see my feet would stay dry. Next, my kids decided they needed to sit on the surfboard and dry their hair at the hair drying station … I anticipate this will be their favorite spot in the entire facility. Goldfish Swim School also has a diaper changing station, a snack station, a Student and Employee of the Month board, as well as balloons/small trinkets for rewards after swim lessons. My son wants to make the Student of the Month board stat and said Goldfish Swim School is “the AWESOME-EST of all!”

Goldfish Swim School West Chester

7058 Ridgetop Drive

513-857-1700 or 


About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!