Today we’d like to introduce you to Karyn and Mike Morrill.
Floaties Swim School opened eleven ago when Mike and Karyn decided to take the plunge and start the process of creating what has now become an amazing family of swimmers.
A few years prior, Mike started as a private instructor by traveling from pool to pool hosting swim lessons at other people’s homes. In fact, Karyn named him the “floating guy”, which eventually translated to “floating lessons”, which ultimately evolved into what is now the Floaties Swim School. In 2006, Mike and Karyn expanded their business to their own backyard and wound up enrolling 150 students in swim lessons that first year alone!
When they finally opened their new facility on May 12, 2008, Karyn and Mike did so with gratitude for all of the amazing experiences and wonderful people they have encountered along the way. Although running a business can be challenging, they get up every day excited about what they do. Mike and Karyn have the joy of watching a 3-month-old be submerged under water for the first time and are able to follow his progressions until a few months later he is able to climb out of the pool by himself, jump into the water and swim with confidence. Mike and Karyn are pleased to be a part of the San Diego community and excited about their continually growing “Floaties Family”.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Building an indoor pool does not come without it’s own set of struggles. When we first started looking at buildings, many people did not understand our concept or what we were all about and we would instantly be told no. When we finally were able to secure a building to build our first indoor facility, another set of challenges which then led to a big learning curve when having to staff the facility. I think with each set of challenges over the years, we have continued to listen to clients, staff and always are willing to learn which I feel is key to our success.
Please tell us about Floaties Swim Schools.
Floaties Swim Schools offers year round, indoor swim lessons to infants and children starting as early at 3months old. We specialize in teaching children to be safe and have fun in and around water, is our number one priority. At Floaties, we encourage children to appreciate the water and the benefits it offers. We encourage building self-esteem and confidence as early as three months old.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Karyn: If I had to start over, I would probably be more willing to ask for help sooner than I did in the earlier years. There was a thought process I had which made me think I had to know what I was doing (even though this was my first time owning and operating my own business) and have all the answers. It caused a lot of sleepless nights, worry and was just exhausting. Now, I have this amazing team where we are all able to bring our different strengths to the table to support each other and the company.
- 4 lessons $94 ( once a week)
- 8 lessons $155 ( twice a week)
- 6 lessons $135 (once a week)
- 12 lessons $220 (twice a week)
- Address: 13180 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064851 Showroom Place #102
Chula Vista, CA 91914
- Website: www.floatiesswimschool.com
- Phone: 877-277-7946
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @floatiesswimschool.com
- Facebook: floatiesswimschool
Photo Credit Lee Bertrand Photography