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British Swim School - Franchise

Quick Franchise Summary

British Swim School is a franchise dedicated to teaching water survival skills to individuals of every age and ability. British Swim School has leveraged a proven franchising model to become a leader in the $5 billion Learn to Swim School industry. This is a low investment and easily scalable model. Learn more now!

British Swim School
Franchise Cost, Fees & Facts for 2022

Minimum Cash Required$90,000
Net Worth Required$150,000
Total Investment$93,700 – $125,850
Franchise Fee$39,500 – $59,500
Financing Assistance3rd Party
Year Founded1981
# of Existing Units70
Franchising Since2011
Training & SupportYes
Home Office LocationVirginia Beach, VA
Military/Veteran PromotionYes
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Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AK
  • AL
  • AR
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • HI
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • NC
  • ND
  • NE
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WI
  • WV
  • WY

Not Available In These States:

We are currently not accepting inquiries in these states:
  • WA

International Availability:

Accepting In These Countries:
  • United States and Canada


British Swim School - Franchise Information

We provide warm water, small classes, highly trained instructors and unique programs with revolutionary techniques that are proprietary to British Swim School. Our gentle, fun and effective instruction ensures an incredible customer retention rate. Last year alone our 200-plus locations taught nearly 750,000 lessons, a 100,000 lesson increase from the year prior. Our acclaimed aquatic program, combined with our fantastic franchise owners, means British Swim School is a recognized industry leader.

The common perception is that to create a million-dollar franchise business, you need a huge chunk of capital. Not with British Swim School. Our model allows entrepreneurs with limited capital or those who don't want a six or seven figure investment risk hanging on their shoulders to launch their swim school and start generating revenue.

We help our franchise owners acquire "access to warm water" by partnering with predominantly indoor pool owners in fitness centers, hotels, schools, and other community facilities. We contract with these underutilized pools to bring in revenue for the facility owner, and of course for the franchisee. By using pool "space" managed by others, there are no ongoing costs associated with maintaining the facility. It's a win-win situation!

British Swim School has existing partnerships with national fitness organizations like LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness and is working to secure additional partnerships at a national level. The company has also developed multiple local partnerships with other fitness centers, hotels and community centers. This helps our franchise owners to acquire warm, indoor pools quicker, without the need to negotiate new contracts with every location.

If you’re ready to start making a difference in your community, reach out to learn more and secure your territory today!


The marketing team and franchise support staff provided endless assistance with EVERY aspect of pausing and restarting my business. Despite being a smaller independent company, I was able to effectively navigate these uncharted times and interact with my customers and business partners with knowledge and confidence. Stu Gelbord, British Swim School of Greater Philadelphia
“What I like most about the opportunity to become an owner and own a location is the opportunity to grow. You can take a small model and grow it into something extreme, something you only dream about.” Cassie Prochilo, Franchise Owner
“What I like best about the business model is [the] small initial investment. [It’s] a very low risk to get started, versus going out and spending a million dollars to build a pool.” Becky Grindle, Franchise Owner
"British Swim School has been a great opportunity coming from a corporate background and going into a business that allows me to have flexibility but also have an impact on the lives of so many children." Angelica Monroy, Franchise Owner

Military & Veteran Promotions

British Swim School appreciates the service and contributions of our veterans and is proud to be a five star member of the VetFran program. If you qualify to participate in this program, you may be eligible for a discount of $8,000 off of the initial franchise fee for the first British Swim School franchise. Please contact us to discuss your potential fit with this program and how we can assist you in launching a British Swim School franchise.

Press Releases & Awards

7/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - British Swim School Continues Trend Towards Post-Pandemic Success!
4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - Nation’s Premier ‘Learn to Swim’ Provider Bounces Back to Pre-Pandemic Performance and Continues to Grow
1/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - Ranked A Top Franchise In Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®
6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - British Swim School Awards New Territories in Norfolk and Virginia Beach
2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - British Swim School Ranked A Top Franchise in Entrepreneur's Highly Competitive 41st Annual Franchise 500
2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - British Swim School opens new locations in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach
2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - A Worcester mom is determined to give premature babies a fighting chance though swimming.