Aqua-Tots Swim Schools

At a time when quality childhood swim lessons were a novelty, Ron and Jane Sciarro created a different kind of swim experience. In borrowed backyard pools and rented hotel facilities around the greater Phoenix area, the Sciarros offered parents a place where they could be heard, where goals for their children in the water weren’t simply a wish list, but a commitment. And Aqua-Tots Swim Schools took off!

By 2005, with the help of Paul and Heather Preston, the first indoor, year-round Aqua-Tots Swim Schools location opened in Mesa, Arizona, followed quickly by the first franchise location in 2007.

Today, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools serves over 130 communities worldwide, and our commitment to families is exactly the same as it was in 1991. We are committed to seeing individuals reach their goals in and out of the water. Whether moving through swim levels or building a business, we are dedicated to treating all people with the same care, support and intentionality that we offer to all of our swim school families and franchise owners.

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Aqua-Tots Swim Schools now has franchises worldwide in efforts to reduce drownings by providing families with life-saving swimming instruction.  Because of Aqua-Tots’ attention to details, strategic planning, and focus on being the best swim school, our franchisees are setting the pace in the market. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has revolutionized the swim school industry!

Our mission is to help prevent drownings by working with the community to provide a standard of excellence in teaching children and adults water safety.  With years of experience, a comprehensive curriculum, quality swim instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations, Aqua-Tots has it all to serve your family!

Since 1991, Aqua-Tots has been an industry leader in swimming instruction. We challenge the status quo in the swim industry, focusing on delivering top-quality swim lessons and providing our swimmers with Lessons for Life.   Our name is recognized around the world, as we have served many communities over the years in our efforts to reduce drownings on a global scale.

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Decades of instructional experience have molded our comprehensive swimming curriculum.  As an active member of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), Aqua-Tots regularly participates in educational opportunities to maintain a high teaching standard in the swim industry.  With the main focus being safety, our curriculum helps children learn how to swim and develop a lifelong love of swimming.

Every one of our instructors goes through over 40 hours of intensive classroom and in-water training.  In addition, our Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Water Safety Instructors (AT-WSI) have passed an online exam and have obtained CPR training prior to receiving an AT-WSI Certification and to teaching their first swim lesson.  Once certified, our instructors are assessed regularly to assure lesson quality and consistency. We want to ensure that your family receives a quality lesson, every time.

Our year-round training centers offer families a clean, safe, and family friendly teaching environment.  The water is always 88-90 degrees to ensure our swimmers are comfortable in the water.

We have multiple locations in the United States and around the world to serve families.

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Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is the leader in swimming instruction which makes owning an Aqua-Tots franchise an incredible opportunity. Since 1991, our internationally recognized “Lessons For Life” program has taught thousands of children to swim safe. Aqua-Tots franchisees come from all walks of life and business backgrounds, but they share a common passion for running their own business and for helping children learn skills that will change their lives.


A franchise system is only as strong as its franchisees. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is looking for franchise owners who value the reputation that Aqua-Tots has built and are dedicated to pushing it forward with great swim instruction in a clean, family-friendly, fun setting.

Naturally, you will need to like working with children to be an Aqua-Tots Swim Schools franchisee. Skills in customer service, marketing, people management and a financial understanding are necessary to build your successful business. You do not need to be a certified swim instructor to own an Aqua-Tots franchise. However, you must be willing to work hard to make your Aqua-Tots Swim School a success.

Owning an Aqua-Tots franchise is both challenging and personally fulfilling. If you want a business that helps future generations of children develop one of the most important life skills, Aqua-Tots is that franchise.


When you own an Aqua-Tots Swim School franchise, you are never alone! Our franchise headquarters team is a highly experienced and professional management team specializing in business management and consulting to assist you in building a profitable business.

As an Aqua-Tots franchisee, you will receive training on all aspects of operating the swim school from pre-opening to daily operations to employee training. Aqua-Tots has developed 14 comprehensive detailed manuals with step-by-step instructions on everything from how to select a location to training your staff and how to maintain the highest level of client satisfaction. An extensive library of operations and training manuals along with video training is provided to each franchise owner. Our owners have 24 hour access to all of our proven programs and operations systems.

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