Goldfish Swim School
185 Commerce Dr.
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Now we have been all over the city and its surrounding burbs. Although there are some great spots outside the city I am rarely jealous of what the burbs has to offer over the city. Goldfish Swim School in Fort Washington is actually one of the those places.
First. Goldfish is one of the only places I have been to that says they have a heated pool and actually has one. I have passes to Coco Key in Mt. Laurel and I can’t bring myself to go because the water is so lukewarm (if that). The Goldfish pool area is a tropical 90 degrees all. the. time. It literally felt like the Bahamas in there. I mean I felt like a mermaid in the Caribbean… but enough about my mom moment, because I think you get what I am saying, and more about the kids.
If I leave you with any impression about our visit it is that Goldfish is really, really well done. Goldfish has a cheerful theme without being cheesy. The changing rooms are made to look like rows of brightly painted cabanas. In the middle is an extensive blow-dryer bar with surfboard benches. The pool area is huge with a deep sea theme. Honestly what I loved the most was how bright and open it was. One length of the pool is all windows to the outside.
The other length of the pool is windows to the main area where parents can comfortably wait with plenty of essential catch-up magazines to glance at while watching their beautiful child’s swim lesson of course. I mean down to the last detail they have you covered.
The row of showers with Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo is super modern and right in the pool area. Getting out of the pool and being able to shower them up made my day easier and took a chore off my list. We left our suits on just in case you were wondering. Goldfish even has water extractors for your suits so after your lesson you strip’em, toss their suits in the machine for 30 seconds and everything is not sopping wet any more and you are on your way.
So what can Goldfish do for your family? For starters we road tested their swim lessons which were great. After a year of lessons I had the boys thrown in a pool with all their clothing and shoes on. The boys had to get out of their clothing and tread water so I knew they would be okay around a pool. So I do take this stuff seriously. At an average of $21 / group lessons they are competitive with city swim lessons. The boys warmed up to the instructor quickly and he handled both boys without any issues. He evaluated the boys and then worked on some of their problem areas. The last 5 minutes of each lesson the instructor goes over with the parent what they learned, how they did, where they need to improve and the kids get to show one thing they learned that session. The boys were really proud of themselves and had a great time.
After our lesson we stayed for family swim which is, get this, $5.00 per person but no more than $15 per family. This is by far the best deal around. Even at the YMCA you have to pay the initiation fee and then the monthly membership fee and you know that water is cold.
Family swim is all ages and one hour. Goldfish does some cool things to make their family swim unique. Two platforms were dropped in the pool. These are bright yellow platforms with handle bars. These give the kids an elevated platform to swim to. Goldfish also has an awesome foam airplane and car that kids can jump into to and swim with, on, or around. They also have these awesome giant body boards that are in the shape of ducks. We had a great time at family swim and I would have no problem taking them in again.