We at a Swimtastic and SafeSplash swim schools are honored to be partnered with professional swimmer and Olympic Champion Missy Franklin. Missy is a member of the ownership group of our parent company SafeSplash Brands and is deeply involved on an ongoing basis in helping us continue to innovate new ways to teach both basic swimming skills and competitive technique to our students.
Missy has long been an advocate for the power of learning to swim for both children and adults. In fact, Missy is also a world-wide ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and their Make a Splash program which focuses helping kids get exposed to the joy of swimming and the self confidence and pride that results from learning a life skill.
We are thrilled to have Missy as a member of the SafeSplash/Swimtastic team. Her involvement is a key piece in helping us continue to ensure our proprietary curriculum is the best in the industry. It is one of the things that makes our swim schools unlike any other. And our customers certainly think so as well...teaching over 1 million lessons a year is an amazing vote of confidence from our customers. Look for Missy around our facilities. She loves to spend time in the schools and annually finds time to hold events and clinics when her schedule allows.
Raised in SafeSplash's home of Colorado, Missy's love of swimming began in early childhood. She credits her mother with her early start, as she wanted Missy to learn to swim at an early age due to her own personal fear of the water. Missy began infant lessons at six months old. Her parents soon noticed she had a gift for swimming and decided to put her in private lessons at the age of 5. Missy's letter to her parents about their support of her career is fantastic. Check it out here.
After much success at the club and high school level throughout her childhood, she went on to achieve success on a much bigger stage. At the young age of 17, Franklin competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing with 5 total medals (four gold and one bronze). She is the current world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke and the 4x100-meter medley relay. Franklin is also the most decorated woman to ever compete at the FINA World Championships with nine career gold medals. Missy Franklin's success at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio with her gold medal performance in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay makes her a 5-time Olympic gold medalist and we are so proud!
"From the moment SafeSplash Brands approached me to join their team, I felt it was a great fit. The commitment we both have to create opportunities for kids to learn to love to swim resonates deeply with me. Swimming has given me a platform to help others feel pride, confidence and personal achievement. My partnership with SafeSplash Brands will allow me to expand my ability to do just that by reaching families around the globe.” - Missy Franklin