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SwimFun featured in First Coast News' ON YOUR SIDE

In December of 2022, First Coast News’ ON YOUR SIDE featured our groundbreaking Infant Survival Aquatics program and new-concept Swim School. Senior Correspondent Rich Donnelly’s video expose and report featured our Aquatics Director, Paige Kirshner, and a Nocatee family who recently moved from Illinois. Visit to our Home Page to see the feature in its entirety. Or click HERE to go to First Coast News “On Your Side” to see the story.

SwimFun, ISOA STEM Partnership


Jacksonville, FL. April 1, 2022 — Continuing efforts to provide best-in-class offerings to students and parents, SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics is excited to expand its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) partnership with the International School of America. The unique collaboration will provide all SwimFun Members who participate in Stem-Centric Summer Camps and After-School Programs with hands-on science education materials to complement SwimFun’s Virtual Reality platform through Google Expeditions. Along with this technology, SwimFun Members will also be exposed to ISOA’s Character-Building program (The Kindness Generation & Anti-Bullying Platform) that directly coincides with SwimFun’s SwimBuddy 360 initiative. ISOA educators will connect via live broadcast into SwimFun Academy’s learning pod to connect with SwimFun Members and STEM Instructors. ISOA and SwimFun will continue to explore Science related curriculum that highlights our Ocean and brings attention to SwimFun’s Philantropic pledge.

“This partnership will provide access to engaging STEM materials through a fully-certified International School,” said Robert Panfili, SwimFun Ambassador. “From the beginning, we set out to disrupt the Swim School industry. By installing Gaming, VR and STEM-Centric activities with our ground-breaking Swim Academy, we are providing a year-round value proposition – and destination – for both SwimFun parents and children.”

“This collaborative effort delivers significant benefits to students,” said Brian Massey Tupper, Executive Director and Founder of ISOA. “It prevents learning loss in science; provides students with hands-on STEM materials during virtual learning, thereby increasing their engagement in STEM. Not only does this unique initiative provide high-quality, robust science education materials, it sets a stellar example for future partnerships among organizations with similar educational goals and a complimentary vision for character building of our youth. I absolutely love how SwimFun Academy found a fantastic way to blend STEM with Swim, Gaming and Character-Building.”

About SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics At SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics, we have revolutionized the Swim School concept to deliver what children and parents need in today’s water-packed environment. We have created a fundamental learning flow and process: Infant Survival Aquatics > SwimBridge Program > Swim Academy. Our technique driven programs are paired with a character-building mantra that teaches our SwimFun Kids life-skills in and out of the pool. We also merge accredited Stem-Centric education with our Swim offerings to deliver best-in-class Summer Camps and all-year-round After-School programs.

About International School of America Our mission at International School of America is to provide engaging and enriching global education from anywhere. We offer a top-tier curriculum and personalized instruction that moves with each child’s education and goals. As a result, our students benefit from service and project-based learning that help them solve problems, think critically, and consider the world beyond their local community.

SwimFun announces flagship location


Jacksonville, FL. January 1, 2022 – SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics, the nation’s newest and most modern swim school franchise, announces the grand opening of their flagship location in Jacksonville, FL. The new state-of-the-art facility, located at 14797 Phillips Highway on the Duval County/St. Johns County border, is uniquely positioned in the Above Athletics Complex to serve the booming areas of Nocatee, Durbin, Beachwalk, Rivertown and South Jacksonville.

“Businesses like SwimFun do more than call Jacksonville home,” remarked Robert Panfili, SwimFun Ambassador. “We serve the families of St. Johns and Duval Counties (and beyond) to ensure the utmost safety and growth for their children. We’re proud to have the SwimFun Headquarters as a part of the thriving St. Johns community and will work to make the world a safer place for children and families all over our water-filled area.”

Beyond the pool, SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics Franchise Headquarters will utilize their modern and intentionally designed facility to train new franchisees as well as equip school leadership teams with the skills they need to run successful swim schools both nationally and internationally. “When we surveyed the existing Swim School and Infant Aquatics landscape, we quickly realized there was a major void. We have disrupted an antiquated industry and modernized a concept to offer parents quality swim instruction with a multi-functional year-round value proposition for their children,” said Panfili. “Little did we know what our vision would translate into today. This new facility gives us a unique opportunity to serve our future franchise owners as well as families all over the world, offering them the most advanced swim academy structure and modernized Survival Aquatics programs available to keep children safe in and around the water for a lifetime.”

SwimFun Academy highlighted in Jacksonville spotlight

In January of 2023, Tara Belanger Bright wrote a featured article on the unique value SwimFun Academy is providing to the families of Duval & St. Johns County. Our modernized Swim Academy model, along with our Gaming Arena and After-School programs were highlighted. This was published & distributed to over 15,000 homes. The link to the article can be found  by clicking here.

SwimFun Academy Cover Story Feature

SwimFun was proudly the cover story feature in the February issue of the Ponte Vedra Recorder. Link to story HERE.

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