Our Partnerships

Our Golden Partners

Our partnerships reflect our commitment to water safety, drowning prevention, and universal access to swim lessons. We believe every child should have an understanding of water safety and the opportunity to learn to swim. Learn about our partnerships with gold medalist Olympians, aquatic safety organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

Ryan Murphy
Champion Swimmer & Water Safety Advocate
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USA Swimming Foundation
Philanthropic Partner
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Dr. Molly O'Shea
Pediatrician & Parenting Expert
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Aquatics Coalition
Purpose-Driven Aquatics Facility Collaboration
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Ellis & Associates
Aquatic Risk Management
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National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Drowning Prevention Education & Advocacy
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Cullen Jones
World Champion Swimmer, DEI Advocate, Wavemaker for Water Safety
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Ryan Murphy
Champion Swimmer & Water Safety Advocate

We are proud to partner with World Champion Swimmer, World Record-Holder and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, to spread the important message of water safety and drowning prevention.
Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida – the state that sadly sees the most drownings each year – Ryan has always been passionate about water safety, and is committed to making a positive impact to help lower these staggering statistics. As an Ambassador of the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, partnering with Goldfish to make a splash and raise awareness in drowning prevention was a natural fit!
Ryan is currently training for his second-straight Olympic appearance in Tokyo 2021, but continues to make waves for water safety! In May 2021, Ryan’s op-ed on the gap that the pandemic has created in swim lessons and drowning prevention was shared by USA Today, and Ryan actively discusses the importance of water safety on his platforms.

USA Swimming Foundation
Philanthropic Partner

We strive every day to help the children we teach be safer in and around the water while building the confidence and skills they need to make waves in life. But, our mission doesn’t stop there!
We know there is still so much we can do to ensure more children learn the importance of water safety, which is why we’ve partnered with the USA Swimming Foundation in support of their Grant Funding Programs. Our fundraising initiatives will go directly to supporting children across the country to learn to swim – children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Goldfish has committed to raising $1,000,000 by 2024 across our entire system, helping underserved children get access to life-saving swim lessons so that they can build their knowledge, skills and confidence while having fun and being safer in and around the water.
Join us in Floating It Forward, and help us get closer to our goal of $1,000,000 so that together we can make waves, give back and save lives!

Dr. Molly O'Shea
Pediatrician & Parenting Expert

Meet Dr. Molly, a board-certified pediatrician and parenting expert! Dr. Molly has been in practice for nearly 30 years, providing health care at her two Michigan-based pediatric offices: Birmingham Pediatrics & Wellness and Campground Pediatrics & Wellness. Dr. Molly has also served as a journal editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a columnist for The Detroit News ‘Ask the Doctor’ column. Dr. Molly is a lifelong swimmer and an advocate for water safety, and serves as the o-fish-al pediatrician of Goldfish Swim School, providing medical expertise and guidance as we aim to help YOU raise healthy, happy & holistic tiny humans!
Dr. Molly actively partners with our Goldfish RX program, provides fintastic tips for our ‘Mondays with Dr Molly’ social series, and provides her expertise in a variety of blogssocial media and parenting news segments!

Aquatics Coalition
Purpose-Driven Aquatics Facility Collaboration

The Aquatics Coalition consists of more than 20 water safety and competitive water sports organizations spanning from learn-to-swim programs, health and rehabilitation groups to competitive aquatics organizations. This diverse group joined together with one aim: advocate for a return to purpose-driven instructional aquatics by developing tools to guide a safer return to water. The group was formed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to collaborate today to share best practices, collaborate and strategize on issues within the aquatics industry, and bring awareness to water safety.

Ellis & Associates
Aquatic Risk Management

Goldfish Swim School partners with Ellis & Associates to provide a comprehensive suite of safety and operational solutions to our swim schools, instructors and lifeguards. Their innovative and proactive approach elevates aquatic safety for all, driving our unified mission of zero drownings.
Goldfish Swim School Franchising’s Training, Development & Safety Manager Nikki Thomas serves as an Ellis & Associates Instructor Trainer, training and certifying Goldfish Team Members across North America on lifeguard instruction and certification policies, CPR and safety protocols!

  • All Goldfish Team Members are certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Supplemental Oxygen Administration
  • The Goldfish Deck Team, in addition to the above certifications, are also certified in lifeguarding.
  • In addition to the initial certification, our Safety Team also attends required monthly in-services to continue their education and practice emergency protocol.
  • We also regularly partake in unannounced audits from E&A to ensure we are meeting and exceeding all emergency response expectations.
National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Drowning Prevention Education & Advocacy

Drowning is a complex problem. To be effective, organizations need to leverage their strengths and work together to have the greatest impact.
Goldfish Swim School has partnered with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance to help make those connections and to have the greatest impact. We encourage EVERYONE to join the alliance and empower your communities to take more action, touch more lives, and make an even greater difference!

Cullen Jones
World Champion Swimmer, DEI Advocate, Wavemaker for Water Safety

We are proud to partner with World Champion Swimmer, World Record-Holder and Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones, to spread the important message of water safety and drowning prevention.

After a near-drowning experience as a child, Cullen was immediately put in swim lessons, where it became clear very quickly that he had a natural talent as a swimmer. Cullen worked tirelessly to shatter stereotypes and to help promote diversity and inclusion in the sport. He became the first African American man to win a gold medal at the World University Games in 2005, and the first Black swimmer to hold a World Record. In his Olympic swimming career, Cullen won 4 medals – earning a gold medal in 2008 in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay – also known as the Greatest Relay in Olympic History – then 2 silvers (4x100m freestyle relay and 50m freestyle) and a gold medal in 4×100 medley relay the 2012 games

Now retired from competitive swimming, Cullen continues to make waves for water safety, advocating for access to life-saving swim lessons for ALL children. Cullen serves as an ambassador and board member of the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, and is also a Goldfish Dad to his son Ayvn.