Established in 2011, Turtle Tots are an award winning children's Swimming Lesson Franchise. They provide their franchisees with the opportunity to run their own business, build a flexible work/life balance and grow their income in line with their own ambitions.
You don’t need to be a swimming teacher already as they will guide you through the process of becoming qualified with the Swimming Teachers’ Association. Their franchisees come from all walks of life; from primary school teachers to administrators and even a biochemist.
Turtle Tots is a multi award-winning aqua-natal yoga and baby and toddler swimming company operating in the UK and Ireland. They were named the Approved Franchise Association's (AFA) Franchisor of the Year for two years running, and are consistently named in Elite Franchise magazine's list of the top 100 UK franchises. Turtle Tots are incredibly proud of what they have achieved since they launched the Swimming Lesson Franchise Model in 2011.
Since launching in one pool in Bristol, Turtle Tots have now grown to a network of more than 50 exceptional franchisees across the UK and Ireland. Their franchisees employ over 200 teachers and teach thousands of customers every week in over 350 pools.
Turtle Tots' aim has always been, and will continue to be, to make a difference to people's lives, both in and out of the water, through the delivery of exceptional swimming classes and playing an active role in their communities.
Running a Turtle Tots Swimming Lesson Franchise is hard work, but it’s also fun, flexible and rewarding. You will have a real passion for service, a thorough understanding and empathy with your customers, and the desire to make a real difference to people's lives.
Initially when you launch your Swimming Lesson Franchise you will be in the pool teaching your first customers, and also running the day to day administration and marketing. However Turtle Tots do encourage their franchisees to employ teachersand staff as their business grows, so that they can work on their business rather than in it. You certainly won’t be tied to a desk and will enjoy the flexibility of running the business during the hours that suit you.
The initial Turtle Tots fee starts £6,500 + VAT for one territory or £13,000 + VAT for two. Or, for those looking to build and manage a Turtle Tots Swimming Lesson Franchise from day one, bespoke packages are available.
Turtle Tots has excellent longstanding relationships with leading financial institutions including NatWest and HSBC. They can introduce you to their contacts to help you with any initial funding you may need.
The Turtle Tots business model is scalable and has given me the opportunity to grow a business significantly in just a few years. I now run a business with 22 employees that covers a territory of nearly 5 million people.
Being a Turtle Tots franchisee gives me the chance to work with children, which I love, but there’s so much more to it than that. I love being my own boss, and having the flexibility to work my business around my family.
The best thing about buying an established business was that we could see the cashflow forecast, and what our earnings would be, which was a massive help. It's a scary step going from being employed to self-employed, so seeing the cashflow forecast and knowing the number of customers the business had helped hugely.
A unique pregnancy to pre-school swimming programme
Franchisee support chosen local charities
Endorsed by Professor Greg Whyte OBE sports scientist and former Olympian