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Colonie native starts his own learn to swim business

Thomas Kearney, assistant director at Kevin’s Swim School, gives a lesson during a “Our School At Your Pool” program. Colonie native Kevin Kearney started the school in June of 2012.

Thomas Kearney, assistant director at Kevin’s Swim School, gives a lesson during a “Our School At Your Pool” program. Colonie native Kevin Kearney started the school in June of 2012. Submitted photo

— Having smaller classes and teaching things in small bits, Kearney said, often helps ease the kids into the program.

“Help them recognize they’re safe with the instruction and the environment is friendly, comfortable. You’ll see these kids start to open up and try new skills, and that’s when they can really take off,” he said.

New to the program this year is adding an “Our School At Your Pool” program, where instructors come straight to people’s backyard pools for classes. Kearney said classes can be individualized or set up as neighborhood groups, but there’s a maximum of three kids per class.

“It’s a nice format I think because it’s for the kids to have lessons with your buddies,” Kearney said. “(It) allows kids to learn to swim in the comfort of their own home.”

Kearney said he often revises the class curriculum and keeps it up-to-date to see what worked, what didn’t with the instructors.

“I want to keep the program growing, and most importantly, keep the quality where it needs to be, instruction top notch. We’re doing everything we can to make sure the students are learning in a safe and enjoyable environment,” Kearney said.

Visit kevinswimschool.com for more information.

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