Two entrepreneurs from Bristol have just launched their award-winning baby swim programme in Australia. After five years of phenomenal growth and success across the UK and with a network of more than 40 licensees nationwide, co-founders Gaby Lixton and Caroline Sparks have taken the plunge into new waters with their latest overseas venture.
Headed up by British mum of three Rachel Hope, Turtle Tots baby swim classes are set to be rolled out across Australia initially commencing in the Bayside suburb of Sandringham, Melbourne. Originally from Cardiff, Rachel moved to Melbourne with her Australian husband in 2008.
Gaby Lixton spoke on the launch, “We’re over the moon to be taking our popular baby swim programme to Australia. In that territory, Turtle Tots as a business model is quite a unique and progressive programme. Not many swim schools teach parents with babies under six months of age in Melbourne, let alone Australia, so we are going to be something of a novelty and a new experience for the locals.”
Turtle Tots prides itself on preschool swim classes that are structured, safe and friendly for all. Rachel’s background is in corporate communications but she has always been sporty by nature with a love of swimming, ballet, gymnastics and netball as a child. Tennis is her passion at the moment and she is also a keen runner so she hopes to inspire parents and children in Australia with her energy and enthusiasm for getting active.
Gaby continued “I've known Rachel for many years so I'm confident she will be a great asset to our brand and our ambitious strategy for global growth. Turtle Tots is about building water confidence in all children regardless of the country they live in, and its also very much about creating a fun activity that can create that extra special bonding time for parents and their children, something we are very proud to be associated with.”