We had the good fortune of connecting with Cortney Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cortney, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4yrs old. Our mission is to change this statistic! Drowning is completely preventable, and it is our goal to get as many families water safe as possible. Once a person can roll into a static float, they can save their own life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a mobile swim school that travels to people’s home or community pools for swim lessons. Unlike traditional swim lessons, we focus on floating for safety. Unlike other survival swim programs, we have a gentle approach. We take the time to build a relationship with our swimmers. We make them comfortable so they will give us their best effort. We go beyond the float! Our style is swim-float-swim which means once our swimmers can hold a float, they are taught to locate and swim towards the steps or wall to safely exit the swimming pool.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well we are water people so we would definitely start out in Galveston.. enjoying the ocean and eating seafood. Next, we may catch a show at Discovery Green. We would end the week enjoying the amazing pool at the Marriott Marquis and eating at our favorite restaurants including Peli Peli and Perry’s Steakhouse.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out to my AMAZING husband, Anson Ainsworth. He believed in me when I decided to leave my corporate job and pursue teaching survival swim. He encouraged me to leave my job as an Aquatics Director to open my own swim school. He pushed me to open new territories, then insisted that we move across the country with our young children to see it through. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful person to encourage and guide me along this journey.