Welcome to Wisconsin Swim Academy!
Our philosophy is to take a loving, gentle approach with our teaching by earning your child’s trust and building their confidence so they can become smart, strong swimmers thus giving you peace of mind.
You may know us as Fox Cities Swim Academy, a Professional Swim School owned and operated by Susie Van Ekeren. Based on several factors and opportunities, we are changing the name to Wisconsin Swim Academy. The Academy has been operating as a business entity since 2010, and will continue to operate as it always has, with individualized instruction plans and positive teaching styles. This change is no more than a name change.
All lessons are 2 students/1 teacher, or private upon request. Confidence and Self-Esteem building is a priority, as confident swimmers are safe swimmers. Safety is extremely important to us, and all instructors are lifeguard certified.
The staff at Wisconsin Swim Academy has more then 10 years of teaching success. We have taught hundreds of infants, children and adults proper swim and safety techniques. All of our teachers are extensively trained and qualified professionals who love children and understand the importance of being a positive mentor.
Each teacher is CPR certified and Life Guard Certified. They have also completed an extensive 30+ hour training program as well as a full semester of “Team Teaching”.
Meet Susie Van Ekeren
Susie, a lifelong swimming enthusiast, has 10+ years of swim instruction experience, and has been in business for over six years. Susie and Wisconsin Swim Academy were recently featured in New North B2B Magazine, a regional publication in Northeast Wisconsin Click here to read the article.
Fox Cities Swim Academy, now known as Wisconsin Swim Academy started as a fun adventure in 1996 in our backyard as a way to pay for a heater for our new pool! Much like today, we started with 2 kids in a class, Each lesson was 30 minutes long and I served fresh baked bread and coffee and tea to my moms everyday as a treat!
We started with 10 kids and by the end of the first summer we were up to 25 kids. We did this for 3 summers and each year we grew until we reached almost 60 kids. In the summer of 2009 we had a rainy summer and I was forced to look into a lead I got from a client that the AmericInn off Ballard had “open swim” to the public for a small fee. I contacted the manager and she agreed to let me come and do “make up” lessons on the rainy days. At the end of that summer I had established a good working relationship with them and they agreed to allow me to continue in the fall so I could do lessons throughout the entire year.
By the end of the first year I had hired a young woman that had worked with me at a previous swim facility and together we had grown the business to 90 kids. We hired another employee within 6 months and grew to just over 100. Ten years later, we have 34 swim instructors, over 1,000 kiddos and now have 3 pools we are working out of. Our hope is to own our own facility and grow so we can continue to provide the Fox Valley with another choice for outstanding, quality swim lessons so you can have a peace of mind!
Prior to my backyard endeavors, I had managed a local swim school and taught lessons for 5 years and worked in the school system with kids with special needs. I was an avid swimmer as a child and continue to have a love for the water as well a love for working with children.
I currently have 4 teenage boys of my own and my husband and I love to watch them play basketball, football, baseball, Karate and of course, Swim!