Heelans see waves of success after diving in to create swim school for children

LEAP OF FAITH: Hoping to take advantage of what they saw as an untapped market, John Heelan and his wife, Beth, in 2015 opened Ripples Swim School, an aquatic operation providing swimming instruction for young children, with facilities in Bristol and West Warwick.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
LEAP OF FAITH: Hoping to take advantage of what they saw as an untapped market, John Heelan and his wife, Beth, in 2015 opened Ripples Swim School, an aquatic operation providing swimming instruction for young children, with facilities in Bristol and West Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The Heelan family dove into the swim school business while seeking a suitable swimming program for their three young children. It took John Heelan and his wife, Beth, two years to develop the business model for a modern, intimate, small-town swim school experience for children in the Rhode Island area. Their operation, Ripples Swim School,…

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