BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
I met Leslie at Linked Up Church maybe about a year ago. Can’t remember the specifics of our meeting but I do remember liking her from the first meeting, she was confident, inspiring, a super shade thrower, and hilarious.
Leslie began her journey as an entrepreneur when she was 25. She took her love for the water and swimming and transformed it into a business when she got laid off from her job in 2013. Coincidentally, that is how most people end up pursuing an alternative job. Leslie began teaching swim lessons to people of all ages at her community pool to earn extra money while she looking for employment. Since then her lessons have increased tremendously. From there All-Star Swim Atlanta was born. Leslie has taught hundreds of people to swim and over 2,000 people have come through her school to date. Exposure has grown so much that she has been invited to some celebrities’ homes here in Atlanta to provide private lessons.
What excites Leslie about swimming is the growth opportunity within the industry. Her love for teaching is what motivates her and she finds it super rewarding. She loves being able to help others feel a sense of accomplishment. Leslie has always loved being around water. She is one of the few people I know that learned how to swim at a young age at a local community center. As a teenager, Leslie swam for county swim leagues. She has also swam year-round for a highly competitive swim team in Decatur, GA. She obtained her lifeguard certification when she was just 15 and worked as a lifeguard during the summers in high school. Leslie is currently CPR, AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard certified. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Business Management from Georgia State University.
All-Star Swim Atlanta currently provides two different learn-to-swim curriculums for adults and kids. Both of which are offered in private and group lesson formats. Adult classes are for those age 15 and up and kid classes are for those beginning at age 3-14. They accommodate swimmers from beginning all the way up to advanced levels. The end goal for them is to help swimmers overcome their fear of water and achieving basic water skills and stoke techniques. Leslie has plans to expand All-Star Swim Atlanta beyond Atlanta soon. I am in anticipation of where All-Star Swim Atlanta will go in the future. So proud of Leslie and all of her progress.
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Address: Washington Park Natatorium, 101 Ollie Street, Atlanta, GA 30314