Safe N Sound is a family owned business, founded by Kerrie Gordon. Growing up, Kerrie was a competitive swimmer. In high school, she was state champion in the butterfly and went on to swim for the University of Utah. She studied early childhood development in college and combined her two loves (water and kids) to found Safe N Sound Swimming in 1986.
Starting in one lane of the Connelly Center pool at Seattle University, Kerrie taught lessons, answered phones, scheduled clients, and paid the bills. As word spread about her unique private lessons focused on safety, it came time to hire her first employee. She hired Scott in 1988. Scott and Kerrie got along so well, they were married in 1989. Today, they have 6 children (7 if you count Safe N Sound).
Today, Safe N Sound Swimming employs nearly 50 full and part time employees during the school year and hires an additional 20 camp staffers during the summer. All 6 of the Gordon children contribute to the business. Arielle has taught lessons for 9 years. Josh and Sarina are summer camp counselors and help with answering phones, cleaning the facility and lifeguarding duties. Sam is a lifeguard and Ben is a counselor-in-training. Grace the caboose, serves as a “student” for instructor training sessions and is often seen “auditing” camp activities during the summer time.
While Safe N Sound started off as a swim school it has expanded over the years to offer swim and outdoor adventure camp. “Camp was a natural extension of our swim lessons,” says Kerrie. “Our clients were asking for some kind of summer swim camp. More recently, Safe N Sound became a Red Cross authorized provider and began offering Lifeguard, CPR/First-Aid certification training. “Today, we offer swim lessons, camps, and training ; three unique services that complement our wonderful Puget Sound area,” says Gordon.
Swim Lessons – Kerrie combined her love for swimming with her study of early childhood develop to create our effective method of 1-on-1 swim lessons focused on water safety and proper swim technique. Each lesson is tailored to the needs and skill level of a student.
Adventure Camp – Arising from client demand, SNS wanted to utilize our unique surroundings. “Our pool literally sits in Lake Union,” says Jennifer Paull, Executive Camp Director as SNS. “We wanted to provide our campers an opportunity to explore the wonderful Puget Sound region.
During the summer, we offer high quality, week-long swim and an outdoor adventure camps. There is little time for rest in these fun-packed weeks. Campers enjoy swim lessons, snorkeling and free swim time in the pool as well as paddle boarding and kayaking outside on the lake. We also take campers on field trips to local beaches and finish the week off with a big family BBQ. Scott says, “our goal is always keep the campers safe, let them have tons of fun, and return them to the parents tired.”
After School Camp – with the growing success of summer camp, we wanted to provide something for students during the school year. Now, we offer an after-school program. In coordination with our local elementary schools, we arrange to pick up students after school, transport them to the pool and provide swim time, home-work help, activity games and more. We also extend our camp hours during school holiday closures.
Training & Certifications - As a Red Cross authorized provider, we offer Lifeguard, CPR, First-Aid, and AED certification to anyone 15 years or older. We focus on a blended learning model and leverage online resources to compress the lifeguard training schedule. The result is a more convenient way of earning your certification or renewing your existing credentials.