Propel Swim Opens in South Riding 

Propel Swim Academy celebrated its grand opening with a June 26 ribbon-cutting event at 43160 Amberwood Plaza in South Riding.

Owner Linda Stewart has been teaching swimming lessons since she was 16 years old and holds a master’s degree in education from Virginia Tech. Stewart is passionate about teaching children to swim, water safety, and the intersection of child development and swimming and is committed to building a community of families who love to swim and who swim well together.

“Propel is a unique swim school, not only because we are family operated, but because in addition to teaching kids, we are really concerned with their social, emotional, and cognitive development,” Stewart stated. “These children are a blank canvas. I tell my staff to do something amazing with that canvas and create something they’ll always remember.”

Stewart is joined by her son, Nick, who serves as operations manager. He has a degree in accounting and previously owned a swim lesson company, Swim-2-U.

Propel Swim Academy offers year-round, developmental swim lessons for swimmers of all ages and abilities from 3 months to adult. The South Riding facility has three 90-degree water pools, including a full-size 25-yard pool.

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