Scottsdale Progress - 11.01.2020

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Swim school keeps kids safe in, out of water BY ANDREA VILLALOBOS Progress Contributor


eaching kids to swim is something that Arizona parents take seriously – but finding a certified instructor who can work with little kids in a pool safely might be a challenge. Enter entrepreneur Sherry Scott, who recently opened Goldfish Swim School North Scottsdale, offering children a place to learn to swim or practice swimming at different skill levels. It took two years of planning to open the school in August, but Scott said from the very first day, her staff put safety ahead of everything else. “We are following CDC guidelines and we’re sanitizing all the surfaces. We’re doing it between classes, and we’re doing social distancing as well. We’ve been slowly increasing the members,” said Scott. “Swimming and learning how to swim is a

The new Goldfish Swim School-North Scottsdale follows virus-safety guidelines as it teaches kids how to swim. (Special to the Progress)

life skill that I think every child deserves to know.” Students are greeted by colorful walls and a tropical theme when they enter the school. The pool boasts shiver-free 90-degree water with a warm 92-degree wet side. Parents can see their children through a viewing gallery while certified lifeguards monitor the students throughout all lessons. Lifeguards at the Goldfish Swim School are trained every 30 days and all swim instructors are also lifeguard certified, meaning they have the skill and knowledge to perform CPR. Scott said that’s a basic skill some swim instructors might not have. “I remember when I was shopping for my kids, and I had asked some of these swim instructors if they were even CPR certified, and they had not even been re-

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Firm’s cocktail energizes pickleball players BY KRISTINE CANNON Progress Staff Writer


s an increasing number of pickleball players swarm the tennis courts this fall, a Scottsdale-based vitamin and supplement company has introduced a new product to help players combat dehydration and cramps. The aptly named Pickleball Cocktail is a product that Jigsaw Health co-founder Patrick Sullivan Jr. describes as “a cocktail you should drink at 7 a.m.” “Jigsaw Pickleball Cocktail is the perfect way to start your day, so you can keep your muscles happy while you play just one more game, five or six times,” Sullivan said. Released in August, Pickleball Cocktail is a sugar-free, orange-flavored electrolyte

powder containing 800mg of potassium – roughly the equivalent of two bananas – combined with DiMagnesium Malate and sodium-chloride. Sullivan said he created Pickleball Cocktail by combining and supercharging two of Jigsaw Health’s existing products: Electrolyte Supreme for hydration and energy and Adrenal Cocktail, which contains potassium bicarbonate, Redmond’s Real Salt, and acerola cherry extract and also helps boost one’s energy. The goal of the product is to help people

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Ashley Leroux, director of sales at Jigsaw Health, and her business partner/husband Patrick Sullivan Jr. are both avid pickleball players. (Jigsaw Health)