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    Lincoln and Darby Walden Owner
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    Lincoln and Darby Walden Owner

    Lincoln and Darby Walden are the owners of Goldfish Swim School - Franklin, the first Goldfish Swim School in the state of Tennessee, opening in the spring of 2019! Originally from Middletown, Ohio, Lincoln attended Southern Methodist University in Texas, where he swam competitively. After graduation, Lincoln moved to Chicago to pursue a career in the stock market, where he eventually met his wife Darby, a Hollins University grad from Clarksville, Tennessee. Together, the couple have three young boys, all of whom have attended Goldfish Swim School to become safer in and around water. After seeing firsthand the unique environment and the extraordinary results their children had at Goldfish, the Walden’s knew right away that they wanted to be a part of the Golden Experience. With Lincoln’s competitive swim background, and Darby’s passion for group fitness, the Walden’s were ready to dive in! And after spending 20+ years living in the big city of Chicago, Lincoln and Darby were ready for a change of pace for their family. Inspired by the quality of life further south - along with the perk of a little more country music! – the couple decided to bring Goldfish Swim School back to Darby’s homestate! With a shiver-free pool, confidence-building curriculum and small class sizes (max of 4 students to every instructor!), the Walden’s are so excited to bring what they firmly believe is the best kept secret in water safety and swim lessons to Tennessee!

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