In 2008, Agnes Davis, lost her job as a Cardiovascular Perfusionist at a top New York City hospital and as a result was forced to reinvent her professional life.
Ms. Davis needed a lifeline and it happened one day with an appearance by brand expert Donny Deutsch on the Today show. “There I was sitting on my couch, pondering what to do next and Deutsch spoke to me directly (at least that’s what I thought when I heard the message),” says Davis. “He was saying that although the economy had collapsed, it was the best time to start a business. Then Deutsch said, ‘Do something you love, make a niche and the rest will come.’ I love to swim and decided to open a swimming company.”
Taking the Leap
Agnes has been swimming since she could remember. As a child, she grew up on Long Island in a small family of four that enjoyed the water. Her swimming continued through high school and college while working as a lifeguard and teaching swimming to her friends as a hobby.
Davis researched swimming and discovered the staggering statistics and the lack of knowledge about drowning. Agnes acquired her American Red Cross certifications in CPR, Water Safety Instruction, and Lifeguarding in the spring of 2009. With eight drownings in NYC during the summer of 2009, it was clear that every child and adult needed to learn how to swim and learn water safety.
As a result of these staggering statistics, swim swim swim I SAY™ was launched to focus on providing top-notch swimming and water safety instruction at all individuals. The company is it's 9th year after starting with three clients, which has grown to over 100 confident swimmers in any given season. The company now instructs and teaches quality swimming to children and adults in Harlem, the Bronx, with clients traveling from Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island.
The CDC, Centers for Disease Control, writes, "The best means to prevent water-related injuries is to learn how to swim.” swim swim swim I SAY™ is one of the few female minority-owned and operated swim companies in New York City and the country.
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Agnes Davis has coached and motivated over 1,000 individuals using swimming as an empowerment tool. She has also generated over 100 million media impressions.
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As a 36-year-old black woman who has always wanted to swim, jumping in the pool at this age was a bit daunting. But Agnes and Swim, Swim, Swim I SAY absolutely calmed my fears. Agnes is brilliant, warm and funny. She also offers a lot of personalized attention. Without a doubt, Swim, Swim, Swim I SAY is great for beginners of all ages!Monique S.
When we first arrived with our 6-year-old daughter, Gigi, we were struck by Miss Davis' infectious enthusiasm for teaching kids how to swim. Agnes was able to make Gigi feel immediately safe and comfortable. Miss Davis promotes a trust, which allows her to be a powerful instructor and coach. Thanks to her program "swim, swim, swim, I SAY” our daughter spent her summer swimming in pools and the ocean with ease and delight. Thank you for all you do for our children dear Agnes!Anonymous
My swimming classes helped me immensely. When I started in June, I was embarrassed to take a swimming class; I simply could not swim. I actually have to thank you for helping me accomplish such an enormous goal.Samantha H.
Thanks so much for your message. Ava was SO enthused about her lesson with you! She told me about everything you taught her and was clearly quite proud of her accomplishments. She was pleased that you let her go at her own pace and seems to be looking forward to her next lesson. She even compared you quite favorably to her last instructor, whom she adored. All in all, we are THRILLED! I was so sorry I was unable to be there on Sunday, but I will look forward to being there next time. Thanks a million for all of your efforts!Miriam
Every time I went to other swimming classes, they taught us weird stuff that did not work. I notice the whole time I was in the water that I had to hold my nose. Agnes taught me how to blow bubbles under water so I didn’t hold my nose anymore. I have improved in my swimming a lot. I also had a lot of fun.Tiffany S.
We LOVE this program! 'Swim Swim Swim I Say' and Agnes are amazing! We just finished our second class, and we are definitely going back next year. Thanks to this program, our 7 and 5 year old swim on their own, love the water, and we get the tremendous joy of seeing our kids eagerly greet the water almost everyday! Look forward to starting back up with lessons in the fall, thank you!Monica