A Buford company offering swimming lessons to everyone from infants to athletes is looking to expand with a new property on Friendship Road in South Hall.
Gwinnett Swim hopes to open in a new location at 2700 Friendship Road, near the Braselton city limits, to offer private, by-appointment swim lessons in an indoor facility. The business has operated since 2014 at 5018 Bristol Industrial Way in the Hall County side of Buford.
Business owners Cindy Sachse and Christy Williams have requested to rezone the property on Friendship Road to the planned commercial development zone from agricultural-residential-III.
The Hall County Planning Commission approved the request Monday, but the Hall County Board of Commissioners still needs to sign off on the request at its Oct. 26 meeting.
Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting
When: 6 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road
Their new space would be a 6,000-square-foot metal building on 1.33 acres near the line between Hall and Gwinnett counties with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The business isn’t open to walk-ins.
Sachse said Tuesday she started the business using her backyard pool in 2007.
“I had never really swam competitively, but when my now-18-year-old child was about 15 months old we put a pool in our backyard,” Sachse said. “I felt like she needed to know how to swim and be able to get out of the pool if she fell in, so I put her through survival lessons and just became intrigued with the program.
“It’s just something I fell in love with, and I started trying to figure out how to make money out of my backyard pool.”
Williams is the parent of a former student, and the pair went into business together when Gwinnett Swim moved into its first location in 2014.
They started with basic survival swimming, Sachse said, but now offer a diverse range of services from survival swimming for children as young as 8 months old to stroke lessons and training for triathletes.
With a customer base of about 400 people — some of them regular and repeat customers, others one-timers — Sachse said the business needs a larger pool. About 60 percent of their customers return for more lessons.
“We teach out of a very small pool, so in the summertime … we actually have to turn people away because we just don’t have the space,” she said.
The new pool would be 36 feet by 75 feet and would range from 4 feet to 5.5 feet deep.
Much of Gwinnett Swim’s local growth is coming from its adult programs, which include basic swimming lessons, therapeutic swimming and training.
She said the business hopes to expand those programs and offer more to people with special needs. They already have clients with Down syndrome, autism and learning disabilities.
Gwinnett Swim employs 11 people part time and hopes to add five more employees over the next two years.
Sachse said contractors are lined up and ready to build should the county approve the zoning in October. She and Williams hope to be open within the next year.