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British Swim School Expands to Western North Carolina

Owner Christopher Collar Bringing Swim Instruction to Asheville

British Swim School, the nation’s leading “learn to swim” franchise, proudly announces its new location in Asheville, North Carolina. Beginning on May 6th, owners Christopher and MaryAnn Collar will begin holding lessons at Candlewood Suites Downtown Asheville 49 Tunnel St., Asheville, NC 28805. The Collars decision to purchase a British Swim School franchise came after they reprioritized their lives because of a series of health scares. “About six years ago, MaryAnn was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was caught very early, and MaryAnn is now cancer free,” said Christopher Collar. “Then, eleven months ago, Mary Ann suffered sudden cardiac arrest late at night.”  Luckily, Christopher woke up and was able to perform CPR until medical help arrived.
“After something like that happens, it becomes very clear what’s important in life and that’s family.”
As a result, the Collars moved to Asheville to be closer to their daughter and her husband.  “I’d been retired for ten years, but I knew I needed to find something to keep me busy and hopefully make a difference in our community,” said Christopher Collar. They began working with a national franchise coach to find a franchise that would align with their goals and values. British Swim School checked all the boxes. “It’s incredible to see how British Swim School can teach swimming survival skills to even the tiniest of children,” said Christopher Collar. “There’s definitely a need for this kind of swim lesson in our community. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of young children and is preventable.” The Collars’ son and his wife, currently living overseas, plan to return next year and will also be involved with the business.
“Christopher and MaryAnn Collar's story is truly inspiring. Their commitment to family and community perfectly embodies the spirit of the British Swim School,” said Ashley Gundlach, President of British Swim School. “We are proud to have them serving families in the Asheville area.”

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About British Swim School

British Swim School, the nation’s most established swim school franchise, with over 40 years in business, believes that every individual, regardless of age or ability, should have the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer. Offering lessons for babies, children, and adults, the brand is dedicated to its mantra, “Survival of the Littlest,” focusing first on the survival skills needed to survive a water accident, then moving on to stroke development and more advanced skills. Not only does British Swim Schools give peace of mind to countless families who seek the essential life skill the brand offers their children but the purpose-driven franchise also offers an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurs who seek a fulfilling business venture with a sound foundation, low investment, and easily scalable model. Part of the Buzz Franchise Brands family, British Swim School currently operates over 350 schools across the United States and Canada.

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