Tara Andrews
December 14, 2016

Tara AndrewsBusiness – Entrepreneurship alumna Tara Andrews has always loved the water.

“I’m basically a mermaid. I became a certified lifeguard at age 16 and have spent every summer since in pools,” she says.

For two years, Tara was a volunteer swim instructor for the Special Olympics in Aurora, where she gained some of the teaching skills that helped shape who she is today.

“My parents run a successful network marketing company. It took an unhappy year studying biomed at university for me to realize I also wanted to start my own business – a swim school.”

Tara says she chose Georgian because of the short commute and because the Business – Entrepreneurship program had everything she wanted, particularly one-on-one coaching from business people with experience.

“The biggest school project I had was developing a comprehensive business plan,” says Tara. “By building my plan, I learned literally everything I needed to know – pricing, accounting and promotion. Without it, I wouldn’t have a business. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was amazing.”

She made some great connections at Georgian (all of her professors have run businesses before), a mentor, and attended workshops at the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

Learn more about Tara’s business Beyond Buoyancy Aquatics.