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Why Sharkies?


Why Choose Sharkies?

  • Local and Family Owned. 

  • Hands Down, the most cost effective for PRIVATE Swim Lessons in the Atlanta area.

  • We do not do this for the money. We do this to create aquatic problem solvers.

  • We do this because a local Mom had her 2 year old fall into the pool. Her daughter is alive because of our teaching.

  • We do this to watch our students grow to take home all the  medals at swim meets.

  • We do this because we love our community.

  • We do this to see the look in a new scuba students eyes the first time they breath underwater.

  • We do this because of the lives we helped save.

  • We do this because 50% of our staff is recovering addicts and Sharkies is their refuge that gives them light and hope by teaching. 

  • We do this because showing someone a whole new underwater world is like Christmas morning. 

  • We do this because we love what we do.

THAT is why you choose Sharkies.

About Us


Husband and Wife team, Jessica and Rhett Garrard have finally taken the plunge and followed their dreams with opening Sharkie's Academy! Rhett is the son of Lloyd Garrard (LG) who owned Garrard Dive Educators locally in Smyrna for almost 40 years! Mr. Garrard is still the PADI Regional Training Coordinator in Georgia!
Rhett has taken his life long passion and Jessica took her savvy business skills and together they molded their dreams into one.
Rhett and Jessica have two girls (Poor Rhett!), ages 7 and 14! Yes, they are on this website...somewhere. ;)
Fun Fact: Rhett was the youngest Certified Scuba Diver in PADI history. Neat-O!


Swimming and Water Survival


Dedicated to teaching and certifying families in our community to swim confidently and safely while having loads of fun!

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