Chris DeJoeng began Big Blue Swim School as a way to continue his passion for swimming after retiring from his own swimming career. He rented a commercial pool in 2009 and began teaching young children children 6 months to 12 years old. “I loved it and got to share my passion with young kids,” said DeJeong, who is a father of two himself.
As reported by an interview conducted by the Ahwatukee Foothills News, DeJoeng has scoped out about a dozen sites in the Valley region of the Phoenix metropolitan area for the next location of Big Blue Swim School. He has found that this concept is a great way to revitalize abandoned shopping centers and strip malls. “Institutional landlords or the big landlords that own a lot of these shopping centers love our concept,” said DeJeong.
Big Blue also stimulates jobs within the local economy, according to DeJeong, by employing only full-time instructors and preparing them with a career path for the future.
Ahwatukee is one of the school’s top-five targets within the region. Read more about Big Blue Swim School and its development plans within Arizona here.