Ahwatukee Foothills News: High-tech swim school eyes Ahwatukee
Ahwatukee Foothills News: High-tech swim school eyes Ahwatukee

Former competitive swimmer Chris Jeong looks to franchising in Phoenix for the next location of Big Blue Swim School.

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.

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