Twelve years ago Stacy Young was unsatisfied with the swim lessons her children were receiving.
She decided to take matters into her own hands and as an experienced swimmer herself, started teaching her own children and neighborhood children how to swim.
Over the years the numbers of her students increased so much that Young decided to open Blue Dolphin Swim School, renting pool space from local recreation centers and pool space at the Westin Westminster.
Now after years of renting, Young will be opening her own pool facility, a place of her own to continue on what she says is what she’s meant to do.
“It’s been my dream to do this, and I can’t believe it’s coming true,” she said. “I’m so happy that I’m finally able to do this because this is really what somebody had in store for me for my life.”
Young purchased a portion of a commercial building at 108th Avenue and Old Wadsworth Boulevard in Westminster. Plans for the facility include a 25-yard lap pool, a smaller learn-to-swim pool, both heated, waiting area, reception and retail area and showers and changing rooms.
Until the construction on the facility is complete this fall, lessons are being taught in two above ground pools in a rented space next to the future swim facility.
Swim school director Kendra Henning can’t wait for the new facility to open. She said having their own pool will really help expand the programs the school can provide the community.
“When you rent pool space it’s really hard to schedule different levels of classes as well as adult classes because you have to work around other people’s schedules,” Henning said. “So it will be very nice to have our own pool and be able to use it as much as we see fit with our programs.”
Henning, who swam in college and has coached swimming in the past, is really hoping to eventually start a competitive year-round swim team.
She says she’s also looking forward to offering other programs like water aerobics to the community.
For more information on Blue Dolphin Swim School, visit www.bluedolphinswimschool.com or call 303-254-6920.