Colorado Swim School

The Colorado SBDC helped the Colorado Swim School dive-in to business

5075 W 120th Ave Broomfield, CO 80020

303-439-7946 | Visit Website

Armed with the knowledge that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities for children under the age of four and the second leading cause in children under the age of fifteen, learning to swim was non-negotiable for Brent and Stephanie Scarbrough’s children. From the time their children were infants, they searched for a swim program that was child-centered, fun, and engaging, yet also prepared children to know precisely what to do in the event of an unexpected submersion. Having worked at the renowned Houston Swim Club throughout high school and college, Brent had high expectations for a swim school. As an elementary school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Stephanie also had high expectations for the caliber of an instructional program. When their children were babies, they enrolled them in the local rec center, but the kids’ lips turned blue as the water was too cold for infants, and the curriculum seemed to lack any purpose other than playing in the water. As their children aged, Brent and Stephanie continued to explore rec center programs, semi-private lessons, as well as summer swim clubs, but they could not find a facility in the north metro area that met all of their expectations and where their children actually learned to swim. They just couldn’t find the right fit. Eventually, they shifted their focus from the search for a quality program to the need for a quality program. That is when the idea for Colorado Swim School was born.

"The SBDC was vital in helping us get our swim school off of the ground. The consultant helped us revise our business plan and to secure our financing”
Brent and Stephanie Scarbrough
In the fall of 2012, they began exploring the north metro area for the perfect location for their swim school, while simultaneously working with their friends at the Houston Swim Club to make their dream of a swim school become a reality. They contacted the North Metro Denver SBDC and connected with a SBDC consultant who was excited about their idea and was extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. Brent and Stephanie encountered many road blocks along the way and the SBDC was right there at every step to offer guidance and suggestions, and provide the tools to pave the road to success. The SBDC consultant also helped promote the business by offering marketing strategies as well as connecting Brent and Stephanie with members of the community who helped to keep the ball rolling. “The SBDC was vital in helping us get our swim school off of the ground. The consultant helped us revise our business plan and to secure our financing. We are so grateful to have worked with such an amazing group of people.”

After countless hours of planning and negotiating, they finally broke ground in March of 2013 in Broomfield. On August 12th, Colorado Swim School opened its doors for swim lessons. Initially just ten families were enrolled, but in just six short months there are almost 200 families registered and they are continually hiring new employees.

Brent and Stephanie will continue to promote the Colorado Swim School’s mission, which is to provide a proven learning process where babies, toddlers, children, and adults can take steps toward mastering comfort in the water, learning to swim, enhancing & refining strokes, and more importantly, becoming safer and more aware in and around bodies of water. They are still in contact with the SBDC consultant who turned their dream into a reality and are also proud to admit that both of their children are now avid swimmers and are interested in trying out for swim teams!


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