Swim School Expanding in EL Dorado Hills
Steve Wallen has been teaching people to swim for more than 30 years during which time he’s seen his business grow from his own backyard pool to its current location in El Dorado Hills. Despite a slow economy in recent years, Wallen’s business is doing well enough that he’s currently expanding his facility by 1,000 square feet at it’s current location at 1230 Glenhaven Courte, Suite 100, in Business Park Number 3. Teaching people young and old how to swim is his passion. “This is what I love and it’s what I do,” Wallen said, who’s son, Kaleb, runs to business with him. “Kaleb or I are here 99 percent of the time and we know what to do and how to do it. It’s a great place to bring your kids to learn how to swim.” Wallen’s current business of 4,500 square feet features an indoor heated pool, an area for family members to watch the lessons, two bathrooms, three dressing rooms and an office. He will be adding another viewing area, two bathrooms, three dressing rooms and a room for his five instructors. He hopes the expansion project is done in eight weeks. “When we moved the business here four years ago, our goal was that it would be successful,” Wallen said. “My job is to make the business successful.” Debbie Trivette of Cameron Park brings her son, Jonathan, to swim once a week. Jonathan, 12, has cerebral palsy and enjoys his time in the pool. “This is a tremendous help to him,” Debbie said. “We’ve been coming for nine weeks and they’ve been awesome to him. This is his enjoyment. It loosens his legs up and it’s his physical therapy.” Addison Vicochea, 5, lives in Rancho Murieta but travels to El Dorado Hills for swim lessons. “It’s only her second time she’s been here, but she’s really excited about coming and loves it,” said her mom, Kerri. Wallen’s school primarily offers swim lessons to people of all ages.