Scott Sveum invites family and friends for seaside adventures | Local News
ARVADA, Colorado – With Beloit’s parents Jerry and Connie Sveum known as travelers around the world, it’s no surprise that his son Scott is drawn to the sea and sailing.
In addition to his many traditional trips, he is the captain of a catamaran that propels family and friends on seaside adventures.
At 50, Scott Sveum, his wife Julie, and their children Summer and Brett settled in Arvada, Colorado, just outside of Denver. He is a licensed pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, where 4,000 to 5,000 babies are born each year.
He also proudly sits on the Colorado Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative, which seeks to share knowledge and best practices with small communities.
Scott fondly remembers the family camping trips when he was growing up that took the Sveum family out west to Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, in a tent, with a camp kitchen attached to the car as well.
Perhaps her most memorable family vacation, which took them out of the country, was in Africa.
“It was an indescribable trip of a lifetime, where we saw lions, giraffes, leopards and other wild game,” Scott said.
The most exciting feature of this trip was the opportunity to see a group of endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. A special one-day permit had to be acquired just to have the opportunity to see the gorillas. Once this permit was obtained, the whole trip was planned around this adventure.
Scott said the trip exposed him to a whole new travel potential and helped him develop his urge to travel for more. He has returned to Africa twice since, with his wife, Julie, also a pharmacist, whom he met at school.
While on vacation in a more tropical setting, Scott discovered a new interest in travel, the catamaran. He decided to pursue his captain’s license, which included even more adventures as he needed three sailing trips to complete this training. The first trip was to sail the Channel Islands from Santa Cruz, California. Next to Baja Mexico, in La Paz, sailing in the Sea of Cortez, and finally Placencia, Belize.
Once he obtained his certification, Scott returned to Belize with his wife, Julie, and another couple. This time, sailing solo as captain, Scott was responsible for chartering and supplying the boat on his own. He notes that Julie was a most competent teammate, helping with mooring and anchoring.
Last October Scott planned a wonderful eight-day catamaran trip around Tahiti with his wife and another couple. Negative COVID-19 tests were required before boarding the plane. On the morning of their flight, the other couple’s wife tested positive and they were unable to make the trip.
Putting a positive spin on this turn of events, Scott shares that “this has turned out to be a wonderfully romantic trip for both of us.” Covering 90 nautical miles, they took advantage of different anchorages each night, including the island of Taha’a, Bora Bora, Ra’iatea and Huahine.
“It was just beautiful,” Scott said. “We enjoyed the beauty of the barrier reefs around the islands and the calm, glassy water.”
They were able to taste excellent French cuisine when they docked at night. “The French do not tolerate bad wine or bad food,” he added.
It was in Huahine that the couple was robbed. They had left their boat wide open.
“We have been lax,” admits Scott. “It was a beginner’s move. I’m sure we were being watched.
Once ashore, their boat and their belongings were completely ransacked. Fortunately, the thieves only escaped with two bottles of cheap French wine, leaving the Sveums with their passports and cash reserves, and apparently ignoring the fishing and diving gear on board.
Back in Colorado, Scott and his family, including daughter Summer, 14, and son Brett, 11, hike Rocky Mountain National Park, mountain biking in Moab, Utah and climbing and repulsion as sport climbers, not to mention alpine skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing.
Future sailing plans include a three-generation adventure in the Bahamas, which will include his children and parents.
“This will be the first time my parents will be able to watch me as a boat captain,” Scott said. “We’re going to fish and dive for the lobsters.”
Her children will be involved in daily chores like preparing meals and cleaning the fish.
“We’re drawn to the ocean because it’s a warm, tropical place of exploration that connects me to the people I love to be with.”