Taylor Pool Manager Jim Quinlan is looking for a few good instructors to teach Rim country youngsters the nuances of swimming and water safety. But before the teachers can take to the decks of Taylor or any other public pool they must first pass a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course.
Just such a class will begin today, Friday, at Taylor Pool. The classes, open to anyone 17 years of age and older, will meet July 9, 10, 11 and July 23, 24 and 25. Friday classes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday class times will be announced.
Registration fee is $50, which Quinlan says is a bargain. "Books alone cost about $45," he said. "In Phoenix, the fee is $75 and in Scottsdale, it's $125."
Enrollees who successfully complete the course will be certified in CPR, First Aid and as a swimming instructor. Quinlan stressed that participants do not have to be certified lifeguards.
Deer Valley Pool Manager Robert Adams will be in to co-teach the WSI classes with Quinlan.
The curriculum of the course will include an overview of the 12 swimming strokes and how to correct flaws in each. Also, class members will learn the basics of how to teach swimming lessons and assess the development of their students.
Quinlan is hoping to attract a class of about 15 potential WSI teachers, including senior citizens.
Call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
News from poolside
Throughout the month of July, Taylor Pool will expand its hours for evening open swims.
The pool will be open to the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays, except July 9 and 23, when it will be closed due to American Red Cross classes being conducted there.
Last year, the pool was open in the evenings only Tuesdays and Thursdays. The decision to expand the evening hours, pool manager Jim Quinlan said, was made because of an increased demand to use the facility during those hours.
In addition to the evening swims, the pool is available for open swims 1 to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Physically challenged swimmers who require the use of a wheelchair will soon find the pool much more accessible. A new wheelchair ramp has replaced the outdated hydraulic lift that had been in use for the past 15 years.
Also, Quinlan is expecting to soon receive a water wheelchair that will enable patrons to much more easily enter the water from the ramp. The new wheelchair, he said, will be made of PVC pipe so that it can be submerged in water.
Admission to open swim sessions is $1 per person.
Call the Parks and recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.