Swim Season Winds Down At Taylor Pool

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Because much of the Taylor Pool staff is made up of students, the local swim facility will lose a good portion of its lifeguards when Payson High School classes begin Thursday.

The good news is that pool manager Jim Quinlan, also an English teacher at Payson High, will have sufficient staff to keep the pool open until Aug. 18.

"We have some college kids to work as guards and they don't have to (return) to classes until much later," Quinlan said.

Among those who will be available to work are R.C. LaHaye, Jeremy Greenburg, Gloria Olsson, Sara Sieverson and Cassie Bradford.

Although the pool will remain open, the schedule will be downsized.

Weekdays, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 18, adult water aerobics classes will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Pam Walden will instruct the classes.

From 10 a.m. until noon weekdays, the pool will be available for open swimming.

"That is a nice time of day to come to the pool," Quinlan said. "People might want to take good advantage of that."

A second water aerobic session, under the direction of Sieverson and Bradford, will be held weekdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Adult aerobics, Quinlan said, are among the most popular offerings at Taylor Pool.

On weekends, open swim will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to all open swim sessions is $1 for children and $1.50 for adults.

Swim team season ends

For members of the town of Payson recreational swim team, the summer campaign wrapped up Saturday in a dual match against visiting Kingman.

About 70 youngsters, 50 from Payson and 20 representing Kingman, participated in age/sex groups during the morning-long competition.

According to Payson swim team assistant coach Malori Heppler, the season finale was a success.

"A lot of the races were really close. There was some good competition going on," she said.

The four-meet season included competitions against Arizona Sports Ranch (June 8), Sedona (June 22) and Cottonwood (July 27).

Remaining on the Taylor agenda is the final two sessions of the Bubble Makers and Discover Scuba classes.

Taught by Mike Wick, a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certified instructor, the first of three Bubble Makers classes was held June 10. The final session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug 5.

An inaugural Discover Scuba session was held June 12. The final is slated for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7.

According to Parks and Recreation receptionist Rowena Marrs, both classes remain open. Registration may be completed at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park; the fee is $15.

Bubble Makers is a beginning scuba program for 8- and 9-year-olds. Parents must be present during the classes.

Discover Scuba is for ages 10 and over.

Wick, who has been diving for 26 years and has a 12-year-old son who is a certified diver, said he teaches the classes because he'd like to generate more local interest in scuba.

"We introduce them to using (scuba) gear then put them in the pool and let them try it out," Wicks said.

In the future, Wick hopes to teach an adult scuba training class at Taylor Pool.

"I'm looking for more diving buddies," he said.

With the closing of the pool just around the corner, Quinlan said the summer was a busy one during which the popularity of evening swimming lessons soared.

Another big draw throughout the summer was the afternoon open swim sessions.

Quinlan has managed the pool for the past 16 summers and is the founder of the youth swim team.

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