The summer swim season is turning into a banner one at Taylor Pool.
Attendance in swimming lessons, aerobics, adult lap swim and free swimming is on the upswing, pool manager Jim Quinlan said.
Although Quinlan was unable to pinpoint the exact reasons for increased participation, he surmised the growth is probably due to the hot weather and much shorter swim season.
Since the opening of the pool May 25, afternoon temperatures have been in the high 90s.
Rim country residents looking for a place to cool off know the 82 degree water at Taylor Pool is a great escape. That's especially true during the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekday open swim sessions.
Also due to the new modified school year schedule, classes in the Payson Unified District will begin Aug. 1. That means the pool will close July 31 about two weeks earlier than in the past.
Following the closing of the pool at the end of July, the morning water aerobics classes and weekend open swims could continue until mid-August. That depends, Quinlan said, on acquiring sufficient certified lifeguards to manage the pool.
Most of the certified lifeguards are students at Payson High School or are in college.
Currently, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind is scouring a list of guards to find a staff to oversee the extended aerobics and weekend sessions.
One of the most popular offerings at Taylor this summer has been the morning aerobics classes that currently have 143 participants. The classes are held weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.
An evening session, that has not been as popular as the morning, is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m.
The adult lap swim held weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. has drawn 22 entrants. That number, Quinlan said, represents an increase over past swim seasons.
The evening swimming lessons 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday have 22 youngsters entered.
"That's the highest (number) we've ever had," Quinlan said.
Morning swimming lessons are being offered in four sessions A,B,C and D.
The A session, June 3 to 14, was about the only Taylor Pool offering that didn't show a sizable increase in participation.
For the B session, June 17 to 28, "numbers are a lot higher," Quinlan said.
The C session will be from July 1 to 12 and the D from July 15 to 26.
The lessons are conducted by skill levels in 25-minute sessions from 10 a.m. until 12:55 p.m.
Quinlan anticipates participation in the C and D sessions will continue to grow.
Unique to Taylor this summer is the Bubble Makers and Discover Scuba programs that are being taught by Mike Wick.
Certified by Professional Associations of Diving Instructors (PADI), Wick held the first Bubble Makers class June 10. Follow up sessions will be held July 22 and Aug 5.
An inaugural Discover Scuba session was June 12. Others are planned for July 22 and Aug. 7. Each of the classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bubble Makers is a beginning scuba program for 8- and 9-years-olds. 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.
In the P&R classes, he said, "we introduce them to using (scuba) gear, then put them in the pool and let them try it out."
Later in the summer, Wick hopes to teach an adult scuba training class at Taylor Pool.
"I'm looking for more diving buddies," he said.
A popular Taylor Pool break for those who hold down the traditional 9-to-5 work-day hours, Quinlan said, will be the 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. open swim sessions that will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July.
Call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information on Taylor Pool's summer offerings.