Parks To Bring Back Tennis And Scuba Classes


Tennis buffs will soon have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills under the supervision of an accredited teaching pro.

Diane Jackson, owner of Payson Tennis School, has hooked up with the Payson Parks and Recreation to host a series of classes this summer.

The sessions will be held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 2 to 13.

Youngsters 6 to 8 will meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants 9 to 11 are slated for the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. time slot. Those 12-years and over will take to court from 11 a.m. to noon.

The evening hours are reserved for adults. Beginning lessons will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. The intermediate/advanced groups are on the agenda for 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Jackson will teach participants in the morning groups proper forehand, backhand, serving and volley techniques. She also will teach proper game scoring and tennis etiquette.

For the more advanced players, Jackson will add instruction in overhead hits and lobs.

The adults will also participate in doubles play.

Players of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the program.

Because class sizes are limited to eight, Jackson is encouraging those interested to sign up as soon as possible. Registration may be completed at the Green Valley Park office of the P&R Department.

The fee is $20 per camper or $25 with a T-shirt. Participants must have their own racquets. For more information, call Jackson at 474-0583 or the P&R Department at 474-5242, extension. 7.

Taking the dive

The Parks and Recreation Department is slated to offer two Taylor Pool programs that proved immensely popular last summer -- Discover Scuba and Bubble Makers.

The Scuba program is open to anyone 10 years and older. The Bubble Makers is designed for 8- and 9-year-olds.

The scuba classes will be offered June 4, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6 at Taylor Pool.

The June 4 class begins at 7 p.m. The other four tip-off at 6:30 p.m. All classes last for 90 minutes. The class is limited to eight participants.

Registration is $15 per session and opened May 12.

According to the P&R department, six students have already signed up for the scuba class. For Bubble Makers, two youngsters have registered.

The Bubble Makers classes are designed to teach youngsters to learn to breathe underwater. Classes will be offered June 2, June 23 and July 14. The June 2 class begins at 7 p.m. and the other two at 6:30 p.m.

The classes are scheduled for 90 minutes. The cost is $15 and registration is limited to eight participants. Registration opened May 12.

Mike Wick will teach both scuba and Bubble Makers classes. Call 474-5242, extension. 7 for more information.

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