Rookie, Veteran To Manage Pool

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Reed Hatch

A first-year manager will help oversee this summer's full schedule of Taylor Pool activities.

Kenny Hayes, who calls Montana home, will team with veteran lifeguard Armanda Mays to manage the pool until it closes Aug. 15.

Hayes, the brother of Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher Carol Hayes, is in the Rim country interviewing for a history teaching position at Payson High. If he is hired there, Hayes also has aspirations of coaching in the PHS boys basketball program.

Taylor opened May 29 to what Hayes describes as a very good Memorial Day weekend turnout.

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Kenny Hayes

"I didn't work, but was told the pool was pretty busy," he said.

On May 31, a full slate of activities kicked off including swim team practices, adult lap swim, synchronized swimming and swim lessons.

The Payson Pikes swim team will be coached by Reed Hatch. His assistants will include Rachelle McGee and Tina Jackson.

Hatch is no stranger to the swim team program, having been a member of the Pikes most of his childhood. His mother, Dani, was a longtime coach of the team. The squad practices each weekday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

A meet schedule has not yet been finalized, but competitions are held 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays throughout the summer.

According to Hayes, highlights of the summer for the younger swimmers will be teen nights slated for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 23, 30 and July 7 and 28. Teen nights are open to youngsters 13 to 18 and each night will feature a different theme. Fee is $3 per teen and pool passes will not be accepted.

Popular among the older set is the adult lap swim weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. During the sessions, swimmers 18-years-and-over have access to the pool for lap swimming or other aquatic exercises.

The adult sessions actually began May 3 -- the earliest date in the 20-plus year history of the aquatic facility.

About 15 people showed up for the opening which "was more than we expected," Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said.

Officials decided to open the pool about a month earlier than it has in the past at the request of those who use Taylor.

"It's a great way to get an aerobics workout before going to work," Schwind said. "People can drop in any time during those hours and get their exercise."

The registration fee is $40 for the summer. After July 4, the fee is $25.

Other offerings

Also on the summer scheduled is adult/family nights, Discover Scuba and Bubble Makers.

The family nights are scheduled for June 21 and 28 as well as July 1, 5 and 26. They wrap up with sessions Aug. 2 and 9. The swims take places from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $1.50 per person.

Discover Scuba, a beginning scuba program for youngsters 10-years and older, will be offered June 22, July 6, 8, 27, and Aug. 3. Each 90-minute session begins at 6:30 p.m.

Since class sizes are limited to eight, the best advice from P&R officials is to sign up as soon as possible.

Last summer, the programs filled quickly.

Bubble Makers, a scuba program for swimmers 8 and 9 years old will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 24.

The fee for Bubble Makers and Discover Scuba is $15 per session.

For more information on Taylor Pool summer program, call (928) 474-5242, ext 7 or (928) 474-2774.

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