Swim lessons at Taylor Pool this summer will take on a new look with the highly acclaimed EVO Swim School and its owner David Tait overseeing the program.
In previous years, the town parks and recreation department managed Taylor throughout the summer, but a few months ago, Tait made an offer to take over full operation of the popular summer aquatic respite.
He believes EVO can save the town about $65,000 in costs, release a full-time employee, Special Events Coordinator Deb Rose, for other duties, all the while improving the level of swim lesson instruction and streamlining the operations to be more efficient.
The success Tait has had at EVO in Gilbert seems to bear out his promises.
EVO is an evolutionary learn-to-swim facility that offers instruction to infants, children, competitive swimmers and adults.
Tait says EVO’s primary goal is to teach children to be safe around water.
As instruction progresses, he says, new techniques are introduced with an emphasis on fun, safety, physical fitness and finally competitive swimming.
He says EVO has disciplined instruction that gives students a steady, consistent approach to understanding how to develop the correct habits in water.
An aspect of EVO that might strike home with parents fed up with their children playing video games is that children begin to understand the value of physical work and the persistence needed to succeed. Tait says that challenge creates an inward satisfaction not obtained in video games.
Based on Tait’s resume, he holds the pedigree needed to be a top-notch instructor.
He was a three-time state champion, a state record holder, a junior national champion, senior national qualifier and a competitor at the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials.
He also coached several high school swimmers to state, junior national and national success.
In addition to running EVO, he is the director of the Rio Salado Swim Club, one of the largest competitive clubs in the state.
In staffing Taylor Pool this summer, Tait said he will hire all local employees — just as the P&R department did — and train them in the EVO methods.
That’s good news for local high school and college students who depend on the summer employment.
For those interested in the lessons, registration begins May 1 and may be completed by calling EVO at 1-539-877-5009.
Students can enroll for a minimum of two weeks or the entire summer.
All lessons are conducted twice weekly and the fee is $12.50 per week.