EVO Swim School owner David Tait and a bevy of young swimmers eagerly await the opening of Taylor Pool and the beginning of swim lessons on May 28.
“We have a great staff of enthusiastic, hard-working people to help your children learn and grow,” Tait said.
Sean Ford returns for a second season as Taylor Pool manager and will also serve as coach of the Pikes swim team.
Ford, Tait says, “Brings a passionate attitude about coaching kids to do and be their best.”
Tyler Stern, who Tait calls “equally passionate and outgoing” will assist Ford.
Tait predicts the pair, “Will be a dynamic duo for sure.”
For those parents interested in having their children take swimming lessons, enrollment is now open for the first week of sessions.
To register, go to: http://www. evoswimschool.com.
The registration is $12.50 per week for two lessons each week. There is also a $10 insurance fee for one child or $15 for a family.
The pool opens to the public May 26 and 27 with open swimming from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pikes swim team practices for those 11 years and older will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday. For those 10 years and younger, practices will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
The fee is $75 per swimmer for an eight-week season.
Also at Taylor Pool, located in North Rumsey Park off of McLane Road, adult group swim will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The fee is $35 per month.
Public swims are set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
What is EVO?
EVO Swim School took over management of Taylor Pool in the spring of 2010.
In previous years, the town parks and recreation department managed Taylor throughout the summer, but when Tait made an effort to assume the duties, the town jumped at the opportunity.
Just before taking over, Tait said he believed EVO would save the town about $65,000 in costs, release a full-time employee, then-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 and the past three years at Taylor seems to bear out his promises.
EVO, at its Gilbert location, 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.
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 resumé, he holds the pedigree needed to be a top-notch instructor.
He was a three-time state champion, a state recordholder, 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.
Learn more about all the town’s upcoming summer programs at the Web site for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, www.paysonrimcountry.com.