EVO Swim School owner and Taylor Pool manager David Tait is reminding parents that the time proven methods his instructors use are among the best ways to teach children to swim.
“Each instructor memorizes lesson materials and is trained on how to handle a child who cries all the way to preparing a child for the swim team,” Tait says.
“There is also a set of ‘master skills’ that are used to gauge a child’s improvement. These standards are also used to determine when a child is ready for the next lesson level.”
When a child is deemed fit to continue lessons, EVO — which is used at Taylor Pool — offers four levels of instruction.
The four levels
• Otter — to teach kids the first steps to becoming independent in the water.
• Seal — teaching kids how to be strong backyard swimmers.
• Sea Lion — an introduction to freestyle.
• Porpoise — freestyle with a side breathe and backstroke.
Once a young swimmer has completed each level, he or she has the option of joining the Payson Pikes swim team.
With Taylor Pool closing to the public on July 20, parents wishing to enroll their children in lessons should do so immediately.
Lessons are held twice each week — on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Lessons are conducted every 20 minutes.
The fee 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.
In addition to Taylor Pool offering swimming lessons until July 20, water aerobics, adult group swim and open swims are available.
The Pikes return to action July 13 at Taylor vs. the Cottonwood Clippers.
On July 20, the team travels to Tempe McClintock Pool for an East Valley League meet. Both meets begin at 9 a.m.