With Taylor Pool scheduled to open May 25, we asked EVO Swim School owner David Tait, whose firm oversees the local pool to tell readers about the training lifeguards and swimming instructors must undergo.
“All lifeguards go through an initial lifeguard certification class. Once certificated, we continue to work with them on emergency action plans and life-saving skills to keep them fresh on their initial training. These in-service trainings happen at the start of the season and several times throughout the season.
“Professionalism and knowing when to be serious and when to have fun is also a big focus. In the past we have had guards think they can take a lazy approach to their job. They were shown the door, as that type of behavior is unacceptable for a job like this one.
“Swimming lesson instructors are trained on the EVO Swim School method of instruction. 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.
“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.
We have four levels of instruction. 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.”
When asked about safety issues or incidents, he answered, “Luckily we haven’t had any major problems at the pool. Guards do jump in on occasion to help someone to the side.
“Our goal is prevention, so real life-saving methods don’t have to be called into play.”
For the 2013 summer season, 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.
Lessons will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday; and from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
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 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 with open swimming.
Regular public swims are set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The cost is $2 per person per visit.
The 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.
Other aquatic offerings
Adult group swim will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday and Thursday. The fee is $35 per month.
Water aerobics is offered from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Monday and Wednesday for $2 per visit.
Lap swimming is available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for $2 per visit.
Taylor Pool is also available for rent. Call 1-877-539-5009 for details.
Taylor Pool is located in North Rumsey Park off of McLane Road.
British Soccer Camp
Once again there will be a British Soccer Camp in Rim Country. The program is June 3-7 and registration closes May 24, go online to www.challengersports.com to sign up.
The program is for ages 3 to 18 and costs from $86 to $185. It includes individual coaching, team coaching, a soccer ball and T-shirt.
The camp will be on the north soccer field at Rumsey Park.
To learn more, get a brochure from the parks office in Green Valley Park.
PHS Volleyball Camp
The Payson High School volleyball team will once again offer a camp this summer. This camp gives youth in the fourth through eighth grades the opportunity to learn from the high school players and coaches. They will work on fundamentals, refine skills and work on game strategies.
The $30 fee includes a T-shirt.
Registration closes Tuesday, May 28 and the camp is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at the high school’s Wilson Dome.
Join coaches Bill Farrell, Joe Sanchez and Cameron Davis for this fundamentals basketball camp. Shooting, passing, dribbling and game strategies will be worked on throughout the week.
The cost is $40 and the program is open to those in the third through 10th grades.
The program is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14 in Wilson Dome at PHS.
Registration closes June 5.
7D Barrel & Pole Bending
The town is once again providing an opportunity to practice rodeo skills and win money too.
The 7D Barrel & Pole Bending Series continues through June on Tuesday nights. Books open at 4 p.m.; time-only events are from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; competition starts at 6 p.m. The fee is $5 per event.
Learn more by calling Kaprice Bachtell at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.