Owned and operated by veteran competitive swimmer David Tait, Evo Swim School leads fun, structured classes that tutor young pupils in the watery arts. The classes start swimmers at a young age, introducing babes as young as 9 months to the water, and range up to lessons in advanced strokes that prep 12-year-olds for competitive swimming. The school sets parents' minds at ease with low student-to-teacher ratios; entry level and intermediate classes have one instructor in the pool for every four students.
During classes, parents are free to relax in the WiFi-enabled waiting room, where pool-overlooking windows provide an easy way to keep an eye on paddling young'uns. A kids' play area is also on hand to keep water-shy siblings and rust-prone sibling bots occupied while their amphibious brethren frolic in the water.
AquaSafe Swim Schools' saline indoor pools echo with the splashes of tots and kids practicing their paddling skills. A weekly schedule of lessons spans children of all ages and skill levels, from babies entering the water for the first time to kids working on more complex strokes and dolphin calls. The group classes operate at a low student-to-instructor ratio for maximum safety and personal attention. Parents supervise children's lessons from the viewing gallery, and unleash non-swimming siblings to entertain themselves in the play area. Once paddlers have honed their skills, swim teams can introduce them to friendly competition and social swimming.
The idea for Waterworks on Wheels blossomed in the backyards of the East Valley. Founder Janice Jaicks traveled from home to home, guiding children's swimming strokes inside their own pools. Soon, the demand for her lessons required her to hire more instructors, and in addition to her summer house calls, Janice set up shop at four health clubs for year-round classes.
Today she and her team acquaint children aged 10 months?10 years with the water through a mix of patience, kindness, and know-how. The instructors seamlessly combine safety with fun, and though they specialize in teaching preschoolers and first-time swimmers, they can engage kids of all skill levels with more advanced aquatic exercises and even have a program to boost the competitive skills of adults. By maintaining a small student-to-teacher ratio, they focus on enhancing each person's aptitude regardless of prior years spent land-locked or recent hours spent swallowing helium.
Aloha Aquatic Center squires nascent swimmers with classes designed to impart introductory skills, solid stroke and breathing techniques, and positive attitudes toward amphibious activity. The curriculum boasts eight different classes tailored according to age and ability, with a maximum 4:1 instructor-to-pupil ratio that helps ensure personalized attention and no doubling up of Musketeer nicknames. Swimmers between 9 and 15 months can join the parent-child School of Fishies class, which acquaints toddlers with basic water skills, while more grown-up guppies can progress from Delightful Dolphins I (15 months+) and II to Magnificent Manatees or Super Stingrays, according to skill level. The 30-minute scholarly splash sessions meet once a week in Aloha's complex, which features an indoor, heated swimming pool, party rooms, and a playroom with play houses and slides for nonsubaquatic funtivities.
In 1971 Lana Whitehead was a YMCA staffer charged with devising a swimming program for infants. She turned to the expertise gained from her degrees in exercise physiology and special education, and with the help of her own baby son she created a new approach to child swimming and water safety. The basic techniques have since helped many youngsters learn to swim and escape drowning at young ages. Soon after, Lana founded SWIMkids USA. Conceived as a child-development center, the facility today supplements its pioneering swim instruction with child-friendly programs in gymnastics, dance, and even kids' jujitsu classes that teach how to handle aggressive octopi. Lana's involvement in the world of swimming as an author, educator, and swimming official has also taken her all over the world, giving seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the World Aquatic Baby Congress.
El Mar Diving Center, an SSI and TDI dive center that started in 1963, serves as a divers' oasis amid the dry Mesa terrain. The center's seasoned staff lead an array of courses, teaching beginners the ropes in the Junior Open Water Diver class and helping more experienced divers hone their skills in Solo Diver sessions. They also lead speciality classes such as Night and Limited Visibility Diver and Wreck Diver, in which adventurers learn which treasure is safe and which is lorded over by pirate ghosts. In addition to heated pools, high-tech equipment, and other essential learning tools, the center's affiliate school in San Carlos, Mexico boasts a 36-foot boat that hosts exploration dives in the Sea of Cortez.