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.
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.
Saunter up to Kiwanis Park Batting Range and use the 20 tokens toward a variety of machines and cages, designed for baseballers of all skill levels. Ten lighted cages and eight cages that contain dual pitching machines provide multifaceted ball-whacking delight. Many machines can heave stitched spheres at speeds ranging from 30–75 m.p.h from 45 feet. Six slow pitch softball machines check larger targets, while a T-ball area is available for youngsters unable to face the wrath of the regular cages. Bats and helmets are available for use, and the only age requirement is that batters be able to hold and swing a bat without assistance (click here for the full list of rules). In between bat-based bashes, swing by the general concession area to snag some refueling soda, candy, or other energy titillating snack.
Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club's clinic will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for five straight weeks (a $90 value). Lessons are taught by expert instructors and consist of intense hitting drills, strategy, footwork, girthy grunts, and supervised play. With a 4:1 student-instructor ratio, you'll always have watchful eyes to monitor your progress and make sure you're not sneaking in corked racquets. Regardless of one's swing swagger, all players are placed into compatible groups based on ability and the number of rings on their torso stump. By clinic's end, rookie racqueteers will transform into veteran volley maestros that propel slingshot swings with a Bruce Lee accuracy (Lee was actually a much better tennis player than he was a martial artist).
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.
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.