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Swimming Lessons Start Tuesday, May 26th

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN, PLEASE CALL 480-404-6191 TO GET ENROLLED!

EVO Swim School has determined a safe way to open back up for swimming lessons starting Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day weekend). Please read this post carefully for important information about how to get re-enrolled for lessons.

MARCH TUITION CREDITS
As you know, this shutdown has been very difficult on all small businesses and ours is no exception. As a show of support for our program we are looking for anyone that would like to generously trade their two-week March tuition credit in exchange for make-up lessons. This would help us tremendously as we start the long slow process of reopening and rebuilding. If you are able, please let us know you would be willing to donate when you call to re-enroll. We would appreciate it tremendously.

LESSON SCHEDULES
> We will open with semi-private lessons at the group lesson rate until it’s safe to add additional students to a single class.
> Lessons will be offered from 9am to 1pm and again from 3pm to 7pm at the Pecos Road location and from 3pm to 7pm at the Power Road location.

LESSON PRICING

PRIME HOURS (9am-12pm & 3-7pm)
> $86 per month PER CLASS taken on a weekly basis IN A PRIME SPOT
> Prime lessons can be taken non-prime lessons to reduce your monthly cost for multi day lessons per week

NON-PRIME HOURS (12pm to 1pm)
> $75 per month for your 1st weekly class taken IN A NON-PRIME SPOT
> $86 + $75 per month ($161 total) for your 2nd weekly class taken IF YOUR FIRST CLASS IS IN A PRIME SPOT
> $75 + $60 per month ($135 total) for your 2nd weekly class taken IF YOUR FIRST CLASS IS IN A NON-PRIME SPOT

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We will exercise these safety guidelines to protect staff members, patrons, and the community until it becomes reasonable to relax these guidelines:
1. We will open with semi-private lessons at the group lesson rate until it’s safe to add additional students to one class.
2. Students will sit on the wall and be separated with a plexiglass barrier while they await their turn to swim.
3. For now our instructors will wear KN95 masks while they teach. This is for their protection as they will be face to face with many children throughout the day. However, all children will be greeted by their instructor at a safe distance WITHOUT their mask on. Instructors will talk to the children about their mask before putting it on. We don’t want to scare the children and we want them to see their instructor’s face before the lesson begins.
4. One adult per family will be allowed in the building and one chair per family will be provided. Siblings will be permitted as long as the family can remain inside the marked square provided in the viewing room.
5. Adults will only be asked to wear a mask while entering the building and again while picking up their child from the pool area when social distancing may not always be possible.
6. Adults are free to remove their masks in the viewing room where we have ample space for social distancing.
7. We will have portable sinks at the entrance doors, students and their parent will be required to wash their hands before entering the building (please dry your hands with your child’s towel).
8. Children must arrive and depart the building in their swimming suit – no changing in or out of swimming suits at the facility with exception of special or unusual needs. Please coordinate these needs with the Site Manager on duty.
9. No showers or drinking fountains will be available for use.
10. Touchable surfaces will be sanitized between each class.
11. Electronic waivers will be required to be signed online before your first practice.

FLOW OF PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING AND TRANSITION BETWEEN LESSON TIMES
1. Students and their one parent/caregiver will be allowed in the building after washing their hands.
2. Students will get in the water while parents sit at a safe distance in the viewing room.
3. At the 20 minute mark:
> parents of current students will enter the pool area for the final five minutes of class
> the next group of students and their one parent/caregiver will enter the building
4. At the 25 minute mark, current students will be released to their parents to grab their towels and will exit the building through the pool doors to exit outside to their cars.
5. At the 30 minute mark and after the pool area has been cleared, the next group of swimmers will enter the pool area.

Thank you for your continued support as we reopen our business. We look forward to seeing our swimmers back in the water!

EVO Swim School
480-404-6191

Development Swim Team is Back in the Water!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN! PLEASE CALL 480-404-6191 TO GET ENROLLED.

We are happy that we can responsibly open a limited number of training spots to get the kids back in the water! We will be following CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. It’s our desire to get our kids back in the water so they can feel somewhat normal again and begin training in a safe and responsible manner.

MARCH TUITION CREDITS
As you know, this shutdown has been very difficult on all small businesses and ours is no exception. As a show of support for our program we are looking for anyone that would like to generously trade their two-week March tuition credit in exchange for make-up lessons. This would help us tremendously as we start the long slow process of reopening and rebuilding. If you are able, please let us know you would be willing to donate when you call to re-enroll. We would appreciate it tremendously.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
> All Development Team practices will be held at the EVO SanTan Gilbert location
> See available class times HERE and scroll down to the “Advanced Instruction” heading

MONTHLY TUITION PRICING

PRIME HOURS (9am to 12:30pm & 4:00 to 7:30pm)
> $86 per month PER CLASS taken on a weekly basis IN A PRIME SPOT
> Prime and non prime classes can be taken to reduce your monthly cost for multi day lessons per week
NON-PRIME HOURS (M-Fri 12:30pm to 4:00pm)
> $75 per month for your 1st weekly class taken IN A NON-PRIME SPOT
> $86 + $50 = $136 per month IF YOUR FIRST WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A PRIME SPOT AND YOUR SECOND WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A NON-PRIME SPOT
> $75 + $50 = $125 per month IF BOTH OF YOUR WEEKLY CLASSES ARE IN NON-PRIME SPOTS
> $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a family)

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We will exercise these safety guidelines to protect staff members, patrons, and the community until it becomes reasonable to relax these guidelines:
1. Practices will be held at the EVO SanTan location (outdoor 8 lane pool).
2. Only 2 swimmers will be allowed per lane. Swimmers sharing a lane will start from opposite ends of the pool.
3. One adult per family will be allowed on deck. Siblings will be permitted on deck with an adult as long as the family can remain socially distant from others not in their own family.
4. Adults and swimmers will only be asked to wear a mask while entering the pool area and again while exiting the pool area when social distancing may not always be possible.
5. Adults are free to remove their masks when on the pool deck where we have ample space for social distancing.
6. Socially distant chairs will be set up for parents to use. Please do not move chairs from their designated spots.
7. Gate and door hardware, backstroke starting handles, kick boards, sinks, and toilets will sanitized between each practice.
8. Electronic waivers will be required to be signed online before your first practice.

FLOW OF PEOPLE IN THE POOL AREA AND TRANSITION BETWEEN CLASS TIMES
1. Swimmers and parents are to enter on the WEST SIDE (near the pump room and bathrooms) and exit from the EAST SIDE (same as the main entrance).
2. Advanced and D1 swimmers will practice for 55 minutes with a 5 minute transition time to grab a towel and exit the pool area.
3. D2 and HSD swimmers will practice for 1 hour and 25 minutes with a 5 minute transition time to grab a towel and exit the pool area.

Thank you for your continued support as we reopen our business. We look forward to seeing our swimmers back in the water!

I wanted to take a moment and touch base with all of our customers in reference to our approach and preparation for disease control in the wake of the coronavirus news coverage.

We are taking a proactive approach to ensure we are safe, smart, and sensible.

You can feel SAFE at our facilities as we take measures to be exceptionally clean above and beyond our already strict standards of cleanliness. All surfaces that can be touched by hand are being sanitized at the end of morning AND at the end of evening shifts. This includes all door handles, toilet and changing partition handles and locks, benches and chairs, drinking fountains, and front desk surfaces. All cleaning is done at or above CDC standards.

We do have the advantage of operating in chlorinated water. Our chemical levels are checked three times per day to ensure the proper balance. Chlorine is effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and it can not be transmitted through properly chlorinated water.

Let’s all be SMART as we move forward and adhere to common standards of hand washing, avoiding unnecessary touching of other’s hands, avoid touching your face without washing your hands first, and staying home if you feel ill. Our instructors are now required to wash their own hands before every shift. Hand sanitizer is available at our schools as long as we can purchase it, but we have ample supplies of soap. WASHING YOUR HANDS IS THE EASIEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE.

Let’s also be SENSIBLE. While the spread of this virus is serious, let’s understand one key fact. This virus is not killing children. While it is dangerous for the elderly, it simply isn’t a fatal sickness for children who are otherwise healthy.

The flu is far more dangerous for children as it relates to death or critical illness. Let’s be vigilant in stopping the spread of all communicable illnesses. These measures will help and give us confidence to continue to be safe, smart and sensible without crippling our daily lives.

Thank you,

David Tait
Owner
EVO Swim School
RIO Swim Club
480-404-6191 office

Competitive Junior Group & Coach Melissa Ripley

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a specialized Development Team group called “Competitive Juniors”. This group is designed to help developmental level swimmers obtain higher level skills and prepare for our Competitive Squad to be a college bound athlete.

We have the most qualified coach in the state to lead this group. Coach Melissa Ripley has been coaching age group swimmers for over 40 years. Melissa is a three time Olympic gold medalist in 1972 and has devoted her life to the sport. She is a perfectionist and loves to teach sound fundamentals to kids who want to the be the best they can be. Read Melissa’s full bio below.

COMPETITIVE JUNIOR DETAILS
> Practices start August 12th
> Swim M/W or T/Fri at the EVO Mesa/Gilbert location
> 5:30pm start time
> 6-9 yrs old swim for 1 hour per practice (may vary based on ability)
> 9-12 yrs old swim for 1.5 hours per practice (may vary based on ability)
> $150 per month for 1 hour practice schedule
> $185 per month for 1.5 hour practice schedule
> Required equipment can be purchased at any EVO location: kick board, snorkel, long fins, duckies, bouy (older), water bottle, equipment bag

BIO: MELISSA BELOTE RIPLEY – THREE TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

Melissa Louise Belote was born on October 16, 1956 in Washington D.C. and grew up in Springfield, Virginia. She has been called one of America’s greatest swimmers. Melissa is the middle child of Florence and Buddy Belote. She has two sisters Barbara and Jenny.

Melissa first appeared on the national swimming scene at the age of 12 (1969) when she qualified for her first United States National Championship.

In 1972, Melissa won both the 100 and 200 meter Backstroke at the United States Olympic Trials and set a world record in the 200 meter Backstroke.

Later that year in Munich, Germany, Melissa led the women’s American Swim Team as she won three Gold Medals. She placed first in the 100 meter Backstroke, setting an Olympic and American record. She finished first in the 200 meter Backstroke setting a World, Olympic, and American record. She also swam the lead off leg on the World, Olympic, and American record setting 400 Medley Relay team.

In 1973, Melissa continued her dominance when she won the 200 meter Backstroke at the World Championships.

In 1976, Melissa made her second Olympic team, which competed in Montreal, Canada. Melissa finished fifth in the 200 meter Backstroke, setting a new American record.

From 1970 to 1979, Melissa won 8 AAU Individual National Championships and was a 16 time AAU All-American. She also won 6 individual National Collegiate Swimming Championships and led her college team, Arizona State University to two National Championships. Melissa was a four-year All-American at Arizona State University.

In 1972 and 1973, Melissa was the runner-up for the Sullivan Award, the highest amateur award recognized in the United States. In 1977, she won the Broderick Award as the Outstanding Women’s Collegiate Swimmer in America.

Melissa is in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Washington Hall of Stars, the Arizona State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 1999 Melissa was selected to the United States Swimming “Team of the Century,” as well as, Sports Illustrated Top 50 Athletes from the state of Virginia, and the Arizona Republic Newspapers Top 100 Athletes of Arizona.

Melissa has been involved with swimming, either as a swimmer or coach, since 1965 when she started competing as an 8 year old at her community swim club, Springfield Swim & Racquet Club. In addition to her coaching responsibilities as Head Age Group Coach at Rio Salado Swim Club, Melissa is the Head Swim Coach at McClintock High School.

Melissa is married to Richard A. Ripley and they have two children, Rachel Alexandra (28) and Erik Alexander (26). Rachel swam at the University of Missouri and graduated in 2013. Erik swam at Towson University and graduated in May 2015.

Melissa Belote Ripley
> 40 year’s coaching age group swimming, 14 years High School coaching
> Four time All-American for Arizona State University
> Six time National Collegiate Champion for Arizona State University
> Olympian (1972 & 1976)
> Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (World, Olympic and American Record holder)
> World Champion 1973 – 200 m Backstroke
> Sullivan Award Runner-up (1972 & 1973) – Top Amateur Athlete in American
> Broderick Award (now called Honda Award) for Outstanding Women’s Collegiate Swimmer (1977)
> Fiesta Bowl All-American (1977)
> Arizona Republic Newspaper – Women Athlete of the Year (1977 & 1978)
> Inducted into the Arizona State University Athletic Hall of Fame (1981)
> Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1983)
> Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1989)
> Sports Illustrated Top 50 Virginia Athletes (1999)
> Arizona Republic 100 Greatest Arizona Athletes (1999)
> USA Swimming – Female 200 Backstroker of the Century
> Named to the PAC 12 All-Century Team – 100 Years of Champions, 1915 – 2015
> Inducted into the Arizona Swimming Hall of Fame (2016)

MASTERS ADULT SWIM

PRE-REGISTER FOR MASTER’S SWIMMING HERE

Currently we are only offering a morning workout group for adults. This group is swimming at the EVO SanTan Gilbert location.

PLEASE NOTE:
> All abilities are welcome, however, you must be able to swim at least 200 yards without stopping
> This is a group workout, no coach is on deck
> Lap swim or performing your own workout is perfectly fine too!

PRACTICE TIMES
> Monday through Saturday 6:30 – 7:30 AM
> Mon / Wed / Fri 5:30 – 6:30 AM

TUITION RATE:
> $40 per month to swim as much as you like
> $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

SUMMER SWIM LEAGUE

WHAT IS SUMMER SWIM LEAGUE?

Summer Swim League is an extension of the RIO Swim Club (EVO’s competitive swim club) and is designed for children of all ages and abilities.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED, however, we do require a quick evaluation of skills for group placement (see group descriptions below).

WHEN DOES SUMMER SWIM TEAM START?
Practices will begin Tuesday, May 28th and continue for eight weeks. Our season will end with our season finale meet on Saturday, July 20th.

INTRO TO SWIM TEAM
– must be able to swim across a 25 yard pool without stopping
– all ages welcome 7 years and older

INTERMEDIATE
– must be able to swim the basics of three of the four competitive strokes
– all ages welcome

ADVANCED STROKE
– must be able to swim the basics of all four competitive strokes
– all ages welcome

DEVELOPMENT ONE
– must be legal in all four competitive strokes by USA Swimming Standards
– all ages welcome

LOCATIONS & PRACTICE TIMES: (can swim 1x, 2x, or 3x per week)
EVO SanTan Gilbert Location:
* M-Th 8:00-9:00 a.m.
* M-Th 3:00-4:00 p.m.
EVO Mesa/Gilbert Location:
* M-Th 4:00-5:00 p.m.
EVO Queen Creek Location: (intro level not offered at this location)
* Tu-TH 6:00-7:00 p.m.
* Sat 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Chandler High Pool: (intro level not offered at this location)
* M-Th 5:00-6:00 p.m.

TUITION & MEET ENTRY FEES:
– $83 per month for 1x per week
– $109.25 per month for 2x per week
– $131.25 per month for 3x per week
– $16 for each swim meet you chose to attend (meets are optional)
– $25 once annual insurance fee per child ($35 for a whole family)

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
– rubber fins at every practice
– team suit and/or team cap (if you attend any swim meets)
– goggles
– all items available for purchase at all locations

SWIM MEET SCHEDULE (evenings meets):
– June 1st @ Chandler High
– June 14th @ McClintock High
– June 29th @ Chandler High
– July 19th / July 20th @ Chandler High

High School Swimmers Can Balance Swimming and Life with the Power Hour!

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS!

The POWER HOUR is designed for the high school swimmer who is balancing swimming with acedemics or other activities. Each practice is healthy mix of TECHNIQUE & INTENSE TRAINING. Offered at three east valley locations.

EVO SanTan Gilbert (Pecos & Greenfield)

7pm to 8pm M-Th
Swim 1, 2, or 3x’s per week
$83, $109.25, or $131.25 per month

EVO Mesa/Gilbert (Power & Elliot)

4pm to 5pm M-Th
Swim 1, 2, or 3x’s per week
$83, $109.25, or $131.25 per month

Hamilton High Pool (AZ Ave & Ocotillo)

6:15pm to 7:45pm M-Th
Swim 1, 2, or 3x’s per week
$83, $109.25, or $131.25 per month

Call 480-404-6191 for details or pre-register HERE.

Making the Full Evolution with EVO Swim School

image1Miss Addison started at EVO, as an Otter, when she was just 2 1/2 years old.

Below is her success story (narrated by her Mother):

“I was very nervous for Addison on that day because at that age she didn’t like men at all. Coach Bryn was amazing with her. She quickly graduated that Otter level, and several other levels.

At 6 years old she has graduated the top lessons level Dolphin and is now eligible for the swim team!

Coach Bryn has been with her every step of the way along with Coach Ashley and Coach Nick who are all so proud of her.

Thank you EVO for your outstanding swim program and the talented coaches you have!”

EVO Mesa/Gilbert Location NOW OPEN!

This state of the art facility includes an indoor teaching pool for swimming lessons and an outdoor, 8 lane, 25 yard pool for competitive swimming. Siblings can participate in lessons and swim team at the same time! 90% of the outdoor pool is covered with shade sails and our indoor viewing room provides an air conditioned space that enables you to see both the indoor and outdoor pools at the same time.

SWIMMING LESSON SCHEDULES
– Mon – Thu 3:30pm-7:15pm
– Wed 9:00am-12:00pm
– Fri 3:30pm-6:15pm
– Sat 8:00am-12:15pm

SWIMMING LESSON MONTHLY TUITION
– $155 (two lessons per week)
– $135 (two lessons per week with four month commitment)
– $86 (one lesson per week)
– $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a whole family)

SWIM TEAM MONTHLY TUITION
– $135 (three practices per week)
– $113 (two practices per week)
– $86 (one practice per week)
– $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a whole family)

SWIM TEAM INFO
Advanced Stroke Group:
– M-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 60 minute practices
– Swim one or two days per week
Development 1 Group:
– M-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 60 minute practices
– Swim one or two days per week
Development 2 Group:
– M-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 90 minute practices
– Swim one, two, or three days per week
High School Development Group:
– M-Th afternoon practices offered
– 60 minute “Power Hour” practices
– Swim one, two, or three days per week

CLICK HERE FOR MASTERS ADULT SWIM INFO

4 Fun Games For Kids to Practice Holding Their Breath

baby-holding-breathWhen your child begins to take lessons at our Gilbert swim school, one of the first things they will learn is how to hold their breath underwater. This skill is not only important for their safety, but also for their comfort so they can grow to be independent, strong swimmers.

In EVO’s Otter classes, our skilled instructors will teach your child the basics of holding their breath. Like any other form of education, the most successful swim students are the ones that practice outside the “classroom.”

After taking your child home from their swim lessons, try playing a few of these games so they can practice their new skills.

Bathtub play: Pour large cups of water over your child’s head while in the bathtub. This kills two birds with one stone by helping them learn how to hold their breath and get used to having water in the face. Make sure you count to three before you pour the water to give them a familiar signal that it’s time to take a deep breathe and pucker up!

Bubble blowing: Encourage them to blow bubbles. This easy activity helps them learn breath control and how to expel air when their mouth is underwater.

“Eyes wet:” See how long your child can keep their “eyes wet” in the tub or pool. Count while they put their face in the water and hold it there. Shoot for 5 seconds at first (making sure they come up for air before they get uncomfortable or scared), and work your way up to 10 seconds at a time.

Submerge intervals: In the pool or bathtub, count out loud to three, and submerge your child under the water just until their entire head gets wet. Do this on an interval of every 5-10 seconds. This helps them learn how to hold their breath, then breathe, then prepare to hold their breath again many times in a row. Start with one submersion, and work your way up until they’re comfortable doing it up to ten times in row.

Want more tips on how to help your child be the best swimmer they can be? Contact our Gilbert swim school staff at 480-539-2660.