Summer swim team is an extension of the RIO Swim Club (EVO’s competitive swim club) and is designed for entry level swimmers. EVO Dolphin level swimmers are invited to participate. We will also accept children that can swim freestyle and backstroke who have not swam with our program before (evaluations are required).

If your child can not swim freestyle or backstroke, we do offer stroke lessons to help get them ready for the summer swim team.

The name “Summer Swim Team” refers to a specific entry level training group that can swim freestyle and backstroke as a minimum requirement. However, all RIO Swim Club training groups (Advanced Stroke, Development 1 & 2) will participate together in all the summer time competitions over the course of the 8 week season.

Summer Swim Team offers a great experience for those new to the sport or those looking for a well run, high quality program with excellent coaching for their children. Whether your child just wants to swim for the summer or wants to try swimming as a sport, this is the right program for you.

Practices will begin Tuesday, May 30th and continue for eight weeks. Our season will end with our season finale meet on Friday or Saturday, July 21st.

LOCATIONS & PRACTICE TIMES: (can swim 1x, 2x, or 3x per week)
EVO SanTan Gilbert Location:
* M-Th 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.
EVO Queen Creek Location:
* Tu-TH 6:00-7:00 p.m.
* Sat 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Chandler High Pool
* M-Th 5:00-6:00 p.m.

– $68 per month for 1x per week
– $89 per month for 2x per week
– $125 per month for 3x per week
– $15 for each swim meet you chose to attend
– $25 once annual insurance fee per child ($35 for a whole family)

– 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 meets will be held on Friday nights at the Chandler High Pool. 8 & younger swimmers will warm up at 5pm and compete from 5:30-6:30pm. 9 and older swimmers will warm up at 6:30pm and compete from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
– June 9th
– June 23rd
– July 7th
– July 21st


The Queen Creek location will open for the season April 4th! Enroll by opening day and save $15 per child

Swim with the best, and do it in Queen Creek! We offer a wide range of group levels with programing Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities, swim team, swim meets, and Masters Adult Swim groups will all take place this year. The pool opens the first week in April and will remain open through September for lessons and through October for swim team.

– Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm
– Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am

– $76 (one lesson per week)
– $142 (two lessons per week)
– $124 (two lessons per week with THREE month commitment)
– $109 (two lessons per week with FOUR month commitment)
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)

SWIM TEAM INFO (April – October)
Advanced Stroke Group:
– Tuesday through Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
– Saturday 9:00-10:00am
– Swim one or two days per week
– $79 or $104 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)
Development 1 Group:
– Tuesday through Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
– Saturday 9:00-10:00am
– Swim one or two days per week
– $79 or $104 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)
Development 2 Group:
– Tuesday through Thursday 6:00-7:30pm
– Saturday 10:00-11:30am
– Swim one, two, or three days per week
– $79, $104 or $125 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)
High School Development Group:
– Tuesday through Thursday 6:00-7:30pm
– Saturday 10:00-11:30am
– Swim one, two, or three days per week
– $79, $104 or $125 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)

– Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:15 – 6:15 AM
– Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 AM (chalk board workouts only)
– $25 per month for 1x per week
– $40 per month for 2x per week
– $55 per month for 3x or more per week
– $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)



Our Masters Adult Swim Program is for everyone. Beginners, fitness swimmers, and triathletes are all encouraged to join. Coaches will provide workouts, help improve your technique, and provide some good old-fashioned motivation. Workouts are modified based on your ability so there is no excuse not to join!

Start your day off right with a morning workout or blow off some steam with a workout at the end of the day. So let’s get fit, reduce stress, and make new friends with other adults just like you!

(April through September schedule)

> Mondays and Wednesdays
11:00 – 12:00 PM (no coach)
– Must be able to swim as least 50 yards without stopping

07:15 – 08:15 PM (no coach – 3 open lanes)
– Must be able to swim 50 yards in less than 50 seconds

> Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 – 12:00 PM (no coach)
– Must be able to swim as least 50 yards without stopping

07:15 – 08:15 PM (no coach – 2 open lanes)
– Must be able to swim 50 yards in less than :50 seconds

08:00 – 09:00 PM (coached workout for technique)
– All abilities welcome

> Saturday Workouts
07:00 – 08:00 AM (coached workout for technique)
– All abilities welcome

> Morning Workouts (Mon-Fri)
05:30 – 6:30 AM (no coach)
– Must be able to swim at least 750 yards to swim in the mornings

– $25 per month for 1x per week
– $40 per month for 2x or more per week
– $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

Eastmark Swimming Lessons


EVO Swim School is pleased to announce summer swimming lessons offered exclusively for Eastmark community members. Lessons will be held during the months of June and July (based on demand). Our quality swimming lessons will be conducted in the convenience of your community swimming pool. Join us this summer for incredible results with our specialized aquatic instruction.

1. Click on the “Pre-Registration” button in the upper right corner of
2. Complete and submit your information
3. You will then be prompted to call us at 480-404-6191 to pick out your class times

1. Starting June 6th, swimming lessons will be offered twice per week for the months of June and July
2. Thirty minute lessons will be held every Tuesday and Thursday between 8:30am and 10:30am
3. No more than four students per instructor

Tuition Costs
1. $28.50 per week
2. Must enroll a minimum of four weeks
3. No other fees beyond regular tuition

Make Up Lessons
Make up lessons will not be offered at the Eastmark Pool. However, if you miss one of your scheduled lessons you can make that class up at any of our other east valley locations.

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!”

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.

Ask David (and Kim): What Should I Say When My Kids Complain About Swimming?

>As a parent signing your child up for our Gilbert swimming lessons, you’re probably feeling a wave of excitement, questions, and maybe even a few concerns. “When should I start teaching them how to swim?” “How many lessons do they need?” “Should I buy any gear or equipment?”

At EVO Swim School, our goal is to offer the very best aquatic instruction for infants, children, pre-competitive swimmers, and adults. Part of that instruction includes helping people be knowledgeable and confident swimmers, so from time to time, Owner David Tait will discuss answers to some of the common questions he receives from parents and students at our school.

This month, David welcomes a special guest — his wife, Kim — to share advice about how to respond when your child complains about taking swimming lessons.

1. What are the most common complaints you hear from kids about swim lessons?

David: The most common complaint I hear from our young students is not wanting to go to lessons because they are not yet confident and/or comfortable in the water yet. Most kids are just uncomfortable until they figure out they can swim on their own. Think about how you felt when you were learning to ride a bike! That’s probably how your child is feeling now.

Kim: The one thing I’ve noticed is that every single child goes through an adjustment period when being introduced to formal swim lessons. Some (few) adapt more quickly and are happily swimming along in no time. Others (most) are not so keen on things like dipping their head underwater and may put on a good show of how upset they are about it.

2. Where do you think those complaints stem from?

David: Uncertainty is #1. Sometimes, kids feel pressured or scared of swimming, but that’s often just uncertainty in disguise. Fortunately, our swimming instructors have specific techniques for building confidence so they feel more secure and less fearful.

3. What should parents and coaches say to address those common complaints?

David: The #1 mistake parents make is giving a child who doesn’t know how to swim the “option” of taking swimming lessons. They must understand that this is mandatory, not a choice. This is for their own benefit and safety.

If a child feels like they have a say in the matter, they normally cry and rebel much harder and longer, whereas if they feel like it’s just a fact of life, they will be far more teachable and willing to try new things.

EVO’s coaches talk to parents to let them know that crying is normal and not a cause for concern or embarrassment. Tears are part of the game and can easily be washed away if the parents support the coach’s instruction. Kids cry every day, but they also overcome those tears every day!

Kim: Agreed. Our children went through various periods of crying during swim lessons. You can imagine how frustrating this was for us! But we realized early on that it is a very common and natural response for any beginner.

Their response is very similar to when I dropped my children off for their first day of school. It is a new environment where they are being challenged to do difficult things that might be outside of their comfort zone. But in the end, I knew the same thing about swim lessons that I knew about their classroom: If I am consistent and encouraging, they will grow confident in their abilities. If I – as their mom – am strong, and try not to validate their fears by rushing in and “rescuing” them, they will soon realize that a swim lesson is not something to be afraid of!

4. Any other words of wisdom for parents trying to help their kids overcome their fears and embrace the water?

Kim: Starting to take our Gilbert swimming lessons comes with lots of uncertainty, but I know a few things for sure:

A. The instructors your children are working with are top notch.
B. Children are capable of doing hard things.
C. Learning to swim in Arizona is not really optional. Kids can cry during lessons as a three year old, or they can cry during lessons as a ten year old. Either way, they have to learn sometime!

Today, our children are happy, confident swimmers. We wish our students and their family the same success. As a parent, the greatest thing you can do for your child may be to step outside of their eyesight and let an amazing, qualified instructor teach them the life-saving skill of swimming. Your child may find this uncomfortable at first…and in all honesty, so will you! But, like most difficult things, it is well worth it. And, in the end, you know as well as we do…they can totally do it!

For more advice from David and Kim or information about swim lessons at EVO, get in touch with us at 480-404-6191.

EVO Staff Spotlight: Head Site Coach Dee Stancikas

If your family takes lessons or competes on a team at EVO/RIO’s Gilbert swim school, you’ve probably met Dee Stancikas, our Head Site Coach. But did you know she’s a multitalented athlete whose swimming skills are closely rivaled by her roundhouse kicks and water polo shots? Surprise!

We sat down with Dee to learn more about her athletic talents and help our students get to know her better too. Next time you visit EVO/RIO, be sure to stop by and say hello to Dee!

EVO: Hi, Dee! For those who don’t know you, can you share a little bit about yourself and your role at EVO/RIO?

Dee: Sure! I’m originally from Yorba Linda, a city in Orange County, California. I moved out to Arizona with my boyfriend when he accepted a new job. I was a water polo coach in California and fell in love with teaching kids, so I applied to be a swim coach when we moved here. As EVO/RIO’s Head Site Coach, my job is to help our students develop and refine their technique, oversee our coaching staff, and communicate with parents.

EVO: We’re happy to have you! So far, what’s your favorite part of working at our Gilbert swim school?

Dee: My favorite part is getting to know the kids, helping them improve their strokes, and seeing their results. I also love making connections with them and learning about their interests outside of the pool.

EVO: Yes, we’ve seen how much they look up to you too. When you were in their shoes as a young swimmer, what was your fondest memory?

Dee: The state meet during my senior year of high school was the best meet I ever had. I didn’t win anything, but I placed higher than I was supposed to. My team placed the highest it had in years, and for a competitive swimmer who was never the fastest or strongest, it felt good to walk away from my last meet knowing it was my best!

EVO: What a great way to cap off your high school swimming career. Now that you’ve graduated and started your professional career, what are some of your hobbies and interests?

Dee: I’m finishing my degree in nutrition and wellness, so I spend a lot of my time studying. When I’m not in school or at work, I love kickboxing, hiking, spending time with my boyfriend and dog, camping, boating, and visiting family and friends in California.

EVO: No wonder you’re so busy! Well, we’re happy to have you as part of our team, and we know the kids feel the same way. Thanks for chatting with us!



Memorial Day Next Planned School Closure

  • Posted on November 2nd, 2016
  • Events

Our next planned school closure will be Friday through Monday, May 26-29, 2017. This will be for the Memorial Day holiday.

Swimming is the Confident, Smart, Healthy, and Funnest Sport there is…

EVO Swim School is an evolutionary learn-to-swim facility with complete resources to offer the very best in aquatic instruction for infants, children, pre-competitive swimmers, and adults. Our approach to aquatic instruction inspired our company name and motto: “Where Learning to Swim Has Evolved”.

Swim at one of our three east valley locations! Click HERE for a class schedule or call anytime with questions.

SanTan Gilbert Location
Spectrum Gilbert Location
Queen Creek Location