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Ready to Enroll? Please complete the online pre-registration form before you call, Thanks!

When you are ready to enroll your child into our program, please make sure you have completed the ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION before you call to get enrolled.

This form is found on our website and will enable you to set up your family account. No enrollments can be done online and no payments are automatically charged by inputting your payment information.

Once you have submitted this form you will be prompted with a phone number to call to pick out your class time(s). Over the phone we will explain when and how payments will be taken and get you all set to swim!

Please note, if you have swam with us in the last six months, you don’t need to complete this form. If it’s been more than six months, you will need to complete the pre-registration again before enrolling.

Masters Adult Swim Group

Coach Bryan Crane brings a wealth of knowledge about technique and training to our Master program. He has been coaching masters for years in addition to club coaching. Bryan has transitioned out of the club coaching world to focus on his teaching career. However, he loves swimming and still wants to stay connected to it via Masters Swimming. We are lucky to have him team up with us!

PRE-REGISTER FOR MASTER’S SWIMMING HERE

PLEASE NOTE:
> All abilities are welcome, however, you must be able to swim at least 200 yards without stopping

COACHED PRACTICES ($70 per month)
M/W/F at CHS Pool 5:00 to 6:00 AM
T/Th at EVO SanTan Gilbert location 5:15 to 6:15 AM
Sat at EVO SanTan Gilbert location 6:30 to 7:30 AM

NON-COACHED PRACTICES ($43 per month)
M/W/F at EVO SanTan Gilbert location 5:15 to 6:15 AM
T/W/F at EVO Mesa/Gilbert location 7:00 to 8:00 AM
Sat at EVO SanTan Gilbert location 6:30 to 7:30 AM
Sun at EVO Mesa/Gilbert location 8:00 to 9:00 AM

TUITION RATE:
> $43 or $70 per month
> $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

2022 Summer Swimming Lessons in Queen Creek

In partnership with the QCUSD Aquatic Complex we are pleased to bring you another year of discounted swimming lessons for the 2022 summer! Indoor air-conditioned viewing room will be available for parents to enjoy! Focused 3x per week lessons offered in two week sessions over the course of June and July.

Enrollment Opens May 2nd for session 1
Please complete our online pre-registration, then call 480-404-6191 to pick your class schedule.

2022 Session 1:
> 3 lessons per week for two weeks (T/W/Th)
> May 31 – June 3
> June 7-9

2022 Session 2 (M/T/W this session only):
> 3 lessons per week for two weeks (M/T/W)
> June 20-22
> June 27-29

2022 Session 3:
> 3 lessons per week for two weeks (T/W/Th)
> July 19-21
> July 26-28

Swimming Lessons:
> 30 minute lessons
> lessons held every 30 minutes from 4pm to 7pm
> Maximum of 4 children per class

Pricing:
> $118.50 per session for families that attend a QCUSD school
> $139.50 per session for child that DO NOT attend a QCUSD school
> $12.50 insurance fee (paid only once for one or all sessions)

Competitive Junior 1 Group & Coach Melissa Ripley

Have you ever wondered what the next step in your child’s progression is past the Development Training Program. The Competitive Junior 1 Group is designed for swimmers that have been recruited directly from our Development Training Program. This program enables them to receive the next level of coaching with a focus on core competitive stroke fundamentals. Athletes ages 8 to 14 years old can be eligible for this group. However, children of like ages will practice in separate groups. Athletes will swim 2x per week for 1.25 or 1.5 hours per practice (depending on age and ability).

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.

Required Equipment (Items stocked at both EVO locations)
> Kick board
> Center-mount snorkel
> Fins
> Duckie fins
> Pull buoy
> Water bottle
> Mesh equipment bag
> Team cap
> Team suit

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)

WHAT IS EVO?

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, highly competitive swimmers, and adults.

Learning to swim has evolved in two ways. First, our progressive approach to instruction is more than just bubbles and back floats. Our students actually learn to swim, are confident in the water, and emerge as happy and safe swimmers.

Secondly, from babies all the way to college-bound student athletes, we have the ability to offer the very best in aquatic instruction for every age and at every level.

EVO is the first step in our evolutionary approach to swimming. EVO Swim School will teach your child to swim and introduce them to the competitive strokes. Beyond that, our club swim component, know as the RIO Salado Swim Club, manages the competitive side of swimming. Our Pre- Competitive Swim Team is a great way to introduce your child to the world of competitive swimming. As our athletes develop their skills, they have the opportunity to train and compete with our Competitive Squad where are goal is to help athletes prepare to swim in college.

Wherever your child fits into our program, our ultimate goal is to teach them how to swim for safety first, then for backyard fun, then for fitness…and finally for competition.

We are so confident in our highly trained staff that we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied after your first four lessons.

With several locations in the east valley including Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek, there is a convenient place for your child to participate.

This is why EVO Swim School is the place “Where Learning to Swim Has Evolved”!

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

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.

<ALL TUITION RATES CAN BE FOUND HERE

SWIMMING LESSON SCHEDULES
> Mon-Thu 2:45 to 7:00PM
> Fri 3:30 to 6:00PM
> Sat 8:00AM to 12:00PM

SWIM TEAM SCHEDULES
> Mon-Fri 4:00 to 7:30PM
> Sat 9:00 to 11:00AM

SWIM TEAM GROUP LEVELS
Advanced Stroke
> must know the basics of all four strokes
> practices are 60 minutes long
> swim 1x or 2x per week
> swim meets are offered but not mandatory
> fins and goggles are required (caps are recommended for long hair)

Development 1
> must be legal by USA Swimming standards in all four strokes
> practices are 60 minutes long
> swim 1x or 2x per week
> swim meets are offered but not mandatory
> fins and goggles are required (caps are recommended for long hair)

Development 2
> for more advanced swimmers not yet in high school
> practices are 90 minutes long
> swim 1x, 2x, 3x, or 4x per week
> swim meets are offered but not mandatory
> fins and goggles are required (caps are recommended for long hair)

High School Training Group
> full details for this program can be found HERE
> for athletes preparing for their high school swim season
> practices are 90 minutes long
> swim 1x, 2x, 3x, or 4x per week
> swim meets are offered by not mandatory
> fins and goggles are required (caps are recommended for long hair)

MASTERS ADULT SWIM INFO
> click HERE

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.

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Next Planned School Closure

  • Posted on November 2nd, 2016
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EVO Swim School and RIO Swim Club Development Team will be closed Friday 9/2 through Monday 9/5 for Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Friday closure falls on a 5 lesson month, still getting four lessons for the month. The 5th lesson is a free lesson. However, customers are still entitled to a make up lesson due to any school closure.

Feel free to call 480-404-6191 to schedule a make up anytime before or after the closure if you so desire. Please remember we only schedule make ups a maximum of two days in advance. Thanks!

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