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).

Practices will begin Tuesday, May 28th and continue for eight weeks. Our season will end with our season finale meet on Saturday, July 20th.

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

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

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

– 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.

– $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)

– 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

EVO Queen Creek Now Open

– $83 or $149.50 (1x or 2x per week)
– $130.25 (2x per week with an April – July four month commitment)
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a family)

– $83 or $109.25 or $131.25 (1x or 2x or 3x per week)
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a family)

– $26.25 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a family)

– Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00-6:30pm
– Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am

Advanced Stroke Group:
– T-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 60 minute practices
– Swim one or two days per week
Development 1 Group:
– T-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 60 minute practices
– Swim one or two days per week
Development 2 Group:
– T-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 90 minute practices
– Swim one, two, or three days per week
High School Development Group:
– T-Th evenings and Saturday morning practices offered
– 90 minute practices
– Swim one, two, or three days per week

– Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm
– Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am

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


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!”



Our Masters Adult Swim Program is for everyone. Beginners, fitness swimmers, and triathletes are all encouraged 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!

– Swimmers must be able to swim 200 yards without stopping
– All evening workout times are un-coached
– Workouts can be provided upon request to [email protected]
– Must be able to swim at least 750 yards to swim with the SanTan Gilbert morning group

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday
7:15 – 8:15 PM

Monday through Friday
5:30 – 6:30 AM (coach on deck 3 days per week)

Monday through Thursday
5:30 – 7:00 PM
8:00 – 9:00 AM

– Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00-7:30pm
– Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am

– Evening lap swim $26.25 per month
– Morning group workouts $65 per month
– $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

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.

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

– $149.50 (two lessons per week)
– $130.25 (two lessons per week with four month commitment)
– $83 (one lesson per week)
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)

– $131.25 (three practices per week)
– $109.25 (two practices per week)
– $83 (one practice per week)
– $25 once annual insurance fee ($35 for a whole family)

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


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!



Next Planned School Closure, July 4th Weekend & July 10th

  • Posted on November 2nd, 2016
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EVO Swim School and RIO Swim Club Development Team will be closed Thursday 7/4 through Saturday 7/6/27 for the July 4th holiday weekend.

We will also be closed on Wednesday, July 10th for our annual in-service training and employee appreciation day.

If you are scheduled to swim on any of those days, feel free to call 480-404-6191 to schedule a make up anytime before or after the closure if you so desire. However, please remember we only schedule make ups a maximum of two days in advance. Thanks!