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Updated Mask Policy

In accordance with the recent emergency orders involving face masks from local governing bodies, EVO Swim School will now be requiring adults and teenagers to wear masks upon entering our buildings or pool decks effective tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th.

Children taking swim lessons will not be asked to wear a mask at any time. Children involved in our swim team programming should continue with protocols that have been in place since our reopening.

I personally would rather not have to wear a mask. However, the current trajectory of hospitalizations in Arizona puts us on a dangerous trend for hospitals to exceed their capacity. If this were to happen, another shutdown of our community could become a reality.

If wearing a mask can slow the spread of this virus, let’s work together and choose masks over another economic shutdown. Another shutdown would be devastating to our already weak economy.

We would greatly appreciate your support during this difficult time. This is not our first choice, and we understand that opinions vary greatly on this issue, but we are simply doing what we can to avoid another shutdown.

Should you forget your mask or not have a mask to wear, we will be offering masks for $1 at the front desk.

Thank you,

EVO Swim School
480-404-6191

Swimming Lessons Are Back in the Water!

EVO SWIM SCHOOL IS OPEN! Please call 480-404-6191 to get enrolled.

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 2:30pm to 6:30pm at the Pecos Road location and from 2:30pm to 6:30pm at the Power Road location.

SWIMMING LESSON TUITION RATES
Prime Hours (9am-12pm & 3:30-6:30pm)
> $86 per month PER CLASS taken on a weekly basis IN A PRIME SPOT
> Prime and non prime lessons can be taken to reduce your monthly cost for multi day lessons per week
Non-Prime Hours (12pm to 1pm and 2:30pm to 3:30pm)
> $75 per month for your 1st class taken on a weekly basis
> $86 + $75 = $161 per month IF YOUR FIRST WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A PRIME SPOT AND YOUR SECOND WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A NON-PRIME SPOT
> $75 + $60 = $135 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. 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. Our instructors will teach with a mask on. 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 and teenagers are required to wear a mask while in the building or on the pool deck.
6. 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).
7. 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.
8. No showers or drinking fountains will be available for use.
9. Touchable surfaces will be sanitized between each class.
10. 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!

RIO SWIM TEAM ENROLLMENT IS OPEN! Please call 480-404-6191 to get enrolled.

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

SWIM TEAM TUITION RATES
> $86 per month for 1x per week
> $161 per month for 2x per week
> $172 per month for 3x per week (D2 & HSD ONLY)
> Ask about non-prime rates for 2:30pm D2 & HSD practices
> $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 3 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 are required to wear a mask when on the pool deck.
5. Swimmers are required to wear a mask while entering the pool area and again while exiting the pool area when social distancing may not always be possible.
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 and exit from opposite sides of the pool. See your coach for details.
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!

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
> Practice either T/Th or W/Fri at the EVO Mesa/Gilbert location
> T/Th = 4:15-5:30pm or 5:35-6:50pm
> W/Fri = 4:15-5:30pm or 5:35-7:05pm
> 6-9 yrs old swim for 1.25 hour per practice (may vary based on ability)
> 9-12 yrs old swim for 1.5 hours per practice (may vary based on ability)
> $167.50 per month for 1.25 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

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
> M/W/F 7:00am – 8:00 AM @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert
> Saturday 6:30 – 7:30 AM @ EVO SanTan Gilbert
> Sunday 6:30 – 7:30 AM and 7:30 – 8:30 AM @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert

TUITION RATE:
> $20 per month to swim as much as you like
> $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

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”!

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.

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 2:30pm-6:30pm
> Fri 3:30pm-5:30pm
> Sat 8:00am-12:00pm

SWIMMING LESSON TUITION RATES
Prime Hours (9am-12pm & 3:30-6:30pm)
> $86 per month PER CLASS taken on a weekly basis IN A PRIME SPOT
> Prime and non prime lessons can be taken to reduce your monthly cost for multi day lessons per week
Non-Prime Hours (12pm to 1pm and 2:30pm to 3:30pm)
> $75 per month for your 1st class taken on a weekly basis
> $86 + $75 = $161 per month IF YOUR FIRST WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A PRIME SPOT AND YOUR SECOND WEEKLY CLASS IS IN A NON-PRIME SPOT
> $75 + $60 = $135 per month IF BOTH OF YOUR WEEKLY CLASSES ARE IN NON-PRIME SPOTS
> $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a family)

SWIM TEAM TUITION RATES
> $86 per month for 1x per week
> $161 per month for 2x per week
> $172 per month for 3x per week (D2 & HSD ONLY)
> Ask about non-prime rates for 2:30pm D2 & HSD practices
> $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a 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

EVO Staff Spotlight: Head Site Coach Andrea Courtney

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Meet Andrea Courtney, the Head Site Coach at EVO’s competitive Gilbert swim school, RIO Swim Club. We recently sat down with Andrea to learn more about her and help our students get to know her better, too.

David Tait, owner of EVO and RIO: Hi, Andrea. Thanks for chatting with us! For those who don’t know you, tell us about your role at RIO Swim Club.

Andrea: As the Head Site Coach at the Hamilton pool, my primary role is running practices every night for four different groups, helping our competitive swimmers with their technique on all of their strokes, and working with them on their turns and dives. I also run monthly evaluations to see what they could improve and determine if they are ready to move to the next group.

David: You’ve coached some of our best students, and I know you were a competitive swimmer, too. How long have you been swimming and coaching?

Andrea: I started swimming competitively when I was 6 years old and continued swimming through high school. I hurt my knee and wasn’t able to continue swimming, so coaching allowed me to stay with the sport. Once I got involved with coaching, I fell in love with being able to help others improve in a sport that I enjoy so much.

Now, I have been coaching for almost 13 years! I have coached high school swimmers since I graduated, led a swim team at a local gym, and I have been coaching at RIO for three years.

David: We’ve loved having you as part of our team. Out of all of your time in swimming, what has been your fondest memory?

Andrea: I started swimming in Colorado during the summer while I was visiting my grandparents. I remember the first time I won the 100 backstroke at a championship meet. It was the same meet where our co-ed relay took first! It was a huge accomplishment for me and pushed me to continue. It also was awesome to do it with my friends that I had been swimming with for so long.

David: Wow, I bet that was an amazing moment! Outside of swimming, do you have any special talents or fun facts that most people don’t know about you?

Andrea: I don’t really have any special talents, but one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that I am a survivor of cancer. It has helped me be who I am today and given me a huge appreciation for my family and friends. We spend a lot of time together going to sporting events, concerts, and camping whenever we can.

David: We’re so glad you’re healthy now and thankful to have you as part of our Gilbert swim school.

Andrea: Thanks, Dave. It’s been so much fun helping kids reach their goals, and I love working with the EVO/RIO team. They feel like part of my family!

EVO Endorsements: Our Favorite Goggles for Kids

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Over the years, our instructors have taught thousands of kids and adults how to swim with our Gilbert swimming lessons. During those lessons, we’ve tried tons of different equipment and experienced what works best firsthand. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing our top picks for training equipment, learn-to-swim tools, and accessories to help you or your child learn the right technique and have fun!

This month, we’re gabbing about goggles for kids. Here are some of our favorite brands.

**Finis H2 Jr.

Who these goggles are good for:

Ages 5-8

Why we recommend them:

We like that these goggles are comfortable and come in cool colors that kids love. Their soft frame and silicone eye gasket create a watertight fit without hurting their sensitive faces, and the silicone strap and back clip allow easy adjustment.

**Finis Fruit Basket

Who these goggles are good for:

Ages 3-8

Why we recommend them:

The Fruit Basket goggles have the same benefits as the H2, and they smell good. Children can pick their favorite out of four scents, so don’t be surprised if they start begging to go swimming once they have these goggles!

**TYR Kids’ Swimple Goggles

Who these goggles are good for:

Ages 2-6

Why we recommend them:

These goggles are so simple that even young kids can put them on without help. They come in multiple colors, and the single strap splits into two straps behind the head for a secure fit.

**TYR Qualifier Goggles

Who these goggles are good for:

Kids moving from swimming lessons into development swim team

Why we recommend them:

Qualifier Goggles are racing goggles that are a bit bigger to help swimmers see better in the water. They also have the same strap as the Swimple Goggles, which keeps them tight yet comfortable.

All of these goggles, plus our other favorite swimming equipment, can be purchased at EVO’s pro shop. For more goggle recommendations or details about our Gilbert swimming lessons, contact EVO Swim School at 480-404-6191.