Dillon – 3 years old

Dillon started taking lessons with his mom started in our parent-tot class close to 1.5 years age and now can display total independence in the water.  He is another great example of what a consistent approach combined with great instruction can do for young kids in our program.

Jason, Dillon’s dad, had this to say…“We originally enrolled Dillon at Evo with a concern for his safety since we had numerous family and friends with swimming pools and we own a boat.  Working with Jennifer, Dillon met our original expectations of being able to float, tread water and safely reach the edge of the pool sooner than we expected.  I can also say I honestly didn’t expect to see Dillon cross the entire length of the pool with full arm strokes and no coaching at three years old but with Lorraine’s training, that is what he did Tuesday.

I have been impressed with the instructors understanding of the different personalities and the different approaches required for the individual children.  I have watched children begin their program and cry the entire class but eventually become relaxed with their surroundings because of the extra attention given by the instructor.  Other children, one in particular that I know, can get too comfortable with their surrounding and require a different form of “extra attention” which is also handled very professionally by the instructors. We have been very pleased with Evo Swim School and the progress that Dillon has made.”

Ciara Foy – Sea Lion Graduate

This is Ciara Foy, age 6. She has just graduated from the Sea Lion class. Her instructor, Kelly, said that Ciara is a great listener and would always corrected her mistakes as soon as Kelly would ask her to – what a great student! When asked how she felt about her accomplishment she was speechless but gave us the thumbs up instead.

Christopher – Special Needs Student

Christopher is one of our special needs students. He came to EVO Swim School for swimming lessons one year ago. After an evaluation we had no problem putting him in a regular group lesson and welcomed the challenge of teaching him just like any of our other students. Christopher’s spirit of determination made it easy for us to move him through our Otter, Seal, and Sea Lion class levels within one year.  He has worked hard and we are proud of him.

Anne, Christopher’s mom, had this to say…“Christopher was born prematurely at 25 weeks.  He weighed 1lb 12oz and was 13 inches long.  In the NICU he had multiple surgeries for PDA, NEC and his eyes.  He had a trach (tracheotomy) until he was 4 and was medically fragile until he was 5 (including recuperation from multiple surgeries to have the trach removed by taking out an inch of his trachea and sewing the two pieces back together again).  Christopher has fine and gross motor delays, severe oral motor/speech delay, a G-tube and may fall somewhere on the Autism spectrum but alll we know is that he is the cutest little guy in the world!  He’s the one you’ll see smiling away with his instructor, “Miss Lorraine”.

You’d think that going in the pool (he never went in or near large bodies of water until he was 4 due to the trach) would be a scary thing for him but Christopher loves the water.  He can do alot of things in the water that his body won’t let him do on land.  We are doing some CCDT ( therapy with him and the pool water is great for his sensory system.  The most calm/organized times we’ve ever seen Christopher experience are those when he’s floating in the pool on his back.

EVO Swim School has worked with Christopher for 1 year now and they have shown the firm guidance with compassion that Christopher requires.  They have listened to his parents and learned how best to work with Christopher so that he can give his very best.  He loves the praise that EVO is good about giving the kids.”

Olivia – 2 years old

Olivia started her lessons when she was 2 and a half years old. The videos below were taken just before her 3rd birthday and display her independence in the water after taking a solid six months of lessons. She cried through her first 2 or 3 lessons but caught on quickly as you will see in the video below.

Karin, Olivia’s mom, had this to say…“I wanted to express my enthusiasm in having Olivia enrolled at EVO Swim School.  As a first time Mom, I researched every swim school in the east valley -literally- looking for the right mix of fun and structure. We tried a few of the well known schools, the results were disastrous. With the constant chaos of kids screaming and instructors yelling, forget learning to swim, she would no longer even get in the pool. About to give up, I learned EVO had opened and, after only 2 or 3 lessons (she had to learn to trust again) I saw a marked improvement not only in her level of swimming, but most importantly in her confidence and overall desire to learn. Understated, she simply can’t wait until her next lesson! EVO Swim School is a first-rate operation. From its hands-on owner who clearly cares about making a difference, to the hand-picked teachers who treat each child like they were family, the beautifully designed pool/viewing room and the progress blogs – all carefully designed to help each child develop a life-long love of swimming. I can’t wait for my newborn twins to begin classes! Now isn’t that what it’s all about?”

Jaden Thompson – Seal Graduate

EVO Swim School is pleased to announce that Jaden Thompson, age 5, has graduated from the Seal class level.  He is now considered a proficient back yard swimmer with the ability to swim three widths of our pool (30 yards total) with a strong kick and great breath control. Jaden can also jump from the side, get a breath on his back, and return to the side of the pool as a habit of safety.  He will be moving to the Sea Lion class to receive an introduction to the freestyle stroke with an emphasis placed on “big arms”.  On behalf of Jaden’s instructor, Allison, and the entire EVO Swim School staff, we say…CONGRATULATIONS Jaden!


Natalie Burgess – Sea Lion Graduate

EVO Swim School is pleased to announce that Natalie Burgess, age 5, has graduated from the Sea Lion class level.  She can now display the ability to swim a basic freestyle stroke (otherwise known as “big arms”) while taking a breath on her back.  She is prepared for the Porpoise class where she will learn the freestyle side breathing technique and backstroke.  On behalf of Natalie’s instructor, Kelly, and the entire EVO Swim School staff, we say…CONGRATULATIONS Natalie!


Andrew – 3 years old

Andrew is a 3 year old who has displayed exceptional swimming ability for his age. He has outstanding use of his arms and he is seen here swimming in our third lesson level (Sea Lion class). Check out his freestyle “big arms”.

Beth, Andrew’s mom, had this to say…“We love EVO and the top -notch instruction that our kids receive there. Andrew has so much fun, loves the teachers, and has learned so much. We couldn’t believe it the first time we saw him do freestyle and backstroke – he was only 3 years old! It is exciting to see what he has accomplished at such a young age under the instruction of highly qualified teachers. It’s amazing to watch him grow. We owe it all to EVO Swim School.”

Taylor – 9 years old

Taylor stared taking lessons at EVO Swim School less than a year ago. When she started we noticed right away that she was fearful yet willing to learn. We spent the first few lessons building her confidence and it was all down hill from there. She graduated from our first and second group level on the same day she progressed so quickly. Now she is swimming all four strokes and is getting ready to swim competitively in our Advanced class.

Kurt, Taylor’s dad, had this to say…“Amazing! That is how we would describe Taylor’s progress at EVO. She got a slow start in the pool, age wise, due to the tubes we had put into her ears when she was younger. After the tubes came out and she could go under water, we started trying to teach her how to function in the pool so that at summer camp she would be able to hang out with her friends in the deeper areas of the pool. Well, we could not get her to keep from holding her nose with one hand. So, we started her at EVO.

We would like to thank you and Lorraine for being the early influences that have helped her, we think excel, at swimming in such a very short eight (8) months. We believe she has had every instructor at least once and all of them have been nothing short of excellent in their support and praise. The support and praise, we feel, are the things that encourage her to continue to strive to really learn swimming.

Things we will always remember about these first eight months: (1) The smile on her face when you gave her a high five the first lesson. (2) The smile on her face when she passed two levels in her first advancement test after her 3rd week. (3) The smile on her face, and the proud look she had shown, when at one lesson, Lorraine moved her from third in line to first in line for a backstroke drill, and said “Taylor, go ahead. Now, everybody, watch how she does it”. Lorraine may not remember that, but we do, and Taylor talked about that all the way home that night. (4) The amazement of the instructor when she did the dolphin kick perfectly the first time, with the comment to me, “she’s a natural”. And then in the same lesson, the “oh my” thought we had when she did her first butterfly stroke excellently. (5) The “oh my gosh” look she gave me, and how much she talked and text messaged about it to friends and family, when you asked to do the video and blog about her. (6) The huge smile and the “Yes! attitude” she had in her eyes after passing Dolphin to move to Advanced, and how she was talking and laughing with her classmates afterward.”

Kaden James – Sea Lion Graduate

EVO Swim School is pleased to announce that Kaden James, age 7, has graduated from the Sea Lion class level.  He can now display the ability to swim a basic freestyle stroke (otherwise known as “big arms”) while taking a breath on his back.  He is prepared for the Porpoise class where he will learn the freestyle side breathing technique and backstroke.  On behalf of Kaden’s instructor, Allison, and the entire EVO Swim School staff, we say…CONGRATULATIONS Kaden!


Nicolas Delgado – Dolphin Graduate

EVO Swim School is pleased to announce that Nicolas Delgado, age 11, has graduated from the Dolphin class level.  He can now display the basics of all four competitive swimming strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). Nicolas has completed the EVO Swim School curriculum for group lessons and is ready for our Advanced Group.  Advanced classes swim the length of our pool and receive an introduction to a swim team environment.  Here he will learn how to turn on the wall, read a pace clock, and perform new drills with fins on his feet.  On behalf of Nicolas’s instructor, Jennifer, and the entire EVO Swim School staff, we say… CONGRATULATIONS Nicolas!