Updated Mask Policy

As all of you are aware, the Governor’s announcement regarding masks last week has presented an opportunity for businesses like ours to reevaluate our mask-wearing policy. However, these transitions also put small businesses like EVO in a difficult position. We have customers on both ends of the spectrum with regards to opinions about mask-wearing. There are many of you that are done wearing masks and ready to move on. There are others that haven’t been able to get the vaccine yet and are at risk themselves or live with a loved one who is still at risk. At EVO, we strive to be mindful of all of our customers and their viewpoints.

This is a complex and divisive issue and we are striving to find a balanced approach as we move forward. We know that there is not one answer that will please everyone.

Therefore I would just ask that you lend us some grace during this dilemma. We are striving to respect and understand the viewpoints of all of our customers. I’m doing my best to navigate this issue in the most reasonable way possible.

In an effort to allow more of the vulnerable population to become vaccinated, but at the same time give others a light at the end of the tunnel, we will require masks inside our buildings for TWO more weeks. Customers and children on our outdoor pool deck can choose to not wear a mask if they so desire.

Assuming there isn’t a dramatic increase in Covid cases in our area, starting Monday, April 12th, our customers will have the option not to wear a mask if they so choose inside our buildings. If we do have customers still uncomfortable at this point, we would encourage you to double mask and we will do our best to provide as much social distancing as possible for our masked customers.

Our staff will continue to wear a mask as long as our customers are asked to. After which time ONLY our fully vaccinated staff will have the option to work without a mask on if they so choose.

I acknowledge how many people have supported us through this pandemic. For that I am grateful. I hope you will continue to do so now. Please know we have always strived to navigate our way through this pandemic thoughtfully while considering the viewpoints and concerns of our diverse customer base.

Thank you,

David Tait
Owner, EVO Swim School

Free Lessons for Babies and Toddlers!


> Lessons are approximatly 20 minutes in length
> Only for children between the ages of 4 to 24 months
> One adult must accompany each child in the water during every lesson
> A wonderful introduction to learning to swim, controlling tears, holding breath, and overcoming separation anxiety

> Your first 4 lessons are TUITION FREE
> There are no sessions – enroll at anytime
> Your first 4 lessons must be completed in four consecutive weeks and make up lessons are not available during the free lesson period
> All children will be charged our once annual insurance fee of $25 upon enrollment to cover our cost to insure you and your child while swimming with us

Once you have taken your first four classes you can choose to take a break or continue at a discounted tuition rate of $44 per month for one weekly lesson per week ($88 per month for two weekly lessons). There is no obligation beyond paying our once annual insurance fee. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your child while teaching them a life saving skill.

These lessons will prepare your child to advance into higher levels of swimming lessons that will lead to a life of independence and joy in the water! The earlier your child becomes comfortable in the water, the faster they will learn to swim independently.

Complete our online pre-registration. Once submitted, you will receive a number to call to get enrolled. If you have any questions, please call our office at 480-404-6191.

I wanted to take a moment and touch base with all of our customers in reference to our approach and preparation for disease control in the wake of the coronavirus news coverage.

We are taking a proactive approach to ensure we are safe, smart, and sensible.

You can feel SAFE at our facilities as we take measures to be exceptionally clean above and beyond our already strict standards of cleanliness. All surfaces that can be touched by hand are being sanitized at the end of morning AND at the end of evening shifts. This includes all door handles, toilet and changing partition handles and locks, benches and chairs, drinking fountains, and front desk surfaces. All cleaning is done at or above CDC standards.

We do have the advantage of operating in chlorinated water. Our chemical levels are checked three times per day to ensure the proper balance. Chlorine is effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and it can not be transmitted through properly chlorinated water.

Let’s all be SMART as we move forward and adhere to common standards of hand washing, avoiding unnecessary touching of other’s hands, avoid touching your face without washing your hands first, and staying home if you feel ill. Our instructors are now required to wash their own hands before every shift. Hand sanitizer is available at our schools as long as we can purchase it, but we have ample supplies of soap. WASHING YOUR HANDS IS THE EASIEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE.

Let’s also be SENSIBLE. While the spread of this virus is serious, let’s understand one key fact. This virus is not killing children. While it is dangerous for the elderly, it simply isn’t a fatal sickness for children who are otherwise healthy.

The flu is far more dangerous for children as it relates to death or critical illness. Let’s be vigilant in stopping the spread of all communicable illnesses. These measures will help and give us confidence to continue to be safe, smart and sensible without crippling our daily lives.

Thank you,

David Tait
EVO Swim School
RIO Swim Club
480-404-6191 office

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.

> 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


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)



> 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!

> M/W/F 6:00-7:00am @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert
> T/Th 5:15-6:15am @ EVO SanTan Gilbert
> Saturday 6:30-7:30Aam @ EVO SanTan Gilbert

> $40 per month to swim as much as you like
> $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)


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!


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!”

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.

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

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
> $25 insurance fee, once per calendar year ($35 for a family)

> $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)

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.