High School Training Program

High school swimming in Arizona is exciting! Are you interested in training to get better for next season? Do you need to balance homework and/or other activities too? Our High School Training Program will be perfect for you. Swim 1x, 2x, 3x, or 4x’s per week.

Swim meets will also be offered with the high school events and only for high school aged swimmers.

Top Notch Coaching Staff
> Coach Patrick Tolson (RIO Development Team Director, 25+ years of coaching experience)
> Coach Juan Beltran (ALA Head Coach, former ASU collegiate athlete)
> Coach Andrea Courtney (Basha Head Coach, over 18+ years of coaching experience)

EVO Mesa Location (Power & Elliot)
> T/Th 6:00-7:30 PM
> Sat 10:00-11:30 AM

Hamilton High Location (Arizona Ave & Ocotillo)
> M/W 5:30-7:00 PM
> T/Th 6:30-8:00 PM

Monthly Tuition
> $86 per month to swim 1x per week
> $161 per month to swim 2x per week
> $185 per month to swim 3x per week
> $200 per month to swim 4x per week
> $25 once annual insurance fee collected in January 2021


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!


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

COACHED PRACTICES ($65 per month)
M/W/F at CHS Pool 5:15 to 6:15 AM
T/Th at EVO SanTan 5:15 to 6:15 AM
Sat at EVO SanTan 6:30 to 7:30 AM

M/W/F at EVO SanTan 5:15 to 6:15 AM
M/W/F at EVO Mesa 5:45 to 6:45 AM
Sat at EVO SanTan 6:30 to 7:30 AM

> $40 or $65 per month
> $25 once annual insurance fee upon enrollment ($35 for a family)

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 2021 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 1st 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:
> 3 lessons per week for two weeks (M/T/W)
> June 21-23
> June 28-30

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

> $109 per session for families that attend a QCUSD school
> $129 per session for child that DO NOT attend a QCUSD school
> $12.50 insurance fee (paid only once for one or all sessions)

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.


Summer Swim Team is an extension of the RIO Swim Club (EVO’s competitive swim club) and is designed for children of all ages that can swim across a 25 yard pool. A perfect opportunity for kids to get introduced to competitive swimming at an entry level.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED, however, we do require a quick evaluation of skills if your child is not coming directly from our “Porpoise or Dolphin” stroke lesson levels.
Practices are conducted in the width of our outdoor pools (18 yards across).

Practices will begin Tuesday, June 1st and continue for eight weeks. Our season will end with our season finale meet on Saturday, July 24th.

(can swim 1x, 2x, or 3x per week)
EVO SanTan Gilbert Location:
> M-Th 9:00-10:00 a.m.
> M-Th 10:00-11:00 a.m. (pending full enrollments at 9:00 a.m.)
> T/Th 2:45-3:45 p.m.
EVO Mesa/Gilbert Location:
> M-Th 2:45-3:45 p.m.

> $75 per month for 1x per week
> $125 per month for 2x per week
> $150 per month for 3x per week
> $20 for each swim meet you chose to attend (meets are optional)
> $25 once annual insurance fee per child ($35 for a whole family)
> Porpoise/Dolphin students swimming 1x per week stroke lessons can swim 1x stroke lesson and 1x SST at the $125 rate or 1x stroke lesson and 2x SST at the $150 rate
> Tuition can be calculated by the week to accommodate children being absent for more than 1 week at a time for vacations

> rubber fins at every practice
> team suit and/or team cap (if you attend any swim meets)
> goggles
> all items available for purchase at both locations


Summer Swim Meet Schedule

We will offer four swim meet opportunities for kids of all ages this summer. There are two types of swim meets offered to accommodate new comers (small meets) and more experienced swimmers (big meets).

> June 5 @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert location with a 12:30 PM start time
> June 19 @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert location with a 12:30 PM start time
> July 24 @ EVO Mesa/Gilbert location with a 12:30 PM start time

> Designed for entry level swimmer that would like to try a swim meet on a smaller scale
> Smaller in size and only offered to kids enrolled at EVO/RIO
> only two events offered, the 25 yard freestyle and the 25 yard backstroke
> Ribbons awarded at the end of each race
> Cost is $16 per child per swim meet

> June 5 @ Chandler High Pool with an evening start time
> June 19 @ Chandler High Pool with an evening start time
> July 10 @ EVO SanTan Gilbert location with a mid-day start time
> July 24 @ Chandler High Pool with an evening start time

> Designed for any age and any ability
> Larger in size and against other east valley swim teams
> Offered in the evenings on June 5, 19 and July 10, 24
> 25 and 50 yard races for all four strokes offered for all age groups
> Ribbons awarded at the end of each race
> Cost is $20 per child per swim meet

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
> Swim 1x at the EVO Mesa/Gilbert location and 1x at the Chandler High Pool
> 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)


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”!

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 2:45 to 7:00PM
> Fri 3:30 to 6:00PM
> Sat 8:00AM to 12:00PM

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

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, or 3x 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)

> click HERE

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!