Summer is just around the corner, and for East Valley families, that means it’s almost time to retreat to the pools. Since learning to swim is essential for Arizonans, here at Cadence at Gateway we’ve gathered some “Top Spots” to teach your child water safety skills and develop a sport that can bring enjoyment their entire life. While each child is different, the resources below have been kid-tested and mom-approved by your Cadence team. EVO Swim School EVO Swim School is owned and operated by David Tait, an accomplished athlete in the sport of swimming. He is a three-time state champion and state record holder and was a competitor at the 2000 US Olympic Trials. Classes have an emphasis on being safe, having fun, staying fit, and eventually swimming for competition. EVO offers aquatic instruction for infants, children, pre-competitive swimmers, and adults and the instructors at EVO are some of the most highly regarded in the East Valley. It’s important to note that the EVO method and progression is unlike any other and is incredibly effective for most children. Location: 2161 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, 12 miles from Cadence. (EVO also has two locations in Mesa and another location in Queen Creek) Hubbard mesa az best swim classes Their priority is to teach children starting as young as 8 weeks old to love and respect the water. Focus is on lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child-centered environment. Hubbard has a half-an-hour, once-a-week, swim lesson philosophy. Hubbard has a great reputation and lives up to their high reviews. Location: Mesa Riverview, Suite 101, 1061 North Dobson Rd., Mesa, 25 miles from Cadence. Aqua-Tots Aqua-Tots has helped children of all ages and abilities learn how to swim safely and develop a life-long love of swimming. Aqua-Tots has been great for my kids when they were younger; my four and five year-old loved it and it was just right for their skill levels. Aqua-Tots has a great parent viewing area so you can observe your child’s progress. Location: 1122 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, 11 miles from Cadence City of Mesa Aquatics Classes for babies, toddlers and up, plus diving classes, adult instruction, polo classes and synchronized swimming. All children are pre-tested and placed in groups according to their skill level and upon completion of a class, participants will be issued a progress report. Mesa swim team coaches are excellent, and most of the instructors for lessons are also great. Sign up early if you care about which location, as Kino tends to fill up first. Locations: There are nine City of Mesa pools, including Brimhall, Carson, Fremont, Kino, Mesa Aquatic, Rhodes, Shepherd, Skyline and Stapley. Town of Gilbert Aquatics swim classes in the east valleyYouth Swim and Dive Teams offered in a non-competitive atmosphere. Like most of the public pools, the experience depends on your child and the instructor they’re paired with. The rates can’t be beat, and the results can be incredibly positive. If your youngster is ready for more of a challenge, have your child try swim team. Locations: Four Gilbert Pools, including Greenfield, Mesquite, Perry and Williams Field. SWIMKids USA For 45 years, SWIMKids USA has assumed an award-winning global leadership role in drowning prevention awareness and demonstrated outstanding achievement in creating proven drowning prevention strategies. They provide a captivating environment where children love to learn and are empowered to be all they can be. Parents love the bonding experience with their infant that comes from being in the water together. A variety of skill levels are accommodated, and parent input is appreciated. Location: 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, 21 miles from Cadence.   For more tips on East Valley living, or to learn about new homes in Mesa that you can pass from generation to generation, visit