Our staff members are all Lifeguard and CPR certified. They also receive thorough training in and out of the pool, both in our philosophy and our stroke technique.
start by getting to know each other and gaining your children’s
confidence in us and our instruction. We teach your children
to trust the water and help them conquer any fears they
Skill progression is the best way to teach swimming. Each
of the six levels build upon the skills learned in the previous
level, and we use repetition in our classes to reinforce
the skill set acquired previously. Unlike many programs,
improvement is not charted by having swimmers simply cross
the pool in any fashion; instead, our goal is to form good
habits that will lead to both short term and long term success
in the pool.
level is associated with a color, and the goals of each
level are designed to motivate the student. Upon completion
of a session, the swimmer will receive a Charles River Aquatics'
report card completed by the instructor. This lists all
the skills covered and which ones were completed. Once a
child can satisfactorily complete all of the skills listed
in the level then she/he is offered a ribbon in the color
of that level. If a swimmer does not complete all of the
skills, which is quite common, a participant ribbon will
be given. We hope the swimmer will focus on the feedback
provided on the report card by the instructor and improve
on those skills in the next session so she/he will progress
to the next level. Each goal gives the student the opportunity
to achieve success. From these successes come self-esteem
based on the student's own accomplishments.
the correct body position and kick are essential in teaching
the progression of proper swimming technique. Our instructors
will work with the students on balance, buoyancy, correct
head position and proper kick BEFORE we add in the arms.
Our goal is to instill good habits from the beginning. With
our progression, swimmers acquire skills for proper technique
instead of merely surviving for short periods of time in
want your child swimming with his/her face in the water.
While we teach safety techniques in floating and treading
water, we do not encourage "dog paddle". Holding one’s head
out of the water is inefficient, tiring and, therefore,
unsafe for prolonged swimming. An exhausted swimmer is a
instructional flotation devices such as barbells, noodles,
and kickboards are used during instruction. We want your
child to become comfortable in the water and know his or
her own limitations.
Charles River Aquatics is a proud local partner of the Make A Splash program, a child-focused national water safety initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation.