Instructional Clinics

CRA Clinics offer focused intensive instruction in specific skill areas.

 

SWIM & SPLASH

SWIM--1 Hour of CRA Instructional Swim & SPLASH--15 Minutes of Free Swim

Swim & Splash is designed for:

  • Swimmers ages 4 - 11
  • All levels welcome

WHERE:

Teaching Pool

Boston Sports Institute,  900 Worcester St, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

  • FRI Dec 29 - 9:30-10:45am; 11:00am-12:15pm; 12:30-1:45pm
  • MON Feb 19 - 9:30-10:45am; 11:00am-12:15pm 
  • MON Apr 15 - 9:30-10:45am; 11:00am-12:15pm
  • FRI April 19 - 9:30-10:45am; 11:00am-12:15pm 

WHAT to BRING:

Clinic participants must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim.  

Pack a Bag that includes:

  • goggles (Important!  CRA does not permit the sharing of goggles)
  • towel
  • full, labeled, plastic water bottle
  • a healthy snack if staying for 2 sessions back to back on the same day

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • 1 hour of instructional swim in the Teaching Pool (23.5 x 44 feet, depth of 4 feet)
  • 15 minutes of free swim time
  • Instructional groups of 5 swimmers to 1 instructor
  • Participants grouped by skill level
  • Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming. 

COST:

$90/session

SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS - YOUTH

SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS 

Dive in with CRA!  Learn the technique, terminology and fundamentals of springboard diving.  These clinics are appropriate for ALL levels--first time on the board or years of experience.  ALL are WELCOME!

CRA SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS ARE DESIGNED FOR:

  • Youth participants ages 7+

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be comfortable in deep (12.5 feet) water
  • Participants must be able to swim to the ladder unassisted from the middle of the deep end of the pool
  • Participants must be able to dive from the side of the pool and from a starting block unassisted

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Instructional groups of 6 divers to 1 instructor
  • Individualized attention and feedback
  • Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming. 

*NOTE:  Divers may NOT wear goggles.  Hair must be tied back or tucked under a swim cap.

COST:

$75/ session

SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS - ADULT

SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS 

Dive in with CRA!  Learn the technique, terminology and fundamentals of springboard diving.  These clinics are appropriate for ALL levels--first time on the board or years of experience.  ALL are WELCOME!

CRA SPRINGBOARD DIVING CLINICS ARE DESIGNED FOR:

  • Adults, ages 18+

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be comfortable in deep (12.5 feet) water
  • Participants must be able to swim to the ladder unassisted from the middle of the deep end of the pool
  • Participants must be able to dive from the side of the pool and from a starting block unassisted

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Instructional groups of 6 divers to 1 instructor
  • Individualized attention and feedback
  • Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming. 

*NOTE:  Divers may NOT wear goggles.  Hair must be tied back or tucked under a swim cap.

COST:

$75/ session

INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM CLINICS

3 HOUR INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM CLINICS 

Distinctive in approach, instruction at Charles River Aquatics emphasizes proper technique as a solid foundation for the development of strong, safe, efficient swimmers.  

CRA Instruction is based on the development of technical accuracy of a swimmer's movements.  Skills are systematically layered as each isolated movement is committed to muscle memory.  Advancement through the cumulative levels of instruction is tied to achievement of technical milestones.

In the CRA Instructional Program, students do not swim great distances during lessons to increase endurance.  The focus on technique creates efficient, safe and fast swimmers.  

CRA Instructional Clinics offer intensive individualized instruction and lots of fun!

CRA Instructional Clinics are Designed for:

  • Youth swimmers ages 4 - 11--Teaching Pool Clinics
  • Youth swimmers ages 7-14--Competition Pool Clinics*
  • Any skill level--new students will be evaluated at the start of the program

*Competition Pool Clinics are appropriate for any level swimmer, including beginners, ages 7-14.  Swimmers must be comfortable in the deep water using a floatation device.  Swimmers will be grouped and challenged according to skill level. 

WHERE:

Teaching Pool & Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

9:00am-12:00pm

MON Oct 9 - COMPETITION POOL

MON Oct 9 - TEACHING POOL 

FRI Nov 10 - TEACHING POOL 

TUE Dec 26 - TEACHING POOL

TUE Dec 26 - COMPETITON POOL

WED Dec 27 - TEACHING POOL 

THU Dec 28 - TEACHING POOL 

SAT Dec 30 - TEACHING POOL

MON Jan 15 - COMPETITION POOL

MON Jan 15 - TEACHING POOL 

TUE Feb 20 - TEACHING POOL

WED Feb 21 - COMPETITION POOL 

WED Feb 21 - TEACHING POOL 

THU Feb 22 - TEACHING POOL 

TUE Apr 16 - TEACHING POOL 

WED Apr 17 - TEACHING POOL

THU Apr 18 - TEACHING POOL 

WHAT TO BRING:

Clinic participants must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim. 

Pack a Bag that includes:

  • goggles (Important!  CRA does not permit the sharing of goggles)
  • towel
  • full, labeled, plastic water bottle
  • healthy snack
  • lunch if staying for morning AND afternoon clinics on the same day, with an ice pack, a refrigerator is not available
  • Epi Pens and/or Inhalers (*if indicated on registration materials as necessary, these MUST accompany participant per the Wellesley Board of Health)

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • 1.5 hours of instructional swim
  • Free swim time
  • Instructional groups of 5 swimmers to 1 instructor
  • Participants grouped and challenged by skill level
  • Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming. 

COST:

$150/ session

Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U) Clinics

Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U) CLINICS

Technique & Training Tune-Up Takes Instructional Swim to the Next Level!

T3U Clinics are designed for swimmers ages 8+ with proficiency in all 4 competitive strokes and the ability to swim a legal freestyle 200-500 continuous yards.

T3U is not an Instructional Swim Program.  Training is structured like a swim team workout with a coach on deck.  It is intended to polish technique and increase endurance and speed.  

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Goggles and a cap
  • A healthy snack
  • Full, labeled, plastic water bottle

NOTE: Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming.

COST:

$100/day

 

Technical Improvement Series: STROKE, STARTS & TURNS CLINICS

INTENSIVE STROKE, STARTS & TURNS CLINICS

Stroke, Starts & Turns Technical Improvement Series

Attend the CRA Stroke, Starts & Turns Technical Improvement Series to refine technique in each of the four competitive strokes and to improve starts and turns for better momentum.

Instruction is focused on the nuances of each stroke, and details of starts and turns, with specific drills, and individual feedback for improvement.  The goal--increased efficiency and speed through improved technique.

*NOTE--This is NOT a learn-to-swim program.  

PREREQUISITES:

  • Ages 8 – 17
  • If currently/previously enrolled in CRA programming, participant must meet one of the following criteria:

Has achieved Level 3 or higher in Instructional Swim

Participates in Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U)

Is on the CRA Dragons Youth Swim Team, Explorer or higher

Participates in the CRA Recreational Swim Team

  • If new to CRA:

Proficient in all four competitive strokes and seeking to improve technique

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA 

INTENSIVE STROKE, STARTS & TURNS CLINICS

with VIDEO ANALYSIS 

Join CRA for intensive 2 hour stroke, starts & turns clinics.  Each is focused on a single skill and includes video analysis for added individualized feedback.  

Daily Schedule:

  • 45 minutes focused instruction with video recording
  • 30 snack break and video analysis
  • 30 minutes application - correct and refine your stroke
  • 15 free swim - Enjoy!

WHEN:

 

Curriculum Details:

FREESTYLE:  Freestyle begins with a focus on proper body position in the water, then transitions to developing the ability to rotate evenly to both sides of the body.  The clinic concludes with a focus on setting the catch with a high anchor point and properly finishing the pull.  

BACKSTROKE:  Backstroke continues where Freestyle left off--focused on proper body position in the water and an even rotation to both sides.  Catch emphasis is on changing the arm angle upon entry into the water.  

BREASTSTROKE: The goal of the Breaststroke clinic is an efficient kick, correct width on the pull, and proper stroke timing to maximize the glide.   

BUTTERFLY:  The Butterfly clinic focuses on the chest press and breath timing, along with developing the ability to catch the water in front of the body and then continue to pull it back through the stroke. 

STARTS & TURNS:  This session aims develop a powerful dive by engaging the whole body in the start and then maintaining that speed through the opening lap of the race. Turns work is designed to help athletes minimize time on the wall and maximize the push to begin the next lap at a faster pace. Participants will practice timing underwater kicking and breakout strokes from both the start and the turn.  

WHAT TO BRING:

  • goggles 
  • towel
  • full, labeled, plastic water bottle
  • a healthy snack

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Intensive instruction, attention to detail, individualized feedback and improvement of technique.

Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming. 

COST:

$150/option

Teen Beginner CRASH COURSE

Teen Beginner Crash Course

Calling All Teen Beginners!  Ready to learn this important life skill?  Ready to be confident and safe in the water?

  • Is your teenager still a beginner? 
  • Want to improve skills and water safety?
  • Would your teen enjoy skill work in the Competition Pool with a group of peers? 

This clinic is appropriate for beginner through intermediate swimmers ages 12-17.

JOIN US for the Teen Beginner CRASH COURSE!

 

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

WHAT TO BRING:

  • goggles 
  • towel
  • full, labeled, plastic water bottle

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Intensive instruction, attention to detail, individualized feedback, improvement of technique, increased confidence and safety in the water.

NOTE: Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming.

COST:

$375 for 5 classes

Adult Beginner CRASH COURSE

Adult Beginner Crash Course

Calling All ADULT Beginners!  Ready to learn this important life skill?  Ready to be confident and safe in the water?

Join CRA for the ADULT BEGINNER CRASH COURSE!

This course is designed for all adult beginners.

WHERE:

Teaching Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • goggles 
  • towel
  • full, labeled, plastic water bottle

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Intensive instruction, attention to detail, individualized feedback, improvement of technique, increased confidence and safety in the water.

NOTE: Spectators are not permitted during any instructional or team programming.

COST:

$100/2 hour class

BOOT CAMP

SUMMER SESSION BOOT CAMP 2024 

Competitive Swimmers, get ready for the fall season with this intensive program.

SUMMER SESSION COMPETITIVE BOOT CAMP:

This program is for advanced level swimmers on competitive swim teams. 

Get ready for fall--refine technique and increase endurance with challenging swim sets and dryland workouts.  Emerge strong and ready for the fall swim season ahead.

*Ages 10-17 only

PREREQUISITES:

Participants must be advanced level swimmers on competitive swim teams.  This is a challenging program that requires endurance and solid proficiency in all 4 competitive strokes.   

Competitive Boot Camp Schedule:

WHAT to BRING:

  • cap and goggles (Important!  CRA does not permit the sharing of goggles)
  • towel
  • a snack and full, labeled, plastic water bottle

NOTE: Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming.

COST:

Register for individual days--select 1 or many!

$125/day