Instructional Swim Clinics

CRA Instructional Swim 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:

  • MON Dec 26 -  9:30-10:45am, 11:00am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:45pm, 2:00-3:15pm
  • FRI Dec 30 - 9:30-10:45am, 11:00am-12:15pm, 12:30-1:45pm
  • MON Feb 20 - 9:30-10:45am, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • FRI Feb 24 - 9:30-10:45am, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • FRI Apr 21 - 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

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

COST:

$90/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:

  • MON OCT 10 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • MON OCT 10 - 9am-NOON-Competition Pool
  • FRI NOV 11 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • TUE DEC 27 - 9am-NOON &/or 1-4pm-Teaching Pool
  • WED DEC 28 - 9am-NOON &/or 1-4pm-Teaching Pool
  • THU DEC 29 - 9am-NOON &/or 1-4pm-Teaching Pool
  • MON JAN 16 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • MON JAN 16 - 9am-NOON-Competition Pool
  • TUE FEB 21 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • WED FEB 22 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • WED FEB 22 - 9am-NOON-Competition Pool
  • THU FEB 23 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • TUE APR 18 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • WED APR 19 - 9am-NOON-Teaching Pool
  • THU APR 20 - 9am-NOON-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

COST:

$150/ session

STARTS & TURNS CLINICS

LEAVING the BLOCK--CRA DIVE CLINICS

Improve your starts!  Join CRA for intensive work on the art of Leaving the Block!

Athletes learn to engage the whole body in the dive for a powerful start and speed through the first lap of the race, including underwater kicks and breakout strokes.

CRA Dive Clinics Designed for:

  • Youth swimmers ages 7-13
  • Skill Level--One of the following:  Level 3+ in Instructional Swim; Participating in Technique & Training Tune Up; Currently on a swim team or planning to join one

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

Details coming soon!

WHAT TO BRING:

Clinic participants must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim.  Bring goggles and a cap.

COST:

 

POWER THROUGH the TURN--CRA TURN CLINICS

Minimize time on the wall and maximize the push!

Athletes will improve flip turns for freestyle and backstroke, and open turns for butterfly and breaststroke, learning to carry momentum from the turn through underwaters and breakouts.  

CRA Turn Clinics Designed for:

  • Youth swimmers ages 7-13
  • Skill Level--One of the following:  Level 3+ in Instructional Swim; Participating in Technique & Training Tune Up; Currently on a swim team or planning to join one

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

Details coming soon!

WHAT TO BRING:

Clinic participants must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim.  Bring goggles and a cap.

COST:

 

Technical Improvement Series: 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.

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

WHEN:

MON Aug 22 Freestyle and Backstroke

TUE Aug 23 Breaststroke

WED Aug 24 Butterfly

THU Aug 25 Starts/Turns

 

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

WHAT TO EXPECT:

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

COST:

$100/option

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Starting Dives & Turns Clinics - COMING SOON

Starting Dives Clinics offer individualized instruction from sitting/kneeling dives, to racing starts.  Students work with an instructor diving off of the bulkhead.  Note--this is NOT springboard diving and the starting blocks with NOT be used.  All diving is from the bulkhead or deck of the pool.  

Turns Clinics are designed to introduce or to refine turns for each competitive stroke--flip turns, open turns and IM transitions.  

Starting Dives & Turns Clinics are separate programs but offered back to back.  Sign up for both!

Starting Dives & Turns Clinics are designed for:

  • Independent Swimmers
  • Ages 6-17

WHERE:

Competition Pool

Boston Sports Institute,  900 Worcester St, Wellesley, MA

WHEN:

Starting Dives--info coming soon

Turns--info coming soon

WHAT TO BRING:

Clinic participants must arrive dressed in a bathing suit, ready to swim.  Wear closed-toe shoes.  No flip-flops permitted.

Pack a Bag that includes:

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

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Learn to dive or refine and improve your racing start.  Learn to turn or improve efficiency for your next race.  

COST:

BOOT CAMP

SUMMER SESSION BOOT CAMP 2022 

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:

SUN August 14, 11:45am-2:00pm

SUN August 21, 12:45-3:00pm

SUN August 28, 11:45am-2:00pm

WHAT to BRING:

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

COST:

Register for individual days--select 1 or many!

$125/day