FAQs
Why are lessons the same price every month?
We have averaged out the monthly cost over the entire 10 month season. Months where you have only three lessons will be the same price as months where you have five lessons even if you jump in mid-season. The program at CRA is most effective for a swimmer when there is a commitment of continued lessons. Click here to see blackout dates & view calendar 
How do I cancel my class or change the day and/or time?

You can request changes or cancel your lessons at any time but there will be no prorating for cancelling before the end of the month. To change or cancel please email Sarah at registrar@charlesriveaquatics.com.

What are the BLACK OUT dates?

The dates where there are NO LESSONS are:

WED NOV 22, THUR NOV 23, FRI NOV 24 & SAT NOV 25
WED DEC 20
SUN DEC 24 THROUGH TUE JAN 2
THUR MAR 29, FRI MAR 30, SAT MAR 31 & SUN APR 1
MON MAY 28 & TUE MAY 29
JUNE 1 and 2
Can we watch classes from pool deck?

Doubletree Hilton location does NOT have on-deck seating but has a viewing window and will invite parents to observe on deck a few times during the season.

Boys & Girls Club location does have on-deck seating for group and private lessons. We ask that families continue to uphold our deck policy and keep their distance and watch from the seats and do not walk around on the pool deck aside from going to the locker rooms. Unfortunately, we cannot have spectators on deck for school break programs, clinics or summer camp.

How long does it take to learn rotary (or side) breathing?
Everyone learns at different rates. We emphasize side breathing in all levels, as this is the most efficient way to swim. With practice, the swimmer will become more comfortable and familiar with the concept and eventually learn the technique.
Is there a discount for back-to-back lessons?
We do not offer any discounts if you choose to register your swimmer for two back to back lessons. Pricing is based on spots in a class and not on length of lesson.
Do swimmers need one piece suits and caps?
One piece suits for girls and shorts with minimal drag for boys are required. Please also avoid suits with sleeves or wet suits. Our goal is to teach swimming and we do not want the garments to impede the movement or progress. Girls or boys with long hair should wear caps. While this is not required, hair can get in the way and without proper vision, a swimmer may be distracted. All long hair MUST be tied back if a cap is not worn. For comfortable caps, please purchase a lycra or silicone cap.
Do swimmers need goggles?
Goggles are required for children in Levels 1-7. (We do not require goggles for Splash Class, although it’s a good idea for the children to wear them. When a child’s eyes are protected, he/she is more willing to put his face/eyes into the water.) You can buy goggles at any sports store. We also sell goggles for $5.00 at the pool. We do not loan goggles, as this could lead to eye infections.While we do want the swimmer to be at ease putting his/her face in the water without goggles, we have found that goggles enable swimmers to see underwater, increasing their comfort and, ultimately, their progress.
Can my child sit and watch class?
For safety reasons, we cannot allow your child to sit on the side and watch the class. If you feel that your child may be apt to do this, please wait and enroll him/her in a few months. Swimming can only be learned by actually going through the motions.
When can I talk to my child's instructor?
At the end of each lesson, instructors are able to give feedback on a swimmer’s development and performance, but be advised that the time they have is limited due to the short turnaround between lessons. It is up to each swimmer/parent/guardian to seek out an instructor for feedback and if necessary they may continue any discussions/concerns/issues they have with the deck supervisor(s) once the next lesson has began.
Would it be OK if my child doesn’t put his/her face in the water?
Unfortunately, we cannot teach the correct swimming technique without having the face in the water. While there are many lessons to be learned without the face in the water, at some point, your child will be asked to put his/her face in the water. The goggles do help as water will not be in the eyes.
Am I assured the same teacher every week?
Your child will generally have the same teacher for their level/day/time. Subs will fill in when the class instructor is unavailable. Instructors will change as your child moves up in levels. All of our teachers are well qualified and we believe that instruction from more than one individual is extremely helpful because students learn in different ways.
What happens if my child satisfies all the requirements in their class?
If all requirements are satisfied, then your child will immediately begin working on the higher level skills and be moved to a group working at the higher level AT THE SAME DAY/TIME. The only occasion there will be time changes is when a swimmer moves from 1/2 hour Level 3 to 1 hour Level 4.

More questions?

Contact Sarah at registrar@charlesriveraquatics.com or call at 617-939-8078