Group Instructional Swim Lessons

A Comprehensive Approach to the Development of Proper Technique

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

Specific skills define each instructional level in CRA’s unique approach. In this cumulative curriculum, instructors focus on achievement of these milestones in the development of technique for advancement. On-deck coaching support, small class sizes, and detailed progress notes yield individualized instruction with proven results.

All CRA Instructors are provided extensive and ongoing training in the CRA approach and philosophy guaranteeing a high-quality consistent experience for students.  The positive, encouraging environment, coupled with a cumulative, tiered curriculum, fosters individual growth and achievement, motivating students to strive for excellence while emphasizing cooperation and sportsmanship, assuring swimmers achieve their goals in the water.

2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR SEASON

SUN September 10, 2023 – SUN May 26, 2024

LOCATION:

  • Boston Sports Institute
    900 Worcester St, Wellesley, MA

SEASON INFORMATION:

LESSON INFORMATION:

  • 30 minutes in length
  • All lessons are taught in the Teaching Pool
  • Up to 4 classes are offered at each time slot, all levels
  • Lessons are appropriate for all youth swimmers ages 4+*
  • New swimmers are evaluated at the first lesson, grouped and challenged based on skill level
  • Groups are 5 swimmers maximum to 1 instructor
  • Instructors teach in water and from deck
  • Swimmers proficient in all 4 strokes ready to increase endurance while still fine-tuning technique, may be candidates for Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U)

*3 year olds register for Splash Class

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • Join the CRA Instructional Swim Program at any time during the School Year Season.  Register and begin swimming on or after the first of the following month (disregard the start date generated by the registration system). 
  • Select class day and time for the entire School Year Season.  CRA does not operate with a sessions model during the School Year Season. Once set with a day and time, it remains locked in unless lessons are discontinued.  
  • Returning CRA swimmers, log into your CRA account with this link and click Evaluations for your current level:
  • Have additional questions about how to identify the appropriate level on which to register  a swimmer?  Visit FAQs-On what instructional level should I register my swimmer?
  • To discontinue, email registrar@charlesriveraquatics.com.  Thirty days notice required.
  • Register for one or more lesson per week.
  • CRA does not offer make-up lessons or credits for missed lessons.

PROCEDURES:

  • Swimmers should arrive dressed to swim.
  • Changing rooms are open to all swimmers at the conclusion of each lesson.  
  • All swimmers must wear goggles.
  • Swim caps are encouraged for all swimmers and required for those in Level 3 and above.
  • Per CRA Policy, spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted at any instructional programming or team practices.  Only staff, students and team athletes are permitted in the pool area.  Parents/guardians are periodically invited to observe instruction.  
  • To assist our youngest swimmers (Level 1), platforms are placed in the pool and lessons are taught in the outside lanes.  

DROP OFF/PICK UP:

  • Upon arrival at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI), park in a legal parking spot and walk students into the facility.  Enter via the main entrance, proceed straight ahead through the foyer, past the reception desk and turn left.  Walk down the hallway to the wet corridor (glass double doors) entrance to the natatorium. 

  • When arriving for Instructional Swim, students are greeted by a CRA Staff Member at the entrance to the wet corridor and at that point, parents/guardians must depart

  • *To collect swimmers at the conclusion of a lesson, park in a legal parking spot, enter the facility and queue up outside of the double glass doors at the end of the wet corridor (the point of drop off).  Do not enter the wet corridor.
    • Staff will open the doors at the end of each lesson, at which point you may meet your swimmer.   
    • Parents/guardians wishing to assist young swimmers in the Family Changing Room may enter the wet corridor when staff signal that the lesson has concluded and it is okay to do so.  Parents/guardians may then accompany swimmers into the changing room.
    • No one may linger in the wet corridor at any time.

*Live parking for pickup along the Route 9 side of the facility is NOT permitted for youth instructional programs.

BILLING INFORMATION:

  • SCHOOL YEAR SEASON | Sept-May | GROUP LESSONS

    COST:

    Small Group Lessons, 30 min., $140/month*

    BILLING:

    Tuition is billed during the first week of each month.

    Billing is structured as follows:  Begin by creating an account with CRA, registering the swimmer(s) and entering payment information.  The first tuition payment will be deducted on the first of the following month and the first lesson, on or after the first of that month.  (For example—if a swimmer is registered on October 20, the first tuition payment will be November 1, and the first lessons, in the first week of November).

    After the first tuition payment, deductions occur during the first week of the month through May. 

    *Monthly tuition represents an average monthly cost based on the total number of lessons offered during the School Year Season.  

    To cancel, email registrar@charlesriveraquatics.com.

    30 days notice is required to cancel.  CRA does not prorate tuition.  

    SUMMER LESSON SEASON

    A one-time tuition payment is due at registration.

TEEN BEGINNER GROUP INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM LESSONS

Teen Beginner Lessons are designed for youth ages 12-17 wishing to improve technique and confidence in the water.  Instruction is in small groups with similar skill levels ranging from beginner through intermediate.  

LOCATION:

  • Teaching Pool, Boston Sports Institute
    900 Worcester St, Wellesley, MA

SEASON INFORMATION:

SCHEDULE:

TUE 7:15-8:15pm

THU 7:15-8:15pm

SUN 4:30-5:30pm

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

LESSON INFORMATION:

  • Lessons are 60 minutes each
  • Instructors teach in water and from deck

COST:

$200/option/month

Teen Beginner Crash Course

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

These short courses are designed for all teen beginner or intermediate swimmers.

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

WHERE:

Teaching Pool

Boston Sports Institute, 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

WHAT TO EXPECT:

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

JOIN US for the Teen Beginner CRASH COURSE!

For details, schedule and to register for Teen Beginner Crash Course, click HERE

SUMMER 2024 INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM

Intensive 4-day sessions, Monday-Thursday. 

LOCATION:

Boston Sports Institute
900 Worcester St, Wellesley. MA

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Summer Group Lessons are open to all swimmers ages 4+.

All swimmers are evaluated upon arrival for the first lesson and instruction is provided at an appropriate individual level. 

LESSON INFORMATION:

  • 30 minutes in length
  • All lessons are taught in the Teaching Pool
  • Groups of 5 swimmers maximum to 1 instructor
  • Instructors teach from deck

COST:

$140/4 day session

SUMMER SCHEDULE:

Teaching Pool Class Times:

2:00-2:30pm

2:40-3:10pm

3:20-3:50pm

4:00-4:30pm

4:40-5:10pm

4-Day Session Dates:

 

PROCEDURES:

  • Swimmers should arrive dressed to swim.
  • Changing rooms are open to all swimmers at the conclusion of each lesson.  
  • All swimmers must wear goggles.
  • Swim caps are encouraged for all swimmers and required for those in Level 3 and above.
  • Per CRA Policy, spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted at any instructional programming or team practices.  Only staff, students and team athletes are permitted in the pool area.  Parents/guardians are periodically invited to observe instruction.  
  • To assist our youngest swimmers (Level 1), platforms are placed in the pool and lessons are taught in the outside lanes.  

DROP OFF/PICK UP:

  • Upon arrival at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI), park in a legal parking spot and walk students into the facility.  Enter via the main entrance, proceed straight ahead through the foyer, past the reception desk and turn left.  Walk down the hallway to the wet corridor (glass double doors) entrance to the natatorium. 

  • When arriving for Instructional Swim, students are greeted by a CRA Staff Member at the entrance to the wet corridor and at that point, parents/guardians must depart

  • *To collect swimmers at the conclusion of a lesson, park in a legal parking spot, enter the facility and queue up outside of the double glass doors at the end of the wet corridor (the point of drop off).  Do not enter the wet corridor.
    • Staff will open the doors at the end of each lesson, at which point you may meet your swimmer.   
    • Parents/guardians wishing to assist young swimmers in the Family Changing Room may enter the wet corridor when staff signal that the lesson has concluded and it is okay to do so.  Parents/guardians may then accompany swimmers into the changing room.
    • No one may linger in the wet corridor at any time.

*Live parking for pickup along the Route 9 side of the facility is NOT permitted for youth instructional programs.

 

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