CRA Levels are UNIQUE.

Before registering for swim lessons at Charles River Aquatics, you should understand our program is technically focused so our levels do not always coincide with other programs.

  • New swimmers who are 4 and 5-years-old should be placed in Level 1.

Charles River Aquatics has done extensive research on 4 and 5-year-old children new to our program. Every new 4-year-old has been evaluated as a Level 1 swimmer, and 95% of 5-year-olds are placed Level 1.

  • New Swimmers who are 6 and older registering for Levels 2 – 7 MUST have an evaluation.

If you have looked over our Level Descriptions and believe your child is Level 2 or higher, you will need an evaluation prior to registration. Evaluations are by appointment only and are given when we have room in the pool. No evaluations are given in the evening (5:30 PM and later), as we have swim team practice. Set up your evaluation by emailing