Due to the popularity of our programs, Charles River Aquatics does NOT offer make-ups if participants have missed lessons because of: illness, injury, religious holiday, business travel, etc.

We ask all parents to please check their schedule carefully before enrollment, so they can avoid any conflict. The no make-up policy includes every CRA program offered. Regular Lessons, Private Series, Adult Lessons, Summer Camp, Recess Weeks, Clinics, – all fall under the same NO MAKE-UP policy.

If CRA has canceled a program due to inclement weather or pool issues, we will do our best to offer a make-up class. In the event we are unable to accommodate your schedule, CRA will offer a Family Swim at the end of every session. This is a great time for a child or adult to practice what he/she has learned in the pool, and also an enjoyable hour to spend with your family. (Any child in Splash through Level 2 MUST be accompanied by an adult in the water.) CRA will issue no refunds or credits for missed or canceled lessons.

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At Charles River Aquatics, the Aquatics Director, all assistants, instructors, and coaches have current CPR, First Aid, and lifeguard certification. Any Aide accompanying a swimmer into the pool is also required to have current CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard certification.

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CRA runs detailed background checks on its full time and part time staff and coaches, including Criminal Record History Information (Cori) and Sexual Offender Registry Information (Sori), as required. Aides are subject to the same background checks.

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No child is allowed to be changed on pool deck.

CRA has use of the women’s and men’s locker rooms when our programs are in session. If a visiting team from another college is using the women’s locker room, BU will allow us to use the women’s faculty locker room, two flights up from the pool. Since this locker room is used by BU faculty, we ask that CRA members respect their property.

Boys seven years old may NOT use the women’s locker room, and girls seven years old may NOT use the men’s locker room. (CRA is renting the pool at Boston University and cannot provide a family locker room.) If a parent chooses not to send his/her child into the appropriate locker room, please bring a sweat suit, so your child can put this on over his bathing suit before going home. BU will also allow children to change in the bathrooms located by the ice hockey rink and by the basketball courts.

Charles River Aquatics rents the pool and the supporting facilities we use from Boston University. For that reason, Charles River Aquatics is unable to offer a Family Locker Room.

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During the final week, parents/caregivers are invited to watch the last ten minutes of the lesson and take pictures. Specific seating areas will be provided and we ask that all spectators remain seated. This is not only for the safety of everyone on pool deck, but it also allows staff to watch the younger swimmers on deck who are doing their last jumps into the pool.

Parents are only allowed on deck during lessons on the last day of the session for the last 10 minutes of class. CRA strictly enforces our NO parents on deck during lessons rule. This maximizes your child’s focus on his/her instructor and maximizes safety on deck for swimmers and staff alike.

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A child crying for more than five minutes on deck will be asked to leave with his parent/guardian, as this behavior is upsetting to other swimmers. If a child cries for more than five minutes in the pool and the instructor feels she can’t soothe the child, a staff member will take the child from the pool and bring him to his parent. The parent is then asked to bring the child back the following week to see if the child is less afraid.

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The small Observation Room above the pool deck is reserved for people who want to watch the swimmers in the pool.

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In order to protect the privacy of all members of the Charles River Aquatics community, the use of video cameras, still cameras and cell phones by any swimmer or CRA community member (sibling, parent, visitor) is absolutely prohibited at any time in the locker rooms at any facility that CRA uses. This includes Boston University and any pool CRA encounters for competition, training or clinics.

If a swimmer or CRA community member (sibling, parent, visitor) is found to be in violation of this rule, they will be expelled from all CRA programs and events immediately with no opportunity for return.

This rule includes answering phone calls or text messages in the locker rooms. If a call is received in the locker room, the options are: A) to step outside and answer the call, or B) to leave the call unanswered. The same applies to text messages.

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CRA is very proud of children who advance to the next level. In order to reward the hard work that is required to move-up, staff will take the child’s picture and place it on our “Wall of Fame”. If a parent prefers not to have his/her child’s picture at the pool, please let the staff know. Since children’s names are below their picture, no one is allowed to take a photo of the “Wall of Fame”. We want to respect every child’s privacy.

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Charles River Aquatics is committed to fostering a learning environment during our swim lessons. Children who are disruptive to the learning process by:

-putting their head underwater while the instructor is giving directions,-swimming off the table or away from the wall without permission,-talking while the instructor is talking, -refusing to follow directions,-displaying unsafe behavior in the pool, on pool deck, or in the locker room,-or hitting, pushing, kicking, or spitting on other children or the instructor,

will be given a warning, to remind them about the rules and the consequence for breaking them. If the swimmer is disruptive again, he/she will be given a timeout.

Timeouts are supervised and handled by trained deck staff, where a conversation occurs about why the swimmer committed the infraction, why the infraction is unsafe, and what the swimmer can do differently next time. Our goal is to identify clear expectations of appropriate behavior and why safety, sportsmanship, fair play and respect are important values we should project in our actions.

Any swimmer who receives 3 timeouts in one lesson will be sent home early.

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Charles River Aquatics is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteer and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that:

Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; orHas the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s lesson; orIs severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening environment; orHas the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of our program.Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendo’s, demeaning comments, drawing cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical actions.

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation will not be tolerated, and shall be just cause for disciplinary action.

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Charles River Aquatics is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings, including: clothing, cell phones, jewelry, etc. while swimmers are participating in any CRA sponsored program including: swim lessons, Summer Camp, Recess Weeks, clinics, swim team, etc.

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The Staff is very concerned about the safety of swimmers, parents, other children, and guests. For this reason, we insist on the following:No running on pool deck.Parents hold onto young children.No fighting, pushing or chewing gum in the pool.Any swimmer who hits another swimmer while at CRA must leave the premises immediately. The swimmer will be permitted to return to one more class. Should the hitting start again, the swimmer will be removed from our program permanently.

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Any child found hitting a staff member of Charles River Aquatics will be expelled from our program immediately and not allowed to return. If the child is enrolled in a swim lesson, there will be no refund for the session. If the child is attending camp, there will be no refund for the week the incident occurred. There will be a full refund if the child is enrolled in future camp weeks.

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Charles River Aquatics confirms registrations and provides information about new sessions by e-mail.

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Charles River Aquatics does NOT follow the Boston Public School closing schedule for inclement weather. If CRA closes, there will be a notice on CRA’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CharlesRiverAquatics/. Please call 617-939-3569 should you have any questions.

Charles River Aquatics will offer one or more Family Swims, depending upon when the closing occurs during the session. All Family Swims will be on a weekend afternoon, and the swimmers involved will be notified in advance.

Should a swimmer not be able to participate in the Family Swim, Charles River Aquatics will NOT offer a refund or special make-up.

If Charles River Aquatics has a free weekend where no classes are offered, we will do our best to teach a full compliment of canceled classes during this time. Please remember, many children will not have their same instructor due to the change in schedule.

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