Rules for Level Placement

New swimmers are welcome!

Before registering for swim lessons at Charles River Aquatics, you should understand the evaluation process and our factors to determine swim level placement.

Our description levels help explain what skills are taught in each level, and what skills need to be accomplished to move to the next level. When considering the appropriate level for your child, please read the following requirements.

If you have any questions, please call 617-939-8078.

CRA levels are unique

We highly recommend the following placement into our program for newcomers:

Age 3: Please place in Splash Class

Age 4 and 5: Charles River Aquatics has done extensive research on 4 and 5-year-old children that were new to our program. All 4-year-olds and 95% of 5-year-olds who are with us the first time have been evaluated as Level 1 swimmers. Therefore, if you are new and your child is ages 4-5, we recommend that you sign your child up as a Level 1 swimmer.

Age 6 and above: Evaluations are mandatory for new swimmers thought to be in level 2 or higher.

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 held at our Boys & Girls Club location 105 Allston Street, Allston at the following times:

PLEASE NOTE: swimmers will be expected to be in swim suits on deck and ready to get in the water at the time listed

Wednesdays 5:00

Saturdays 1:00

Sundays 4:00

If none of the above times fit your schedule, please contact us for available alternate evaluation times by emailing