Teen Programming

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. In-water and 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.
 
At CRA, small group instructional programming for teens is offered in two formats--Swim Lessons or Intensive Crash Courses.  Additionally, CRA offers higher level instruction, clinics, springboard diving, a recreational swim team, and lifeguard certification classes for teens.  See the descriptions below for details.  

2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR SEASON

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:

LESSON INFORMATION:

TUE 7:15-8:15pm

THU 7:15-8:15pm

SAT 4:30-5:30pm

SUN 4:30-5:30pm

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

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

 

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

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.
  • All new swimmers are evaluated upon arrival for the first lesson and instruction is provided at an appropriate individual level.
  • To discontinue, email registrar@charlesriveraquatics.com.  30 days notice required.
  • Register for one or more lesson per week.
  • CRA does not offer make-up lessons or credits for missed lessons.

BILLING INFORMATION:

  • SCHOOL YEAR SEASON | Sept-May | GROUP LESSONS

COST:

$200/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 June.

*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 TUITION

A one-time tuition payment is due at registration.

Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U)

Take Instructional Swim to the Next Level!

Technique & Training Tune Up (T3U) is designed for swimmers ages 8+. T3U is not a learn-to-swim program.   Participants must have proficiency in all 4 competitive strokes and be able to swim freestyle for 200-500 continuous yards.  Training is structured like a swim team workout with a coach on deck.  It is intended to polish technique and increase endurance and speed.

WHERE:

COMPETITION POOL

Boston Sports Institute
900 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA

T3U SCHOOL YEAR SEASON 2023-2024

September 10, 2023-May 26, 2024

For details, schedule and to register for T3U, click HERE

Springboard Diving

Dive in with CRA!  Learn the technique, terminology and fundamentals of springboard diving.  These classes are appropriate for ALL levels--first time on the board or years of experience.  Beginner and Advanced Classes are offered.  ALL are WELCOME!

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be comfortable in deep (12.5 feet) water
  • Participants must be able to swim to the ladder unassisted from the middle of the deep end of the pool
  • Participants must be able to dive from a starting block unassisted to attend these classes*

*NOTE:  This is NOT a learn-to-dive program

WHERE:

COMPETITION POOL

Boston Sports Institute
900 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA

SPRINGBOARD DIVING SCHOOL YEAR SEASON 2023-2024

September 10, 2023-May 26, 2024

For details, schedule and to register for Springboard Diving, click HERE

CRA RECREATIONAL YOUTH SWIM TEAM

The Charles River Aquatics Recreational Youth Swim Team offers athletes, interested in being part of a swim team, the opportunity to do so without the commitment of joining a USA Swimming Team*.  Athletes benefit from the positive team atmosphere which is conducive to individual development and growth, while enjoying the camaraderie and having fun.   Workouts are structured to fine-tune technique, increase endurance and practice skills for racing.

Athletes may choose to join the CRA Recreational Swim Team independently or in conjunction with Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U) workouts.

*Note--Participation in the CRA Recreational Youth Swim Team is not intended to advance swimmers to the CRA Dragons Swim Team, nor does it guarantee placement on the team.  This team does not, at this time, participate in any swim meets.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Ages 8-17
  • This is not a learn-to-swim program.   Athletes must be proficient in all 4 competitive strokes and able to swim freestyle 200-500 yards continuously.

Placement on the CRA Recreational Swim Team requires a tryout.

WHERE:

COMPETITION POOL

Boston Sports Institute
900 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA

CRA REC TEAM SCHOOL YEAR SEASON 2023-2024

September 10, 2023-May 26, 2024

For details, schedule and to register for the Rec Team, click HERE

CRA CLINICS for TEENS

CRA offers focused intensive instructional clinics for teens in specific skill areas.

These include:

  • Instructional Swim
  • Technical Improvement Series:  Stroke, Starts & Turns
  • Technique & Training Tune-Up (T3U)
  • Springboard Diving
  • Boot Camp

Click HERE for detailed descriptions, schedules and to register for CRA Clinics

 

Charles River Aquatics American Red Cross Lifeguard Training & Certification Course

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Certification Course is the first step in the process of becoming a certified Red Cross Lifeguard.  Upon successful completion of this Lifeguard Training Course, you will receive a Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED Certification, which is valid for two years and is accepted nationwide.
*This Lifeguard Training and Certification Course is NOT a learn-to-swim program.  The prerequisites listed on the Lifeguard Training & Certification Course page (link below) MUST be met in order to participate.  Carefully review the requirements BEFORE registering.*

WHERE:

COMPETITION POOL

Boston Sports Institute
900 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA

For details, schedule and to register for Lifeguard Training, click HERE