Annabella (Bella) has been at Charlotte Aquatics since she was 18 months old in Toddler 2! She started with Ms. Gigi and will be ending with her as well. She is going to miss her and all the teachers she has had along the way so much! Swimming has made her confident and strong, and she has always been so comfortable in the water. Her favorite time at Charlotte Aquatics is always Safety Week and jumping in the pool with her clothes on. By far, her favorite stroke is backstroke with breast stroke being a close second. She is going into first grade. Besides swimming, Bella loves to dance, do gymnastics, play soccer and create crafts. A big thanks to Charlotte Aquatics for the last 6 years!
Nicholas is a very active 8 year old. He started out as a very shy boy but has outshined himself by requesting to be involved in different activities. He has been taking swimming lessons year round since March 2015. He has also completed all his Scout requirements for the past 2 years. He joined a Brazilian jujitsu academy this past year and has been part of the chess club at his elementary school for 2 years, winning first place in two tournaments.
When Nicholas is not taking part in any of his fun activities, he loves to be camping, swimming in the lakes, fishing, and exploring nature. He also loves to play Mind Craft on his tablet. One of his most proud swimming memories happened this summer, when he passed a very hard to pass swimming test (first try) at Scout camp. Nicholas is fearless when it comes to water; he is able to swim in very deep water with confidence and without any problem or fear.
Parent Note: We thank Charlotte Aquatics for the confidence and swimming skills that they have taught Nicholas.
Thomas loves legos, sports, outdoors, movies, the beach, and being with his big brother, best friend, and Charlotte Aquatics graduate Carl. His best swimming memory was when he realized he did not have to wear his ‘water wings’ and swim with the big boys in our neighborhood pool. He has proudly displayed all his patches and certificates on a wall by his bed, and is eager to point them out to visitors. His favorite swim stroke is the breast stroke. Through his swimming achievements he has become much more confident in himself and more independent.
Parent Note: We love Charlotte Aquatics because swimming is their entire focus, not just another service they provide; they have AMAZING instructors and staff; and they really individually focus on the improvement of each child. Our favorite memories of Charlotte Aquatics will be how our children grew in many ways and the instructors who guided them. Our entire family will for sure miss them all.
I am Kush, a 9-year-old rising 3rd grader. I started my water journey one year ago with Mr. Edgar at Charlotte Aquatics. I was taught by many instructors – to name a few – Ms. Liz, Ms. Gigi, Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Megan. When I am not at Charlotte Aquatics, I like to play with my friends and swim at the neighborhood pool. My favorite stroke in Butterfly. Charlotte Aquatics has taught me how to be safe in water and how to save myself. I can now try and make my own strokes. 🙂 All my patches are showcased in my bedroom pinned on a board. I love coming to CA each week without fail, love you all so much.
Parent Note: We are so proud to see Kush improve so much in a year and ready for next challenges. We are so appreciative to all Charlotte Aquatics staff. You all make a great team and give a safe environment to our kids. Hats off!
My name is Lavanthi. I am 10 years old and a rising 5th grader. I started learning swimming when I was 5 years old. After a break I started swimming at Charlotte Aquatics, in June 2017.
When I am not swimming I like to dance and draw. I am learning classical Dance and got awards for my performance. My best swimming memory is whenever I pass on to the next level and get my certificate and badge. I stick all my patches on the wall and whenever I look at them, I feel of proud of myself! I have a trophy shelf in my room I am waiting to keep my swimming trophy there.
I like all the strokes. My favorite stroke is breast stroke and back stroke. I found Butterfly was a little difficult but with the help of Mr. Mike (he is very kind and funny) and by practicing – I got it! I like to do underwater swimming which is very challenging and interesting. Learning swimming helped me a lot. At first I was so scared to swim but now I love to swim in the pool. This summer vacation we went to a water park and beach. I was not scared! I really enjoy playing in water with my friends.
The best part in Charlotte Aquatics is its very good place to learn swimming the pool is very big. I like all my instructors they are very kind and helped me lot to learn all my strokes. I always like to take pictures in the photo booth. Thanks for teaching me stroke techniques and how to swim. I am very excited to get the trophy.
Lia is 6 years old and has been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since she was 2.5! She is a rising first grader and is so excited to be graduating from the Charlotte Aquatics program. Lia’s favorite thing about swimming has been her teachers, especially Miss Deborah and Miss Katie, and her favorite stroke has always been back crawl.
Parent Note: Lia has loved her lessons and has grown so much, we are grateful for Charlotte Aquatics for everything they’ve taught her!
My name is Aarav, I am 8 years old. I am a rising 3rd Grader. On 7/11/2018, I graduated Level 6 out of Charlotte Aquatics. When I am not swimming, I am either riding my hoverboard or sometimes playing at the park or playing with my younger brother. I have kept the Patches safe and I am planning to put them on a shelf along with my other trophies, at our new home. My favorite stroke used to be back crawl, and I didn’t like front crawl initially. But later as I kept practicing front crawl more and more, I started liking it now. I loved taking the swim lessons from Ms Deborah and Mr Mike. At first, I was scared of swimming in deep water, but now I can even swim in 12 ft or more!! My favorite memory at Charlotte Aquatics is when I passed each level.
Parents Note: Aarav has been with Charlotte Aquatics since March 2016. Thanks to Charlotte Aquatics, Aarav had fun as he graduated each level at Charlotte Aquatics. And that gave him more self confidence as he got better and better with each passing level. As parents, it was fun for us to watch Aarav learn all the swim techniques.
My name is Jackson and I recently turned 5 years old. I have been attending Charlotte Aquatics since I was 2 and have had an amazing experience with all wonderful instructors. It has taught me a love for swimming, opened new opportunities for me to have fun (including water slides!), given me confidence by achieving my goals and has ensured that I will always be safe and comfortable around open water.
I love to swim underwater to see how far I can make it while holding my breath, and my favorite stroke is the back stroke. My favorite memory at Charlotte Aquatics is having fun and joking with my instructors who always keep things fun. My favorite swimming memory is passing the ‘deep end’ swim test at a community pool, much to the shock of the lifeguard.
When I’m not swimming I love to travel (including checking out hotel swimming pools!), play piano, build legos, play soccer and have fun with my neighbors and my baby brother. I would like to some day join a swim team and continue my swimming in a competitive environment. Thank you to everyone at Charlotte Aquatics for such a wonderful experience!”
Hi. I am Katarina. I am 7 years old and am a rising 2nd grader. My favorite stroke is breaststroke. I like it because you don’t use a lot of energy. I like to hang out with my family and watch my Ipad when I’m not swimming. My favorite swimming memory is when I went to the beach with my grandma and my dad showed me how to swim without goggles. Swimming has changed my life because it helped me to practice and practice makes perfect; I hope swimming has encouraged you to do the same. My favorite memory of Charlotte Aquatics is when I got to level 6. I like Charlotte Aquatics because they have awesome teachers!
Law, age 6 and a rising 1st grader, has been a part of the Charlotte Aquatics community since he was 9 months old. He has always loved the water so finding swim instruction that was both high quality and developmentally appropriate was a must for our family. Law has since developed a true love for swimming and has experienced much personal success on our neighborhood swim team. His favorite part of Charlotte Aquatics, other than the teachers, is “when we get to do freestyle in the whole pool”.
Layla has been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since she was a year old. Since then, she’s been in love with swimming and could only spend more time in the water if she were an actual fish. When Layla isn’t swimming she enjoys dancing, reading, golf, piano, going to the park and playing at home with her toys. Her favorite memory of swimming is very recent and she describes it as the day she did “the perfect dive” and mastered her level 6 skills. She keeps all her patches in her bedroom on her dresser in sequence. She says her favorite stroke is the back stroke. “Swimming changed my life because it taught me how to swim and has helped me improve in every level. Things I love most about Charlotte Aquatics are, I love my teacher Ms. Gigi, my friends and I love to swim. My favorite memory of Charlotte Aquatics is getting lollipops!
Zoë Askew is 7 ½ years old and is a rising 2nd grader. She began swimming at Charlotte Aquatics in Ms. Gigi’s infant class and has always loved the water. When she is not swimming, she is drawing amazing pictures of mermaids, playing with friends and learning to ride horses. Zoë’s best swimming memory is this past winter when she won her backstroke heat in a swim meet for YWCA’s Orange Crush Swim Team. Her favorite stroke is butterfly which came very easy for her to learn. Swimming has changed Zoë’s life because she is now more wet!
Parent Note: The Askew family has been part of the Charlotte Aquatics family for 10 years. Achieving the Level 6 trophy was the first long term goal that both Zoë and her sister set for themselves. As a parent it is wonderful to see the hard work and determination resulting in both Zoë and her sister reaching their goals.
Ella is 6.5 years old and is a rising first grader. Ella has been a student at Charlotte Aquatics since she was about 6 months old. During her time there she was able to swim with most of the amazing instructors at Charlotte Aquatics. In the beginning, she did not take well to the water, but with the perseverance of her amazing instructors and her determination to learn the sport, she and her family are so excited to be graduating level 6! Most importantly, she can’t wait to accept her trophy!
When Ella is not swimming, she finds great pleasure in creative arts and crafts, gymnastics and playing with friends. However, especially during the summer, she loves swimming with friends at the neighbor’s pool! Her best memory of swimming is being able to swim across the pool unassisted and without stopping. Most recently she had great pride (as did her parents) in being able to swim 3 laps of her favorite stroke, butterfly without stopping! What a sight that was to see!!!
Swimming has changed Ella’s life in that now she has the fundamental skills to be safe in the pool or open water. Further, with learning and graduating from each level, she has gained confidence, strength and knowledge about herself and her capabilities in the water. After level 6, she can focus on fine tuning her strokes and possibly join a local swim team! She is so excited! Ella states that what she likes most about Charlotte Aquatics are all the great instructors and all the new friends she gets to make when she is in a class.
Parent Note: We can not be more proud of Ella! It has been amazing to watch her grow in the water. From being in the water with her as an infant, to letting her go without me in the water, and to now see her swim with confidence and grace. We are so grateful to all the instructors at CA, especially for their patience, their ability to “know” what Ella needed to help her succeed in each level. We are so grateful and celebrate this huge milestone in her life. Thank you!
My name is Kristian and I am 6 years old. When I am not swimming I love to play baseball, which is my favorite sport! I always have fun in the water and I have kept all of my patches and ribbons safely in a box in my bedroom. Front crawl is my favorite stroke but butterfly is a close second! Swimming has changed my life by helping to keep me safe and not wear floaties or need help from my mommy and daddy. I loved swimming with Ms. Gigi! She made swimming fun and has been my teacher through all of the levels!
Hi I’m Nitesh! I’m 8 ½ and a rising 3rd grader. I have enjoyed my time at Charlotte Aquatics and am happy to be graduating. I joined Charlotte Aquatics when I was 2.5yr old but I had to quit because we moved out of Charlotte. Recently we moved back and I again continued my classes from where I left off and was happy that I could continue and pass all levels. My favorite stroke is butterfly. I like all the instructors and loved working with all the staff. When I am not swimming I like to play with my friends and learn new things like piano and chess. Completing level 6 has given me faith in knowing that I can accomplish anything I work hard for. The lessons have also taught me about water safety. I will cherish all the level ribbons and the trophy that I earned by working hard.
Parent Note: Thank you for a great experience, it has been so fun as a parent to watch Nitesh grow in confidence and skill level these years!
Hello, my name is Chelsea, a 7 year old, rising 2nd grader. I have been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics for a couple of years. The thing I like best about Charlotte Aquatics are the great teachers. Especially when they taught me the Breast Stroke my favorite swim stroke. Each time I have gotten a level patch my Nana sews it onto my backpack. Learning to swim lets me go safely into pools, lakes and the beach. When I am not swimming, I am all about gymnastics.
P.S. The car magnets are pretty cool too! Whenever I see one, I call it out.
Christopher absolutely LOVES to swim. He started swimming when he was 6 months old. As a baby he would always go into the pool with a smile on his face and come up out of the water with his mouth wide open, still smiling. His favorite stroke is the butterfly. When he is not swimming he loves to play basket ball outside with his friends. He has met so many friends through swimming. Being able to swim has allowed him to confidently go to water camps like wake boarding and challenge other campers to races in the pool and down the slide. His favorite memory at Charlotte Aquatics was being able to jump off the rope at the end of class. He loves all the teachers at Charlotte Aquatics and appreciates the push they give him to strive for EXCELLENCE.
Connor enjoys playing all different sports, especially golf and football. He enjoys reading every Magic Treehouse book he can. He has all his patches together in a box and takes them out from time to time to count them up. Now that he is confident in the water, we really look forward to going to our club’s pool and playing all different games with the other kids there. Connor enjoyed all his teachers throughout his time there and is looking forward to cheering on his younger brother (Colin) as he makes his way through each of the levels
Natalia is a 10 year old rising 5th grader and has been a student at Charlotte Aquatics since 2015. She started in level 1 and has been looking forward to her graduation day ever since. She is an Honor Roll student at her elementary school. Besides swimming, Natália also does gymnastics and loves to read. She always looked forward to coming to swimming lessons and worked hard to achieve her skills even without any pool to practice! Her favorite stroke is the Butterfly. Natália is sad to leave Charlotte Aquatics, but excited to be a great swimmer thanks to all the teachers she has had, especially Ms. Deborah, whom she had the privilege to be with these past 4 levels. THANK YOU Charlotte Aquatics!!!
My name is Vicky and I am turning nine in August. I am a rising fourth grader. When I am not swimming I like to jump rope or dance. My best swimming memory is winning first place in two freestyle relays. My favorite stroke is freestyle. Swimming has made me feel a lot safer in water. What I like most about Charlotte Aquatics is the teachers are very nice, fun, and helpful. My favorite memory of Charlotte Aquatics is swinging on the rope and dropping in the water.
Did you know that sensory experience and movement are vital to infant development and growth? And touch is one of the most important sensory inputs for the development of the brain. Furthermore, movement and cognition are closely related.
Our skin provides protection from the external world and provides us with feedback about our environment and temperature. It also allows us to feel pressure and vibrations as sensations that allow us to regulate where we are in space. So when we hold our baby, it gives the receptors in the skin feedback and pressure that lets baby begin to know where their body is in space. This is called proprioception.
In addition, it has been proven that babies crave contact with their parents and/or caregivers. They need this physical contact to build trust in their parents and trust in the world. This contact is a crucial component in building positive self-esteem and trust that his/her needs will be met. Touch and skin-to-skin contact enhance bonding between the parent and infant.
Scientists now believe that to achieve full development of the mature brain, stimulation in the form of movement and sensory experiences during the early developing years is necessary. Neuroscientist Carla Hannaford, author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head, explains that beginning in infancy, physical movement plays a vital role in the creation of the nerve cell networks that are at the core of learning. The more children move, the more information they are gathering about the their environment and themselves.
It is critical in today’s fast-paced world, where our infants and toddlers spend so much of their time in car seats, strollers, and carriers, that we get them moving and we have that critical skin to skin bonding time. Obviously, one of the ways you can do this is by increasing the amount of time that you hold your baby, make more eye contact, and by moving them. However, if you would like to do this in a way that is fun and provides optimal stimulation, join a Baby Bonding Class at Charlotte Aquatics.
The Baby Bonding Class allows your infant to experience touch and movement in a fun and fantastic way – in the water! Because there is great skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby, there are many opportunities to promote bonding and improve brain development. In addition, the hydrostatic pressure of the water magnifies the sensory stimulation that your baby receives as he/she moves through water. Movement in this aquatic environment enhances learning, increases verbalization, stimulates the visual system, and promotes integration of the nervous system.
To learn more about how you can make your child safer, healthier, and smarter ™ call us today at (704) 341-9673.
Every week over 1,300 students, their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family visitors enter our facility! It is no easy task to keep our facility clean and our water safe to swim in. You may not realize what goes into maintaining your swim school. Every night our fabulous facilities crew – pressure washes our pool deck and locker rooms and cleans the facility.
We filter our water 24/7 and our pool chemicals are computer regulated. Filtration and disinfection are key elements to keeping our swimmers safe. Filtration removes particulates (dirt and debris) from the water while disinfection eliminates harmful pathogens that might be in the water. Bromine/chlorine are the disinfectants that are used in swimming pools. Unfortunately, there are some pathogens that are tolerant to bromine/chlorine.
According to the Model Aquatic Health Code (the only national model pool code based on best practices and scientific data gathered by public health and aquatics industry experts) a secondary source of disinfection is needed to keep water safe and free of pathogens. Adding an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system to our pool last year, helps keep it clean, safe and free of pathogens. Having this multiple barrier disinfection is the most effective way to treat water and provides the best disinfection. Very few commercial pools have this added layer of protection!
So now you know! We try our best every day to keep our facility clean and well maintained and our water safe!
Hi I’m Devin and I’m a nine-year old rising 5th grader. I have enjoyed my time at Charlotte Aquatics and am happy to be graduating. When I’m not swimming, I like to play video games and soccer. My favorite swimming stroke is the butterfly stroke. I have gotten way better at swimming than when I started and it helps me feel safe in the water. My favorite part about Charlotte Aquatics is what they’ve helped me learn about swimming.
Eliza has been swimming with Charlotte Aquatics for the past 4 years and has always had her sights set on passing Level 6 and getting THE TROPHY! What started out as need for safety, eventually turned into an enjoyable hobby. Eliza has truly found joy in swimming, and although she still talks of the days when she was in the parent/child classes, she is now a confident, independent swimmer. When Eliza isn’t swimming, she enjoys gymnastics, art and snuggling with her cat.
My name is Haasini and I am 7 year old and first grader. I have always been very fond of water and love coming to Charlotte aquatics every week for swimming. I joined Charlotte aquatics when I was three year old and I absolutely love the teachers here who are very helpful in teaching me how to swim. My favorite stroke is backstroke. Other than swimming, I like art and playing piano, my favorite activities outside swimming. The best part of swimming is that it makes me feel happy and I will continue to swim even after graduation.
Parent Note: We are very proud of Haasini’s accomplishment. We owe her success to the perseverance of the staff at Charlotte aquatics and strong determination of Haasini. We still remember the days when Haasini was having tough time to move up from level IV to V. It was the special attention of Ms. Deborah (her swimming instructor for last few sessions) that made it possible for Haasini to graduate with flying colors. We are very proud of Haasini and are thankful to the staff of Charlotte Aquatics. You are the BEST!
Olive has been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since she was 11 months old, splashing around in the Toddler class with her mom. Though she has always loved to be in the water, swimming was not always something that came easily for her. Floating on her back, breathing to her side, putting butterfly arms and legs together – these are all things she had to work hard to master. Now when something doesn’t come to her easily, whether it is reading or turning a cartwheel, she remembers that she can do hard things and that practice pays off. Olive is six years old and finishing her Kindergarten year. She also swims competitively for Old Georgetown, plays baseball, dances ballet and performs gymnastics. As a Daisy Scout, she ran the first Girl Scout cookie booth ever at Charlotte Aquatics. Her favorite memory of Charlotte Aquatics is the time she spent with Miss Deborah in private lessons. Passing level 6 feels bittersweet to Olive as she feels that Charlotte Aquatics is her swim home. She has been very well loved and supported by everyone here. We will forever recall the times that Miss Gigi has told us that though Olive is small, she is strong and capable of great things. The foundation of a large part of her early childhood confidence was built at Charlotte Aquatics.
We are so proud of our students who set a goal, work hard, and don’t quit until they achieve it!
Avery is a 9-year-old 4th grader. She has loved going to Charlotte Aquatics over the past several years. All of her instructors have been amazing, and she especially thrived under Gigi in levels 5 and 6. Avery is looking forward to another year of our neighborhood swim team this summer. She loves to swim breast stroke and can’t wait to race in the swim meets. When Avery is not swimming, she enjoys art, playing with her dog, and camping with her family.
Parent Note: Thank you for the wonderful experiences we have had and will continue to have at Charlotte Aquatics. It is very rewarding to be part of the Charlotte Aquatics family, knowing the instructors are invested in your child’s learning and watching them thrive and progress and learn to swim under their care.
Brady is 9 years old and he is in 3rd grade. Brady has always loved the water. His first experience at Charlotte Aquatics was with Ms. Deborah in the infant class. He has had numerous swim instructors at Charlotte Aquatics and they have all been fantastic. One instructor that he is especially fond of, is Mr. Mike. His humor and the ability to make lessons fun is incredible and Brady always looks forward to class. He has been working hard to finally get that trophy!! Brady gathers all that he has learned and applies it to swim team every year. It is a great peace of mind knowing that he is properly trained for these events.
Nehemiah, who is 7 years old, started swimming at Charlotte Aquatics when he was two. At first he was terrified of the water but his favorite memory is having Ms. Gigi as his teacher during the first 2 years. When he was 4yrs old he watched one of the level 6 graduates receive a trophy and he said “Mommy I am going to get a trophy one day too for swimming!” Since then Nehemiah has been very dedicated to swim. His favorite day of the week is Thursdays because he knows he gets to come to Charlotte Aquatics. He says that swimming has made him smarter and wants to keep swimming after he finishes level 6 and get even better at the backstroke. When he is not swimming he enjoys playing basketball, riding his bike or scooter, playing with his friends, and he has a new puppy that keeps him very busy. His favorite swimming memory is playing marco polo with some neighborhood friends, mommy, and Kenny last summer. Nehemiah says that he loves Charlotte Aquatics and the one thing he loves most is having Ms. Deborah as his teacher.
Shlok 7 year old enthusiastic boy who enjoys water like a fish. He loves swimming, taekwondo as much as he loves Mathematics. He wants to grow up and become a president and also dreams to move to California with his little sister who he loves very much!