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!
Grant Martin is an 8 year old second grader who loves to swim because it keeps him active. Since he started at Charlotte Aquatics 3 years ago, it has been Grant’s goal to pass the level 6 swim class. He has appreciated all of his swim instructors and has learned so much from them. Grant has enjoyed his swim lessons because each level continued to push him to perfect all of the strokes, especially the backstroke which is his favorite. The lessons have also taught him about water safety. One of his favorite times of the year is fall when pumpkins are used in the pool as part of the swim lessons! When he’s not swimming, Grant likes to play soccer, read, go camping, play with his friends and he is also training to run a half marathon next spring.
Myrah has come a long way in her swimming journey at Charlotte Aquatics. She has become super confident in the water. Myrah’s goal was to pass level 6 before her 6th Birthday. She did just that! Completing level 6 has given her faith in knowing she can accomplish anything she works hard for. She has loved working with all the teachers. She will greatly miss Ms. Kathryn as she spent the most time with her. Myrah loves the friendly and kind staff at Charlotte Aquatics. Myrah will cherish all the level ribbons and the trophy that she earned by working hard. Myrah plans to continue swimming by making it a regular part of her life.
Samantha lived in England the first 4 years of her life. She started swim lessons when she was 4 months old (her Dad is Australian and so being a strong swimmer is important to the family). She suddenly grew scared of the water when she turned 2 and cried for about 12 weeks of lessons. Then we went on a vacation where her Dad taught her to jump into the pool with no armbands and she LOVED it! She has been a fish ever since. We enrolled Samantha at Charlotte Aquatics as soon as we moved here at age 4 and she has been swimming with Ms Deborah and Ms Liz ever since. She really LOVES to swim and the teachers are incredible. This will be her second summer of participating on a Swim Team (The Sardis Sharks)! When Samantha is not swimming she is playing. Her favorite stroke is Freestyle and swimming is her favorite sport! What she likes most about Charlotte Aquatics are her teachers. “I love Ms. Deborah and Ms. Liz!”
Parent Note: Thank you for a great experience, it has been so fun as a parent to watch Samantha grow in confidence and skill level these past 2+ years!
April 30 – May 6 is Safety Week at Charlotte Aquatics. During Safety Week your child will be jumping in the pool with their clothes on. It is important to have students experience this to avoid a panicked experience in the future should an emergency occur and they find themselves in water with clothing on.
Keeping your child safe in and around the water is crucial. You are taking the first and most important step by having them learn how to swim. Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88%! However, by reviewing these rules (more than once) you will also decrease the odds of a water related tragedy.
- Review the water safety rules
- Always swim with an adult watching
- Always walk slowly never run around the pool to avoid slipping and falling
- Call 911 in case of an emergency. Actually have your child practice dialing 911 so they know exactly what that means.
- Ask your child what they would do if they fell into a pool.
- Turn around and grab the wall
- Roll on your back and float
- Tread water for the more experienced swimmers
- Review jump safety rules. Look before you leap and always jump feet first away from the wall.
- Ask them what they should look for – other people, toys, an adult is present and watching, how deep/shallow the water is, etc…
- If your child gets tired while swimming, reinforce that they can roll over onto their back and rest while they float. They can then roll back over to the front and swim a little further. They can continue to swim, roll over, float, and rest until they reach safety.
- Only dive in designated areas. Never dive in water that you are unsure of the depth such as a lake, river, or pond.
- Reach or throw – don’t go. Children should be taught to never go in the water to save someone. They should yell for help, try to reach for the victim or throw them something that floats.
Remember, we culminate our Safety Week with Safety Day, a free event for students and the community. Children will learn not only about water safety but car safety, animal safety, fire safety, stranger danger and so much more. Join us in our parking lot for lots of fun and learning on Sunday, May 6th from 1:00pm – 4:00.pm Bring a friend and enjoy the fun!!
Dry drowning – what is it? Around this time of year, we always get a few questions from worried parents about drowning and especially, “What exactly is dry drowning?” When parents ask this question, they are usually asking about delayed or secondary drowning. Let me educate you about both.
With dry drowning, water never enters the victim’s lungs. Rather, it causes the vocal chords to spasm and shuts off the airway without actually filling the lungs with water. It looks a lot like normal drowning because it occurs in real time and causes asphyxiation. An example of a situation where this could occur is your child being hit in the face (with their mouth open) by a big wave. Water does not enter the lungs (as in drowning) but causes the vocal chords to shut off the airway thus cutting of the oxygen supply. you would notice difficulty with breathing right away. This is not an
Delayed drowning, sometimes called secondary drowning, is different and typically what parents are asking about. Water gets into the lungs in small amounts — not enough to disable breathing right away. Instead, it sits there and inhibits the lungs’ ability to oxygenate blood. From there, the victim starts to have more and more trouble breathing over the course of several hours.
Here’s what you need to look for, even hours after you’ve left the pool or beach:
- Difficulty breathing, coughing, chest pain, or throwing up. Look for rapid and shallow breaths, nostril flaring, or a pronounced gap in the ribs when breathing. These are all signs a child is working too hard to get oxygen.
- Extreme tiredness. Big-time fatigue can be a sign that the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.
- Any odd change in behavior. Kids in the beginning stages of delayed drowning may be really cranky, argumentative, or combative.
- Odd physical changes. Look out for blue lips or pale skin.
If your child displays these symptoms, do not delay – seek medical attention. However, do not panic and keep your child away from the wonderful world of water! Dry drowning and delayed drowning are very rare. They make up only 1-2% of all drowning incidents.
Campbell started swimming with Charlotte Aquatics when he was 4 years old. He started in group lessons and progressed to private as his interest grew and he developed his technique. He is now 7 years old and a 1st grade student who really loves science. In addition to swim, Campbell loves to play soccer and flag football. His favorite NFL teams are the Panthers and the Tennessee Titans (much to his parents’ chagrin 😊). Campbell’s favorite swim stroke is the breast stroke. He loves the rope swing at Charlotte Aquatics and also loves his teacher Liz, who allows him to take short swim breaks in the middle of lessons for fun in the pool!
Parent’s Note: We are so excited Campbell has reached this big milestone and are looking forward to his graduation!
Hello! My name is Siri and I am 9 years old and started the intriguing sport swimming when I was 7 years old. Swimming is one of my favorite sport and will always be. Swimming makes me feel tranquilized and when I do it, it helps me improve my physical fitness stamina. Charlotte Aquatics was and will always be the most important step to success in my life of swimming. The beginning of a long line of swimming events, a building block to never forget.
My name is Kelly H. and I’m 10 years old and in fifth grade. When I’m not swimming I like to read. My best swimming memory is when there was an Olympics when I was little. I put my patches in a drawer with important things like baby photos. My favorite stroke is breaststroke.
Swimming has impacted me by helping me not drown. My favorite thing about Charlotte Aquatics is when I got to be in a class with my sister. And my favorite memory at Charlotte Aquatics is when I got to see my baby cousin swim with my aunt.