AJ’s favorite thing to do at Charlotte Aquatics is the boat during safety week. Swimming helps AJ get his energy out and stay healthy. He likes butterfly the most after Ms. Gigi taught him how to do it. When he’s not swimming, AJ likes to play outside, run and play all sports, and write stories. AJ’s best swimming memory is swimming Freestyle in 17:18 seconds in summer swim.”I am really excited to be graduating from Charlotte Aquatics. I really like all of the teachers and have learned a lot that will make me stronger through my whole life.”
My name is Caroline, and I am 6 years old and in Kindergarten. I have been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since I was 18 months old. When I’m not swimming I enjoy playing, and I also just started karate. My favorite strokes are breast stroke and butterfly because they help me get moving in the water, and my favorite teacher is Ms Gigi because she is so nice and a good teacher. I enjoy coming to Charlotte Aquatics because of all the friendly people and just loving to swim.
Parent Note: Caroline started taking swim lessons at Charlotte Aquatics when she was 18 months old because we thought it’d be something fun to do with our baby. Little did we know the important role Charlotte Aquatics would play in our life as time progressed, or that they would become family. When Caroline was 2 and a half, she experienced a regression in her motor skills, started falling multiple times a day, and it became apparent that her right side was weak. This was obviously a huge concern, and the Charlotte Aquatics staff was wonderful at that time keeping an eye out for Caroline’s safety, supporting us a family as we went through various tests and scans, and also letting us know their observations such as swimming skills she could no longer do. Upon receiving a diagnosis of right hemiplegia/mild cerebral palsy, our time at Charlotte Aquatics became that much more significant for the therapeutic role it played, in addition to the other benefits of swimming lessons, not to mention the fun. For quite a while, Caroline would swim in a circle when she kicked because the left side would overpower the right, and we wondered if she’d ever be able to put it all together, but with the encouragement, patience and guidance from her teachers, and Caroline working extremely hard, she is now a Level 6 swimmer! Swimming has helped with her strength, endurance, coordination, and the two sides of her body working together, but it has taught her so much more. She’s learned how to work hard to accomplish goals, particularly with goals not accomplished right away. She’s learned how to be happy for others as they pass levels, even if it’s not time for her to pass yet. And she’s learned a skill that will give her a lifelong exercise opportunity, while also giving her safety that could one day save her life or help her save the life of another. And most importantly for a child, she’s had a lot of fun in the process. We are truly thankful for Charlotte Aquatics!
Nikash is a fun loving, energetic, affable 7 year old 1st Grader. He loves to draw, build legos, play soccer, read and generally run around the house with his baby sister. His favorite memories of Charlotte Aquatics are the funny antics by Coach JD and Coach Mike 🙂 I am sure he will always treasure those memories. He has all his certificates and patches in a file and would be fun experience for him to revisit all these memories once he grows up. When asked about his favorite stroke, pat came the reply ‘ Butterfly’. Thank you Mr. Mike, butterfly is a difficult stroke and its only because of your teaching that he is able to attempt it.
Parent Note: Nikash first started swimming at Charlotte Aquatics around the age of 30 months . After trying for few months he just decided he didn’t want to learn swimming anymore. We tried to encourage him to continue with the sport but didn’t force him. All we told him was learning to swim was NOT OPTIONAL. He will have to learn it someday as its a survival skill. He took a break from swimming for about two years and one day, just like that,when he saw his baby sister take a parent-baby class at Charlotte Aquatics he told us he wants to swim once more. We are forever grateful to his coach JD who inspired, encouraged and worked hard with Nikash to regain his confidence and dispel his fear of water. There was no looking back for him since then. Nikash has continued to grow in strength, skills and his confidence in water has improved tremendously. He loves all his coaches and we would like to express our sincere thanks to all the staff at Charlotte Aquatics for making it such a fun experience for kids. We would like to take this opportunity to specially thank the following coaches on behalf of Nikash. Mr. JD, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Deborah and Mr. Mike, all of you have worked one on one with him these past few years and its your hard work as much as his that he is graduating lvl 6 today. Thank you so much! All of you really mean a lot to him. We are happy to inform that Nikash will be continuing his swimming education, work on his endurance and further refinement. Although, our association with Charlotte Aquatics will end for Nikash it will continue for our daughter so its not a good bye just yet!