Level 6 is the highest and most advanced level at Charlotte Aquatics. It is no small feat to graduate from this level. All of our students who do are super swimmers. This is just a partial list of what they can do:
- 200 feet of front crawl with alternate rotary breathing
- 200 feet of back crawl with an open turn and streamline
- 150 feet of butterfly and breaststroke
- Tread water for 5 minutes
These students have worked hard. Most have set the goal to pass this level and receive their trophy and gold patch! As you can see from these five young people, hard work and perseverance pays off!
Congratulations to all of our students who become Level 6 Champions! We are so proud of you and you should be too.
My name is Shivam and I am 6 years old. I am in the first grade. I have one big brother who also went to Charlotte Aquatics. My favorite things to do when I am not swimming are to play basketball and football, and to watch Power Rangers and play Legos. I have been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since I was 18 months old! I love to swim, in the pool or at the beach, and my favorite stroke is the breaststroke – because I am so fast at it! My favorite part of Charlotte Aquatics is the teachers, especially Mr. Mike and Ms. Gigi – and the rope! The rope is so fun! Mr. Mike also does the funniest tricks, like when he tells us we have to swim 3 lengths, but holds up 4 fingers. I had a lot of fun at Charlotte Aquatics and I will miss everyone, but mostly Ms. Gigi and Mr. Mike.
Neelanjana started her swimming lessons at Charlotte Aquatics 4 years ago. Although she had to take a break, she was always happy to come back and keep learning! She loved her teachers the most and always looked forward to her swimming classes where the water was always warm and learning was fun!!
Her favorite memories of Charlotte Aquatics are of all her coaches, especially Mike; who was always so patient in his instruction with the more difficult strokes. He also always did something fun at the end and during the class. Her favorite stroke is breast stroke even though it was the hardest to learn. Doing the “crazy jump” in Mike’s class is one of her fondest memories
Avery is 7 years old and in second grade. When she is not swimming she likes to ride her bike, play games with her family, and play lacrosse, golf, and soccer. Avery’s best memory of swimming at Charlotte Aquatics is Pumpkin Week – “Swimming with the pumpkins was soooo hard, but fun!” She keeps all of her hard earned swim patches on a bulletin board in her room. Her favorite stroke is butterfly and breaststroke. When asked what she likes the most about Charlotte Aquatics she tell you the teachers – specially Miss Gigi!
Emily, is in second grade and she began to study swimming at Charlotte Aquatics last year in August. She enjoyed her class very much and can swim very well now.
Parent Note: I want to thank all her teachers and the staff, you gave her sweet and happy memories for her swimming class.
Tharun is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. He started swimming in 2017. Over the course of the two years, Charlotte Aquatics has given Tharun perseverance, discipline, and motivation. Asides from swimming, Tharun enjoys playing with his LEGOs and playing sports with his friends. What he likes most about Charlotte Aquatics is that they reward him with a trophy after years of hard work and determination. His best swim memory has to be when he finished his first level. While he was only 6 years old at the time, he learned early on that hard work comes with a reward. This accomplishment only furthered his motivation and resulted in his completion of the Charlotte Aquatics Swim Program. In the end, swimming has changed Tharun’s life by adding new qualities to his character, giving him a round personality with amicable traits. In addition, he has learned a useful skill that will stay with him forever. Thank you Charlotte Aquatics!
As an organization that truly believes in social action and social justice, we believe in the great words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “The time is always right to do what is right.” Now is the time to teach our children love, compassion, and respect for all human beings. Every day in small ways we can teach our children to be kind to others; by saying hello to a stranger, opening a door for someone, standing up against bullying, respecting differences. Remember, our children learn by example, be the model for your children that will improve our world!
Anya is 9 year old and is in 4th grade. She started at Charlotte Aquatics in September 2017. Swimming has given her lot of confidence, we are so proud of what she has accomplished. She will certainly miss all of the staff at Charlotte Aquatics, she can now swim like a fish! Thank you for all your support and guidance.
Lexton is 6 years old and in kindergarten. He has been in swim lessons at Charlotte Aquatics since 6 months of age. He love swimming along with soccer and building legos. His favorite memories are swimming with his Grandma as an infant, riding in the boats, and the rope swing and slide. His Mom and Dad still remember him screaming through the first days of transitional tot as they hid behind the benches. How much he now loves swimming, especially the front crawl. He hopes to be on his first swim team this summer. He loves and says a big thank you to all his teachers at Charlotte Aquatics!
Elsa is 7 years old and in first grade. She hasbeen taking lessons at Charlotte Aquatics since mid 2017 and she has beenworking hard to complete level 6 and earn her trophy. Swimming is one ofher favorite activities along with drawing, writing and doing math. Shehas really enjoyed all the silly coaches she has gotten to learn from atCharlotte Aquatics, especially Mr. Mike. Her favorite stroke is freestyle because she can go really fast!
Adwita is 8 years old and is in the 3rd grade. Adwita started in Charlotte Aquatics at the age of 5. She spent most of her time with Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Deborah. Her favorite stroke is front crawl, which she seemed to excel early on. Her best memory of Charlotte Aquatics is when she had her birthday picture taken with a crown on her head. Swimming has given her a lot of confidence to stay afloat, keep her head above the water, and swim like a fish. Apart from swimming, Adwita loves to run, ride her bike, read books, learn music and play with friends. She is going to miss all the wonderful teachers. We are so proud of what she has accomplished. Thank you for all your support and guidance.
My name is Devin. I’m 12 years old and in the sixth grade. When I’m not swimming, I mostly do homework, but if I am not doing homework, I like to climb and hang on things like monkey bars. Also, I like to play basketball with my friends. My favorite swimming memory is when I was in level 3 and 5 because Ms. Liz and Ms. Deborah are very nice. I am happy because I am finally getting my level 6 trophy!! My favorite stroke is front crawl and breaststroke. Swimming has changed my life because now I could teach my little sister how to swim and now I can swim without drowning. What I like most about Charlotte Aquatics is that I get to go to the pool even though its almost winter and I enjoy the water a lot now!
Madison, who is nine years old and in fourth grade, began her journey with Charlotte Aquatics in February 2017. She has always loved the water and wanted to learn to swim like a mermaid. Despite a broken arm and a few other injuries, she persevered and is now a skilled swimmer. She will certainly miss all of the staff at Charlotte Aquatics but is very proud that she can now swim like a fish!
Hello! Eight year old Ozzi has been taking lessons at Charlotte Aquatics off and on since 2015. It took him 2 years (25 months) of classes to complete the program over an almost 4 year span. His journey started when he was 5yrs old, and he has always loved going to class. Even though he had to take a few breaks, he was always happy to go back and keep moving! He has had the pleasure of being taught by Jessica & Lauren, Katie & Chris, Mary, Gigi, Liz, Deborah, and Katie. And we have loved them all!
When lessons began, Ozzi preferred to keep his head above water. But after about 7 months, when were on a family vacation in FL, his uncles played ”chuck-a-kid” with him across our very lengthy hotel pool. From that point on, he was happy to be under water and there was no turning back =)
When Ozzi is not swimming, you can find him at GymFit sports in a NINJA class, or at soccer, basketball or tennis. He is also a 3rd year Bear level Cub Scout. Oz enjoys boating, online gaming, walking his dogs, Rudy & Bella, and spending lots of time with family & friends.
Oz said “my best swimming memory is when I met my two BFF’s at Isle of Palms Beach, SC. Us 3 boys boogie boarded like crazy in the ocean!” We have some really amazing videos and pictures from that Memorial Day 2017, and we sure were thanking Charlotte Aquatics for his abilities in those wild waves.
Ozzi keeps his swim patches on display in our living room, and he is working on designing a really cool memory box to hold them. We also have a frame with all of his level photographs – we love how Charlotte Aquatics provides those for us!
Oz says “my favorite stroke is all strokes – front crawl, back crawl, butterfly and breaststroke – I really just like them all!“ But that if it were up to him, he would just swim underwater all the time =)
He said swimming has changed his life in many ways. “It has made me more active, and makes me safe in the water. This is good because we live close to Lake Wylie and we are by it or in it very often.” It has also taught him how to be dedicated to a program, and to celebrate each time he learns a new skill or achieves a goal.
Ozzi said “what I like most about Charlotte Aquatics is that the teachers and staff are always so nice to me, the water is always warm, and my parents can watch me and be so close to the pool.”
“My favorite memories of Charlotte Aquatics are of all my coaches, who were always so nice to me, and they made me feel safe and comfortable. And that we always get to do something fun at the end, like slide down a slide, swing into the pool on a rope, dive, jump or cannonball in.”
Parent Note: We are SO THRILLED that Ozzi got to experience the wonders of Charlotte Aquatics! The place is truly amazing. We are so impressed with all of the improvements over the past few years, wow. We love the work that is put in to all of the theme and holiday decorations, and how fun, related activities are included in lessons. And we love FISH TALES, your O-Fish-al Newsletter – so clever and so well done!
The staff and instructors are TOP-NOTCH, A+, 5-Star all the way! We want to send a special thanks to them all. They were so patient and encouraging to Oz, and they always made him feel special. Their commitment and motivation is truly outstanding – what blessings they are to SO MANY!
We are SO PROUD of our Ozzi and his success there! He often shows our family and his friends how he can swim so well, and he likes to show them all of the strokes he now knows. We love to take him boating and swimming in the lake and the ocean. It is just amazing to see how far he has come, and how much safer we feel. Oz definitely SWIMS like a FISH now, and we owe it all to Charlotte Aquatics =)
Anna Gray is 6 years old and is a first grader. She began swimming at Charlotte Aquatics when she was 13 months old with her Mom and Dad. Since that day her love for the water and confidence has only grown. She is an avid and active member of the Carmel Country Club Dolphins swim team, participating in the 6 and under girls freestyle and relay. This past summer she was selected to the represent the Dolphins in the conference championship meet on the relay team. When she is not swimming, Anna Gray enjoys dance, golf, riding her bike, and art. Anna Gray loves her teachers at Charlotte Aquatics, especially Ms. Gigi and is thankful for the kindness and patience each has shown to her since she was an infant. Thank You!
Jack is 10 years old and has been swimming off and on at Charlotte Aquatics since he was an infant. He is super excited to pass Level 6 and get his trophy! Jack’s best memory at Charlotte Aquatics was passing Level 5. Prior to that, he had taken a very long break from swim lessons but came back and quickly caught back up! His favorite stroke is the front crawl and his favorite part of swim lessons is swinging off the rope. Jack is in 5th grade, and when not swimming, he enjoys playing video games, making videos for YouTube, and creating and coding games on the computer. Swimming has changed his life because he can now swim and play confidently in his grandparents’ lake. He doesn’t usually enjoy playing sports, but he says swimming is really fun!
Kaitlyn is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. Kaitlyn started at Charlotte aquatics at 18 months in the Toddler 1 class with mom. About halfway through she decided to take a break, but after nearly a year, she decided she wanted to earn the Level 6 trophy and came back to the program. Her favorite stroke is the backstroke, which she seemed to excel at early on. The rotary breathing in freestyle definitely took her some time to master, but now freestyle is her second favorite! She had a number of the swim teachers along the way and all were great! A big thank you each and every one of them!
Tirth (aka Manas) is 6 ½ years old and a first grader. He began swimming at the age of 3. He spent most of his time with Ms. Deborah and Mr. Mike. Other than swimming, Manas enjoys playing soccer, running around and playing with friends. He still remembers his birthday celebration, floating in the water with pumpkins, and eating candies after the swimming class. He took time to learn back float and breast stroke, however, breast stroke is now his favorite stroke. Swimming helped him identify his weaknesses and find a solution to fix it. Now he is able to swim confidently and try different strokes, he is interested in further advance training. The boat ride in the Charlotte Aquatic’s swimming pool during Safety Week is his favorite memory.
Parent Note: We are very proud of Manas and his achievement. Thanks to Charlotte Aquatics. He gained lot of confidence and learned different strokes because of the guidance provided by his teacher.
My name is Nia. I am 8 years old and in 3rd grade. When I am not swimming, I love to play basketball, play with my friends, and read. I started at Charlotte Aquatics in level 2 and am so happy that I finally achieved my goal of earning my Level 6 trophy. My favorite memory is when I started swimming in 5 feet without any life Jacket. I was so proud of myself for doing that. I like Ms. Gigi and Mr. Mike a lot. Mr. Mike is so funny and I love to laugh at the tricks he plays with us! My favorite stroke is breaststroke.
What I most like about Charlotte Aquatics is that I get to go in the pool whatever the weather might be and enjoy the water. I have saved all my patches in a nicely decorated memory folder. Swimming has changed my life because now I enjoy the water a lot and I have no fear! I enjoy going with my family and friends to our community pool and to the beach for vacation. My favorite memory will be of getting my Level 6 trophy for which I have been waiting so long and have really worked hard to achieve. I am so excited to finally graduate and get the trophy!
My name is Lily Clare. I just turned 11 years old and I’m a 5th grader. I learned how to swim at 6 years old but I never got to learn all the swimming strokes because I have a lot of after school activities that occupy my time. This year, I told my Mom and Dad that I want to be really good in swimming and learn all the strokes that my friends know. I’m so glad that I found a great school in Charlotte Aquatics! They made my long awaited dream of becoming a good and confident swimmer come true!
After school, I go to another school, Charlotte Ballet in Uptown. I study ballet three times a week and Jazz once a week. My Mom told me that swimming is the best sport for ballet dancers. Perfect! I’ve been a part of The Nutcracker held at Belk Theater as an Angel two years ago. This year I pleaded with my parents to not go overseas this Christmas…so I’m part of The Nutcracker again this time as a Mice and Chinese Tea. I’m also a part of a volleyball team at the YMCA. I like to practice my kick ball at home so I’ll be good during school recess. I play the piano and I also craft as a hobby.
My best swimming memory is getting invited to my friend’s pool party. There was a jacuzzi and the pool was great for jumping in. In the party, I felt really happy and confident when I swam, because I knew how to do all the strokes because of Charlotte Aquatics. Another favorite is when I was in Ms. Megan’s class and went underwater to get a five pound brick. It was fun! My Mom keeps all my patches and we’ll put them in an album. I can’t wait to decorate it because I love to craft. I will put it in my room together with my trophy.
My favorite stroke is freestyle/front crawl. I like it because I feel really comfortable with it and I’m the fastest at in all of my strokes. Swimming has changed my life because I got better at racing my friends when swimming and have so much more confidence and fun! It also helps turn my hair browner. J
I like Charlotte Aquatics because the teachers here are nice and helpful to the students but challenging at the same time so it’s a great balance!
PARENT NOTE: We can’t thank enough Charlotte Aquatics and the awesome teachers! I must admit I was apprehensive that Lily might feel out of place because she is older than the younger kids. But my fears were unfounded. Lily had a great time! She looks forward to her swimming class and never wants to miss any class! She missed only one class because she had ear infection and even then, she told me she could have done the class. Lily likes her teachers, Ms. Kaitlyn initially, then Ms. Megan M. and Mr. William. They are all very patient, kind and encouraging. Outstanding! I’m so proud of Lily! Her hard work paid off with the help of her teachers. Thank you again Charlotte Aquatics!
Rylee is 6 years old in the first grade. She began swimming at Charlotte Aquatics at 8 months old in the infant classes with her Mom and Dad. She has loved the water ever since she was an infant. Rylee has continued to work hard and perfect her strokes in each level while also gaining more love for the water. Her favorite strokes are butterfly and breaststroke. One of Rylee’s favorite memories at Charlotte Aquatics was safety week. She enjoyed learning how to be safe in the water and around her home. When Rylee is not in the pool, she loves dance and tumbling. She cannot wait to display her swimming trophy right next to her dance ones!
Parent Note: I would like to personally thank all the teachers at Charlotte Aquatics (which she has had many), who have helped Rylee gain independence and accomplish her strokes to be a better swimmer. She will truly miss them! I cannot thank each of them enough for all their hard work and determination to help her finish all her levels here at Charlotte Aquatics! As her Mom, I am beyond proud of all she has accomplished so far in 6 short years. I am thankful we stuck with an organization that wanted to see a child succeed, and was willingly to help them get there! You have truly showed us so much kindness in this difficult year, and I am forever grateful. This graduation means a lot to both of us, but is a connection Rylee can have with her Dad. I know he is looking down from heaven and is so very proud of her!