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!
Caroline is 6 and ½ years old and is in first grade. She has been swimming at Charlotte Aquatics since she was 3. She spent a lot of time with Ms. Shelley, Ms. Katie, but mostly with Ms. Gigi. When she is not swimming, she loves to read, do gymnastics and play with her siblings. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke. What she likes most about Charlotte Aquatics is that she gets to get in a pool once a week. Mom has saved all her patches in her baby book! She is so excited to finally graduate and get her trophy. She has worked very, very hard for this!
PARENT NOTE: We have been at Charlotte Aquatics for at least the last 8 years. Caroline is our 3rd child to be a level 6 graduate (we have one more to go!). Caroline screamed her head off (when she was 3) for at least the first 8-week session before she finally started to get the hang of it. We couldn’t be more proud. There was definitely a time in the past when we thought she’d never like the water. Now we can’t get her out of it! This is a big moment for her and we can’t thank the teachers she’s had over the years enough!
My name is Derek although Mr. Mike calls me Tarzan because of my long hair. I am 7 years old and in 2nd grade. When I am not swimming, I love to play soccer, play video games, build with Legos or read. I started at Charlotte Aquatics in Level 1 and I am so excited that I have been able to achieve my goal of earning my Level 6 trophy! Mr. Mike has been my instructor almost the entire time I have been swimming. He is so funny! My favorite thing to do at Charlotte Aquatics is swing into the pool from the rope. I have figured out over the years how to swing out really far and let go at the highest point so I get the craziest jump. I also like when Mr. Mike has us do silly jumps in from the side of the pool. I do my best to splash him. Swimming has changed my life because now when we go to the pool or on vacation, it’s more fun. I discovered that I love to snorkel. My mom has saved all my patches and I can’t wait to display my trophy in my room where I can see it every day and remember how hard I worked to earn it.
Isabella, 9 years old, is active in Ninja, rollerblading, riding her bike, and likes reading Harry Potter. Isabella’s favorite stroke is butterfly and breaststroke, but she loves swinging from the rope the most! Swimming at Charlotte Aquatics has given her confidence and a goal to work towards.
PARENT NOTE: I am proud of Isabella achieving her goal and thank Charlotte Aquatics for pushing her to do so.
My name is Joanna I am six years old, and a rising first grader. I started swimming at Charlotte Aquatics when I was one year old with Ms. Gigi. When I am not swimming I like to dance, play with my little sister, cousins and friends. My favorite stroke is butterfly. What l Iike most about Charlotte Aquatics is the staff. Every one of them like to swim and love to teach. I was taught by so many great teachers, and to name a few Ms. Gigi, Mr. Mike and Ms. Liz. Ms. Liz is my last teacher who taught me butterfly and breaststroke. Swimming has changed my life by making me confident and giving me a lifelong lesson. Now I can swim for the rest of my life. I am happy that I am graduating and getting the trophy I have been wanting to get it for a while. Even though I am graduating from Charlotte Aquatics, I will still see the staff every Wednesday since my little sister is taking a class here.
PARENT NOTE: We are so proud to see Joanna pass level 6. It has been an amazing to watch Joanna grow in the water with confidence, love of water, and lifelong swimming lessons. We are so grateful to all the staff at Charlotte Aquatics. Everyone of you are great with a love of swimming and love of teaching. We also appreciate and admire Charlotte Aquatics for giving back to the community and even beyond by helping kids in Africa. A Big Thank You to all the amazing staff!!!
My name is Joshua. I’m six years old and a first grader. I love to swim at Charlotte Aquatics. I have one younger brother Samuel and he also goes to Charlotte Aquatics. I also have a pet dog named Jasmine. I love to ring the door bell and make her bark. My favorite color is orange. I love to play baseball with my friends. We play for the Waxhaw Cardinals. We have a big pool in our community with a big water slide. My favorite stroke is free style because it makes me swim faster and beat my dad when we race at the pool. When I joined Charlotte Aquatics I was afraid to go to the water slide as I couldn’t swim. Ms. Deborah and Ms. Katie taught me how to swim which helped me pass the test at the community pool and get a special swim band which allows me to use the water slide alone. This summer I went on a boat trip with my family to Lake Norman and I swam in the lake by myself. I’m not afraid any more. I have saved all my swim patches and placed them with my baseball trophies in my room. My favorite memory at Charlotte Aquatics is when we did our first safety drill and used the canoe at the pool. That was so much fun.
When not swimming Thomas can be found playing soccer, jumping on his trampoline, playing outside with friends and neighbors or riding bikes and scooters! His best swimming memory is mastering his breaststroke technique! He has treasured all of his patches in a memory keepsakes box. His favorite stroke is breaststroke. Swimming has allowed him to go into pools at resorts without his parents having to be with him. At the same time it has allowed his parents to feel more secure when swimming in the ocean. When asked what his favorite memory of Charlotte Aquatics was, he HANDS DOWN, said, THE ROPE!
PARENT NOTE: The personnel at Charlotte Aquatics have been phenomenal since day one! Everyone has cheered Thomas on and has taught him using a variety of methods, which was always fun to do!
My name is Maxton. I am 6 years old and a first grader. I started swimming at Charlotte Aquatics when I was three years old. I spent my first level with Mr. Grant but after that it was all with Mrs. Gigi. When I am not swimming, I like to play baseball, build Legos, and shoot my Nerf guns. My favorite stroke is the breaststroke because I worked so hard on it. What I liked most about Charlotte Aquatics was Mrs. Gigi because she was the nicest teacher ever. Learning to swim has changed my life because now my parents will let me play in the deep end of the pool. I am so excited that I am graduating but will miss seeing Mrs. Gigi. Thank you Charlotte Aquatics for teaching me how to swim.
Parent Note: The Norris family has been a part of the Charlotte Aquatics family for the past 6 years. We started this journey with our daughter and now are finishing it with our son. Both of our children are level six graduates and we couldn’t be more proud. Maxton has worked so hard to earn his trophy. He started out as a nervous child in the water but now is a very confident swimmer. A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Gigi. We can’t thank Mrs. Gigi enough for helping Maxton gain his confidence in the water and teaching him how to swim. Maxton thinks the world of Mrs. Gigi and so does the rest of the Norris family. Thank you Charlotte Aquatics!!
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.