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!
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!!