Crawfish Aquatics proudly serves the Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Thibodaux/Houma and surrouding communities.
Baton Rouge (central headquarters) Information and Registration: www.crawfishaquatics.com
Thibodaux/Houma Location Information and Registration: www.crawfishaquaticssouth.com
Crawfish Aquatics offers a youth swimming lessons program that teaches basic swimming skills to children from 2 years to 12 years of age. We use a progressive teaching format set in a motivational and enjoyable setting.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children; our number one priority in the lessons program is water safety and respect for the water. We are passionate about teaching your child to swim!
Swimming lessons are a Gift for Life! More Water Safety information- HERE
Group Lessons: Offered in the Spring and Summer (March through early August)
Private Lessons: Offered year-round; pricing and booking information- HERE
General Registration Information
Registration for Spring/Summer season of lessons opens on Monday, January 14.
-Each Session is 8 classes, 40 minutes each, Monday-Thursday for 2 consecutive weeks.
-Ratio of 3-4 for beginner level swimmers and 4-5 swimmers per instructor for the more advanced swimmers.
-Lessons Director & Supervisors on deck. Lifeguard on deck. Instructors are CPR certified.
-Classes are organized by age and ability.
-We utilize the entire indoor pool during all classes, therefore we take all ages (3+) and skill levels at each time slot. We ONLY take 2 year-olds during morning classes (9:30, 10:30, and 11:30).
-Must be 2 years old by first day of lessons.
-Must be potty trained prior to first day of lessons or wear swim diaper.
Estimated Skill Level:
-When completing the online form you will be asked to list your child swimming level based on the level descriptions, 1-3. This helps us with preliminary class grouping prior to the first day of the session (grouped by indicated skill and age).
-Do not worry if you over-estimate or under-estimate their level, our Deck Supervisors will be making group placement assessments during the first class and will move your child to a different group if needed. If your child is moved, you will be notified after the class and you will meet the new instructor.
Registration: Online through our website- HERE
Contacts: email@example.com or (337)988-1415
Payment, Enrollment, Cancelation Policy Information
-$120 for each two week session, first session of summer sessions.
-$110 per child for additional children or multiple (summer) sessions.
*Spring lessons do not qualify for discounts towards Summer Sessions. Multiple session discounts only available starting with Session 2 of Summer lessons.
Registration Deposit: $50 non-refundable per registrant per session (deposit is part of the total session price).
-There is a $5 administrative fee for changes made after March 11, 2013.
-Any requests to change your registered session (change in time or moving sessions) must be requested one week prior to the first day of your scheduled session to transfer your deposit.
-WE DO NO OFFER MAKE-UP CLASSES; We use our indoor pool so we do not cancel on rainy days.
The $50 deposit per swimmer holds the child’s spot in their scheduled session and is non-refundable. It can be transferred to alternate sessions when request is made up to one week prior to the first day of your scheduled session.
If you pay in full you can receive a refund of the additional amount paid or move the additional amount towards another session of lessons with the same season. The Lessons Director will make any final decisions regarding refunds, transfers and credits. We will no longer roll over credits from one season to another.
Parents are NOT ALLOWED on the deck during class. You are invited to watch the entire last class of the session. We want to maximize the teaching time with your child and that is most effective when their focus is on their instructor during the lesson.
Schedule notes for the Summer Sessions:
-We do have classes on Memorial Day.
-Lessons that fall during the 4th of July week holiday are adjusted to have all eight classes around the holiday, sometimes extending one of the weeks to a Mon-Fri schedule (will vary from year to year).
Important Parent Information and FAQs
What do we need to do the first day of lessons?
Please show up 15-30 minutes early as the registration process can take a few minutes. Balances owed will be due the first day of each session.
Your child will meet the instructor the first day. The instructors’ names will be hung on the wall outside the office/ pool area where you and your child should meet their instructor every day. Instructors will bring swimmers to the indoor pool for their 40 minute lesson and children will be picked up on the outdoor pool deck after their lesson is finished.
What does my child need for lessons?
Children will need a swim suit for swim lessons. Goggles ($10) and swim caps ($5) are optional and we will have them for sale during your swim lesson session.
Helpful hints: Come early to go to the bathroom, apply sunscreen, and make sure your swimmer is ready for their lesson. Little girls with long hair should have their hair pulled back into a pony tail to keep hair out of their eyes while they swim
Can we purchase additional Crawfish Aquatics swim lessons t-shirts?
Yes, every swimmer will receive a CA swim lessons t-shirt with every session they attend, but additional t-shirts can be purchased for $10.
What do parents do while the children are in their lesson?
Parents are not allowed on the pool deck during lesson time.
-If you are staying on-site, you are welcome to sit at the picnic tables near the office, under the pavilion, or in the covered seating area behind the indoor pool.
What options are there for siblings?
The Splash Pool will be open every day (weather permitting) for children in lessons and siblings not in lessons. Any children in the splash pool MUST be supervised by a parent who is also inside the Slash Pool Fence. Guards are not responsible for watching the splash pool. We ask that swimmers NOT play in the Slash Pool before lessons and stay no later than 15 min after lessons to prevent overcrowding.
Why are parents not allowed on the pool deck during lessons?
Our goal is for the swimmers to focus all their attention on the instructor during their lesson time. Parents are encouraged to allow their child the learning opportunities that come with group lessons: self-regulation to pay attention to the task at hand, successes and failures, and adapting to the learning environment. Allowing your child to receive direction from the instructor alone during the practice session will help build independence and confidence in your young athlete! Read Article from America Swim Coaches Association on this topic- PDF
When are parents allowed to watch the lesson?
Parents are allowed to watch the entire last class of the session.
What do we do for the last day/graduation day?
Family and friends are invited to come watch the last day of the swim lesson session. You will get to see what your child has learned in their lessons so you can continue to work with them to help improve their swimming. There will be plenty of opportunity to take pictures, video and cheer for your favorite little swimmer as they demonstrate their new skills! Each child will receive a graduation certificate.
When/where do parents pick up their children?
Parents can pick up their children on the outdoor pool deck. The instructor will spend a short time with you to let you know what your child did in their lesson that day. The class if 40 minutes long. Our instructors have duties to attend to between classes, please be prompt in picking up your child, classes end on the :10 of every hour! If you are late, you may be responsible for an after care fee determined by the amount of time you are late!
Are lessons canceled if it rains?
No! All lessons classes are held primarily inside, so we do not cancel for rain.
My child missed a class, do you offer makeups?
We do not offer make up classes or a change in class time once you have started the lesson session. We have specific instructor to swimmer ratios in place to ensure all children are safe and receive the same amount of instruction. To move even one child can upset these ratios.
What do I need to know about parking and the parking lot?
Parking is available in our Crawfish Aquatics parking lot and on Crawfish Aquatic's side of Susan Street. Overflow parking is allowed in Lafayette High parking lot on Foreman Dr. NO PARKING ALLOWED ON THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SIDE OF SUSAN STREET. YOU WILL BE TICKETED.
Do not drop your child off in the parking lot or near the gate. Please walk your kids into the facility. The gate area must be kept clear for cars making the turn into the parking lot and onto Susan Street.
Please drive SLOWLY and CAREFULLY in the parking lot and watch for children exiting the facility!
How can I help prepare my child for their lessons?
Some children can be anxious on the first day of lessons, before coming to the pool or when they realize they will be separated from their parents. Please know we are prepared to lovingly encourage your child and help them get over their fears to learn to love the water and swimming. Never get upset with your child if they are nervous. Speak positive and encouraging words to them and praise them for their efforts. The quicker we can get them into the pool, the quicker they will calm down. Many go from tears to joy in the same day!