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Welcome Aimee!

A slightly belated WELCOME to our newest team member: Aimee Van Wyk has joined our teaching team and we are thrilled to have her …
This is what she had to say.
“I started off my life on the shores of Lake Kariba
July 28th, 2022|Newsletter, Swimming|

January 2022 we welcome you!

Dear parents and pupils

Welcome back to our returning swimmers, it great to see you again! To our new pupils, a warm welcome to you!

We hope this year brings joy and success to all those who spend time in our pool.

We look forward to a successful year ahead in swimming.


January 28th, 2022|Newsletter, Swimming|

Congratulations to us!

Headstart is registered by Swimming South Africa as a Covid-19 Compliant

Congratulations to us – Headstart is registered with and accredited by Swimming South Africa as a Covid-19 Compliant Swim School. We are just waiting for Government to give us a date to open!

Download FULL poster here

June 25th, 2020|Swimming|

We are delighted to welcome 2 new teachers!

We are delighted to welcome 2 new teachers!

Welcome to Calab and Kieran – Thank you for joining our Headstart Teaching Team!

All about Kieran

My name is Kieran Hyde. I am studying Bcom law at Varsity College. I swam throughout my prep school career and moved on to waterpolo in high school. As a young child I spent almost my life

March 9th, 2020|Newsletter, Swimming|

Welcome our new instructor

Welcome to our new Instructor

A very warm welcome to the newest member of our teaching team – Claire

We just know all our pupils are going to love swimming with Claire next year.

“My name is Claire Barwick. I have a background in print design, teaching, working with children and have recently finished my Psychology degree. I

December 5th, 2019|Swimming|

Dear Sponsors – Community Swimming

Dear Sponsors and Friends.

Our time at the Philippi Children’s Centre (PCC) pool is coming to an end and Headstart will no longer be operating there as of next term, however, at our main branch, Headstart Claremont (est. 2006) it will be swimming lessons as usual.

We thank each of our sponsors for their financial (and other)

Community Swim Programs Updated


We thank each of our sponsors for their financial (and other) support which has enabled us to teach 2760 sponsored swimming lessons. It has made such a great impact on the lives of the PCC children.

Additionally, thanks to Headstart subsidisation we have also taught a further

Myths and truths of swimming in winter

Myth 1

Over time, there have been wives tales about winter exposure that have left many parents confused and believing these myths. The following medical facts were given by pediatrician, Dr.Norm Payne.

Myth#1: Swimming, cold and wind may cause ear infections

Fact: Middle ear infections, common in small children, are caused by viruses or infectious colds. Typically, fluid from

Community Swim Programs


In May 2017 we gained access to a newly built indoor heated pool at the Philippi Children’s Centre (PCC) and launched and have been running our swimming program there ever since.
Our journey at Philippi Children’s Centre so far has been a rewarding one – we have seen pupils who initially arrived at swimming fearful and crying, persist and

Help someone float their boat

The instructors at Headstart Swim School in Claremont encourage domestic workers to take swimming skills seriously.

Janice Probyn, spokesperson of the school, says they have decided to give discounted lessons to domestic workers to reduce the high number of drownings.

She says the academy has discovered that many adults who cannot swim are scared of water and the academy’s first approach

June 26th, 2017|Swimming|

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