Swim School’s story

HEADSTART SWIM SCHOOL was launched in May 2006, and is run according to the Swimming South Africa (SSA) approved, Learn-to-swim methodology. We believe that adults and children learn better through having fun in a safe, non-threatening environment.

HEADSTART instructors are passionate about teaching people of all ages to swim and we are registered with SSA and attend first aid training annually as well as other relevant SSA and in-house talks and workshops regularly.

Swimming South Africa runs its Learn-to-Swim program for the following reasons:

  • As a Vital Life Skill
  • To reduce drownings
  • To provide a healthy lifestyle
  • For recreational purposes
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Meet our team

Janice Probyn
Janice ProbynDirector, Manager and Instructor

I am a Mother of 2 school-going children, co-member and manager of Headstart swim school and a swimming instructor.

Janice is a SSA registered LTS instructor, enjoyed competitive swimming throughout her school career and believes that swimming is a life skill which everyone should have the opportunity to learn.

She teaches Bishops pre-prep class swimming and social squad swimming, focussing on Stroke correction and fitness.

Viv Williams
Viv WilliamsDirector and Coach

I am a Mother of 2 grown up children, co-founder of Headstart swim school and a coach to swimmers, runners and triathletes.
Viv coaches the Bishops Prep Swimming team and the Rustenburg Girls’ High School swimming team and distance runner squad.
She is Owner of SCR Academy (Swim, Cycle, Run, Triathlon and multi-sport) and a Triathlon coach at My Training Day (MTD) triathlon Academy.

Viv is an Accredited:
International Triathlon Union (ITU) Level 2 Triathlon Coach
International Triathlon Union Coach Facilitator
Triathlon south Africa Level 2 Coach
Athletics South Africa Level 1 Coach

Kelly Engelbrecht
Kelly EngelbrechtInstructor and administrative manager

My name is Kelly Engelbrecht. I have a degree in foundation phase education and have always been passionate about working with Children and teaching learners of all ages. I became qualified as a swimming instructor in 2014 and have been teaching Learn to swim since then. I have also been running the admin management of the swim school since 2016. Swimming is such an important life skill and I am passionate about passing this skill on to others. My time in the classroom has played a big part in my methods of teaching swimming and has also given me insight and experience with children with various barriers to learning and working with many different personality types. I strive to not only teach water safety and stroke technique, but to instil a love for water in all of the pupils I have the privilege of teaching.

Daniella Teixeira
Daniella TeixeiraInstructor

My name is Daniella Teixeira, I’ve been a swimming instructor since 2015, and loved every minute of it! I am currently studying education at Varsity College. I have a big passion for working with children. Swimming has always been a big part of my life as well as waterpolo. I am very grateful to be able to share the skills I’ve learnt with all my students in order for them to become the best that they can be.

Rebecca Behne
Rebecca BehneInstructor

My name is Rebecca Behne. My favourite things in the world are horses and swimming. I have been swimming my whole life and have swum competitively in both galas and open water events. My love for swimming and my experiences as a surf lifeguard prompted me to become a learn to swim instructor. I felt I had to help more people learn to swim so that they could be safe around water and learn to love swimming. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone who is scared of the water start to enjoy themselves in it.

Bridget van Breda
Bridget van BredaInstructor

My name is Bridget van Breda, wife of a wonderful husband and mother of two teenage children. I am a learn to swim instructor and the owner of a beauty salon too! I grew up on the side of the swimming pool as my mom was a swimming teacher and I swam competitively up to the age of 18. I then switched sports to hockey, running and triathlons over the years but my first love has always been the water. I started swimming again with Cape Town Masters in 2015 and captained the team for Nationals in 2019.  I love spending time with younger children and my passion is teaching kids from the ages of 2 through to 8 years. I try to make my lessons fun and encouraging as living in a community that is surrounded by sea and swimming pools it is of the utmost importance that every child should learn to swim and find enjoyment in the process.

Andréa Fox
Andréa FoxInstructor

My name is Andréa Fox. I am 26 years old with a passion for teaching learners of all ages and being a part of their growth and development.
I have a degree in Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science as well as the STA (Swimming Teachers Association) award in baby and  pre-school swimming and the STA safety award for teachers (Lifesaving, CPR & First aid).

Swimming and water safety is an important and essential life skill for everyone to have. With childhood development and child psychology being a part of my university degree, and swimming being a huge part of my life growing up, I am passionate about passing on my knowledge and and teaching individuals of all ages, helping them to become the best that they can be.

Melody Van Gesselleen
Melody Van GesselleenInstructor

My name is Melody van Gesselleen. I have an undergraduate degree in speech and drama through Trinity College in London and have taught both early and grade school learners in this area. I have an interest and affinity for teaching child development in many areas, and I currently divide my time between Learn to Swim and caring for special needs children.

Having grown up in and around the water, in a time where sink or swim was the accepted method, I have developed a passion for teaching children correct and safe swimming techniques that will place them in good stead as they either further develop their swimming in later life, or merely continue with their love of the water.

I have thus become a qualified instructor and begun to ply my trade at the Headstart Swim School.

I use a method of mutual respect with children, teaching strokes and safety in a manner that is both fun and focused, knowing that children are easily alienated or overstimulated if the balance is not met.

Meg McCarley
Meg McCarleyInstructor
Hey hey, my name is Megan McCarley. I am currently studying a Bcom Accounting (CA stream) at UCT. I have been swimming since I was 6 months old (yes you read that correctly). I was competitively in Junior School and High School, achieving my provincial colours. In the last three years I have picked up my swimming training and renewed love for the swimming as a competitive triathlete. I am a water baby through in through and love sharing swimming knowledge, whether it is through hands on teaching, stroke correction or sharing personal tips and tricks on swimming with fellow triathletes. While I pay close attention to detail and place emphasis on swimming fundamentals, I strive to create a fun learning environment and love and feel for the water.
Bernice Cook Mentor
Bernice Cook MentorInstructor
Bernice has a son and two young grandsons. She is the Chairperson and Head coach of the community-based swimming club Hanover Park Aquatics Academy. She has been teaching LTS and coaching since 2014 and started her own NPO, namely – Bernice’s Learn About Swimming.

She says: “I love working with kids especially in the communities. My Primary Objects for the Swimming Club and NPO is to help teach underprivileged children and parents water safety and water enjoyment, providing healthy exercise and recreational programmes and to reduce drowning tragedies in the community and the Province. My main vision is to teach, develop and train anyone regardless of their gender, ethnic origin and religion.”

Anita Jonas
Anita JonasAssistant

I am the mother of a toddler and have been working at Headstart since 2013.

Before joining the Headstart team Anita worked as a waitress. She is currently working at Headstart while studying Business Administration at i-College.

Anita and Grace both help to keep our school clean as well as answer the phone and look after and dress the children that they fetch from the Children’s Montessori Workshop for swimming lessons, and are available to assist the instructors and management during the day.

Grace Bebe
Grace BebeAssistant

I am the a mother of 3 children, the youngest is 6 years old. I started working at Headstart in 2018.

Anita and Grace both help to keep our school clean as well as answer the phone and look after and dress the children that they fetch from the Children’s Montessori Workshop for swimming lessons, and are available to assist the instructors and management during the day.

WHAT PARENTS SAY

“Lovely friendly teachers. My son is extremely happy and love going for his lessons.”

Amina Wepener

“Lovely teacher, nice professional service and progressive results every week.”

Kim Benjamin

“Friendly staff , kids feel at ease and enjoy each lesson. Very professional.”

Ferial Ismail

Contact us today

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