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
Register today for your learn to swim classes!

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.

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.

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.

Claire Barwick
Claire BarwickInstructor

“My name is Claire Barwick. I have a background in print design, teaching, working with children and have recently finished my Psychology degree. I am creative and love working with people, especially children. Wanting to move into a more people-focused role lead me to Headstart Swim School. I am excited to share the skills I’ve learned with the students as well as build their confidence in swimming which I believe results in building their confidence as a whole!”

Kieran Hyde
Kieran HydeInstructor

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 in the water. I think I enjoyed it so much because I learnt to swim at such a young age.

I think its only fair that I give as many children as possible can have the same opportunity as I had.

Calab Lock
Calab Lock Instructor

My name is Calab Lock.

I have recently graduated with a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology. In high school and junior school, I swam for my school and for a club. This is where I developed my love for swimming, regrettably not pursuing it into university.

This love wasn’t always there though, I used to have a great fear of water. This is one of the reasons I want to teach swimming to children. My instructors had to be patient with me and my fear when I was young, and it has helped me understand this fear in beginners and humbled me into wanting to give that back to other children.

Victory Vogt
Victory VogtInstructor
My name is Victory Vogt and I am 19 years old. I used to swim competitively but now just swim for the love of it. I am passionate about swimming and love that the sport continues to grow. I have found a new aspect of swimming to enjoy now, in teaching beginners to swim and I am really enjoying it.
I’m very family orientated and thoroughly enjoy working with children. Teaching swimming has become an absolute joy of mine, especially as I watch kids improve and have fun at the same time, enjoying being in the water as much as I do. My clients are also taught to be careful and safe while having fun, as I believe that safety is very important for every single child – in and around the water.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you at lessons at Headstart!
Shannyn Sletcher
Shannyn SletcherInstructor
My name is Shannyn Sletcher. I’m passionate about the growth and development of the next generation. I have a background in social media marketing and graduated with my diploma in photography in 2019. I’m creative and people-oriented, with five years of volunteer childcare experience and time as a youth and children’s ministry intern.
I wanted to join Headstart Swim School to bring years of joy working with children back to the forefront of my life.
I believe in empowering all people with the tools and skills they need to feel confident in their everyday life. As someone who has spent most of my life in love with the ocean, I believe strongly that water safety and swimming are invaluable skills to have. Teaching kids how to be confident, healthy, and safe (while having a great deal of fun) is what it’s all about for me.
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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