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.

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.

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!
Noelene Ressel
Noelene ResselInstructor
I am Noelene Ressel,  a granny of two beautiful granddaughters. Teaching has always been my passion; I’ve  taught Adults at  College level, and a friend and I started a school for children with learning difficulties and taught children with ADHD, ADD etc. who had  slipped through the cracks of the mainstream schooling system, for many years.   It’s always been my passion to help children rise above their difficulties and fears and see them succeed. Being a swimming instructor is a perfect fit for me as I have been a waterbaby my whole life and I am excited to encourage and teach children to have the same love for swimming and to be safe too.
Kirsten du Plessis
Kirsten du PlessisInstructor

My name is Kirsten du Plessis and I am thrilled to have joined the Headstart team.

I have been a swim instructor since 2016 and have taught all around the world, working with people from many different cultural backgrounds and ages.

I have found that nothing brings me more joy than being in the water! And so what an absolute privilege it is to be able to teach a skill that could save a life.. whilst having fun, moving our bodies, overcoming fears and witnessing amazing progress. I really do love my job 🙂

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.


“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

Please send us an email with your details and we will be in touch!