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.

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 🙂

Raighaanah Slamdien
Raighaanah Slamdien Instructor

My name is Raighaanah Slamdien.

I am a Bcom law student. I started swimming at a young age and have loved it ever since then. I swam competitively with a swimming club. Later on I became a beach lifeguard and started competing as a lifeguard. I’ve always been enthusiastic about swimming and I can’t imagine not being able to share the skills I’ve learnt over the years.

Teaching swimming has now become a great passion of mine.


I am Hannah, I have been passionate about swimming and have had a love for the water for as long as I can remember, in fact I learnt to swim at Headstart (quite a few years ago!!) and that is where my love for water stemmed from. I swam in many galas in junior school and high school as well as played waterpolo. To this day I have a major love for the water and my happy place is in the pool! This lead me to becoming a swimming instructor. I have cared for children prior to this I get on very well with them, I find teaching children to swim really fun as it is a lovely thing to not only teach the children how to swim, but to also see them develop a love for the water like I have myself.

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

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