About Kiddies Aqua - Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy

Where the journey started...


Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy was established in 2011 by the current owners Lizette and Arrie Botha. They previously owned Aqua Kid Swim School in Nelspruit for more than 17 years before Lizette became the Head Coach at Ryk Neethling’s swim school in Pretoria for three years. She is celebrating her 30th anniversary as swimming teacher this year (2019). Lizette and Jean Fouace (Switzerland) are the founder members of Amphibies Babies Africa. Jean is the pioneer and original developer of the Self-Rescue Water Safety Method for babies in the world since 1967. Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy is the largest swimming academy for infants and toddlers in South Africa and presents more than 170 000 swimming lessons per year.


We offer the following programmes:

Self-Rescue Water Safety Courses for babies (from the ages of 6-24 months),

Learn-to-Swim- and swim readiness lessons for toddlers (from 2-10 years),

Stroke correction lessons for young gala swimmers (any age),

Swimming- and stroke correction lessons for adults (18 years and older),

Swimming lessons for Special Needs Kids (any age). 

Through all these various programmes and phases we still maintain a strong emphases on water safety and self-rescue. We make sure each child is highly competent in a specific phase/programme before moving him/her onto the next phase. We follow a programme with a purpose and allow each child to progress according to his/her own ability.


The academy is a member of Swimming South Africa and Les Bébés Amphibies International (Switzerland). We strive to offer swimming lessons of the highest quality with our highly skilled and qualified instructors - mostly in the fields of Human Movement Science, Childhood Psychology, Teaching and Sports Science. These 14x instructors also hold various national- and international certificates in teaching swimming to infants, toddlers, competitive swimmers and adults. These swimming lessons are presented at our indoor heated facilities in Moreleta Park and Hatfield (University of Pretoria – Indoor Sports Centre). The academy is in partnership with Tuks Swimming and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. We also have a franchised outlet in Meyersdal (Alberton) and will soon be opening another franchised outlet in Cape Town.


  • Affordable, focused and quality swimming lessons from infants and toddlers (6 months and older) to adults (18 years and older),
  • Personal attention,
  • Individual one-on-one lessons for babies,
  • Value for money,
  • NO administration or joining fee (only a once-off small annual club fee at Tuks-branch),
  • Guaranteed progress or your money back,
  • Only three swimmers per lesson (20min) per instructor,
  • Heated indoor facilities with ample parking,
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors,
  • FREE branded Kiddies Aqua swim bag at all branches,
  • FREE swim cap at Tuks-branch,
  • Month-to-Month Agreement.


Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy’s vision is to become the best swimming academy in South Africa by continuing to offer top quality swimming lessons from infant- to adult phase. We take our clients’ needs seriously with the end goal of exceptional high client satisfaction and the delivering of the best skilled swimmers at all levels.


Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy’s mission is to fulfill its vision by focusing on offering the highest quality-, professional and complete service to our clients and consequently establishing ourselves as the leaders in the area of transferring water safety- and swimming skills to people of all ages, genders and races.


  1. Business Integrity
  2. Respect Towards Others
  3. Personal Attention
  4. Extraordinary Client Service and Product Offering
  5. Highly Qualified Instructors and Support Personnel
  6. “Value for Money”-offering
  7. Guaranteed Progress

Product Offering

  1. Quality swimming lessons for swimmers from ages 6 months to 60 years and older
  2. Highly qualified instructors
  3. Only 3x swimmers per lesson (20min)
  4. Heated indoor facilities with ample parking
  5. Certification after each phase
  6. Member of Les Bébés Amphibies (Switzerland) & Swimming SA