Learn-to-Swim for Toddlers - Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy

Learn to Swim for Toddlers

Infants from 9-24 months who have completed and mastered the ability to float on their backs can now move on to the next phase, namely Learn-to-Swim (Foundation Phase). This is the phase where the fun and love for swimming begins. The infants love this phase, seeing that they do not have to float on their backs anymore. We teach them in a playful manner to start enjoying the amazing world of water.

The water safety factor is built into this phase and they are taught how to swim to the side, catch the side, etc. We enhanced these new skills by repeating it as a trained drill. These drills build confidence when they are in the water. Teaching children how to swim in a fun-filled manner is an aquatic adventure that will change your child from a 'Survival Swimmer' into a 'Happy Swimmer' that cannot wait to get into the water with us, and perhaps turning into a 'Competitive Swimmer' one day. The Learn-to-Swim levels are still educative, but include an exciting array of water toys, animal floats and water games.

Whatever the age or activity, your child will have such a good time that he probably won’t want to get out of the pool at the end of the class and most of them spend as much time as they can underwater.

The duration of the lesson for the Learn-to-Swim is 20 minutes and we ONLY do three children per lesson to ensure speedy progress. 

This Learn-to-Swim Program contains various phases, namely: 1) Foundation Phase (water safety and familiarization with water), 2) Intermediary Phase (stroke establishment) and 3) Advance Phase (preparation for competitive swimming).

We have recently been approached by the University of Pretoria (TUKS SWIMMING) to take over their indoor swimming facility at the L.C. de Villiers Sports Centre (South Street at their Sports Grounds). This facility is perfectly equipped to take our service offering to the next level. It allows us to do all our activities (Baby Floating, Learn-to-Swim, Stroke and Stroke Correction and Adult Swimming) in a more professional- and controlled manner. All of these activities take place in the same pool, but in different areas of the pool. There is an area where Lizette is doing her babies under a more controlled environment. There are also three working stations where we are doing the Learn-to-Swim for toddlers. For the stroke swimmers we have two 12-m long lanes allocated only to them. This is taking stroke coaching and practice to a totally different level. This facility is also equipped with large change rooms for boys and girls with showers, lockers and sufficient toilets. There is ample secured parking in the parking area outside and enough space for the parents to sit and observe what we do inside.

This pool also allows us to do many community projects under the auspices of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (PCMF), seeing that there is a big need to make more people water wise and water safe. We are currently assisting the SA U/17 and U/19 Football Ladies with swimming lessons as one of our projects and have already started teaching domestic servants, nannies and gardeners to swim. We are also running a project in Soshanguve where we teach approximately 200 preschoolers to swim.

Lizette (owner of Kiddies Aqua) is a Project Manager for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

We are not only operating from the university pool, but also still from our facility in Moreleta Park with three of our most experienced instructors still at our clients’ service. Lizette, with five other well-experienced Learn-to-Swim instructors, have moved to the new facility at TUKS. However, Lizette is still available at Moreleta Park on Tuesday-afternoons and Thursdays for the whole day. This joint-venture and partnership with TUKS SWIMMING have brought many more new swimming opportunities for our swimmers. We are still operating as Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy, but in partnership with TUKS SWIMMING (the largest swimming club in SA).

This association with TUKS is having a small additional financial implication for our clients. All our swimmers swimming at the TUKS-facility must register with the university at a fee of R350 per swimmer per swim season. The swim season stretches from May the one year until April the next year. This once-off registration fee of R350 includes third-party insurance (indemnity against accidents), the use of their swimming facilities, change rooms and toilets. It also includes an annual membership with TUKS SWIMMING allowing our older swimmers (6-10 years old) to take part in official club- and provincial galas countrywide under the TUKS SWIMMING name. All our swimmers have dual membership with Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy and TUKS SWIMMING. A free three-logo swim cap gets issued to all registered swimmers swimming at TUKS.

It is important to know that we as Kiddies Aqua are not sharing in this annual registration fee. It is and was always our policy that we do not charge any annual registration fees. Other swim schools however do. This R350 once-off fee is purely going to the university as a standard registration fee for all their sports people.

Our four Client Care Coordinators will be at your assistance at both swim schools or on the phone at 076 392 4958 (TUKS) or 072 186 6660 (Moreleta Park).





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