The Team - Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy

Team

LIZETTE BOTHA

Owner & Head Coach
Lizette Botha disposes of a degree in Human Movement Science (UP). She was a provincial athlete and -hockey player during her school- and university career and completed three Comrades marathons. Lizette is also a Founder Member of Amphibies Babies Africa and a Project Manager for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (South Africa). She equipped herself further on the terrain of water safety courses for babies (6-18 months) through Les Bébés Amphibies International (Switzerland) and also completed Swim SA’s “Learn-to-Swim”-program for swimmers from ages 2-10 years. She obtained various other certificates that enhance her knowledge and teaching skills. She also attends international conferences regularly and even visited Gustavo Borges in Brazil to share her knowledge on infant swimming with them. Gustavo and his wife run several swimming schools in Brazil and they are both ex-Olympic gold medalists. Lizette also served as Swim SA’s Liaison Officer for “Learn-to-Swim” in Mpumalanga for three years.

She has spent more than 75 000 hours in the water (not on pool deck) and has already taught more than 8 000 babies to float and 17 000 children to swim during her coaching career of the last 29 years. She is SA’s top Baby Floating Specialist with accolades of M-Net’s Carte Blanche, Kwêla, Supersport, Pasella and Top Billing (SABC) doing programs on her and her unique Self-Rescue Water Safety methods for infants. In 2015 she was also invited by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco and husband, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, to go and assist them with the Self-Rescue Water Safety Program for their baby twins in Monaco. Since then she visited them several times.

Both Lizette’s daughters (ages 18- and 20 years) have been regularly taken up in South Africa’s Junior National Swimming Squads. They have already achieved provincial swimming colours from the age of seven years, winning medals on a regular basis at national swimming competitions during the past fourteen years. Her older daughter, Mikal, was awarded with a athletes-student swimming scholarship in the USA (University of Tampa, Florida). Lizette and all her team members hold valid First Aid Certificates. In 2014 Lizette and Jean Fouace (Les Bèbès Amphibies International) started their own brand for the Self-Rescue Water Safety Program, called Amphibies Babies Africa. She also forms part of the TUKS Swimming Coaches Team and operates a second swim school from their indoor facility at L.C. de Villiers Sports Center (Hatfield).

ESTIE BOTHA

Instructor
Estie studied IT to become a Programmer, but instead followed her passion by becoming a Swimming Instructor. She is a qualified Learn-to-Swim Instructor (LTS) with Swimming South Africa and has been teaching swimming for the past six years already at Kiddies Aqua. She loves the water and kids and both these passions grew into a career as a Swimming Instructor.

She is a friendly, fun-loving and motivating person that wants to encourage others to achieve their goals. For her, each person she teaches is very special and important. Swim safety is her first priority and it makes her proud to know that her efforts encourage water safety and stroke correction of her learners. She has got a special touch with Adult Swimmers and handicapped children. She is a specialist on stroke-correction and gala-readiness. Her calmness and strong knowledge create an environment for fast learning. The kids love her to bits. She holds a valid First Aid Certificate. She receives many accolades on a regular basis from her clients for work well done and was recently rewarded the position of Head Coach at our Moreleta Park branch.

ALEXANDRI SADLER

Instructor
Alexandri joined the Kiddies Aqua Team of Swim Coaches in February 2017. She is in the process of obtaining a degree in BEd Teaching, has First Aid Level 1 and in-house training at Kiddies Aqua (six weeks).

She specialises in the following: Learn-to-Swim, Bridging phase between Baby Floating and Learn-to-Swim, Stroke and Stroke Correction and Adult Swimming.

Alexandri was in the Limpopo Northern Swimming Team from 2008 - 2012 and Gauteng North Netball Team from 2013 - 2015. Her current hobby is Cycling. She loves spending time with children and her motto is: "I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection."

NIKITA WIGGILL

Instructor
Nikita joined the Kiddies Aqua Team of Swim Coaches in November 2016. She obtained her Human Movement Science Degree from the University of Pretoria. She completed the American Swimming Coaches Association Certificate (ASCA) Level 1 and also the Swimming South Africa LTS Certificate and in-house training at Kiddies Aqua (six weeks). She specializes in the following: Learn-to-Swim, Bridging Phase between Baby Floating and Learn-to-Swim, Stroke and Stroke Correction.

Nikita was a representative on her school's Student Board and also did sports like athletics, netball and softball. She was also a member of the Student Council during her university years. She frequently goes to the gymnasium to exercise there as part of her hobby. She loves making a difference in people's lives and lives with the motto: "Never give up on your dream, because you never know what the Lord can bless you with."

Karmen jansen

Instructor
Karmen joined Team Kiddies Aqua in September 2017 as LTS- and Adult Swimming Instructor. She specializes in children from ages 2-8 years (in Foundation Phase, Intermediary Phase and Advanced Phase). She obtained her Diplomas in Sport Science, Sport Development, Sport Practice, Sport Psychology, Sport Organization and Administration, Coaching Science in hockey and netball. She also completed a LTS-course and First Aid Level 1 & 2 courses. She matriculated in 2009 at High School Marais Viljoen and was part of the Student Council and Sports Committee.

Her hobbies include: any activities with adrenalin, (hunting, hiking), spending time with family and friends, watching/playing sports and traveling. Her life moto is: 'Be the best version of yourself.'

Zandi Loots

Instructor
Zandi joined Team Kiddies Aqua in October 2017. She completed her BEd Intermediate Phase Degree (CUM Laude).She represented Eastern Province Swimming from 1998 - 2006. She also swam at National Level between 2004 - 2006. She has an Honour's blazer for Drama and was a leader of Summer Outreach to kids. She was a first-year Committee Member for Huis ten Bosch Residence in Stellenbosch and was also the Chairperson of "Klema op Kampus", a religious society at Nelson Mandela University. She received a Golden Key Member Award for the top 15% academic achievers in her faculty. She was awarded Top Student for Afrikaans Language and Context in 2013.

Her hobbies include: swimming for fun and exercise, drama, dance, singing, reading, healthy living, makeup and artistry, colouring, walking on the beach (when in my hometown Port Elizabeth). Her motto is: "clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." - Colossians 3:126

Jaimé Myhill

Instructor
Jaimé joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2017. She is in her second year of her LLB and serves on the Dean's Merit List and part of the Golden Key Society. She has Level 1 First Aid and CPR renewal certificates. She has completed the written part of Swimming SA's LTS examination and did six weeks of in-house training with Lizette at Kiddies Aqua for her practical. She is a swimming instructor for a year now and loves the transitional phase from babies and toddlers. She spent most of her life swimming provincially and is looking forward to pass on her vast swimming knowledge to the children of Kiddies Aqua.

Client Care

LISA WILMOT

Client Care Coordinator
Lisa joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2016. Her responsibilities are: 1) Excellent Client Care, 2) liaising between the swim school and the client, 3) personal assistance to swimming instructors and 4) assisting with the management of the facility.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is involved in several charity initiatives and is an unapologetic Bulls supporter. Her hobby is reading and her motto is: "If you can dream it, you can achieve it." As a passionate facilitator, Lisa believes in the power of teaching life skills, whether it be at corporate level or the babies and children in the pool.

Michelle Louw

Client Care Coordinator
Michelle joined Team Kiddies Aqua in October 2017. Her responsibilities are: 1) Excellent Client Care, 2) liaising between the swim school and the client, 3) personal assistance to swimming instructors and 4) assisting with the management of the facility. She obtained a Diploma in Sport Science and a NQF Level 5 Coaching certificate (beginner to intermediate performers).

Michelle enjoys scuba diving and cycling. She also competed in gymnastics on a provincial and national level and obtained her provincial colours 5 years in succession. She was also SA and Gauteng-North Gymnastics Champion and did athletics for 12 years at provincial and national level. She lives her life with the aphorism of where there is a will there is a way. Her motto is: 'No one can make you successful, the will to succeed comes from within.'