The Team - Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy

Team

LIZETTE BOTHA

Co-owner & Head Coach
Lizette Botha (owner and head coach) is our infant- and toddler swimming specialist. She completed her school years at Hoërskool Vaalharts. She holds a degree in Human Movement Science (University of Pretoria) and was a provincial athlete and -hockey player during her school- and university careers. She also completed three Comrades Marathons up to date. She and Jean Fouace are the founder members of Amphibies Babies Africa and she also serves as project manager for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (South Africa).

She equipped herself further on the terrain of water safety courses for babies (6-24 months) through Les Bébés Amphibies International (Switzerland) and also completed Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim training programs She obtained various other certificates in an effort to enhance her knowledge on the psychological- and physiological development of infants and toddlers. Lizette also served as Swimming South Africa’s liaison officer for Learn-to-Swim in Mpumalanga during her stay in Nelspruit. She opened her first swimming school already in 1993.

In 2014 Lizette and Jean Fouace (Les Bèbès Amphibies International) started their own brand for the Self-Rescue Water Safety Program, named Amphibies Babies Africa. She is also a member of the TUKS Swimming Coaches Team and operates a second swimming school from the university’s indoor facility at L.C. de Villiers Indoor Sports Center (Hatfield Campus).

In 2015 she was invited by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco and husband, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, to go and assist with the Self-Rescue Water Safety Program for their baby twins (Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella) in Monaco. Since then she visited Monaco several times for other projects of the Princess’s foundation.

She regularly attends international conferences seminars and even visited Gustavo Borges in Brazil and various universities in the USA to cross pollinize some swimming knowledge with them. Gustavo and his wife own more than 180x swimming schools in Brazil (Academia e Escola de Nataçăo Gustavo Borges) and are both ex-Olympic medalists.

During December 2017, Lizette visited Josh Davis (ex-USA Olympic swimming captain and Olympic gold medalist) at Oklahoma Christian University to learn more from him on advance swimming and share her knowledge with him on infant- and toddler swimming. She paid similar visits to the head swimming coaches of Stony Brook University (New York) and Olivet Nazarene University (Chicago).

Lizette has spent more than 80 000 hours in the water (not on pool deck) teaching infants and toddlers to swim. She has already taught more than 8 500 babies to float and 18 000 children to swim during her coaching career since 1989. She is SA’s top Baby Floating Specialist with accolades from M-Net’s Carte Blanche, Kwêla, Supersport and SABC’s Pasella and Top Billing doing programs on her and her unique Self-Rescue Water Safety methods for infants. Finesse Magazine also did an article on her in 2017. She regularly delivers talks at parents’ evenings.

Both Lizette’s daughters, Mikal and Carmen, have been regularly taken up in South Africa’s junior national swimming squads. They have already achieved provincial swimming colors from the age of seven years, winning medals on a regular basis at provincial- and national swimming competitions. Both of them were awarded with student/athlete scholarships in the USA and are currently swimming and studying at the University of North Texas and Oklahoma Christian University, respectively.

Lizette is leading her team of swimming coaches with excellence. She makes sure that they are all exceptionally well-trained and informed on all aspects of swimming. She presents refresher courses to her staff on a regular basis and creates and environment of continues improvement, participation and learning. Her patience, love and passion for children trickles down to all her coaches and staff members which allows an environment comfortable and progressive learning. She is highly regarded amongst the swim coaching fraternity in South Africa and abroad and adds tremendous value to the sport of swimming, water safety and water awareness.

ESTIE BOTHA

Instructor
Estie joined Team Kiddies Aqua in August 2011. She completed her school years at Tshwane South College. After school she went on to complete a diploma in IT, but instead of becoming a Programmer she decided to follow her passion by rather becoming a swimming instructor. She is a qualified Learn-to-Swim Instructor with Swimming South Africa and has developed into an exceptional swimming teacher who consists of all the necessary skills to take her swimmers to the next level. She forms strong bonds with her swimmers and seldom loses them to other instructors. Estie understands all aspects of swimming from the toddler- to a young competitive swimming stage. She is a stroke expert and her swimmers perform very well at competition level. She is friendly, passionate and very creative in her coaching approach. Her calmness and strong knowledge create an environment for fast learning.

No lesson with Estie is ever the same. She excites her swimmers and always keeps them interested during lesson time. She is highly motivational and encouraging and takes a strong interest in her swimmers swimming progress and goals. For her, each swimmer she teaches is very special and important. Swim safety is her first priority when it comes to the younger swimmers (toddlers). Swim competency and swim correctness are top priorities to her when it comes to the older- and adult swimmers . She also holds a valid CPR & First Aid Level 1 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 Team Kiddies Aqua in February 2017. She is a young swimming coach who is currently in her third year of her B Ed Teaching Degree studies. She completed Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Training Program and also holds a CPR & First Aid Level 1 Certificate. She completed our six-week in-house training program with flying colors. She enjoys taking the babies over from Lizette who just completed the Baby Floating Program.

She is also exceptional with toddlers (ages 2-5 years) and young primary school kids (ages 6-9 years). Alexi is super passionate about children and sometimes still thinks she is a children herself. She brings her own personality to the pool and the children love the energetic and playful manner in which she teaches them. The children sometimes think she is one of them with all the underwater diving and swimming herself. She prefers to show the swimmers how to swim instead of only explaining how to master a stroke. She takes stroke and stroke correction very seriously and makes sure her swimmers can swim all four strokes properly before they enter primary school. She builds strong relationships with her swimmers and parents and is always willing to go the extra mile for them.

Alexi was a provincial swimmer herself who represented the Limpopo Northern swimming team for five years whilst still at school. She also played netball for Northern Gauteng for three years. Her motto in life is: "I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection."

KARMEN JANSEN

Instructor
Karmen joined Team Kiddies Aqua in September 2017 as a LTS- and Adult swimming instructor. She completed her school years at Hoërskool Marais Viljoen and was part of the Student Council and Sports Committee. After school she obtained several Diplomas in Sport Science, Sport Development, Sport Practice, Sport Psychology, Sport Organization & Administration and Coaching Science in Hockey and Netball. She also completed her Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Training Program and a CPR & First Aid Level 1 & 2 courses.

Karmen is a highly talented swimming coach who specializes in young toddlers (ages 2-5 years) and young primary school kids (ages 6-9 years). She understands the mechanics of the sport very well and gets her swimmers very quickly on a high level of competency. She is passionate about swimming with a loveable and friendly personality. She is a highly disciplined- and well organized swimming coach who knows what she wants. Her swimmers progress at a fast rate, seeing that she places a strong emphasis on water safety and stroke competency. She teaches them the perfect stroke and makes sure they are 100% swim-ready by the time they enter primary school. She builds strong relationships with her swimmers and parents and always make their interest a top priority. Her parents regularly express their satisfaction with her. She was also awarded Best Swimming Coach of the Year (2018) for her excellent work ethics, superb client relationships and care and high quality instruction. Her motto in life is: “Be the best version of yourself”.

Zandi Loots

Instructor
Zandi joined Team Kiddies Aqua in October 2017. She completed her B Ed Intermediate Phase Degree (Cum Laude). She represented Eastern Province in swimming from 1998 - 2006. She also swam at national level between 2004 - 2006. She has an honor's blazer for Drama and was a leader of the university’s summer outreach to kids. She was also a first-year committee member of her Stellenbosch University residence and served as the chairperson of Klema op Kampus, a religious society at Nelson Mandela University (PE).

She received a Golden Key Member Award for the top 15% academic achievers in her faculty and was also awarded Top Student for Afrikaans Language & Context in 2013. Zandi completed Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Training Program and a CPR & First Aid Level 1 course. She is a well-organized and disciplined person who sets high standards for herself. She specializes in swim coaching of young toddlers (ages 2-5 years) and young primary school kids (ages 6-9 years).

She is a stroke expert and likes to share her vast knowledge as an ex-swimmer with her swimmers when she prepares them for competitive swimming. She maintains strong relationships with her swimmers and is always willing to go the extra mile for them and their parents.

Jaimé Myhill

Instructor
Jaimé joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2017. She is a final year LLB-student and serves on the Dean's Merit List and part of the Golden Key Society. She only assists us on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. She completed Swimming South Africa's Learn-to-Swim Program and also a CPR & First Aid Level 1 course.

Jaimé is much loved by her swimmers and parents and specializes in the bridging phase from babies to toddlers. She works closely together with Lizette who is handing the babies over to her after they have completed the Baby Floating Course. Jaimé was a top academic scholar and also represented Mpumalanga Province in swimming from primary- to high school days where she won several medals at provincial and national level. She is also brilliant in teaching stroke- and stroke correction to young swimmers and adults and is also assisting us with the foundation projects and Special Needs Kids. Jaimé is a brilliant team contributor and a brilliant inspiration to our entire team.

She also received the award for Best Positive Spirit (2018). She is a very serving person and loves to encourage people to reach their true potential. A true asset to our business.
Carmen Botha

Carmen Botha

Instructor
Carmen joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2018. She is a top performer in the pool as well as in school (Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool). She used to be in the Top 5 of all female swimmers in SA in various events and has been a National Age Group Swimming Champ since the age of seven years, winning medals regularly at national- and provincial swimming competitions. She still holds several Northern Gauteng Provincial swimming records.

She has been included in the SA Junior Swimming Squads since the age of 14-years and has been offered more than 90x swim scholarships from different universities in the USA. She joined the University of North Texas (Dallas, USA) in August 2018 and is swimming for them in the NCAA League (Division 1). She is also studying for a degree in Law. As part of her swim teaching training Carmen followed a six-week intensive training program with mom Lizette. She specializes in stroke- and stroke correction, gala preparation and Learn-to-Swim for toddlers.

She has got a great touch with the children and loves assisting them to improve in their swimming ability. She loves sharing her vast knowledge of competitive swimming with the younger generation swimmers. She only assists us on a temporarily basis during her 4-month USA university breaks (May until August) each year.

MIKAL BOTHA

Instructor
Mikal joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2016. She is a top performer in the pool as well as in school (Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool. She used to be in the Top 10 of all female swimmers in SA in various events during her school years and won medals on a regular basis at national- and provincial swimming competitions. She and her sister Carmen hold nine individual all-time school swimming records at Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria.

She has been included in the SA Swimming Squads since the age of 14-years and has been offered more than 40x swim scholarships from different universities in the USA. She joined Tampa University (Florida, USA) in August 2016 and is currently based at Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma, USA). She is swimming for them and also studies for a degree in Teaching & Early Childhood Development. As part of her swim teaching training, Mikal followed a six-week intensive training program with mom Lizette. She specializes in stroke- and stroke correction, gala preparation and Learn-to-Swim for toddlers.

She loves the over bridge phase between the Baby Floating and the Learn-to-Swim for toddlers. She loves sharing her vast knowledge of competitive swimming with the younger generation swimmers. She only assists us on a temporarily basis during her 4-month USA-university breaks (May until August) each year.

Irene Mokoena

Instructor
Irene joined Team Kiddies Aqua in December 2017. She has been a swimming teacher since 2001. She started with Lizette at her swimming school in Nelspruit. In the early 2000’s Irene qualified as one of South Africa’s first Black Learn-to-Swim teachers. She worked for Lizette for eight years before Lizette moved to Pretoria in 2009.

She took over various clients and pre-schools from Lizette in Nelspruit and never stopped teaching swimming since then. She could only join Kiddies Aqua in December 2017, seeing that she still had to support and care for her son who was busy completing his studies as an Accountant and CA. A mammoth achievement for a single mother with limited financial resources. Irene is a superstar who learnt her trade through Lizette. She specializes in young toddlers (ages 2-5 years), adults and Special Needs Kids. She is fluent in several languages, including Afrikaans, English, Pedi, Venda, Sotho and Shangaan.

She is highly respected swimming coach and serves all members of our community. She is passionate about swimming and a real mother figure to our swimmers. She is a positive, enthusiastic hard worker and good communicator and build and maintains brilliant relationships with her swimmers and parents. She also holds a certificate in CPR & First Aid Level 1 and regularly attends swimming training courses to ensure she stays informed on all the latest developments of swimming. She is also a leading contributor towards the implementation of our foundation projects. She won our award for Most Improved Swimming Instructor (2018). Her hobbies are shopping, reading, watching movies and rest.

Carla Roode

Instructor
Carla started joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2018. She is a highly qualified individual who holds a degree in Human Movement Science. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Education from UNISA (Intermediate and Senior Phase) and is registered with the SA Council of Educators. She also completed a Sports and Therapeutic Massage Certificate at the University of Pretoria. She is currently busy with a degree in Criminology. Carla was a provincial athlete and hockey player and completed the Ironman several times. She loves poetry and one of her poems was published by the Poetry Institute of Africa. As part of her swimming training, Carla followed a six-week in-house training program with Lizette and also completed her Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Training Program.

Carla specializes in Learn-to-Swim for toddlers (ages 2-6 years), stroke- and stroke correction for young competitive swimmers and adult swimming. She focuses strongly on swim technique and correctness of swimming. She maintains strong relationships with her swimmers and parents and always tries to go the extra mile for them. She is the proud mom of two beautiful girls. The oldest, Lyza, already completed our Self-Rescue Water Safety Program for babies at the age of nine months. This little “fish” is already in our Learn-to-Swim Program (Foundation Phase). In her off-time Carla enjoys training for Ironman, writing poems and spending leisure time with her family,

Sune-Mari Momberg

Instructor
Sune-Mari joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2018. She completed her school years at Waterkloof Hoërskool. She is a fourth-year medical student (MBChB) at the University of Pretoria. Before her medical studies, she completed other courses in Physiology and Biochemistry (UNW), Biological Science (UP), Further Education and Training in Human Movement Studies and Sports Management (UP). All this was achieved Cum Laude.

She served on various student committees and also received Golden Key Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. During her school years she represented the Northern Gauteng Province and the Northern Cape Province in hockey. Sune-Mare completed a six-week training course with Lizette before she officially joined us. She is currently focusing on our toddlers and young swimmers (ages 2-7 years). She is only assisting us on Saturdays and during university holidays.

She loves children and has got an excellent feel and touch with the little ones. She is a hard worker and is always eager to learn more about toddlers and their physical and emotional development. The little swimmers love this fun-loving sporty teacher. If she is not studying or teaching swimming, she spends time in the gym or go for a run on the road. Her motto in life is: "Always try to make a difference in the lives of others".

USCHI DAHLMANN

Instructor
Uschi joined Team Kiddies Aqua in August 2018. She completed her school years at Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria, She is also a qualified lawyer (LLB), but prefers the swimming pool above the courtroom. Uschi has been a top swimming coach for the past 18 years. One of the best in our province and country. She was a top swimmer herself during her junior- and senior years at school. She won several medals at national- and provincial competitions year-after-year, especially in the backstroke events.

She adds tremendous value to our total service offering and also heads our stroke- and competitive swimming programs. She is a fantastic team player and serves as a mentor to most of our younger swimming coaches. Most of her swimmers competes at the highest level provincially and nationally. She delivers many top national swimmers and champions year-after-year. Lizette and Uschi previously worked together as swimming coaches and complement each other very well in all aspects of our swimming programs. Uschi completed several Swimming South Africa swim training programs and also holds a certificate in CPR and First Aid Level 1.

She is passionate about teaching and loves taking her swimmers to the next level. She is a stroke expert and supports the philosophy of teaching a child the first time right. She is highly respected by her swimmers and their parents. She regularly leads our refresher courses, especially on technique, stroke training and competitive swimming. She is the complete coach who understands all aspects of swimming very well. She is also a member of the TUKS Swimming Coaches Team and is also doing gala coaching at the university’s High Performance Centre in the late afternoons. Uschi also received our award for Most Inspiring Colleague of the Year (2018).

NANDI SMIT

Instructor
Nandi joined us in January 2019. She is a qualified Graphic Designer and Photographer and also worked for Finesse Magazine as a Lay-Out Artist. She did a photo shoot for Kiddies Aqua during our December Holiday Camp and immediately fell in love with the work we do. She approached us with the possibility of also becoming a Swimming Instructor at Kiddies Aqua. After six weeks of intensive training with Lizette and our other instructors in the water Nandi got appointed as one of our Swimming Instructors.

She is mainly working with the very young toddlers who have just completed the Baby Floating Program with Lizette. Nandi has got a very friendly- and vibrant personality. Our little swimmers adapt quickly to her and she is achieving excellent results with them. As a mother of two young children herself she understands their specific needs very well. She has got a very good touch with them and her approach is soft with lots of love. She brings that motherly instinct to the water and the children finds comfort with her very easily and quickly.

Nandi has also recently completed a First Aid Level 1 Certificate and will soon enter complete Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Training Program. During her school years she was a drum majorette. She also competed in school swimming galas and recently participated in the Midmar Mile.

MIKE DAWSON

Instructor
Mike joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2017. He completed his school years at Westville Boys High (KZN) where he excelled at rugby, swimming, athletics and water polo. He joined the Sharks Rugby Academy in 2009 and completed a two-year Diploma in Personal Training at the academy whilst playing rugby for the Sharks junior teams. Later on he became an assistant coach at Hillcrest High and also did some Boot Camps at Westville Girls High.

He then moved to Pretoria and played rugby for Tuks and in 2017 he started working at Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy as a Client Care Coordinator. He started assisting us with swim coaching over weekends as a part-time activity. His love for coaching developed further and during late 2018 he approached us with the possibility of becoming a full-time swimming coach. Mike has got an unbelievable touch with the children, especially with the Special Needs Kids. He understands them and loves coaching them. He is also very good with stroke- and stroke correction, seeing that he was a competitive swimmer himself whilst still at school.

Mike is also assisting us with most of our foundation projects, especially with the children with autism and the school for the deaf in Hammanskraal. He also formed part of the team who coached the National U/17 and U/19 Soccer Ladies to swim. He recently completed Swimming South Africa’s Learn-to-Swim Program and also a CPR & First Aid Level 1 course. In addition to this Mike also completed KZN- and International Rugby Board Level 1 Coaching Courses. Mike is a top team player and a positive contributor towards the progress of our business. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his teammates and colleagues and no task is too big or too small for him.

Client Care

HEINDRICH MOMBERG

Client Care Coordinator
Heindrich joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2018. He completed his school years at Hoërskool Diamantveld (Kimberley) and represented Griquas at the 2008 and 2009 Craven Week. He also represented North West University at Varsity Cup level. He served on his residency’s house committee whilst still studying for his B-degree in Environmental Management.

This superbly well-organized individual is in charge of our Moreleta Park branch and serves our clients with the highest level of professionalism and care. Heindrich serves mainly as Lizette’s personal assistant, arranging her whole time table and diary on her behalf at our Moreleta-branch. His other responsibilities include: 1) general client care, 2) the liaising between the swimming school and the client, 3) the placement of new clients, 4) personal assistance to our swimming instructors, 5) the management of the facility and 6) the assisting with any client account queries. Heindrich also received the award for Best Administration Employee (2018).

LISA WILMOT

Client Care Coordinator
Lisa joined Team Kiddies Aqua in January 2016. Lisa completed National Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Training, Public Relations Management and in Theology. She also holds certificates as moderator, assessor, trainer and skills development facilitator. She is currently busy studying towards a Neuro-Linguist Programming Coaching Certificate.

Her responsibilities at the swimming school include: 1) general client care, 2) the liaising between the swimming school and the client, 3) the placement of new clients, 4) personal assistance to our swimming instructors, 5) the management of the facility and 6) the assisting with any client account queries.

Lisa takes good care of all our clients and enjoys going the extra mile wherever she can. She is a loveable person and know all our clients by name. Lisa is also 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.

ELIZABETH SHANDUKANE

Client Care Coordinator
Elizabeth joined Team Kiddies Aqua in November 2017. She completed National Certificate in Further Education and Training: Information Technology and Technical Support. Her responsibilities at the swimming school include: 1) general client care, 2) the liaising between the swimming school and the client, 3) the placement of new clients, 4) personal assistance to our swimming instructors, 5) the management of the facility and 6) the assisting with any client account queries. Elizabeth interacts with our clients personally on a daily basis, seeing that she welcomes them and also assists them with all the documentation needed to be completed. She also sees that Lizette’s clients are correctly arranged according to their lesson times. She is always willing to go the extra mile for our clients as well as the business.

JOLANDA BENDER

Client Care Coordinator
Jolanda joined Team Kiddies Aqua in February 2019. She completed National Certificates from Unisa for grading E, D and C as Security Officer. She also completed several other certificates in Computer Programming and Accounting. With 20-year accounting background is Jolanda in charge of our Accounting, SARS and Payroll responsibilities .

She also assists us on the following, namely: 1) general client care, 2) the liaising between the swimming school and the client, 3) the placement of new clients, 4) personal assistance to our swimming instructors, 5) the management of the facility and 6) the assisting with any client account queries. Jolanda serves mainly as Lizette’s personal assistant, arranging her whole time table and diary on her behalf at our TUKS-branch. She is an exceptional dedicated individual who is totally devoted to her work and the tasks at hand. The ultimate professional who understands the various functions of the business and how they fit together.