The Team - Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy

Team

LIZETTE BOTHA

Owner & Head Coach
Lizette Botha (owner and head coach) is our infant- and toddler swimming specialist. She holds a degree in Human Movement Science (UP) and was a provincial athlete and -hockey player during her school- and university career. 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”-programs for swimmers from ages 2-10 years. 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 SA’s Liaison Officer for “Learn-to-Swim” in Mpumalanga during her stay in Nelspruit. She opened her first swim 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 swim school from the university’s indoor facility at L.C. de Villiers 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 them several times for other projects of the Princess’s foundation.

She regularly attends international conferences 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 run several swimming schools in Brazil and are both ex-Olympic Gold Medalists.

During December 2017, she 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 75 000 hours in the water (not on pool deck) teaching infants and toddlers to swim. She has already taught more than 8 000 babies to float and 17 000 children to swim during her coaching career since 1989. She is SA’s top Baby Floating Specialist with accolades of 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 deliver 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 colours from the age of seven years, winning medals on a regular basis at national swimming competitions. Both of them were awarded with swimming scholarships in the USA.

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.
Carmen Botha

Carmen Botha

Instructor
Carmen started with us in January 2018. She completed school last year with various distinctions. She is 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 swimming competitions. She still holds several Northern Gauteng Provincial Swimming Records. She has been included in the SA Training Squads since the age of 14 and has been offered more than 40x swim scholarships from different universities in the USA. She will join Oklahoma Christian University at the end of August for four years. She will be swimming for them and also do a degree in Law. As part of her swim teaching training, Carmen followed a six-week intensive training program with mom Lizette (owner of Kiddies Aqua). She specializes in stroke- and stroke correction and Learn-to-Swim for toddlers. Her hobbies are training, training and more training.
Irene Mokoena

Irene Mokoena

Irene has been a swimming teacher since 2001. She started at owner Lizette’s swim school in Nelspruit and 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. She took various clients and pre-schools over from Lizette in Nelspruit and continued teaching swimming for the past nine years. She is been teaching swimming full-time for 17-years now. She joined Kiddies Aqua in Pretoria in December 2017 after supporting her son financially in his studies to become a qualified CA. A mammoth achievement for a single mother. Irene is fluent in several languages, including Afrikaans, English, Pedi, Venda, Sotho and Shangaan. She learnt her trade through Lizette and is a highly competent and respected swimming teacher. She specializes in children from the ages of 2-6 years old and is also doing Adult Swimming. She is passionate about swimming and the children and parents love her to bits. Irene’s hobbies are shopping, reading, watching movies and rest.

Carla Roode

Carla started with us 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 and completed a Sports and Therapeutic Massage Certificate at Tuks. She is currently busy with her degree in Criminology, so beware the ones who is “stealing” our Fizzers. She 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.

She specializes in Learn-to-Swim for toddlers from 2-6 years old, stroke- and stroke correction for young gala swimmers and Adult Swimming. Carla’s hobbies are training for Ironman, writing poems and leisure time with her family. She and husband Naude are the proud parents of a beautiful 19-months old girl who 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).
Sune-Mari Momberg

Sune-Mari Momberg

Instructor
Sune-Mari is a third-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 school she represented Northern Gauteng and the Northern Cape in hockey. Before joining Kiddies Aqua officially as a swimming instructor, Sune-Mare completed a six-week Learn-to-Swim Instructor Course with owner Lizette Botha. She is currently focusing on our young swimmers from ages 2-6 years old. She is mostly assisting us on Saturdays and during her university holidays. She loves children and has got a great 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 is: "Always try to make a difference in the lives of others".

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.