About us

Swim Baby Swim is a Baby and Toddler as well as Learn-to-Swim and Stroke Correction swimming school based in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town that uses carefully created and structured programmes that are progressive (yet flexible) and taught in an energetic and fun-filled way.  We currently operate in a pool in Mauritius Crescent in Stellenberg.

Using teaching techniques that have been tried-and-tested in the United Kingdom, Swim Baby Swim’s baby and toddler programmes are designed to enhance the bond you have with your child in order to teach them how to enjoy the water and ultimately learn to swim as soon as they are physically able. That is why, as opposed to many other approaches, ours is about gently teaching you to teach your child to swim, in an enthusiastic, energetic and fun-filled environment.

Throughout the lessons we will explain what we are doing and more importantly why. This will involve very specific instructions using verbal, visual and tactile stimuli, to reinforce what we are teaching together. As your confidence grows, so will your child’s, reinforcing the bond you share.

The Learn-to-Swim and Stroke Correction programmes are aimed at preparing the young swimmers to be confident in the water with the swim with a good technique. From these programmes your child will be able to progress the competitive swimming.

All our instructors undergo our unique Swim Baby Swim training course and hold up-to-date First Aid, Poolside and CPR qualifications. The safety of your child is our highest priority.

Maryna Janse van Rensburg, owner of Swim Baby Swim, has a BA Sport Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, Baby and Toddler swimming instructor certification by STA in the United Kingdom, WP Aquatics swimming instructor certification, has certifications in personal training and water aerobics and is a former South African underwater hockey player. Working with children has always been her passion - in and out of the water. Maryna are often asked to share her opinion and expertise on baby swimming in magazines and on radio talk shows.

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”

Walt Whitman

Maryna

Spending five hours in a pool is the most natural thing to Maryna. This, combined with her warm and spontaneous personality, makes her the swimming teacher who ensures that swimming remains fun. She has spend the most of her adult life working with children and truly embodies Swim Baby Swim's motto - sharing the joy of swimming! Maryna has a BA Sport Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, WP Aquatics swimming instructor certification, has certifications in personal training and water aerobics and is a former South African underwater hockey player.

Heidi

Heidi has graduated with a Montessori Teaching Diploma in Early Childhood Development specialising with children 3-6 years. Subsequently, she has become a qualified STA Baby and Toddler coach, an STA Learn To Swim coach and has also qualified in STA Disability coaching. Her most satisfying experience is following children's development through their swimming journey as well as academic progress.

Leana

Leana is an experienced teacher and has completed has STA Baby and Toddler qualification. She is patient and diligently tend to her lessons in an encouraging manner. She holds a Sport Science degree.

 

Carmen

Carmen's passion is working with children, and to experience the rewards of seeing them progress. she has a very calm and approachable personality that makes the most anxious little swimmer feel comfortable in the water. Carmen has learn to swim, toddler swimming and life saving certifications, as well as first aid level 1 training. She also holds a travel and tourism diploma and is curious about different cultures and places of interest.  

Claudia

Claudia is a mother and a swimmer herself who has always considered working with kids to be her calling. She is passionate about teaching little ones this all important skill from as young an age as possible while always ensuring that a fun learning environment is provided. She obtained her qualification in the UK, a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Baby & Preschool Swimming, through the Amateur Swimming Association and Swim England. She also has First Aid and NRASTC (National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches) certifications. Claudia has a BA degree in Psychology and enjoys the Learn Through Play approach to teaching.