ANGELA VAN HEERDEN

Angela Marlton is responsible for coaching the senior squad and overseeing the competitive sector of the club. Starting in 2003 with a young squad of 8 competitive swimmers, she first produced a senior national qualifier in 2007 with 13 year old Kelly McCann. Since then a further 18 swimmers have achieved SA national or youth national qualifiers. Angela’s coaching objectives include:

  • To offer an environment where swimmers can maximize their talent to the extent they aspire to.
  • To assist in creating a passion for the sport in young people

Angela’s personal goal as a coach is to take those swimmers with the talent and desire to a level where they are able to receive scholarships to American Universities where she believes they will receive the coaching and the facilities to take their swimming to an international level. Currently Angela has had swimmers on scholarships at both UNM, Life University Atlanta, Catawba College Atlanta, and Yale University in America.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • SSA Level 2 coach.
  • ASCA level 3 coaching accreditation
  • International Bronze license through Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association.
  • 16 years experience
  • Attended 2009 Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association.
  • 6 weeks coaching internship with Mel Tantrum at West coast Swim Club Perth, Australia.
  • Attended Speedo coaches conference 2013 and 2017
  • Attended ASCA 2014 world clinic in Florida
  • Visited Rocky Rapids Swim Club, Bolles School, University of New Mexico, University of Southern California, Yale Universities’ swim programs and met with both their swim coaches and dryland/weight training coaches.
  • SA senior nationals (KZN team) 2000 – 2002
  • SA Age group gold medal winner
  • KZN Schools Team 1999 – 2001
  • Level 1 first Aid

 

JOANNE GIBSON-TAYLOR

Jo is responsible for coaching stroke correction to all swimmers that fall between the learn-to-swim levels and competitive / squad levels.  Once children are ready to move on from learn-to-swim level, Jo will then begin the process of strengthening and developing their strokes further, with the aim of getting  them ready for competitive / squad level.

Although Jo’s lessons focus largely on stroke work, there is a good balance between stroke and fitness.

Jo also runs the moms and babies swimming programme in the mornings. She teaches little ones between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. Most of the moms are in the water, helping their babies to learn skills that range from water familiarity, breath control, submerging, floating on their backs and eventually learning to swim independently.

Jo’s coaching objectives include:

  • Working on fine tuning all strokes and gala technique, while also increasing fitness levels
  • To ensure swimmers enjoy this sport and are motivated to continuously improve on their swimming ability.  To enjoy their lessons, while positively learning the discipline of the sport.

Jo is not only passionate about swimming but also about children, and she places a lot of emphasis on finding the right balance between having fun and working hard.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Swim South Africa Level 1 Qualification in
  • stroke correction
  • fitness
  • competitive training
  • 5 years competitive swimming experience
  • 4 years experience teaching PE at a school, focusing on stroke work, gala technique and training the school squads
  • 10 years coaching experience
  • Level 1 First Aid

 

CHEREE DUFNER

Cheree is responsible for the development  of the Intermediate Phase Program.   Her vision is to promote the sport of swimming and afford all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

”One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child.” –  Forest Witcraf

Cheree’s objectives include:

  • Developing and co-ordinating programs
  • Guiding and supporting Junior coaches
  • Promoting improved swimming performance through enhanced efficiency and correcting technical faults

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Head Age Group Coach, Margate Swimming Club (2011 – 2016)
  • Coaching Level 2, Swimming South Africa, 2015
  • ACSA Level 2, Swim Coach in Africa, 2013
  • Coaches Workshop: Dryland Training , Sarah Ferguson Physiotherapist  KZN Aquatics, 2013
  • BED (ECD: Foundation Phase), UNISA (2009)
  • Disability Coach, Margate Swimming Club in partnership with St Martin De Porres (2008 – 2014)
  • AUSTSWIM, NSW, Australia (2005)
      • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
      • Teacher of Infant Aquatics

BELINDA DALLAWAY

Belinda Dallaway is responsible for coaching our stroke correction program.  Once children are ready to move on from learn to swim, our stroke correction coaches will begin strengthening and developing their strokes further. Belinda endeavors to incorporate elements of fun into every developmental stage in the stroke process. Her kind and caring way allows swimmers to progress at their own pace where they are challenged but not pushed at every lesson. Belinda’s goals as a coach is to make sure that every child is happy and confidant with their swimming.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Elementary course with Elizabeth Smith  2008
  • Babies swim course with Elizabeth Smith  2008
  • Swim SA learn to swim course 2008
  • Swim Dynamics Level 1  2010
  • ASCA Level 1   2010
  • 10 years coaching experience
  • Level 1 First Aid
  • PE coaching
  • SSA swim conference 2017

 

ABIGAIL RAY

Abi has always loved water and feels most at home when she’s either swimming, floating, training, teaching, diving or playing in it!

She has completed the Midmar Mile several times; she is also part of the 8 Mile Club, which involves swimming all of the 8 events over the course of the Midmar Mile weekend.

Her passion for swimming is evident in her teaching, as she longs to share that love with the children. Her main objective as a swimming teacher is to create a love for the sport that the kids will take with them throughout their life.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Swim Dynamics Level 1
  • Swim Dynamics baby course
  • SSA Learn to swim course
  • Level 1 First Aid

 

 

CAYLEE BOTHA

Caylee is one of our Junior Coaches who is currently based at CURRO High School.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Certificate in Biblical studies and Christian Discipleship Training – 2011
  • Bachelor of Design specialising in Graphic Design – 2015
  • SSA Learn to Swim Course
  • Swim Dynamics Level 1
  • First Aid Level 1
  • ASCA Level 1 (In Progress)

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Headmasters scholarship at St Marys DSG for Sports and Academics
  • Competitive Swimming Experience 2003 – 2010
  • Top 20 Midmar Mile 2008
  • School Swimming Captain – 2010
  • KZN Swimming Team 2004 – 2010
  • SA Nationals Team

 

 

ANGELA BUCHANAN

Angie, new to the Aquazone team has a great love for children, teaching & water safety. She has experience in teaching Learn To Swim, Adult Learn to Swim and Baby swimming for 3 years part-time.

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Swim dynamic Learn to Swim Course
  • Swim dynamic Baby Courses
  • First aid level 1
  • Been involved with toddlers & childcare since 2014, running Hillcrest Moms & Tots
  • Volunteered at Ingane Yami Children’s Village – Helping the youngest children with fine motor skills, etc.

 

DEVON OLFSEN

Devon Olfson is the assistant coach for the competitive and squad level swimmers as well as running the masters/adult swimming program. Devon is in the process of gaining his coaching qualifications but has attended the Australian Junior coaching course. Devon is an enthusiastic coach and a dedicated member of our coaching staff.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • 6 years coaching experience
  • American Heart Association CPR updated November 2014

CONNOR MCLEOD

Connor is responsible for running our venue at Kloof Senior Primary school where we have a range of swimmers from 7 – 14 years of age. His goal will to be to develop a strong group of junior swimmers by ensuring the foundations of stroke and fitness are sound. He is also responsible for coaching and developing the school swimming team into a much stronger and more competitive school team in the coming season.

Following from his experience as a top young swimmer in SA, Connor understands what it requires for swimmers to reach the highest level in the sport and is passionate about helping young people achieve their goals. No goal is too big or too small.

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • SSA Learn to Swim Course 2010

  • ES Beginner Swimming 2011

  • ES Intermediate Coaching 2012

  • ES Advanced Coaching 2012

  • Qualified Lifeguard RSA 2012

  • ASCA Coaching Level 2 2015

  • SSA Coaching Level 1 2015

  • SSA Coaching Level 2 2016

  • Advanced Dryland ASCA 2016

  • Child Protection SSA 2016

  • Long Term Athlete Development Program SSA 2016

  • First Aid Level 1 2018