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About Us

Aquazone is a swim club located in Hillcrest, Kwazulu-Natal that caters for swimmers from 6 months and upwards. We will take your child through their swimming journey from water familiarization and safety, through the learn to swim and stroke correction phases all the way to squad swimming where we equip them for competitive swimming both at school or KZN level.

The club has been competing in inter-club and KZN galas for well over a decade during which time we have produced numerous SA national, youth national, junior national and KZN schools qualifiers. In addition to this, we have placed swimmers onto SA teams who have gone on to participate at an international level.

The coaching staff consists of dedicated and enthusiastic coaches, who combine youthful innovation, with experience and established techniques. We currently provide swimming coaching at Curro HCA & Kloof Senior Primary where we have 25m heated pools and at Curro High School Campus where we have a 50m heated pool, as well as an indoor, learn to swim pool. Whether you are looking at sending your child for swim lessons, or whether you are looking at increasing your overall fitness, Aquazone will help you reach your goals.

Our coaching Team

Angela van Heerden

Head Coach

Director

 

Coaching Credentials
  • SSA Level 2 coach
  • ASCA level 3 coaching accreditation
  • International Bronze license through Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association.
  • Over 15 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 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

JO GIBSON-TAYLOR

Head of baby &

Toddler swimming

Director 

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

ABI RAY

Head of Learn to swim &

  Stroke correction

Coaching Credentials
  • Swim Dynamics Level 1
  • Swim Dynamics baby course
  • SSA Learn to swim course
  • Over 6 years coaching experience
  • Level 1 First Aid

CHEREE DUFNER

SENIOR Coach

Events Coordinator

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
    • Level 1 First Aid

CAYLEE BOTHA

COACH

marketing manager

 

Coaching Credentials
  • SSA Learn to Swim Course
  • Swim Dynamics Level 1
  • ASCA Level 1 2020
  • ASCA Level 2 (In Progress – Online)
  • Certificate in Biblical studies and Christian Discipleship Training (2011)
  • Bachelor of Design specializing in Graphic Design (2015)
  • Headmasters scholarship at St Marys DSG for Sports and Academics (2006-2010)
  • Competitive Swimming Experience 2003 – 2010
  • Top 20 Midmar Mile 2008
  • School Swimming Captain (2010)
  • KZN Swimming Team (2004 – 2010)
  • SA Nationals Team
  • Level 1 First Aid

BELINDA DALLAWAY

Instructor

Office and Facility Manager

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
  • Over 10 years coaching experience
  • Level 1 First Aid

DEVON OLFSEN

Coach

Coaching Credentials
  • Over 10 years coaching experience

ANDREA Ridderhof

Instructor

Coaching Credentials
  • Level 1 First Aid
  • Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase via Embury Institute (Distance Learning) (ongoing) 
  • Diploma in Early Childcare and Au pairing from Oxbridge Academy
  • SSA (SwimSA) Learn to Swim Instructors Certification 
  • Level 1 Red Cross Society First Aid Qualification 
  • Level 1 IAAF Basic Kids Coaching Course-Kids Athletics in association with the German 
  • Sports Cooperation Program and the Deutsche Olympics Sports Bund 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 
  • ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Level 1
  • Swim Dynamics Level 1 and Swim Dynamics Baby course
  • Over 12 years coaching experience

SARAH SIEPMAN

Coach

Coaching Credentials
  • Level 1 First Aid
  • Over 5 years coaching experience
  • BEd (intermediate and senior) major in maths and educational themes.
  • Post grad diploma in inclusive education (In Progress)

Our History

Aquazone Swim Club opened its’ doors at Hillcrest Primary in 1993 under coach Tracy Loxley. In 2002, with the club running out of Highbury, Tracy hung up her stopwatch to pursue a career in the home. The club was taken over by the current Head coach Angela Marlton, who was one of the club’s senior athletes.

From 2002, the club moved from Winston Park to HCA, settling at its’ first home, Hillcrest Primary School. From 2003, the swimmers training under Angela were registered to a Queensburgh-based club, Beavers Swim Club.

In 2008 Joanne Gibson-Taylor joined the club as a learn-to-swim and stroke correction coach. Belinda Dallaway joined as the learn-to-swim specialist in 2009, releasing Joanne to coach in her area of expertise – stroke correction, and freeing Angela to focus on competitive swimming and technique development.

In 2010 after eight years affiliated with Beavers, the club decided it was time to spread their wings and compete independently. 2016 saw Aquazone joining forces with CURRO Hillcrest High and CURRO HCA Primary. We now enjoy state-of-the-art facilities with a 25m and a 50m heated pool, an indoor learn-to-swim pool, and a dynamic team of seven full-time coaches and two part-time coaches including an additional venue at Kloof Senior Primary.

Achievements

National representation:
  • Matthew Holder: 2015 SA Junior team participated in the African Junior Championships in Cairo
  • Aaron Putz: 2017 SA team to the INAS World games in Mexico
  • Sam Kruger: Fina World masters Champs 2019 in Gwangu South Korea
 National squad selection:
  • Kelly McCann
  • Emma Chelius
  • Caitlin Gardiner
  • Lauren Forsyth
  • Matthew Holder
  • Chad Mayer
  • Ethan Koekemoer
  • Kirsten Cottrell
Open Water:
  • Matt Pelser: SA Junior Squad for Open water 2018 and 2019
  • Teague White SA Junior Squad for Open water 2020
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