Meet Our Teachers

Teacher Leigh

Owner & Swimming Teacher

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What is your role at LSA?

Swimming Teacher & Owner

Tell us something personal about yourself.

I am a passionate, vibrant, outdoorsy mom of 2 girls. 

Why is swimming close to your heart?

I have always loved water. Swimming is a fantastic skill as it can be used to create many exciting experiences.

How many years swimming experience do you have?

I have 25 years experience in teaching swimming.

What are your certifications?

LTS, Aquatots, First Aid, CPR, currently studying a 1 year child psychology course through Skills Academy.

What ongoing training do you partake in?

Swim South Africa workshops and self-study.

Why do you love LSA?

It is my dream come true that I have been fortunate to build and mould, which I get to enjoy daily. On top of this I am fortunate enough to have the most dynamic team alongside me. Together we are constantly striving to be the best swim school around.

What is your favourite quote?

One life, Live it!

Teacher Michele

Head Teacher

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What is your role at LSA? 

I am the head teacher who teaches part-time and coordinates all admin surrounding classes. 

Tell us something personal about yourself. 

I am a proud mother of a gorgeous girl. I love outdoor activities and family fun times. I play provincial squash, enjoy cycling and family funtime. 

Why is swimming close to your heart? 

Swimming is an essential life skill for all ages. Teaching that life skill and knowing the importance makes me proud.  Encouraging people to overcome a genuine fear of water is a great accomplishment. 

How many years swimming experience do you have? 

12 years teaching. 

What are your certifications? 

Swim SA certificate, Sports and Event Management diploma, First Aid, CPR. 

What ongoing training do you partake in? 

First Aid, CPR Renewals, regular swimming workshops. 

Why do you love LSA? 

LSA has a different feel to it, it doesn’t always feel like you going to work. Being able to teach little ones a new skill in a relaxed, happy environment puts a smile on my face 🙂 

What is your favourite quote? 

This too shall pass 🙂

Teacher Chanel

Swimming Teacher

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What is your role at LSA? 

I teach learn to swim from the age of 2,5years all the way to 85 years of age. I also assist in running the Social media.

Tell us something personal about yourself. 

I am a mum to a feisty adorable 3 year old.

I swim open water races myself so swimming is in my blood. 

Why is swimming close to your heart? 

Swimming is a life skill that I believe everyone should have. In Africa especially most homes have a swimming pool so respect and understanding of swimming is essential.

How many years swimming experience do you have? 

11 years experience 

What are your certifications? 

Swim SA certificate, First Aid, CPR, Child psychology 

What ongoing training do you partake in? 

First Aid, CPR Renewals, regular swimming workshops. 

Why do you love LSA? 

LSA is a family friendly environment that is run from a home. With my family living out the country, LSA has become my family. We respect every child is different so we run our classes to cater for the individual.

What is your favourite quote? 

Never stop smiling. 

Teacher Tayla

Swimming Teacher

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What is your Role at LSA?

I am a Learn to Swim Instructor, Adults Swimming instructor, Aqua Fitness Instructor, Domestic Awareness, and domestic swimming Instructor.

I help run the admin side of LSA and head up the adult swimming lessons and admin as well as the Aqua Fitness and Domestic Awareness/ Swimming lessons together with Leigh.

Tell us something personal about yourself:

I am a fun, caring and energetic individual with an upbeat personality.

I am absolutely passionate and committed about what I do and always put my all into everything I do.

I am a responsible individual and I always strive to help others be the best version of themselves.

Why is swimming close to your heart?

Swimming has been a big part of my life even before I could crawl, I have also loved the water more than anything, being able to swim is a massive life skill that should be a priority for all. I am a strong activist when it come to educating people on drownings, preventions and how to deal with those situations. I love to educate people on water, water safety, overcoming fear and anxiety of being in the pool and how to enjoy being in the water.

How many years swimming experience do you have:

I have been at LSA for 9 years, loved water for 27 years and embark on the competitive swimming and water polo journey throughout primary school and high school years.

What are your certifications:

Swim South Africa certificate, currently studying my Degree in Education in Intermediate phase, First Aid, CPR, Qualifying in Aqua Aerobics Fitness Instructor Course, CBT advanced level psychology/ psychotherapy certification, introduction to Child Psychology certification.

What ongoing training do you partake in?

First aid, CPR renewals and regular swimming workshops, child development work shops.

Why do you love LSA?

LSA is a home away from home, where dreams are built, and goals are achieved. LSA has been a support structure to me personally and allowed me to grow and expand my personal limitations. LSA is family orientated. This is a place where you can be yourself and grow to your full potential as a teacher and a member of the team.

What is your favourite quote?

“In a world where you can be anything, Be kind!

Sam

Swimming Instructor

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What is your Role at LSA?

Learn to swim instructor from ages 2.5 years to 85 years. 

Tell us something personal about yourself:

I love wood working and hiking. I  relaxed easy going and roll with the motion of the ocean. 

Why is swimming close to your heart?

Swimming has been a significant part of my life, I have loads of memories of nice hot summer days in the pool having tons of fun. It makes me sad knowing that some people never experienced that so I would love it if every child/ adult or anyone could learn and have the same amazing memories as I did.

How many years swimming experience do you have:

2 years at LSA swimming team in high school and a few open water swims

What are your certifications:

Swim South Africa learn to swim certificate. First aid. CPR. Diploma in culinary arts.

What ongoing training do you partake in?

First aid, CPR renewals and regular swimming workshops. 

Why do you love LSA?

I love LSA because they accepted me so quickly. It felt, even though I hadn’t been there long, like I had always worked here. I also love the amazing families that come to swim with us. 

What is your favourite quote?

“Do or do not, there is no try.”

Angie

Bookkeeper/Administrator

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What is your role at LSA?

Bookkeeper/Administrator.

Tell us something personal about yourself.

God is my anchor. I am a wife, mother and business women. I believe in living a balanced life with putting first things first-no compromise. I love studying, reading and talking about our awesome creator of life.

Why is swimming close to your heart?

Leigh taught me to swim after a longstanding fear of the water.  By God’s grace I overcame something I thought was impossible. Now, I just love to swim…even in the deep end where my feet can’t touch the bottom 😊

How many years experience do you have?

I have been in the working world for over 29years now.

What are your certifications?

CISA, Bookkeeping Dip*Dist, Administration*Dist, First Aid & CPR, Pastel, Quickbooks, MSO training and several other business related training courses over the 29years.

What ongoing training do you partake in?

SARS workshops, Business and other related courses.

Why do you love LSA?

The working environment is family friendly.  I witness firsthand, the dedication of our teachers and their joy to see their students’ progress. We are all part of a bigger whole working towards a common goal. Good teamwork ensures that everything flows smoothly at the swim school. This is what I admire about LSA.

What is your favourite quote?

“…With God, all things are possible.” Mat19:26

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