Amanda – Swim Waves


Swim Teacher

My swimming journey began when I was two years old. I was always in the pool and loved to swim.  I was in the swimming team at primary school and when I was eleven I decided I wanted to train and do competitive swimming. I started my competitive career with Mustangs Swim Club in Bedfordview under Coach Craig Jackson.  

I made my first Nationals Championship at the age of 14 in 800m Freestyle and continued to make SA Nationals swimming team until 2002. I was made Swimming Captain in high school and continued to train throughout my high school career. I matriculated in 2000 and my dream was to study and swim in the States. I took a year off to concentrate on my training and in 2001 I was selected for my first overseas trip to represent South Africa in Germany.

In August 2002, I was offered a swimming scholarship to California University in Pennsylvania in the USA. I accepted and became Captain of the California University Varsity Swim team and I received the following awards throughout my College career:

2002-2006 Lettered for the California University Varsity Swim team

2003-2006 Student Athletic Advisory Council

2004-2006 Presidential Scholar Award
2002-2006 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Athlete Award


In 2006 my College career came to an end and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Sports Management. While I was at Cal U, my passion for teaching swimming started. To earn some extra income, I started teaching private lessons and I loved the feeling of helping a younger swimmer achieve their goals.

I returned to South Africa in 2006 and began teaching swimming, Life Orientation and Physical Education at Assumption Convent High School. Shortly thereafter I started teaching swimming with Jozie Swim School when it was run by Ruth Nicols and stayed on when it was taken over and renamed to Swim Waves Swim School.

I am a wife and a mom of 2 young children and swimming is such an important part of our lives. My two little ones love the water and swimming is always encouraged. I love teaching children to love swimming as much as I do. I enjoy the feeling when a little child realises that they can swim or when an older child learns how to dive. I feel an immense sense of pride seeing one of my swimmers compete in swimming events and in many instances win awards or just accomplish their goals.

Swimming is an absolute passion of mine and I hope to keep on inspiring children to keep on swimming.