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OUR WORK

During the past six years Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy has been conducting many social-upliftment programmes amongst the poorer communities of South Africa (especially around the greater Tshwane Municipality District, previously known as Pretoria).

 

Most is these projects were done under the auspices of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (South Africa). The ACAF will continue and expand on all these projects going forward. The main goal of these projects is to make people (mostly children) water safe and develop young athletes into future swimming stars. We have been presenting tens of thousands of swimming lessons to children from these communities and will continue to do so through the ACAF. These are all evergreen projects where we teach new children every year to be water safe. On average we make approximately 2 000x new children from these communities fully water safe every year. We get excellent support from the management and owners of these privately-owned pre-schools and even train their own staff to assist us with these projects.

 

These projects are quite costly, seeing that we supply these children with branded swim caps, -swim bags, snacks, and FREE transport to get to our heated indoor swimming facilities. In some instances, like the St Dominic’s School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal, we go to them to teach them at their own open air pool facility during summer. During winter times we transport them to our heated indoor facilities (78km’s round trip) to come and swim with us. The transport cost alone for these projects amounts to approximately R20 000 ($1100) per month. Our total spend on community projects is approximately R700 000 ($35 000) per year from own funds. In 2021 we bought a new luxury 23-seater Ford bus, with seats and safety belts especially designed and installed for young children. We use this bus every day for the transportation of these young preschoolers.

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PROJECTS

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PROJECT 1 - LEARN TO SWIM - DOMINICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
– HAMMANSKRAAL

Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy started a project at the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal (39kms north of Pretoria) in 2018 where they are presenting swimming lessons, at no charge, to 43x Black deaf pre-school learners between the ages 3 – 5-years. Two of their swimming instructors were allocated to this project to present swimming lessons to them for three hours every week. Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy has been funding this project from own funds and was providing them with teaching equipment (kick boards, pool noodles, goggles). They have also issued each child with a free swim bag and swim cap. Both these swimming instructors (Irene Mokoena and Mike Dawson) are well-experienced to work with Special Needs Kids. Two teachers from the school and an Occupational Therapist have also been taught by Kiddies Aqua to swim and were trained to teach swimming to these Special Needs children, paving the way for this project to become self-sustainable. The ACAF will continue to oversee this project and support them financially and with teaching equipment. These teachers will continue to attend our refresher courses, allowing them to stay in tune with the latest developments.   

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PROJECT 2 - LEARN-TO-SWIM - 4x PRE-SCHOOLS 
– ATTERIDGEVILLE TOWNSHIP

Kiddies Aqua is transporting learners from 4x different pre-schools in Atteridgeville to and from their heated indoor swimming facility at the University of Pretoria’s Sports Campus for swimming lessons in their 23-seater luxury bus. This happens every weekday morning from 9h00 until 12h30 for the past five years and involves approximately 300x children every year. This project is run- and subsidized by Kiddies Aqua but will start to operate under the ACAF from 2023. It is an expensive project, seeing that it requires long distances of transporting (100km+ round-trip) these learners every day and involves three highly paid swimming instructors doing the teaching. A full-time bus driver and an assistant (looking after the children on the bus during these daily trips) form part of this project. Each learner also receives a free swim cap and swim bag every year. We also provide each swimmer with an ice-cream after each swimming lesson (as part of a reward for their hard work in the water). Parents are also allowed to come and observe how their children are progressing. At the end of the swim year, each child receives a high-valued gold medal and certificate of achievement.

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This project can expand much further due to the high request from pre-schools from the surrounding townships to take part in this project. With the necessary financial- and human resources this project can expand to thousands of young learners learning how to swim and, in the process, preventing possible future drownings. It is easy manageable and takes place under strict supervision and support from the various pre-schools.

 

For Kiddies Aqua (and in future for the ACAF) this is about ploughing back into the community by teaching as many as possible learners to swim. For us it is important that these children must be water safe. We are planning to extend this service to the older people (above 18-years) of Atteridgeville on Saturdays with the theme “Teaching the community to swim…”

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PROJECT 3 - LEARN-TO-SWIM - SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN'S U/17 & U/19 SOCCER TEAMS

The South African U-17 and U-19 Women’s Soccer Teams have spent six months every year with Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy learning how to swim. This project ran for three consecutive years until Covid-19 arrived. This Learn-to-Swim Programme involved 15x new soccer girls every year, with sometimes the coach included. Most of these sports ladies could not swim at all before they have started with this swimming programme. On completion of the course, they were all certified as water safe and able to swim. Three paid swimming instructors were involved, and lessons were conducted on Saturday afternoons.  

 

Every year after completing this swimming course, a special medal ceremony with a lunch were arranged for them. They have also been issued with branded t-shirts, swim caps and swim bags. This together with the medals and lunch were all sponsored by Kiddies Aqua. The ACAF would like to continue with this project in future.

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PROJECT 4 - LEARN-TO-SWIM - LESSONS4LIFE SCHOOL FOR AUTISM

Until Covid-19 arrived, Kiddies Aqua was presenting swimming lessons to the children from a school for Autism (Lessons4Life) on Saturday mornings. Their ages vary between 4 and 12 years. These Special Needs children learned at their own pace and required highly specialized attention, seeing that the programme does not only consist of swimming lessons, but also of water therapy. These children were transported by either the school or the parents to our swimming facility. Kiddies Aqua supplied them with free swim bags, swim caps. Three paid swimming instructors were involved, and the project was sponsored in full by Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy. The ACAF intends to revitalize this project with Lesson4Life School and other schools with Special Needs kids soon.

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PROJECT 5 - LEARN-TO-SWIM - DOMESTIC WORKERS

Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy has an upliftment programme where they teach domestic workers to swim. These ladies are introduced to us by their employers. It takes approximately four months for them to learn how to swim. Each lady receives a swim bag and swim cap, and all the lessons are for free. The ACAF will take this project over and plans to make CPR and First Aid training part of this programme.  

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PROJECT 6 - HOLIDAY CAMPS

At the end of each year Kiddies Aqua presents two 5-Day Holiday Swimming Camps to approximately 2 000x swimmers. Each swimmer receives a high-valued branded medal from Kiddies Aqua.

 

There are many other high-valued prizes sponsored by Kiddies Aqua and their partners Huggies Nappies. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation also sponsored some goodie bags for some of these swimmers in the past. The ACAF will in future take the responsibility of arranging prizes and small sponsorships of these camps, especially for children who cannot afford these swimming camps. It is also a fun-event where there are jumping castles, face painting, free ice creams, etc.  

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Many more projects are on its way...

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AFRICAN CHILDREN AQUATIC FOUNDATION
92 A Matroosberg Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa
+27 82 570 9925
arrie@kiddiesaqua.co.za
www.acaf.org.za

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