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Learn to Swim

Princess Charlene is all too aware of the risks associated with water. In fact, in South Africa, drowning is among the fifth leading causes of accidental deaths!

Therefore, at the Foundation, we believe learning to swim is an essential life skill, like learning to cross a road safely. Far too many people, often children, drown because they can’t swim.


Learning to swim and respect the water and stay safe in it can reduce these risks and give us great confidence and freedom.

Our Learn-to-Swim programme, together with local organisations, host swimming courses and training days to teach children how to swim safely and confidently. The programme particularly focuses on disadvantaged children or those exposed to an obvious drowning risk due to their environment.

We promote our programme and inspire thousands of children across South Africa to learn to swim with help from local athletes, sporting heroes, and organisations such as Lifesaving South Africa.

The Foundation has also helped fund the building of swimming facilities and assisted with renovating existing swimming pools to make them safe.


Our Learn-to-Swim partners

The Foundation works with the Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy in Gauteng and other academies in Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Town to broaden our reach.

Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy was established in 2011 by Lizette Botha. She previously owned Aqua Kids Swim School in Nelspruit for more than 17 years before becoming the Head Coach at Ryk Neethling’s swim school in Pretoria for three years.

Her swimming academy presents more than 170 000 swimming lessons per year and is the largest Infant- and Learn-to-Swim academy in South Africa!

Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy has nine highly qualified, full-time swimming instructors – all graduates in the teaching, human movement science and/or childhood psychology fields.