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  • Experience

    Smart Swimmers has been operational since 2013 and is owned and operated by Chris Scott who has been teaching and coaching swimming since 2000. Smart Swimmers has been designed with the needs of parents, children and adults in mind. Our indoor pools are perfect for learning to swim and offers heated, minimal chlorine water, with lots of space and great facilities.

  • Knowledge

    With education initiated in the UK through Brunel University in London, UK in Sports Science and both STA (Swimming Teacher’s Association) and ASA (Amateur Swimming Association), swimming training has been continued in South Africa through SSA (Swim South Africa) where all teachers are trained and assisted with the best guidelines and pointers throughout the different governing bodies. The training aids in the development and growth of all swimmers and ensures the promotion of inclusion throughout the sport.

  • With our training we endeavour to:

    • Instil water confidence and safety.
    • Introduce and develop all strokes when ready to be learned .
    • Master all skills, turns and dives.
    • Increase levels of stamina and speed.

  • We are more than teachers

    • We are mentors, carers, guardians and more so we will also build discipline and respect for the water and others.
    • Nurture each swimmer on an individual basis; only allowing them to progress when the time is right and listening to their needs.
    • Be the best coach you or your child will ever have and shall remember forever.


We have our lessons at these two pools

  • Pool Specifications

    • 25m length x 1.5m width per lane
    • Salt and UV pool (very small amount of chlorine to kill leftover bacteria)
    • Indoor
    • Heated to 27/28 degrees Celsius


    • R 200 Refundable Deposit (1 Month Notice Essential)
    • R 105 for 15 mins private (one-to-one)
    • R 100 per session for once per week
    • R 95 per session for twice per week
    • R 90 per session for three or more times per week
  • Smart Swimmers Bergvliet Heated Indoor Pool

    Pool Specifications

    • Easy access with step entry at both sides of pool
    • Chlorinated pool
    • Indoor
    • Heated to 30 degrees Celsius
    • Maximum of two teachers in the pool at any one time


    • R 110 for 15 mins private (one-to-one)
    • R 100 per session for once per week
    • R 95 per session for twice per week
    • R 90 per session for three or more times per week

Our Swimming Teachers

Smart Swimmer Head Teacher Chris Scott

Chris Scott

Head Teacher, Smart Swimmers

Hi! I’m Chris and I own Smart Swimmers. I have been teaching/coaching swimming since 2000 and have worked with adults and children alike of all stages from novice and fearful to international competitors. I have a degree from Brunel University in London, UK in Sports Science on top of my ASA levels 1 and 2 and Swim South Africa learn-to-swim qualification. I am fully qualified and registered with Swim South Africa as are all my teachers. I have a firm but fair approach and always look to get the best out of my swimmers. I coach at the Sun Valley Virgin Active daily as well as at Sun Valley Primary School

Smart Swimmers Teacher Joanne Gibs

Joanne Gibbs

Teacher, Smart Swimmers

I am Jo.
I have been a swimming teacher/coach for 4 years. I firmly believe that being able to swim is a life skill that everyone, both adult and child should have the opportunity to learn. I first became involved in swimming as a parent who would sit on pooldeck for hours watching her daughter train. The club she trained at was community orientated and decided to offer learn to swim lessons. When the club approached me I decided it was a venture I would like to be involved in, little did I know just how this venture would change my life and just how passionate I would become about swimming. I started off teaching one on one, as well as some moms and tots sessions and finally moved on to mini squads, school team swimming and adult squads. I love teaching everyone how to swim, from babies to adults, both in the water and out. I have gone from a learn to swim teacher to a swimming coach at Sun Valley Primary School and just being able to make a difference in the lives of those I have taught has been huge for me.

Smart Swimmers Teacher Emily Steyn

Emily Steyn

Teacher, Smart Swimmers

Hi, I’m Emily and I have been teaching for 10 years. I’m passionate about getting people of all ages confident in the water and allowing them to learn a vital skill in a fun way. I teach through games and play, whilst still ensuring the skills of swimming are learned correctly. I also focus on safety, pool and water awareness for all my students. I can’t wait to work with your little ones.

Smart Swimmers Teacher Eloise Olckers

Eloise Olckers

Teacher, Smart Swimmers

Hello, my name is Eloise; I have been teaching swimming since 2005 and have experience teaching babies (6 month’s), children, children with disabilities (including Down Syndrome) and Adults. I’m originally from the North West Province, where I took part in competitive swimming throughout my career and I also obtained my Provincial Colors in swimming. During 2008 I relocated to Tzaneen (Limpopo) where I was the owner and instructor for of my own swim school. Over the past 8 years I have been working closely with CPR various instructors and together with them we offered Lifesaving and Water Rescue courses to the Search and Rescue department, Municipality of Limpopo and my senior swimmers. I have a passion for helping people and I believe teaching children how to swim is a vital life skill which reduces the risk of drowning. In addition to this It helps to set the tone for a healthy and lifestyle and creates recreation for children from a young age. I am a qualified and certified Swim South Africa, Learn-to-swim and PBSTA, Professional Baby swim instructor and have an up to date CPR Level 2 certificate .

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