Gentle, effective approach

to water safety and swimming

About Us

The Founding of Kidswim

We specialize in teaching children and babies to swim. Water, fun and learning to swim in a stimulating, nurturing environment, which Kidswim was started 15 years ago in Somerset West by Debbie Kimber. As a competitive athlete and a mother she recognised the need to promote water safety and swimming for babies and toddlers whilst using a non-threatening, child centred approach. After undergoing training by Swim South Africa on their ‘Learn-to-swim’ programme she was fortunate to attend the ‘AQUATOT’ training programme offered by Nel White (Pioneer of SSA national toddler swim programme). She’ continued with further training offered by the ‘Professional Baby swim teacher assoc.’ – on the long established ‘ ESB ‘ baby swimming programme.

Kidswim was the first swim school in the Helderberg to offer baby swimming using the more acceptable Gentle methodology. We at Kidswim continue to provide parent education and parent ‘bath routine’ experiences to promote the undeniable value of water safety and swimming from the earliest of ages’. Since then hundreds of happy swimmers have “hatched” in our water and have gone on to enjoy a wonderful relationship with the aquatic environment and have been seen excelling as swimmers, surfers etc. over the years.

Debbie specialises in Babies, toddlers, learn to swim and stroke intro, as well as parent education.


We feel learning is optimal when it takes place in a positive, creative and encouraging environment. Using a holistic approach, with consideration for each child’s unique individuality, whilst promoting self-confidence, self–discipline, and respectfulness, produces optimum results!

Our Teachers

Jane Wentzel

Babies, Toddlers and retainer group swimming.

After numerous years teaching at Beaumont Primary school, Jane decided to venture into teaching swimming.We are fortunate to have Jane as an integral part of Kidswim, where she has over the years, proved herself to be a competent, caring and wonderful teacher.Jane is passionate, experienced and conscientious about her work. Holds Swim SA learn-to-swim qualification and Professional Baby swimming Assoc. certificate (ESB)

Debbie Kimber (founding owner)

Entrepreneur, specializing in Babies, toddlers and beginner stroke.

Debbie is passionate about her teaching, Trained by Nel White (founder of the National Todswim programme and Aquatots). Ongoing training with another Pioneer of Baby swimming - Enid Whelan of the Professional Baby Swimming assoc. LTS certificate from Swim SA. 15 years hands on experience.


Our Facility

Enclosed and heated custom built pool, Optimum depth with a large step, providing place for experimentation and play, simultaneously building confidence. Situated in pretty garden surrounds you will enjoy a natural, not threatening cheerful family orientated environment