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Enabling water confidence in kids


At Polliwog Swim, we aspire to provide quality affordable learn to swim lessons for all ages from 6 months. Our goal is to create safe, confident swimmers while providing the best experience possible. We aim to make a significant contribution to reducing the number of drownings in South Africa and as such, we aspire to enable water confidence in children. We strive to teach skills plus water safety.



Swimming lessons take place at 6 Wolf Kruger Avenue, Sonlandpark. Access to Polliwog Swim is controlled, for safety. There is parking space in front of the building. Our facility has a temperature controlled enclosed heated pool, so even if the weather is bad, we can still continue with lessons. Our pool is kept at a comfortable 30 – 33 ºC. A warm water environment promotes learning.



Limiting the class size to 5 enables us to encourage an enjoyable and safe learning environment. Smaller class sizes allow individual attention for each swimmer. We strive to ensure each swimmer has a happy swimming experience with us, and for each parent to have peace of mind. Below is a description of the type of lessons we offer. Swimmers are assessed and placed in the type of lesson appropriate for their age and/or abilities.

  • Baby Classes for babies age 6 months to 3 years
    Babies join the water with a parent/caretaker. This class focuses on water adjustments, basic skills, pool exploration and water safety. Our program is based on the Swim Dynamics Instructor Training methods of instruction. Swimmers are evaluated twice a year to track their progress.
  • Beginner Classes for swimmers age 3 upwards to adults
    This class focuses on building confidence, water safety and skills. All the recognised strokes, Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breast Stroke and Butterfly, are taught. Swimmers are evaluated twice a year to track their progress.
  • Pre-Schools
    We offer classes at the premises. It is the responsibility of the school to bring swimmers to the facility. Our program is based on the Swim Dynamics Instructor Training methods of instruction. Swimmers are evaluated twice a year to track their progress.
    We are able to offer an improved swimming and/or aerobic experience for children or adults with special needs through our knowledge of different conditions and adaptations in the water. Our service offering is based on a medical history risk assessment and agreed prior to commencement of classes.

    We do not offer therapy for children or adults with special needs.
    These classes are fun and filled with great exercises to tone your whole body and increase cardiovascular and strength levels. Impact on the joints are eliminated, blood circulation, digestion & bone density improved, and even symptoms of osteoporosis & asthma, in most cases, are relieved.



Fees from September 2018 (on premises)

Baby Classes

2 lessons a week

R 460 p/m

1 lesson a week

R 280 p/m

Per private individual lesson

R 390

Toddler Classes

2 lessons a week

R 430 p/m

1 lesson a week

R 250 p/m

Per private individual lesson

R 340

Water Aerobics

2 lessons a week

R 400 p/m

1 lesson a week

R 240 p/m

Registration Fee: R250 per swimmer - once off (Includes swim cap)

All prices include VAT and are subject to change.

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Peace of Mind


Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death amongst children ages 1 – 4. Learning how to swim is an important skill for both parents and children. New studies indicate that teaching children to swim between the ages of 6 and 12 months old is a great way to build their confidence in the water while at the same time teaching them water safety skills. Drowning is a real risk for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately one out of every five people who die from drowning are younger than 14. By teaching your children swimming skills, you equip them with water skills that can increase water safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to teach children to swim for water safety. However, even children who know how to swim are not immune from drowning. You must always supervise your children in the water, even when they know how to swim. Learning to swim without floatation devices teaches children a respect for the water and keeps them safe.


  • Why must my child wear disposable swim diapers?
    All children who are not completely toilet trained, are required to wear disposable swim diapers for health and safety reasons.
  • What temperature does The Swim School keep their pool water?
    Everything we do is with your child’s comfort in mind. Our pool is kept at a comfortable 30 – 33 ºC. A warm water environment promotes learning.
  • What do we need to bring to swim classes?
    That’s easy! Bring swim suit, towel, and a can-do attitude. Goggles and ear plugs are optional!
  • How long will it take my child to learn to swim?
    Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal answer to this question. Every child is unique and therefore learns to swim at a different pace. However, practice and exposure are the keys to learning. Therefore, if you want your child to learn fast you need to take them to the pool regularly, this means two or more times per week. The earlier a child is exposed to swimming the faster they will become comfortable enough to learn effectively. Positive reinforcement and consistency are vital for your child’s success. Regardless of what the final goal may be, we feel it’s important that the child learns to have a love and respect of the water.
  • What if my child is scared or cries?
    It is common for a child to cry or be afraid when starting something new. Learning trust is a big part of swimming. Trust is gained over time, not just a few lessons. Our teachers are trained to deal with the most fearful of swimmers. Talking with the child, playing games, singing songs, and playing with toys are techniques used to help ease the child into the class. If you need assistance with your child, please let our team know. We want all children to feel comfortable and happy! How can you help? Provide smiles, consistency and praise. If your child cries, avoid taking them out of the water. Try to comfort the child while still in the pool. If young swimmers are allowed to get out of the pool every time they cry, then they are going to associate being upset with getting out of the pool which will defeat the purpose of the lesson.
  • Should the parents be visible during class?
    If the child is distracted by seeing Mom or Dad and the teacher is having a hard time keeping the child’s focus, it might be better for the parent to be out of sight. The teacher will have an easier time bonding with a swimmer if Mom or Dad is temporarily out of view. Once your child has settled into the class, we enjoy having parents on deck clapping and cheering for their child’s successes.
  • Does Polliwog Swim offer catch-up lessons?
    Polliwog Swim’s goal is to create safe, confident swimmers while providing the best experience possible. One way we achieve this high level of comfort and confidence in the water is to provide our swimmers with a consistent schedule from week to week. We do not offer catch-ups or refunds for missed lessons. We have found that adding children to classes for catch-ups disrupts the rhythm of the class. Please do your best to attend your scheduled classes.
  • Are your teachers certified and insured?
    All of our teachers are certified through Swim Dynamics, and insured for every student.

About Us


  • SDIT – Learn to Swim level 1
  • SDIT – Baby Swimming course
  • First Aid & CPR


  • Todswim Instructors Course
  • Learn to Swim Instructors course
  • SDIT – Learn to Swim level 1
  • First Aid & CPR

Contact Us

Cell: 083 263 0248

Work: 016 429 1997