Baby swimming lessons, Cape Town

Meet the Teachers

Meet Swimmable’s swimming teachers! All of them are qualified with the STA, which is a UK organisation who train teachers globally and aim for a consistent and structured method of teaching. They are a whacky bunch, but they all share a passion to promote water safety, see results from their swimming lessons and make learning to swim enjoyable. Find out more about them below:

  • Leanne Harrison

    Leanne is Swimmable’s Centre Manager as well as being a superb swimming teacher. She worked in PR & Events Management before a change in career to swimming via a year living in Paris! Ooh la la!

  • Carla van der Poll

    Carla has a passion for sport and child development. She studied Sport Science, holds a PGCE & previously taught swimming at the prestigious Somerset College. Carla is a nature lover and has a tendency to adopt animals that need to be taken care of!

  • Chelynn Shone

    Chelynn – Dee (fondly known as Che),  hails from Durban and is currently studying a B.Sc in Physiotherapy at UCT. Along with loving all things water, Che has a passion for people and is extremely excited about being able to make a difference.

  • Dee Lourenco

    Dee was born for the water – competing in swimming, water polo & life saving before teaching in San Diego! She has a dual diploma in Child Development & Montessori Philosophy, which has been hugely beneficial to her swimming teaching.

  • Rifqah Maker

    Rifqah started out doing admin work for a swim school as part of her internship while completing her diploma. The bug bit and she became a swimming teacher. Initially teaching disadvantaged children how to swim, she then decided to take it up as a job.


  • Prince & Bruno

    Prince & Bruno hail from Malawi and makeup our invaluable Operations Team. Responsible for ensuring our pool is kept in tip-top condition, the entire premises are kept clean and lovely at all times and they also run our coffee shop where you are sure to get a legendary Cappuccino!

  • David Palframan

    Dave is currently an MBChB (medical) student at the University of Cape Town where he serves on multiple sports club committees. Throughout his school career Dave swam at provincial level and swimming has always been a passion of his.