With the increasing number of parents who wish to ensure that their children are water safe, the Learn to Swim wing (fondly referred to as our Sailies), under the banner of Ashton Swimming Academy (Sails) has grown. Coaches Liz Armitage, Sam Nyschenns and Taryn Machen coach this little group from the age of 5, and these lessons are all available to the broader community. Our special Grace Wing students who are on the autism spectrum are introduced to the water by Coach Sam and Bruce Curtis, all who are Swim SA trained Learn to Swim coaches.
Even though competitive participation in galas only start in Grade 3, the Foundation Phase swimmers participate in fun galas, and squad training in the early morning sessions continues throughout the year in the heated pool. Many of these swimmers are affiliated to the Ashton Swimming Academy. As they progress to the next phase, Coach Garry Jackson – Swimming Academy Head Coach and the Ashton swimming team coach, takes over. From this age swimmers can compete in the annual KZN gala program, qualifying them for Regionals and Nationals, ultimately giving them the opportunity to be recognised and awarded school colours. Garry has had tremendous success as Ashton’s head coach, and the Senior College won the A League D & D Co-ed Gala as well as placing a close second in 2015 and 3rd in 2017.06.23
Garry has been instrumental in taking his swimmers to the top of their game, and was selected to accompany the 2022 Project Commonwealth team to Ireland next month. Jival Bodlall, a Form 3 student at Ashton is a member of this team.
“Although most of the members of the Ashton Swimming Academy are our own students, it is a privately run club open to the wider comminity and training includes the services of local Biokineticist, Maritza van der Westhuizen,” said Mr Joe Erasmus Managing Director of Ashton International Colleges.