ABOUT US

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy is simple: to help our children to be the best he or she can be – both inside and outside the pool. We strive to teach life skills together with our world-class swimming skills, build a healthy self esteem, and teach our swimmers that you can achieve your goals through dedication, self-believe and hard work.

Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.

The club’s swimmers are skillfully coached under the watchful eye of the Head Coach, Coenie van Graan, who also spends a lot of time preparing the swimmers mentally for upcoming events. Coach Coenie is a strong believer that the coach is just one of the pieces of the puzzle, and that the swimmer itself and his/her parents/guardian form the other pieces.

“This is a combined effort”.

OUR HISTORY AND SUCCESS

Ever since the establishment of Barracudas Aquarama, the club has been a major player to be reckoned with. The club’s swimmers continue to excel at all gala levels and hold various WP and SA records** During June 2012, Coach Heinz took a small team of just 11 senior swimmers to the Stuttgart International Swim Festival (Internationales Stuttgarter Schwimmfest) to compete against the top clubs in the world. Despite being the smallest club present, the swimmers achieved the almost unthinkable by finishing 3rd overall. In the process they’ve won 30 medals and broke 8 records.

MEET OUR FULLY
QUALIFIED COACHES

HEAD COACH & OWNER:
HEAD COACH & OWNER:COENIE VAN GRAAN

MEMBER OF SPORT ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member of the South African Swim Coaches & Teachers Association S.A. NUMBER 840404 COENVAN
  • Member of the USA Coaches Association

CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS

  • CENTURION AKADEMIE – Sport Management – Registered at the Department of Education 01HB03
  • ETA – Personal Fitness Trainer – THETA accreditation NR: 613/P/000007/2004
  • SA – Learn to Swim S.A. NUMBER 840404 COENVAN
  • SA – Level 1 Coaching S.A. Number T/ WPA/2012/0002151

U.S.A. COACHING INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE

  • U.S.A. Coaching Certificate Level 1 Foundation of Coaching 30% of coaches in the USA.
  • U.S.A. Coaching Certificate Level 2 The Stroke School 45% of coaches in the USA.
  • U.S.A. Coaching Certificate Level 3 The Physiology School the upper 15% of coaches in the USA.

OTHERS

  • Lifesaving Certificate South Africa
  • First Aid Certificate South Africa
  • Professional indemnity insurance – R 2 000 000

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

Swimming

  • Western Province Schools (2000)
  • South African Short Course Championships (2000)
  • South African Short Challenge Competition (2002)
  • South African Junior Nationals (2003)

Lifesaving

  • Western Province Lifesaving (2000 – 2009) Captain (2005 – 2008)
  • Commonwealth Games SA Coastal Team (2003)
  • South African Record – 50-meter dummy relay (2002)

Biathlon

  • Western Province Biathlon (2003-2013) Captain (2004-2012)

Over 14 Years competitive coaching experience.

Coach Coenie van Graan

E-mail: coenievg@warc.co.za

Cell: 084 673 9598

SENIOR COACH:
SENIOR COACH: HEINZ DITTRICH

Member of sport Associations

Member of the South African Swim Coaches & Teachers Association S.A.
– NUMBER 411106 HEIADITT
Member of the USA Coaches Association.
Member of the International World Coaches Association.
Private Member of the Stretch Institute
Member of Mind Training for Swimmers

Coaching Certificates Loughborough University England
B.A.W.L.A Schools Weight training Certificate
Fitness Development Cert. – Athletics
ASA Swimming Club Coach Cert. *

U.S.A. Coaching International Certificate Swimming
U.S.A. Coaching Certificates:
– Level 1 Foundation of Coaching (30% of coaches in the USA)
– Level 2 The Stroke School (45% of coaches in the USA)
– Level 3 The Physiology School the upper (15% of coaches in the USA)
– Level 4 The Administration School the top (5-8% of coaches in the USA)
– Level 5 The Leader ship School composed (2-5% of coaches in the USA)
U.S.A. Certified Aquatic Director 11/15/2011 – ASCA – 423-HS
U.S.A. Certified Program Director August 2015 – Sole License Learn to Swim America Cape Town

S.A Coaching & Teaching Certificates
Learn to Swim Instructure Course Reg.T/WPA2015/0003800 HEINDITT
Level 1 South Africa
Level 3 South Africa 2016
Level 1 South Africa 2017

Special Awards
Bellville Sports Federation: Sports Administrator of the Year – 2001.
Western Province Meritorious Award 2010
Western Province Honors Award 2013

Others
Triathlon Coaching Certificate Level 1 South Africa
Miami Health Studios Strength & Fitness 1st Class & 2nd Class South Africa
Swimming Teachers Certificate Category A & B South Africa
Senior Artificial Respiratory Certificate South Africa
Silver & Bronze Lifesaving Certificate Germany
Bronze Lifesaving Certificate South Africa
First Aid Certificate South Africa

Performance Fitter-Faster-Better
We cater for all levels, from social to highly competitive. Our achievements on Provincial, National and International level speak for itself. We use the latest scientific know how to enhance the athletes performance within his/hers ability. 2014-2015 Performance 22 South African National age group records and 58 Western Province age group records.

Senior Coach: Over 50 years’ experience in Aquatic Performance and learn to swim.

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