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: KRISTEN STRASZACKER

Swimming taught me so much, not just about the sport itself but about myself as well as so many important life lessons. As a coach, this is something I want to share with all children. I want to aid them in realizing their full potential and the power of the mind.

Certificates:

American Red Cross CPR and Lifesaving

Personal achievements:

Swimming

South African Junior Nationals LCM (2012-2018)
South African Senior Nationals LCM (2013-2022)
South African Short course championships (2014-2022)
South African Olympic trials (2016, 2020)

Junior African record holder 400 IM & 400 medley relay at Junior Africa championship 2015 (Cairo, Egypt)

3rd place 400 IM at Hong Kong World Cup 2017

South African Champion 50 backstroke at SA short course 2020 (Durban, SA)

2ND place 100 back at SA Short course championships 2020 (Durban, SA)

4 x UIW record holder (100 back, 200 back, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay)

3 x bronze medalist for 100 back at CCSA conference championships (2020, 2021, 2022)

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