Our Swimming Club
Head Swimming Coaches
Peter hails from Port Elizabeth where he achieved outstanding results as a young Senior Nationals swimmer. He achieved Top 20 World Rankings as an 18 year old albeit during South Africa's sports isolation period. He was rewarded for his efforts with a sport scholarship to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. During his first year in the USA Peter broke the world record for 50 m Freestyle, but was unable to attend the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Sadly he had difficulty fulfilling his goals as the remainder of his career was plagued by shoulder injuries. Peter did, however, achieve 4th place at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Peter's unique understanding of the dynamics of the sport in South Africa has led him to establish the most successful club in the country (since 1997). Over the past 22 years Peter has proved what is achievable with passion, focus and commitment.
Peter's continuing drive is to select coaches to work within the Waterborn collective who are committed to superior coaching. Peter has represented South Africa and Switzerland at international senior level as a coach on numerous occasions.
Paul is a former competitive swimmer who held the South African record in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle. He is also a national title holder in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle events. Paul won the Midmar Mile twice. He competed until 2000 when he retired. He and his wife Tania (both swimmers trained with Peter at Randburg) started the Albatross Swim Club in 2001. In April 2014 the club was dissolved and Paul joined Waterborn. Paul and Tania have two daughters, Alicia & Kiara. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts – English and Psychology, and Honours in English. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Sports Psychology. He has taught English, History and Maths Literacy at high school since 2008 and is presently employed as an English teacher at Curro Aurora.
Waterborn Squad System
Waterborn coaches pride themselves in having created an identifiable coaching style and seek to extend Waterborn’s leading edge by focusing on:
- A fun, team-based atmosphere of learning from one another.
- Coaching positive, confident and educated athletes with positive self esteem.
- Maintaining team-member consistency by avoiding attrition in the squads.
- Facilitating a working team environment at advanced levels of training.
- Steadily increasing the coach to swimmer ratio in each squad, by training and employing coaches with a common Waterborn mindset and managing the squad’s environment.
- Sharing the coaching load, both at galas and in the training environment, in order to ensure ongoing coaching commitment and motivation.
- Avoiding pre-puberty overload training.
- Encouraging coaches and parents to expand their swimming and coaching knowledge.
- Developing efficient movement in the water.
- Appropriate training loads with respect to the athlete's broader environment.
- Teaching best competitive attitude with regard to performance.
- Teaching optimum race strategy.
- Nurturing relationships amongst coaches and parents to form an effective management unit to guide the athlete's career.
Waterborn has an established squad system whereby swimmers graduate from one squad to another, depending on level of ability and conditioning. At each level coaches utilize different skills in order to ensure compatibility with Waterborn principles such as timeous development of the swimmer’s potential.
The 6 squads are:
(Attendance: 2 – 5 times a week)
(Attendance: 4 – 8 times a week)
(Attendance: 6 – 8 times a week)
(Attendance: 6 – 10 times a week)
(Attendance: 6 – 12 times a week)
Masters & Triathletes
(4 times per week for approximately 1 to 1⁄2 hours)
Waterborn Littlies (Learn to Swim) was co-founded by Peter Williams and Tania Fryer in September 2015 and operates from Curro Aurora Private School. Waterborn Littlies is committed to the development of swimmers in a fun and positive learning environment.