Head Swimming Coaches 

Peter Williams

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 Fryer

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:

Stroke Correction

Aspiring swimmers are instructed on the basics of good stroke mechanics, kicking and proficient breathing, specifically with regard to breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle. Dolphin kicking and butterfly stroke drills may be taught depending on the strength of each swimmer. Swimmers learn the rules of competitive swimming and how to dive and turn.

(Attendance: 2 – 5 times a week)

Promising Juniors

Swimmers develop all strokes and should be competitive at the individual medley. They should demonstrate a willingness to improve competitiveness. Increased training enhances the aerobic base from which to further explore their talent. Swimmers should have a thorough understanding of how to implement basic stroke drills correctly.

(Attendance: 4 – 8 times a week)

Junior Age-Group

Swimmers may still be participating in other sports, but show an inclination towards competitive swimming. Maturing athletes are expected to commit fully to swimming fitness and training discipline thereby preparing for a future in competitive swimming.

(Attendance: 6 – 8 times a week)

Senior Age-Group

Athletes have elected swimming as their chosen sport. Training demands increase significantly and athletes are expected to achieve at SANJ and / or Senior Nationals.Inability to commit fully to the training programme will affect the quality of training sessions conducted and consequently disrupt more ambitious trainers.Swimmers should have mastered advanced stroke drills, interval training and high intensity workouts.

(Attendance: 6 – 10 times a week)

Senior Performers

Squad members should have excelled at National and/or International Competitions. Swimmers are fully committed to Waterborn training regimes and are focused on national and/or international competitiveness.

(Attendance: 6 – 12 times a week)

Masters & Triathletes

This squad combines athletes of over 20 years old but up to 65 years old. They may have different swimming backgrounds but combine into a training group which swims together 4 times per week for approximately 1 to 1⁄2 hours. Swimmers may compete in triathlon series, Ironman events or provincial, national and international competitions.

(4 times per week for approximately 1 to 1⁄2 hours)

Waterborn Littlies

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.