Swimming Teachers

Laurel Ledger – Owner , Administrator and Cupcake Baker (swimmers only)

First and foremost I love seeing the progress of a child from a non-swimmer  to a fully confident dolphin in the water. It is always a pleasure to hear of my swimmers achieving gold in their school galas.

Although spending many years teaching I have moved out of the water to run and administer my school but leave the swimmers in very capable hands of my qualified teachers but naughty children beware for the headmistress is always watching!

I have completed and qualified in the following swim courses.

  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • PSTCA (Professional Swim Teachers and Coaches Association) –Level 1
  • PBSTA(Professional Baby Swim Teachers Association) -Babies
  • PSTCA(Professional Swim Teachers and Coaches Association) –Level 2 Advanced Strokes
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) –Level 2 Advanced Strokes
  • ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Coaching of the Novice Swimmer
  • Ron Borrill – “Teaching advanced strokes”
  • Water Aerobics Qualified with PAASA
  • Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR

I pride myself in all my teachers being SDIT, SSA and CGA registered to maintain high standards of swimming education.


Meagan Ledger – Learn to Swim specialising in Autism and Special Needs (Saturdays Only)

I started teaching swimming in 2012 right here at Blairgowrie Swim Academy. I later moved to teaching at an Autism school but found my way back to swimming and now specialises in teaching Autistic and Special needs children to swim.

I am currently studying my PGCE Teaching Degree. I obtained my BA Psychology and Sociology focusing on childhood development in 2015

  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) –Level 1
  • Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR

Although being the youngest teacher, I have great passion, enough to get up and teach at 7am every Saturday morning.


Michelle Gouws – Baby, Learn To Swim, Adults and Stroke Correction Classes (Saturdays Only)

I starting teaching swimming in 1996 and have worked in numerous Primary Schools assisting with coaching school teams including Hurlyvale and Eastleigh Primary Schools.

In 2017 I started working at Holy Rosary School to run the swimming department for both Primary and High School. I currently run my own club and work on Saturdays at Blairgowrie Swim Academy.

  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 2 Advanced Instructors Course
  • PBSTA(Professional Baby Swim Teachers Association) -Babies
  • Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR

My passion is open water swimming and highly encourage all children to partake in these races. So for those who do not listen, you might find yourself signed up to join me.


Irene Thompson – Baby Classes and Learn to Swim

I started teaching in 2000 and have over 17 years of experience.  Although I teach every afternoon at Blairgowrie Swim Academy, I also run my own swim school in Boksburg in the mornings.

Known as the gentle teacher I specialise in cautious and nervous children whose only weakness is naughty boys misbehaving in the swimming pool.

I have completed and qualified in the following swim courses.

  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • PSTCA (Professional Swim Teachers and Coaches Association) –Level 1
  • PBSTA(Professional Baby Swim Teachers Association) -Babies
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) –Level 2 Advanced Strokes
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) – Babies
  • Water Aerobics qualified with PAASA
  • ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Coaching of the Novice Swimmer

Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR


Lee-Ann Kerr – Baby, Learn to Swim and Adult Classes

I have been teaching since 2015 and love seeing the little ones gaining confidence in their swimming ability. I really enjoy the bridging classes and seeing the delight when the babies realise they can swim a little on their own. I teach adults as well and feel very passionately about swimming being a life skill and not just and extra mural. Swimming is a very rewarding career but some days a Vodka Valium Caffe Latte is highly needed.

I have completed and qualified in the following swim courses.

  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) –Level 1
  • SDIT (Swim Dynamics Instructor Training) -Babies
  • Peggy Schoedinger’s- International Paediatric Aquatic Techniques for Swim Instructors (teaching of physically disabled and special needs)
  • Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR

Ali Oosthuizen – Advanced Stroke Correction Specialist

I have always had a passion for swimming with many different swimming backgrounds. From training with Coach Rudi Spoor to participating in the Zoo Lake swimming Club. I feel like I have been teaching swimming since well before the “Rinderpest.” I completed my diploma in Phys. Ed. at the Johannesburg School of Physical Education.

I have completed and qualified in the following swim courses:

  • National swimming Teachers Certificate
  • TODSWIM course with Nell White
  • PBSTA (Professional Baby Swim Teachers Association) -Babies
  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 1 Instructors Course
  • SSA (Swim South Africa) “LTS” Level 2 Advanced Instructors Course
  • Yearly updates on Level 1 First Aid and CPR
  • Attends regular CGA Update Courses to keep abreast of latest swimming knowledge and  rules

My main focus in teaching swimming is strokes, starts, turns and finishes and preparing for galas.  I also bridge the gap between teaching and coaching so that swimmers are prepared for more advanced coaching.