Meet the Instructors
Rikki Maman (AKA Coach Rikki)
Having drowned when I was 3, I also had the experience of being brought up by a parent who had extreme fear of the water for me as it was an absolute miracle that I survived.
I became an instructor because I was extremely excited with the idea that I could actually be a part of an option for parents that would change their lives forever and empower them with skills to potentially save their children's lives.
After months of planning, Judy's daughter, Kyla Heumann, a seasoned instructor herself to both students and instructor apprentices joined us here in South Africa to facilitate training.
I am the first Infant Aquatics instructor to be trained in South Africa and my experience was just phenomenal. We began training with the aim of reaching out to as many underprivileged children as possible and offer them a chance to learn to swim and survive in an effort to decrease the high number of drownings that happen in the rural townships and villages each year.
Kyla is an unbelievable teacher with such a kind and nurturing approach to the children, having understood that some had never even seen a pool before and were forbidden to be anywhere near water.
Whilst training me, we changed these children's lives one at a time, and I could not be more humbled by the opportunity to learn whilst being a part of something so special.
I really got the most amazing opportunity any instructor could have asked for, having the option to train in one of the only institutes in Johannesburg that offers this program, alongside the support of the Infant Aquatics network.
Being able to join the association in the USA for workshops and conferences and meet Judy just adds so much more to the path in building myself into a confident teacher and business owner.
I look forward to the bright future and the many lives I will save teaching children how to survive.
Nikole Dovey (AKA Coach Nikki)
I was brought up at the coast, in a family with a real passion for water and the outdoors, so I’ve always associated water with fun and quality family time. Some of my fondest memories took place in the water.
I am passionate about an active lifestyle. I love the outdoors and the various activities it lends itself to such as hiking, trail running and mountain biking. I love all water sports from scuba diving and kayaking to water-skiing. Through a career in the health and wellness industry, I have also pursued another passion - that of helping people to improve their quality of life.
When I became a mother, I realised that my family’s close affiliation with water, along with my children’s natural curiosity toward water, would expose them to risks such as drowning. I decided to do research into programs that would equip my children to be water safe, thereby allowing them to safely develop a fascination with and a love for water. This research led me to IA.
I was blown away after seeing the results. In just 6 weeks, my children evolved from being totally reliant on flotation devices to be safe in the water; to being self-sufficient enough to rescue themselves, even if they accidentally fell into the pool fully dressed.
As a result, my son’s confidence when in the water soared, swimming became nothing but a fun activity. My younger daughter too, is enjoying the water more and continues to build confidence on a daily basis. As a parent, the comfort of knowing that my children can continue to develop their love for water, while armed with the skills to do so safely is invaluable.
I wanted to share this comfort with others, I wanted to do what I could to ensure that no family had to needlessly suffer the pain and heart-ache associated with water accidents. The program that IA offers will save lives in an unbelievably short period of time, and I was determined to be a part of this amazing program by becoming an instructor, thereby being able to pass these skills on to other babies and toddlers out there. I couldn’t think of a better job, working with children of all characters and teaching them the life-saving skills I feel so passionate about.