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Gaborone Aquatic Centre – home of Waterbabies used to be the only 25m indoor, heated aquatic facility in the country. Situated in Kgale View, this facility is home to various aquatic options catering for all levels of participation both young and old as well as beginner or more experienced. Since inception in 2005 Gaborone Aquatic Centre has taught and coached more than 6000 children of all levels and imparted swimming skills to more than 2500 adult non/beginner swimmers.

The owners, Debbie and Craig Rouse, both from various sporting backgrounds have a cumulative 35 years of swimming experience. They have also competed at various levels competitively, and have been involved with swimming in Botswana at a grass roots level. Furthermore, they have been very instrumental in the awareness, development and growth of the sport at safety, recreational and competitive levels. Both are qualified Instructors, and Debbie is currently the only qualified infant/toddler instructor in Botswana. Instrumental in the development of many of our National swimmers, as well as one of Botswana’s first Olympians John Kamyuka, Debbie and Craig have traveled throughout the country teaching and coaching swimmers and elevating and improving skills of teachers and instructors.

Courses on offer


Their adult classes are designed to be fun, intergrative and build confidence. The course is structured over a 5 week period consisting of two lessons per week in the evenings, totally 10×45 minute classes in all. The course will cover introduction and familiarization in water, back and front floating, basic stroke technique in all 4 strokes and diving. By the end of this course most of our students have grasped the basics of swimming and are able to swim short distances.


An Aqua Aerobics class is a 45min exercise session in the water, anyone can participate regardless of your fitness level & NO swimming skills are required. This is an effective activity for those who want to keep themselves toned, lose some weight, recover health or just want to have some FUN.


All new students to our facility will be required to be assessed prior to being put into a class – this ensures that the child is placed in the correct skill level according to his/her ability. Their learn to swim program covers a vast area of swimming and is designed to take the most beginner swimmer to a level of advanced correct technique in all aspects of stroke and all related activities.

These classes are kept small with only 4 children per instructor and are 30 minutes in duration. First and foremost their focus is to ensure that all aspects of safety in and around water become instinctive. Thereafter they build confidence and spontenaity and depending on development and motor skills, start teaching basic correct technique. This is built upon until such time as the swimmer is proficient in every area and is ready to move onto the next level which involves preparation for competition.


Founded by Nel White, this infant/toddler program is a sing song parent-tot group approach to teaching infants swimming skills. Tuition is through the parent or care-giver whom accompanies the child in the water. The atmosphere is happy and relaxed. Participation in the program not only provides the infant with a better chance of survival in the water, but encourages all-round development, enhancing motor skills, perceptual abilities, social interaction, confidence, coping skills and parental bonding.

Corporate Team Building events are available on request.

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