Meet our team
Who we are
We are Children of the Water. Zoë and Jojo started this journey on the magical island of ibiza. They bring over 20 years experience in to the water. Our Children of the Water family is growing and we have instructors all over the world. Our team has a holistic approach to the self rescue technique.
Zoë is Co Founder and one of the owners of Children Of The Water. When living in Fiji for a while in 2009, the start of her eldest sons becoming Pro surfers, Zoë got inspired by Self Rescue. Her youngest son Nui, then 1,5 years of age, fell into the pool twice and went straight to the bottom of the pool. Because they were around water all the time, Zoë was determined to get Nui safe in and around water. After completing his Self Rescue course, he was able to swim at the age of 2, which led to the birth of Children of the Water. Together with her best friend Jojo and nowadays growing Children of the Water instructor family, they form an amazing leading team in teaching children Holistic Self Rescue.
Zoë is a qualified Self Rescue Instructor and trainer and is training children and new Instructors all over the world. Zoë is licensed in CPR, First Aid and a certified member of STA.
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Jojo is one of the Co Founders and owners of Children Of The Water. Having attended the famous sports school Millifeld in the UK, Jojo spent many years as a competitive swimmer.
Her self rescue journey began in Ibiza and she has now trained 100’s of babies and children, globally. Along with her team, she has developed and evolved the technique to its unique holistic approach. Jojo is now training instructors who will become part of The Children Of The Water family.
She is also qualified to teach babies from 8 weeks old upwards.is a member of STA and has received her STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching Baby and Pre-School (QCF), Vulnerable Adults Safety Award for teachers, CPR & First Aid trained LifeSaving Certified.
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Gloria, Holland, Den Haag
Gloria was water born. She was living in Hawaii where she spent most of her time riding the waves. Gloria has been a surf instructor for over 10 years teaching children and adults from all ages all around the world. Nowadays she changed the Hawaiian vibes for the Dutch ones with her little tribe; her two children Dreama and Kai. Gloria is a surf instructor, swim teacher and Holistic Self Rescue Instructor and loves travelling, so who knows where she may take our courses next!
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Pleun, Holland, Den Haag
Pleun is our very first instructor in Holland and will start running our Children of the Water courses from February 18th in The Hague.
Pleun is an amazing mother of two young sons. Her love for children runs deeper, through her training as a Doula. Pleun's lifestyle is holistic, living and breathing the surfing way of life.
Pauline, Holland, Blaricum & Hilversum
Pauline’s teachings come from a space of patience and love. These qualities support her work as a Holistic Self Rescue instructor. Her energy and enthusiasm and absolute desire to work with children has now become a reality. We are delighted that Pauline has joined our Children Of The Water family as an instructor, sharing our mission to make every child safe and happy in the water.
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Helma, Holland, Eindhoven
As a child, Helma spent as much time in the water as she possibly could. After receiving all her swimming certificates she continued her journey in the water by gaining a variety of degrees at the life guard association. When her second child was born, Helma realised she wanted to work in the water with children and got her Swim Instructors degree. She’s been working in the water for over 15 years now with babies and children. We are very proud Helma is part of our wonderful team! Helma loves to teach and joins us in our mission, to make sure every child feels safe and happy in the water!
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Krisje started her swimming journey when she was only 10 months old. Her Father often took her swimming in the sea where she felt like a fish in the water. Not long after that she joined a swim school, became a competitive swimmer and won her first medal when she was only 8 years old. Krisje became National Champion of Belgium from fourteen years old until sixteen. When she was nineteen she broke the record of 100m crawl. Krisje was in the National team for 8 years. Not surprisingly, Krisje has been running her own wonderful Aquahouse Swim School for over 30 years and is very passionate about teaching little ones her amazing skills, together with our Self Rescue technique! Besides swimming Krisje loves to travel the world.
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Katie, London (Central)
Katie is an incredible mother with years of experience in the water. Swimming is Katie's life, having started as a competitive swimmer. Swimming background; Qualified with the ASA, levels 1&2. Katie is a fully qualified baby and self rescue instructor. Teacher of British swim school, Pre schools and Adults.
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Nicky, London (Outer)
Nicky has an Early Childhood degree and has 8 years experience as a Montessori Teacher (children 0-5 years). Nicky is a qualified STA baby and toddler swim instructor, has an enhanced DBS, paediatric first aid and safe guarding certificate. Nicky recently gained her certificate with Children of the Water in Ibiza and will be launching our holistic methods initially in North London and Hertfordshire. Nicky, with her previous experience and qualifications, understands the benefits our courses offer in not only a crucial life skill, but in aiding the all round development of the child!
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