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COTW Amsterdam is a joint venture of COTW en Swim4Survival

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Kara is Co founder and fellow owner of Children of the Water Amsterdam. For more than 8 years Kara has been teaching Self Rescue in Amsterdam, a true expert. She trained our very own Zoë van Straalen as an instructor. As an American she was very familiair with the Self Rescue Technique and found out that in Holland and even Europe these life-saving swimming programs for children were obsolete, so she decided to develop it herself. As Kara shares:  “There were a lot of questions and desires to take a course here in Amsterdam, without any possibility. In America these classes have been offered for over 40 years and with this country being surrounded by water, it surprised me that there wasn't any such course available here. After doing some research I decided to train to be an instructor and start giving lessons. I have a passion for water, I was/am an avid surfer when I lived in Virginia Beach, America and whenever we travel and there is a possibility to be in the ocean I'm in it! Given this passion for water and being able to share and teach babies how to safely enjoy being in the water made it the perfect mix! I trained/studied and received my certificate from Joy McGinty of SouthWest Aquatics/PediaSwim Academy. My training included over 100 hours of pool instruction including child psychology and physiology. I was also licensed in CPR and First Aid during my training. I've entrusted my own children (son 11 months old and my daughter 14 months) with these lessons as you can see in the videos, that's how much I believe in this program! I look forward to meeting you in the water!! I speak Dutch fluently, and English is of course my native language.


Mariëlle, Amsterdam

Mariëlle Hoogervorst is a mother of Koen & Bram and is a stewardess for more than 20 years; but when she’s not in the air she feels one with the water. Since a young age she has had a love for water, which led her to start teaching ABC swim lessons in 2016. After teaching for 3 years she realised that the dangerous gap currently held from baby to the standard age of swimming ABC could be resolved after following Children of The Water on instagram. The passion and excitement in seeing these young children practice these life-saving skills, matched her own to learn how to teach them, which is how her journey started with us! In combination with the training she already had as an ABC swim instructor she’s continuing to use her energetic, happy, and calm approach to make children comfortable; enabling them to overcome fear and gain confidence quickly in the water. We are proud that she has joined our family in Amsterdam and will continue to help us achieve our mission in making every child safer and happier in the water!

Courses & Prices

In Amsterdam we will run set courses all year.

We offer:

  • Self Rescue course from crawling age, private one on one, 20 sessions in 10 days €895,- (from 1st May 945€)

  • Swim Float Swim for all children who have successfully completed our Self Rescue Course and will take them further onto their swim journey, private one on one, 20 sessions in 10 days €895,- (from 1st May 945€)

  • Swim Training for children who are already independent in the water (3+) and for those who have completed our Self Rescue and Swim Float Swim programs, private one on one, 20 sessions in 10 days €895,- (from 1st May 945€)

  • Maintanance swimming lessons, private one on one, €37,50 per lesson

  • Refresher course for children who have done the course but haven’t been in the water for a while, 5 days 2 times a day 15 mins per lesson. One on one. €425



Jan van Galenstraat 315



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