All swimmers started in a local pool where they learned the basics of swimming and fluid dynamics. Teachers were usually independent teachers who used their own pools, although swiming clubs hired municipal pools for their weekly galas, where teaching was also a part of the programme. Schools with their own pools taught swimming as part of school PT. Municipalities did not have the capacity to offer lessons, preferring to leave it to the clubs.

The history of Learn to Swim programmes in South Africa will probably remain unwritten, as little information has ever been published about the industry. Although there were various "swimming teachers associations" over the years, the independent nature of each swim school meant there was little taste for orgainization. Swimmers graduated from the LTS school to an independent swim squad, where the coach would help them improve their times. SAASU had little to do with teachers and coaches becasue they were "professionals", and anathema to the self-imposed strict amateurism of the governing body, who only stepped in to ban any swimmer who dared to take any form of payment for any swimming-related activities. This was the result of their pandering to the British ASA, to whom they applied for recognition when SAASU was forsy established, and whose amateur code they enforced.

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