John holds a BS degree from UCLA, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. He’s been Chair of the AHA Los Angeles CPR Training Centers network, and been involved in many drowning prevention charities, and swim organizations over the years. His life is based on the spiritual principles of kindness, compassion and service.
As John looked into the eyes of his first swimming youngsters, in 1991, he asked himself “What do people want to be in life?”—Happy… And from the look of his students was then born our name “Happy Swimmers.” Twenty-two clients made up our first year. With a commitment to quality and teaching swimming from a kind-hearted, LOVE based method in the comfort of ones own pool, over 20 years later and over 500 families a season now show our philosophy has paid off. There is a bond that forms between our precious students and our kind instructors, and that trust is what propels the lessons to their beautiful results, all done in a nurturing, gentle format, or its not Happy Swimmers.
Namaste, God Bless, Shalom,
Robert Bracken, Happy Swimmers Swim Instructor Booking Manager, and Swim Client Relations.
After retiring from a 25 year career with Air France at the end of 2006, Rob created a consulting company that specializes in several areas including swim instruction. He began swimming competitively in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) meets at the age of 10. By the age of 13, he was teaching swimming to neighborhood children including those with special needs and those with a fear of water. Rob thinks that being young at heart is a reason that both children and adults trust him. “After all, swimming is fun and that is what has to be conveyed to a student. There is nothing better than seeing a smile on the face of someone who has just overcome a fear or an obstacle to fulfill a goal.” With teaching water safety and confidence as the number one priority, he individualizes each lesson to the needs of the student with emphasis on creativity and fun.
Greetings! I am beginning my 9th season as the Lifeguard Manager with Happy Swimmers, and this is my 15th season working with aquatics programs, in general. I also work as a Pool Manager with the City of San Jose Parks and Recreation Department, and this year will be my 10th season working with that program. I started my work in aquatics as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and have been blessed to work in many facets of various pool programs. I am currently certified in CPR/FPR with AED, First Aide, Lifeguarding, and as a Water Safety Instructor. I also have been a CPR/First Aide instructor with the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) for 6 years. I look forward to working with you all this season and wish you a wonderful summer!
Peggy has been “Peggy in Paradise” since 1999, when she moved to Kauai from Seattle, Washington, where she worked as a budget analyst for Seattle University. Her goals in life are to help others, help make the world a better place, and to have a lot of fun doing it. Her motto is “Expect the Best!” She likes to walk, garden, bead, make dolls, and watch Elvis movies with her sweetheart.”