Los Angeles (LA) Swim Instructor
Private Swim Instructor

Also Swim Instructor Staff Serving the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena area, Santa Clarita Valley, and Ventura County.

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Alex Sataloff, Lifeguard and Private Swim Instructor

I have been teaching swim lessons for 3 years.

I worked for an old swim instructor of mine for 1 year and have worked for private clients the past 2 years. I love working with children and teaching them new skills. watching them work and master a skill is so rewarding. I have worked with children with autism for the past 2 years, and I plan on studying special education at the University of Kansas next year.

I’ve lifeguarded for a few family friends birthday parties. I love to lifeguard because I love to work around the water. I like to make sure anyone in the water is having fun, but of course being safe. My favorite part of lifeguarding events is when I have the opportunity to work children’s parties and invent water games for them to play. I’m very fun and easy going and work well with children.

I serve the LA metro communities of Santa Monica, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland/West Hills, among others.

Anabelle Cloutier-Chaine, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

home in Westchester, Los Angeles

2 years experience teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding

Some common areas I serve:Westchester, El Segundo, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills, and serving the San Fernando Valley by appointment.

I love teaching swimming, especially to young girls who are either rambunctious or shy, I learned how to swim when I was four years old and I still remember all of my swim instructors. I love being able to help kids overcome fear of the water and share my passion for the water with as many people as I can. I have worked with Happy Swimmers since 2015 and I have been teaching my siblings and cousins to swim since I was 10 years old.

I have life guarded with Happy Swimmers since 2015, and before that I was guarding in my neighborhood for private parties. I enjoy working in a more relaxed, private setting, and I love watching people have a good time while also staying safe.

Angela Nichols, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

home in Anaheim, 10 years experience!

10 years experience swim teaching!

General Areas I serve: Orange County base and closer L.A. County areas.

In my ten years as a swim instructor I have taught swim lessons to children of all ages, adults learning to swim for the first time, and adults taking lessons to improve technique. I have experience with students with special needs, stroke work, and water polo. My favorite part of teaching swim lessons is seeing my swimmers become more confident in the water and their abilities. I was a competitive swimmer for twelve years and played Water Polo through High School. I speak French, and I am Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certified.

My favorite thing about Event Lifeguarding is the opportunity to be a part of your special day! I have ten years of lifeguard experience including open water, summer camp, water park, and poolside. I am also a swim instructor and have many years of experience working with children.

Antonio Beldie, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

home in Koreatown

6 years experience swim teaching and lifeguarding

General areas served: Hollywood, West LA, Studio City, Burbank

SWIM INSTRUCTOR: I grew up around water most of my life but I really gained my passion for swimming in High school. I have taught for over 6 years now for multiple companies and facilities. Over my many years of teaching I have been able to piece together my own style of teaching that combines fun with efficiency! I love swimming and I love teaching people to swim, especially children and beginners because swimming is such an essential skill to have and it also can lead up to gaining a passion to an amazing sport!

EVENT LIFEGUARD: Safety is always a must! Growing up around water I know the unexpected dangers children and adults can face while being in a pool that’s why prevention is the most important thing. Being a Lifeguard for over 6 years I have worked in different cities and different facilities. I have always loved being a Lifeguard and knowing that I give people a relief and that they feel safe and I have always thought that you could mix little bit of fun in there while on duty!

Advanced Certifications: Water Safety Instructor, Emergency Oxygen training

Briggitte Kroetz, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

Chatsworth

6 years swim instructor experience

Common areas served:Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City

I swam competitively for 15 years of my life. I started teaching swim lessons 6 years ago. I am currently working as a lifeguard at Pierce College and teaching swim lessons there as well. I also coach CCAT swim team at Pierce College. I like teaching swim lessons because I get great gratification out of seeing progress in my students and I love working with people. A fun fact about me is that I speak Spanish.

I started lifeguarding for private events 5 years ago. I began doing it on my own and when I was old enough, I applied to work for companies. Three and a half years ago, I started lifeguarding at Pierce College. I like lifeguarding events because you get to meet new people (Sometimes famous) and usually the events are very cool and exciting.

Caitlin Neapole, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Brentwood; 2 years swim teaching experience :)

Caitlin serves all of West LA, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Encino

I’ve been working as a swim coach for the past two summers. I coached swimming lessons, competitive swimming, masters swimming and water polo to all ages! I also have experience working with children who have special needs in the water. I’ve grown up as a competitive swimmer and have played varsity water polo throughout high school. I’m super excited to be playing water polo next year for my university!

Charismatic Esau, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

East Los Angeles

 I have been a Swim Instructor for almost 2 years. My students range from toddlers to competitive swimmers and adults. I teach comfort in the water, basic swimming, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Therefore, I will be working on my degree in Kinesiology at USC. On the other hand, I also love seeing kids smile and progress in the water. It gives me tears when kids give me a hug especially parents that I did an excellent job!.

I’ve had students that I started teaching at 6 months old, and I’ve got to see them grow over the years which is beyond rewarding. Knowing that I taught them something that they’ll keep forever is really satisfying. I’ll never get tired of the bonds I make with students and their parents, too.
A fun fact about me! people love to build a strong bond around me because I am such a charismatic person!

I have been a lifeguard for 5 years now, I love the water a job that’s always near the water and it has been a big passion for me!.
A fun fact about me: I can be a very funny person when I am off duty!

I serve most East LA communities

Chris Martinez, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard

La Palma

Swim Instructor Bio:

Teaching swim lessons is rewarding because you are essentially saving a kid’s life by teaching them how to be safe in and around the water. Nothing is better than seeing a child progress over a short amount of time from being a non-swimmer to a proficient swimmer. I have 12+ years of competitive swimming underneath my belt and have many tools to work with children of all ages and abilities to teach them how to become better swimmers themselves. In my spare time I like to go to the beach and surf, because I can’t stay away from water!

Lifeguard Bio

I have been lifeguarding for the past 4 years at many different locations throughout the Orange County area, and for the college that I attend. My experiences as a lifeguard and a collegiate swimmer have taught me to notice which kids are strong swimmers and which kids are not, that way I am able to keep a closer watch on those that are not as strong of swimmers. While lifeguarding I remain focused and on high alert at all times to be ready for anything. I have experience lifeguarding busy public pools and watching kids of all ages.

Common areas I serve: La Palma, Cerritos, Cypress, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Buena Park, Anaheim areas

Christina Pasetta, Regional Lifeguard Manager

Regional Lifeguard Manager, 18+ years experience lifeguarding

Regional Manager of Event Lifeguards. Contact me through the website contact form, for anything lifeguard for hire related once you’ve made your online booking.

For questions up to making your booking, use the contact form for our owner, Jenn.  Have a happy and safe party!  Christina

Event Lifeguard Bio: From my first big swim in the Pacific, and subsequent pummeling from an unexpected wave, I have loved lifeguards. I became a Jr. Lifeguard at age 7 after my unfortunate tossing in the white water, and began to understand the importance of water safety. The foundational learning of this program gave me the passion for ocean and pool awareness I have today. During my formative years, I began to play water polo and lifeguard after practice for our school’s younger swimmers. I continued to play competitively in college and became a Jr. Guard Instructor as well as an Ocean Lifeguard. My love of the water has stayed with me even when I became a Zookeeper after earning my bachelor’s, where I swam for exercise. The observational skills and preventative efforts I practiced daily when caring for Orangutans and Harbor Seals helped maintain my lifeguarding prowess. When I became a researcher of Orangutans in Indonesia and began my graduate schooling, I knew event lifeguarding would be a great way to support my education while honing my observational techniques. Scanning the trees for primate behaviors is perfect practice for scanning the water area for potentially distressed swimmers and vice versa. I love all primates, humans included, and I will work hard to keep all of them safe and happy- inside the water and out!

Advanced certifications: Open Water Lifeguard Experience, Scuba cert

Swim Instructor Bio:

15+ years experience teaching swimming! Christina generally serves Santa Monica and the Westside, from the Ocean to West Hollywood Hills.

She says: The moment I see swimming “click” in a student, I feel a wave of happiness- their giant smile glowing, where once a timid or nervous excitement challenged their own self-confidence. I have seen hundreds of these smiles, from young ones to golden aged students, and it never fails to fill me with a sense of purpose.

I try to apply all my years of teaching swimmers to each and every new student’s learning abilities. What may work for one does not always transfer. When I was a zookeeper, I learned that positive reinforcement is the best and least stressful way to teach even the most stubborn tiger or sea lion to accept medical treatments, and swim beautifully (even the tiger!). Hopefully, none of my human trainees will be as tough, but I am up for the challenge!

As a Master’s student in Anthropology, I have learned to apply my observational skills to the pool too. Knowing how a student can adapt to the new challenge of swimming is not unlike understanding how different cultures learn to adapt to societies’ challenges.

I plan to use all my various experiences from Jr. Lifeguard instructor, Beach Lifeguard, Zookeeper, and Grad school to influence the unique and focused attention I will give while teaching a new swimmer.

Everyone deserves the ability to enjoy swimming and feel confident too. I can’t wait to welcome others into the water 🙂

Claire Bauer, Swim Instructor

Porter Ranch, all over the Valley Girl :)

8 years experience swim teaching!

Some of the city areas I serve:Northridge, Encino, Van Nuys, Burbank

I have been teaching swim lessons since I was 15 (it was the very first job I ever had!) and I still love it to this day. I’ve worked with babies as young as 6 months all the way up to teenagers preparing for high school swim teams. I also have taught beginning to advanced adult lessons. I am a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, so I love tailoring lessons to each individual! No matter the age or ability level, the best part is seeing the progress someone makes when they overcome previous obstacles, such as putting their head underwater or diving in the deep end!

Dallas Black, Private Swim Instructor and Lifeguard

Seattle

Hi, I’m Dallas. I have been teaching swimming lessons consistently since February of 2017. I teach a wide range of levels from beginning pre-school ages all the way to higher teenage levels. I work patiently and effectively with each child, giving each child equal time to work on techniques as well as making time for fun but educational activities. I find instructing an incredibly rewarding experience that allows me to pass on a skill to a child that they will use for the rest of their lives. I am a fully trained lifeguard with certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED.

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995. When I was 2 years old, my family moved to Southern Utah, near Zion National Park. I grew up spending most of my time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, camping, canyoneering, and most of all swimming during the long and hot summers experienced there. After graduating from high school, I moved to Seattle, Washington where I attended Highline College. There in Seattle, I experienced great music, incredible scenery, and made many amazing friends. Through my college, I was presented with the opportunity to become a lifeguard and a swim instructor. I found a true interest and love in the profession, building strong connections with fellow co-workers, regular patrons, as well as the children I taught. This summer (2017) I was given the unique opportunity to live in Hollywood, California. Here I aim to build more strong connections and increase my increase my experience within the aquatic community.

I serve the Greater Seattle area.

David Scates, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

Sherman Oaks

Swim Instructor role: Growing up in the West Valley with a backyard pool, I learned to swim at a young age and got into water polo during high school and college. Water sports like surfing and sailing are hobbies of mine and I first started teaching private swim lessons shortly after I started my teaching career at Hoover High School in 1996. I still currently teach Health and PE while also serving in my Coast Guard reserve unit in San Pedro as a First Class Marine Science Technician. My son in grade school has been competing for two years on a swim team and loves it. All kids should have that opportunity.

Event Lifeguard role: Aside from the last two years working for Happy Swimmers, friends and family would ask me to act as a life guard for pool parties and functions when I became Red Cross certified for water safety and CPR. A good life guard takes preventative measures to mitigate potential hazards by identifying them early before the function begins. Done properly, pool saves are few and quick. I love the anticipation of potential challenges that each venue may pose and being a part of a random family”s fun safe memories they will have.

Edita Asiryan, Event Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Los Angeles

Los Angeles

I have 2 years experience serving general areas including Beverly Hills, Burbank, La Crescenta as a lifeguard for hire.

Competitive swimmer and former water polo player. I love teaching and hanging out with the kids!

Edson Paiz, Lifeguard LA, OC, SD and CPR Instructor

Reseda, 8 years experience!

I am a Swim instructor who has taught lessons for 4 years. I enjoy teaching because I too learn something new each time I give a swim lesson. Swimming is therapeutic to me and I enjoy sharing the therapy with others.

Hi, I’m Edson, a watermen who has been involved in water safety for the last 8 years. I have worked with different departments in the LA area. I have experience the open water environment (lakes and reservoirs), the ocean environment (beaches) and the pool environment. My scope continues to grow as I continue to push the envelope. I enjoy working together with people so that everyone can enjoy a hot summer day at the beach, lake and or pool.

Edson is game to travel just about anywhere in Southern CA, we kid you not. He is passionate about guarding and has taken difficult to fill jobs off the beaten track to keep kids safe. 🙂

Elizabeth Johnson, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

Long Beach, 10+ years experience!

10+ years experience!

Some of the communities I serve:Long Beach, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Lakewood

Hi! My name is Lizzie, I am 26, and am currently a Kindergarten teacher. I have been teaching for four years and recently graduated with my Masters degree in Elementary Education; teaching children both in the water and in the classroom are passions of mine. I have been swimming since I was 8 years old and have a deep love for the water and teaching life saving water safety skills. I swam competitively beginning at age 8 and swam through high school. I began to coach competitive swimmers 8 years ago in Seattle; I have also taught swim lessons for 10 years. I am passionate about teaching children about water safety while instilling a love of water! I am comfortable working with all ages and have extensive experience with private and group lessons with children ages 2-10. I am looking forward to providing high-quality and enjoyable lessons for your child!

Emery Gajdos *has pool access, Swim Instructor

Burbank, 12 years experience!

12 years swim teaching experience!

Generally serving communities likeBurbank, Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks, Encino

Hello, My name is Emery and I’m entering my 12th yr of teaching swim lessons from ages 3.5 yrs old to adults. I also teach flip-turns and diving. I teach from Beginning to Advance levels. I also have experience in teaching Special Needs students….ie. Autism and Asperger syndrome. My goal is to make my lessons as fun and as enjoyable as possible while still focusing on the main structure of learning to swim. I have taught over 250 students and have had extremely GREAT success! I get great joy when I finally see my students swimming solo….even if it is for a couple of sec’s. SUCCESS!!!!! 🙂 I am very athletic and focus on swimming, running, & cycling. Have done twice the 1000 meters ocean swim for LA Co. lifeguarding (completed both) & have done 3 LA Marathons (completed all 3….last one in 2014). I am very focused but also have lots of fun….In teaching & in training. I love kids cause I AM ONE TOO….But a bit older! hahaha! So may this year be a GREAT n Safe Swim Season for all and a very Enjoyable one as well. So let’s all have Fun n Start Swimming! Thank you!

Evan Richardson, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

Silver Lake

Hi I’m Evan and I have been teaching swim lessons for 3 years now, not only that but I have also been a assistant swim coach for a Club Swim Team for about 3 years as well. I have taught so many kids with different levels of ability that everyday I go into work it’s always something new which is what I like cause it keeps me on my toes and gives me new opportunities to learn more about teaching swim lessons. Kids swim lesson are not the only teaching I have done, I also teach adult swim lessons, and special need children how to swim and enjoy the water. My favorite part about teaching swim lessons is when the kids get in the water and they kinda freak out a little bit or even a lot. This makes my day because this is something so new to them and I’m the lucky one to teach them. Once we get used to the water I am able to work with them and let them become less hesitant with the water to then be able to teach them how to swim. As they become more experienced as the lessons go on you see a change from the first time they jump into the last time, this makes it all worth it.

I’m originally from Illinois and I decided to move across the country to call this my home! Why because of the beautiful weather, go to college to become a Nurse Practitioner and there are so many fun things to do California.


My intentions while guarding are to maintain a safe pool environment, maximize the fun the kids can have (or even adults), and also get to know the patrons on a personal level. I love lifeguarding because I’m able to meet so many people and they all come from different backgrounds and I’m lucky enough to be able to meet so many amazing individuals.

I serve the Los Angeles communities of Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Bel Air, and honestly I’m open to travel anywhere, new places are an adventure.

Giovanni, Lifeguard for hire L.A. through Santa Maria

Santa Maria, splits time with L.A.

Watching someone swim on their own, after teaching them, gives me a great feeling as an instructor. My goal when teaching someone how to swim is to make sure that they’re doing it safely and efficiently. The skill level of the swimmer determines what I will be teaching them.

When lifeguarding, I intend to make sure the area I am responsible for is a safe environment (inside and outside of the water). I believe that safety and fun go hand in hand, because it’s no fun when a swimmer gets injured.

I serve the Central Coast/Los Angeles communities of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Los Angeles, among others.

Grace Fraga, Swim Instructor

Beverly Hills, 10 years experience!

Grace has been a swimming instructor for over 10 years.

Serving communities like Beverly Hills, West LA, Brentwood, Santa Monica

She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, winning medals at local and national competitions. Grace loves teaching swimming and makes sure the kids have fun while learning!

Jenn Levish * has pool, Swim Instructor Manager, LG

S. San Jose, 13 years exp!

Jenn is our CA Swim Instructor Manager, and also remains as a senior swim instructor on staff.  She can come to you, or if you don’t have a pool, use hers in San Jose.

Summers as a swim instructor: 14 years!

Key cities areas she serves: San Jose, LosGatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara

Her specialties: adult learn-to-swim experience, swim team stroke work, water polo, water aerobics, experience with children who have ADHDand autism

My parents had me in the water at 6 months old, and Ihavelovedswimmingfor a long as I can remember. I swam on swim teams (cabana and high school) for 10 years and played water polo for 4 years.I started teaching swim lessons when I was 16and have experience working with swimmers of all ages and abilities. I enjoy teaching technique and stroke work, but regardless of the level,safety is my top priority.

Julio Santos, Swim Instructor

Garden Grove

6 years experience teaching children’s swim lessons

Excellent instructor. Limitedtime available.

Fun/positive/patient 6+ years of experience Also into basketball, boxing, chess, and rap music

Latoya Butts

LaToya Butts, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, CPR Instructor

Inglewood

I began swimming at 1.5 years old and I have been involved in competitive swimming for over 20 years. I have coached a swim team of various ages of swimmers from 4 to 18 and I am an event lifeguard for all ages and pool sizes. I also instruct swim lessons to infants, children, and adults. In addition, I am a CPR instructor across the city of Los Angeles. Outside of aquatics, I am a certified NASM personal trainer.

Lilly, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

Highland Park

I have been a Swim Instructor for one year. I have taught from Parent/Infant classes to adults. I love teaching swim lessons because I love the water and want to get children and adults as excited about water as I am. Fun fact: I love swimming at the beach.

I have also been a Lifeguard for one year. When I’m guarding, I am very attentive and careful to watch every patron in the water. I always make sure to know the level of swimming skills that the patrons have. I love being a lifeguard for events because it is a positive environment and a great opportunity for families to explore the water together.

I serve the LA communities of Pasadena, Burbank, East Los Angeles, Alhambra (anywhere is okay really)

Loren, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

Westwood

Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m so glad to be a part of the Happy Swimmers team! I have spent most of my life in a swimming pool and have 12 years of competitive swim experience under my belt. For the last few years, I’ve served as a mentor/coach to the young swimmers on a local Arizona swim team. To me, it is so important to learn how to swim, and it is equally important to learn how to love swimming. I can work with any level, starting with teaching to love and be comfortable in the pool all the way through to the specifics of strokes and turns in competition. A fun fact about me is that I broke a 25 year standing record in backstroke when I was 8 years old and that I just got back from working in Australia! Can’t wait to work with you!

I have been a lifeguard for one year and am extremely comfortable in the pool and watching over it. To me, it is very important to have lots of fun in the pool, but safety is always number one. I want to make sure everyone at your party is having a great time while keeping it safe.

I serve the LA communities of Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Westwood, Brentwood/Santa Monica, Hollywood Hills, among others. 

Madison Cooper, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Malibu and West SF Valley, 5 years experience!

5 years swim teaching experience!

Communities generally served: Calabasas, Malibu, Westlake, Agoura, Santa Monica

Swim Instructor role:

I have been swimming competitively since the age of 8 and currently swim for Pepperdine University NCAA DI Swimming & Diving Team where I go to school in Malibu, CA. I have experience in teaching all ages from toddlers to adults as well as coaching and giving stroke technique. I have experience coaching for swimmers of all levels and also have experience with open water swimming. I love to pass on my passion for swimming to others and see them gain confidence and appreciation for swimming and water safety while also having fun and learning the value of hard work. Learning to swim is a vital and lifelong skill and I am excited to pass it on to others!

Lifeguard for Hire, 2 years experience:

I have been lifeguarding for the past two years and have experience with different sizes and types of pools including a country club activity pools as well as a 50 meter Olympic size pool. I am always attentive and professional in lifeguarding and am an advocate that safety always comes first. I love being able to meet new people and make sure that they have the best experience possible in and out of the pool!

Other certs:Scuba certified.

Mando Zavala, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Paramount

2 Years experience.

Serving areas like: Long Beach, Orange County,Huntington Beach, Buena Park, La Mirada

Swim Bio: Hello, my name is Armando. I am a Hispanic male i am 5’10 and weigh about 175.  I am very athletic and love to exercise. I’ve played many sports throughout my youth.  I swam and played water polo throughout high school.  I also played other sports outside of school such as soccer,football, and baseball. I began to lifeguard my first year after high school.  I taught swim lessons to kids from the ages of 5-12.  I really enjoyed working with the kids, they always made my day.  It’s truly an amazing feeling knowing you played a big part in teaching a child a valuable lesson that goes a long way. Swimming is a life skill you must learn in my opinion sort of like riding a bike. I take great passion in what I do and safety always comes first.

Lifeguarding in the Summer is one of the best jobs for a college student I believe. What’s more fun then being by the water and soaking in the sun in the midst of Summer? I remember going to the pool every summer and talking to the lifeguards. I always thought they looked so cool and what kid didn’t want to be cool? I have guarded for a little more then a year now and I can honestly say I love it knowing the importance of saving one’s life or being able to prevent a terrible accident is a very important job. Makes you feel like a bit of a hero.

Michelle Medley, Lifeguard, Private Swim Instructor

Northridge

Common areas I serve: Alhambra, Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada

Swim Instructor, 5 years experience

I’ve been a WSI certified swim instructor for five years now. I’ve taught a vast age range, from babies as young as six months old to adults as old as 65. Being a swim instructor is an incredibly rewarding experience. Nothing beats seeing your student progress in their skills.

Lifeguard 🙂

At seventeen, I excitingly earned my lifeguard certification and have been guarding ever since. For six years now, I’ve happily guarded at universities, city pools, and private parties. Through lifeguarding, I try to maintain pool safety while providing a fun environment for patrons.

Lifeguard Instructor, 4 years experience

I’ve been a lifeguard instructor for four years. The bulk of my experience came from certifying students for Cal State Northridge. I’ve taught CPR and First Aid courses, Jr. Lifeguard courses, and basic Lifeguard courses.

Mo, Private Swim Instructor

Los Angeles/ Orange County

Hello, I’ve been actively teaching swim lessons for 4 years and absolutely enjoy each one of my students learning how to swim. There is nothing better than watching my students grow and become confident and comfortable in the water. I love when I establish great relationships with my students. I believe a child learns a lot more when they trust the person that is teaching them especially in the water.I am also big on moving as fast as my student would like me to in our sessions together. Lastly it is important to me that my students understand that I completely respect their space in the water. I look forward to a great summer of wonderful sessions!!!😀

Nanci Hanover, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR Instructor :)

Simi Valley; 30+ years of swim teaching.

Commonly serving areas that include:SFV, TO (Thousand Oaks), Simi, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills.

Swim Instructor Bio: Hello!! My name is Nanci and I have been teaching swimming lessons since the earth cooled! I’m a very patient instructor, having been in education for close to 28 years as a teacher and university professor. I’ve worked with all age levels. The best part of my day is when your child actually realizes that they can be successful and swims to me unaided. It’s very rewarding! I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Lifeguard Bio: As a parent and a lifeguard, safety has always been my number one concern around a pool. I am diligent at my position and take it very seriously. I’ve worked small family parties, and also at large public pools. I look forward to caring for your needs!!

CPR Instructor Bio: I have been a CPR instructor for over 20 years with the American Heart Association. I am also an Emergency Medical Technician. My favorite part of teaching CPR is sharing all the background info with my students so that what I am teaching becomes more real and understandable.

Nate Cieslak, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Northridge. 5 years of experience!

5 years experience teaching swim lessons!

Areas served: I’m willing to cover a wide area of northern LA! I go as far west to Thousand Oaks, to the most eaters point of of Glendale!

Swim Teaching: Hi there! I come from a long background of aquatics, and am always up for a challenge! I get my teaching experience and understanding on the mechanics of swimming, firsthand from 4 years of swimming on my high school team. I began coaching in the spring of 2012 for a small swim instruction company based in Moorpark CA, while simultaneously volunteering with the special olympics for three seasons as a coach in the SanFernando Valley. I pride myself on the fundamentals of water safety, on all levels of learning. I push the boundaries of comfort for my students at times (just as in any challenging subject of learning) but never force students, or have them do anything that exceeds their own abilities. I am patient dedicated, and have the same level of respect for ALL.

Lifeguard for Hire work: Vigilant, preventative, and alert, are all words that belong with a pool side lifeguard on duty. I can help bring a little extra peace of mind to any event or occasion. I bring to the table tactics similar to those of my swim lessons. On duty, I am constantly on the lookout for any possible problem(s), and to the best of my abilities prevent whatever I can before it happens. Water safety is my #1priority when I am present.

Nicole, Lifeguard for Hire

Los Angeles and Orange County

I began teaching swimming lessons five years ago! I have taught group and private swimming lessons at a private country club in Georgia. I then started teaching swimming lessons for Whittier College here in California, last summer. I really enjoyed teaching that Sports Camp at Whittier College because not only did my kids have fun, but I did too! I have been teaching private and group swimming lessons at my local YMCA in Whittier since August of last year. I also teach private and group lessons for babies and parents and special needs. I love teaching swimming lessons because I want the children to love the water as much as I do! My absolute favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is watching the children improve. Knowing that I taught those kids how to swim the correct way is my whole motive!

I began lifeguarding five summers ago at a private country club in Georgia and that is where my love for lifeguarding emerged! I lifeguarded at that country club for three years before I moved here, to California, where I began lifeguarding at Whittier College for the summer! I loved lifeguarding there because they had diving boards and a very deep end which made things a bit more interesting in a day’s work! I have been lifeguarding at my local YMCA since August of last year and it has truly been awesome getting to know the patrons that spend so much of their time coming to the Y, just like me. My intentions when I guard are always to keep the people in and around the water as safe as possible. What I enjoy most about lifeguarding for private events is the closeness and respect I always receive from the hosts and guests. They’re always so grateful and kind to me for my services and that makes me very happy to do my job!

I serve the LA/OC communities of Sherman Oaks, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Whittier, among others.

Paola Chamberlain, Swim Instructor

North Hollywood

11 Years Experience!

Serving areas like:Beverly Hills, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks

Hi there, my name is Paola! I LOVE swimming and working with kids! It’s always fun and an adventure! Swimming has always been in my life (I was an competitive swimmer)! I’ve been teaching this beautiful sport since 2004 with ages 04 to 17 and adults. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and I was also a Youth counselor on a cruise ship! I am excited for the opportunity to inspire others to feel the same way I do about the water! ! Be ready to learn and have a lot of fun! 🙂

 

Robert Bracken, Swim Manager Emeritus, Swim Instructor

Santa Monica, 40+ Years Experience

40+ years swim teaching experience! (we stopped counting after 40 🙂

Rob is also our recently retired Happy Swimmers Nationwide Swim Instructor Manager. He loves teaching in the water, and has agreed to continue serving his past years’ students on LA’s Westside: Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood Hills. He’s a busy guy, even in retirement!

His bio:

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.

Sarah Carter, Swim Instructor

Marina Del Rey, 5 years experience!

5 years experience, some of the communities I typically serve:Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica.

Hi! I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years, water polo for two (in college) and a swim coach for five; I am very knowledgeable and strong when it comes to water activities. Also as the oldest of five children I have worked in childcare for over 22 years, I have the patience and kindness tohelp your child feel more comfortable and confident in the water. I’m a dual Canadian/American citizen but have lived in five countries and four states and consider myself quite open minded and cultured. Newly married and living in Marina del Rey, I look forward to meeting and working with you! 🙂

Stacey Sackin, Swim Instructor

Century City (West LA), 6 years experience!

6 years experience!

General serving the areas ofBeverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Bel Air, and West Hollywood

Hi, My name is Stacey. I been teaching swimming since 2000. This is my 6th year, teaching swimming with this company. I have experience with children of all ages and children who have have special needs. I use toys and songs to enhance learning. I like to be creative. I enjoy what I do. I am very excited to work with your child or children. To help them be comfortable in the pool.

Stefan Bechkovski

Stefan Bechkovski, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Santa Monica. 8 years experience!

8 years experience swim teaching, 11 years as lifeguard.

Generally serving the areas aroundWest LA, Beverly Hills, Brentwood

Swim Instructor Bio: Hi, My name is Stefan and I have been a swimmer all my life since I learned how to swim as a kid. I have been a competitive swimmer in school and college, a swim teacher, swim coach and recently a masters swimmer. I love teaching swimming and have tons of experience working with students of different ages from 2 to 80 (I am not kidding 🙂 For me swimming is just a lifestyle. Experience withSpecial needs students: Autism, downsyndrome, multipledisability(with or without mental disorder).

Event Lifeguard for Hire:I have been a certified lifeguard for the last 11 years. My lifeguard philosophy is based on prevention. I believe that every accident can be prevented on time by recognizing unsafe condition behavior etc. I love party lifeguard events meeting different people be a part of somebody’s celebration and important part indeed you make sure nobody get hurt and everyone leaves happy.

Extra specialties:ocean lifeguard experience

Surfer Tom, Private Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for Hire

Los Angeles

I have been a lifeguard/swim instructor for 13 years,  during the summers since the Summer of 2004, when I worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District Portable Pools Program in the San Fernando Valley. Since then, I’ve always enjoyed teaching students of all ages and abilities. During school years, I own and operate a tutoring company in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Parents rehire me time and time again for lifeguarding/swim instruction/tutoring because they know their children are getting the best quality guidance and instruction every single time we meet. The most rewarding part of my professional life is knowing I have the confidence of every single one my clients, and the respect of every single one of my students.

I serve the LA communities of Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Encino, Sherman Oaks, among others. 

Trisha Commons, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR Instr. **CPR Angel of Life Award**

Westlake Village, 34 years experience!

**Happy Swimmers ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD** As lifeguard, Trish performed CPR on a 67 year old participant at a swim meet, and was credited by the Fire Department for brining the lady back. Love to you, Trish!
Serving the communities of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, and the West San Fernando Valley, among others.
Lifeguard Assisting Instructor, WSI, CPR Instructor, First Aid, AED certified.

34 years experience teaching swimming lessons and coaching; with Happy Swimmers for 8 years. Experience with: infants, children, teens, educational disabilities, adults. Specialties: (She can do it all) and competitive swimming; age group coach; member American Swim Coaches Association.

Zac Fischman, Swim Instructor and Event Lifeguard

Calabasas, CA

Swim Instructor Bio:

I have been teaching at a swim school for three years. My students ranged in age from 2-15, as well as adults as old as 70. My freshman year in college I was honored to be able to teach adults with both mental and physical disabilities. Some of which had never been in a swimming pool. I really enjoy making a difference in peoples lives and possibly saving lives.

Lifeguard Bio:

I am American Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED, and have been the sole lifeguard on duty for camps as well private parties for four years now. While lifeguarding, my goal is to provide a safe environment that will ensure that people of all ages are able to enjoy their swimming and water experience. Lifeguarding allows me to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors while watching people having fun. A fun fact, I like to collect crystals and watch old classic movies.

Common areas I serve among others: Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Malibu

Zoe Portman, Swim Instructor

Los Angeles

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