Orange County (OC) Swim Instructor
Private Swim Instructor

**Note: We also have a home pool in Fullerton, with staff instructor Chantel for those without pool access themselves**

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.

Caden Carver

Irvine

I have taught children ages 3-18 with varying skill sets and comfort levels successfully for several years now. I take pride in making clients feel comfortable and safe at all times and always try to incorporate fun into each lesson.

Special Certifications: Pool and also Waterfront Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor

Local areas I have served include Newport, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo

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

Christopher Gunning

South Orange County

I have been instructing swim lessons and lifeguarding for 4 years. I learned how to swim very young in Hawaii and continued swimming all the way until college when I received my lifeguard certification. I was fortunate enough to become an Eagle Scout and teach swimming in the Boy Scouts of America. After joining the Marine Corps I completed my certification for Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival which is my current occupation. Within the Marine Corps I have been extensively trained in many different water survival and swimming techniques. I enjoy the outdoors and the I feel as though the beach is my second home. The thing I like most about teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding is knowing that I am teaching a skill to others that will potentially save their life one day.

Advanced LG certs: Waterfront lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Experience, Wilderness First Aid.

Elise

Sunset Beach. 13 years experience!

13 years experience Swim Teaching! A Happy Swimmers longtime instructor :)

I specialize in competitive water polo and swimming, I participated in both sports all 4 years of college. I have NCAA Division 1 experience in both. I have also taught springboard diving lessons as well. I have taught all ages 0+ to adults. I have 15 years experience working with children outside the pool, along with college courses in child development. My teaching methods make the learning process fun and memorable. I like to challenge the swimmer with games and pool toys. I keep the learning environment calm and stress free so that the child can progress at a rate that is comfortable, yet challenging.

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!

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

Karina Toriz, Swim Instructor

Anaheim Hills, and some Simi Valley, 10 years experience!

9 years experience in children’s swim lessons and lifeguarding!

Serving communities like: Fullerton, Whittier, Yorba Linda, La Habra

I have been teaching swim lessons for 10 years. I come from a water polo and swim background having played all through junior high, high school, and college!! I have also coached water polo and swim team. I enjoy teaching others the skills they need in order to love and enjoy being in the water too while being safe at the same time :)

I have been lifeguarding for 10 years.I have been lifeguarding for 10 years. I love the water and enjoy making sure others are safe while they have fun in the water too. Over the past decade, I have truly come to see the responsibility that comes with being a lifeguard and it is a responsibility I take very seriously. I love having fun in the pool but safety first- always. I have performed multiple real rescues to both children and adults.

Leandra Ipina, Lifeguard

Diamond Bar, CA

Lori Herrera

Costa Mesa, CA

10 years experience! Typical areas I serve include Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley

As a life-long water lover and former competitive swimmer, I’ve taught all-aged kids how to swim (pools, lakes, rivers and ocean) prior to becoming a professional swim instructor. Raised in Orange County, California/Costa Mesa resident and a mother of two grown children, my passion and joy over the years have been extremely rewarding. I celebrate with my students as we work together to conquer their fears and coach them to success in reaching goals of a strong, safer swimmer. I provide self-rescuing skills that they will carry with them throughout their lifetime! My approach is simple: build trust, teach in a loving, nurturing, fun and encouraging environment with an eye toward a new challenge and goal with each lesson. I am a Certified Lifeguard, including CPR/AED/First Aid training. Certified Paralegal (I left the corporate legal arena to pursue my life’s passion = saving lives!) “Life is as GRAND as you make it”

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.

Megan, Swim Instructor

Ladera Ranch, 10 years experience!

Swimming has always been a major part of my life. It all started with a few summer swim lessons, and before I knew it, I was competing as an age-grouper and years later as a collegiate athlete. Over the past 10 years, I’ve taught swim lessons, coached swim teams, and volunteered as a Special Olympics coach. I’ve worked with all ages (toddlers to adults) and love the challenge of meeting my swimmers exactly where they are to create an individually-tailored program that will be productive and FUN. Maybe it’s about water safety, learning the basics, gaining swim skills, building endurance, or fine-tuning stroke technique. I approach swimming – no matter the level – with the intention of inspiring a meaningful impact that will reach all areas of my swimmers’ lives. I intend to evoke a life-long love of the water and swimming through my swim instruction. Swimming is so much more than a sport – I view it as a true gift in my life, and it brings me pure joy to share it with others as a Happy Swimmers Swim Instructor.

Home turf area to serve: Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and the Beach Cities

Mitchell McCollum, Swim Instructor

Placentia

Patricia Seabourne, Swim Instructor

Laguna Niguel, 4 years experience :)

Common communities I’ve served: Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Ladera (and surrounding areas)

Hi, I have been a Scuba, and Swim Instructor for four years. I started swimming competitively during high school. I grew up on an island, swimming in the Ocean almost daily. I also have experience with synchronized swimming, and open water diving. I’m also a Marine Biology student, and have had many experiences interacting with marine life. As an Aquarist at the Georgia Aquarium, I had the opportunity to care for, and dive with whale sharks! I love being in the water, and teaching others how to enjoy it too :)

Rose Mizuhara, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Fountain Valley, 5+ years swim teaching!

5+ years swim teaching and 3 years lifeguarding :)  Communities commonly served: Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove among others.

I am a born and raised Orange County surfer girl. My parents taught me to swim when I was only 2 years old, and I have hardly left the water since. Growing up, I taught all my friends and the neighborhood kids how to swim. It is a great joy of mine to continue to teach others this important skill. I lived on Catalina Island, working as a Waterfront Lifeguard, for a little over a year. During that year and the occasional times I have returned as a volunteer I have made many assists as children became distressed in the ocean. I excel in First Aid/CPR as I have been first responder to many minor and major injuries. Two things I love in life: People and the water- combine the two, and I’m in bliss.

Specialty Certification: Waterfront Lifeguard as well as Pool qualified.

Rylee Owens, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

San Juan Capistrano; 8 years experience!

Hello! My name is Rylee, I’ve been a swimmer my entire life and find so much joy in sharing that experience with others. I competitively swam all the way up into my first year of college and have taught swim lessons off and on for 8-9 years. When I was in college I started my own private swim lesson company called Champion Swimming. I’ve taught a wide range of skill levels, from young to old. I find that swimming is such a huge life lesson that every kid needs to feel comfortable with and I really enjoy seeing them accomplish their goals! In my free time I enjoy surfing, climbing, being outdoors, playing music and singing with friends.

Home turf areas: San Clemente, Dana Point, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel

Susan Sumner, California Manager for Swim Instructors and Lifeguards

Hi I’m Susan, your metro region’s Manager of Swim Instructors and Lifeguards. Contact me through the website contact form, for anything swim instructor or lifeguard related once you’ve enrolled for swim lessons or booked your lifeguard.

A little about me:I’m an Aqua Aerobics Instructor with 7 years experience, a certified lifeguard, and PADI certified SCUBA diver. I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Kazakhstan from 2009-2011. Currently retired from a 23 year career in Information Technology, beginning as a programmer and retiring as a Vice President of IT.

Happy Swimmers swim instruction and lifeguard programs are top drawer, and I am proud to be a member of the team. The approach is kind, caring and professional, and all team members are vetted with those core competencies in mind.

Trevor Tweedy, Inland Empire Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Inland Empire

General areas I serve: Riverside (and surrounding cities), Orange County, Redlands, San Clemente

Swim Instructor Bio:

I have been teaching swim lessons for the last 6 years and continue to do so. I have taught lessons at the community pool, for local swim teams, and for Happy Swimmers. I am currently the head coach of Indian Hills Swim Team in Jurupa Valley. I have been a swimmer for 17 years and my specialty is backstroke. I swam for CBU for all four years and my best events were the 50, 100, 200 back, 50 and 100 free, and the 200 and 400 IM. I absolutely love passing my knowledge down to the next generation, especially in the regards of competition. I do believe that EVERYONE should be water safe, but it is my goal to pass on my love of this growing sport.

Lifeguard Bio:

I first began as a small community pool guard for one year. I then began working for my local school district and assisting at local parties of friends. I took a break from guarding to focus more on lessons and coaching swim until I began working for Happy Swimmers, whom I have happily worked with for the last 3 years. My number one goal in guarding is safety. I believe if an issue can be dealt with or addressed before it happens, it is far less likely to occur. The best thing about any job is interacting with the children. Parties are intended to be fun and I fully encourage it as long as it is safe.

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