San Jose CA Swim Lessons
Private Swim Lessons
Happy Swimmers started teaching at-home swim lessons in 1991 in Los Angeles, with 22 clients. In 2001 we began serving Silicon Valley, based in San Jose. We are the largest and longest established mobile swim lesson company in Santa Clara County.
The San Jose area is home to many fine swim schools and city programs, so why do we offer swimming lessons? Some kids do well in boisterous social large group swim lessons, but many kids do not, and prefer a quiet, trusting setting of their own home pool and a dedicated, kind-hearted, patient instructor. Our San Jose swim lessons specialize in the in the latter style of teaching.
Do we serve your San Jose area with swim lessons? If you’re in Silicon Valley, the answer is yes.
Swim Lesson Tip:
When taking a child under, do so smoothly and then take them back up to the surface smoothly. This is key for parents who wish to practice with their child. 100 times over, the parent when taking the child under will be very abrupt going under and coming up, and the child responds to the force of the parent’s movements much more so than the actual going under. Explain once again…. Smooth and calm submersions. A child can hold their breath easily for at least 5-7 seconds. That’s a long time. Give it a try…. A thousand one… a thousand two …a thousand three…a thousand four…a thousand five…a thousand six…a thousand seven (plenty of time to do it smoothly and gently.) Also, submersions are done not vertically, by trained instructors, but scooping side to side like a pendulum. This creates an air pocket next to the child’s nose and avoids water intake.
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Yumi and Jere were wonderful lifeguards when they guarded our end of year pool party on Wednesday June 11 from 11-2. They were in touch with me, were on time and prepared, and were very responsible and knowledgeable. I was so happy to be able to put two adults in charge of our fourth grade class party.
Based on my experience with Yumi Temple and her cohort Jere, I would highly recommend Happy Swimmers.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. So happy we used your business.
Hi Jenn.. wow today was really scary. I had to use my first aid skills on my mom! We work at the same preschool & she had an allergic reaction & went into shock! I did everything I remembered until the paramedics came.. I really can’t thank you enough for teaching me everything I needed to know!
Everything about my experience with Happy Swimmers has been amazing! From the scheduling to the fantastic teacher they sent for my 5 and 6 year old. The instructor, Emma, had to contend with 2 very different personalities along with 2 different levels of swimming experience. She was more than equipped to deal with that and gave each child unparalleled support, encouragement and instruction. I highly recommend this service to all parents that want to give their child a great experience in being water safe!
We have three kids ages 7, 4, and 2 & 1/2. This was our second year having Happy Swimmers, with instructor Trisha Commons, come teach our kids (the two oldest) to swim. I tried another company the year before I tried Happy Swimmers and although the kids learned swim safety, they were bored and did not learn how to enjoy the pool. Trisha got our son, who did not really like swimming, having fun and by the end of last year could swim the entire length of the pool on his own.
Trisha is great with the kids and is flexible in her teaching style to work with different personalities. She is able to get the kids confident in their abilities and teaches them how to swim, but also teaches them how to have fun! I will definitely be asking Happy Swimmers and Trisha to teach the kids again next year.
I have a toddler and a pool and wanted to make sure my son learned water safety. After taking some group classes last summer, I knew I wanted more one-on-one attention at our home. This summer I reviewed several in-home companies and was impressed with Happy Swimmers approach of water safety.
Trish worked with my stubborn 2-yr old 2-3 times a week. Within the first lesson he knew how to climb out of the pool and to ask permission before getting in. Although our goal was to get him water comfortable more than “swimming”, he indeed learned to swim within a few weeks. We extended our lessons and really appreciated Trish’s approach. We will sign up again next summer. Many of our friends with children happened to be present on several lessons and I expect they will also sign up next summer as well.
Hired a happy swimmers for private life guard for a party for over 200 people at my house. The lifeguard was great. She called to confirm before, came on time, and stayed later then we originally signed up because the party went over. She also showed up on time despite there being a black out that because of storms the day before. I highly recommend Happy Swimmers.
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San Jose CA Swim Lessons Staff
Swim Instructor Bio: Hello! I’ve been teaching for 8 years now and I absolutely love the water. It’s a great way to get in shape, cool off, chill out, or play around in. I also think it’s an important and valuable life skill to understand how to navigate our aquatic environment, that’s why I like to focus on water safety in my swim lessons. Fun Fact: I was raised at a pool, so it feels like my second home. It would be a pleasure to teach any and all levels.
Lifeguard Bio: Hello, Bria here, your friendly neighborhood lifeguard! With six years experience I’d like to say that I am well rehearsed in safety, prevention, and recognition. I’m a super sunscreen advocate, and I can’t get enough of that h2o – stay hydrated my friends!
General communities served: San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Los Gatos
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.
**Happy Swimmers recognizes Lifeguard Lindsay with it’s CPR ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD–Doing her important part to savea 7 year old boy…Way to go Lindsay!**
3 years swim teaching experience, including Special Needs kids.
Some Communities I serve: Sunnyvale, San Jose, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Campbell, Mountain View, Santa Clara
Swim Instructor role: What’s better than feeling free, comfortable, confident and safe in the water!?! I want to help every child or adult I teach to feel this way. My love for the water started as an infant, and my love for competing started a few years later. I swam competitively for over 10 years and once my opportunities to compete diminished, I decided to teach. I taught swim lessons at the San Ramon Olympic Pool for three years. I taught all age groups ranging from 6 months to adults. I also have experience teaching lessons to children with special needs. My love for the water goes beyond swimming on the surface. I got scuba certified at 13 and I’ve been exploring the depths of the ocean ever since.
Event Lifeguard role:As a child, I was the swimmer the lifeguards hated. Holding my breath to the very last moment, twisting and turning under water, running on the pool deck, doing the “dead man’s float.” I loved swimming and hated the lifeguards for ruining my fun. I’ve since learned that fun can still be had while following the rules. As a lifeguard, my number 1 priority is safety! Fun is a must, but it’s second to safety. I have three years of lifeguarding experience and received Recognition of First Responder and Life Saving Efforts from the City of San Ramon for my role is saving the life of a 7 year old boy.
Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) role:Teaching the lifeguarding course is like teaching a sport. There’s the physical skills aspect and the psychological understanding and awareness aspect. My goal is to teach both. I feel successful when I’m running through the end of class scenario and the student’s know how to leverage their tubes for buoyancy, when to call for help, the holds and strap sequence for a spinal, and when and how to perform CPR. They are confident with their decisions and skill. I’ve taught the lifeguard.
CPR Instructor role:I’ve performed CPR and used an AED in an emergency situation. I am always scoping out where the nearest AED is in a building and running through “what if” scenarios in my head. I know what to do in an emergency and I have taught others what to do as well. I have over 4 years experience teaching CPR, first aid and AED courses.
Serving greater San Jose, Sunnyvale, Redwood City, and San Fransico for 3 years.
Hi my name is Ploy, I’m completing my third year at San Jose State University, majoring in Forensic Science. I’ve been in competitive swimming ever since I was 5 years old and continuing to swim at a masters program at a local community college. I also played water polo throughout the time I was swimming competitively. Even though I’ve been only teaching for 3 years, I specialize in water babies, toddlers, adults, and special needs students especially with ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy students. My mission is to give back to the community by teaching everyone how to be safe and comfortable in the water. Best Regards, Ploy
General areas I have served include San Jose, Milpitas, Palo Alto
Swim Instructor Bio: Hi, my name is Qi and I am going into my 6th year as a swim instructor. I have taught lessons for various age groups, ranging from parent and child to adult lessons. What I enjoy most from teaching swim lessons is helping my students learn something new and being able to see them improve over time. I believe that anyone can learn how to swim as long as they believe in themselves and are willing to try something different.
Lifeguard Bio: Hi I’m Qi. I have been lifeguarding for the past 5 years. I enjoy making sure everyone is safe and having a great time at the pool. What I like most about lifeguarding events is being able to prevent any accidents from happening so that the parents can feel at ease while their guests are in the pool enjoying themselves. I typically guard in Palo Alto, San Jose, and Atherton.
2 years swim instructing and 4 years lifeguarding experience.
Serving the general areas of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto
I have been swimming my whole life, and always enjoyed and looked forward to it. I was on a swim team in middle school and high school, and have completed many open water swimming events, including swimming from Alcatraz 8 times. I have been teaching swimming for almost 2 years, and lifeguarded for 4 years prior to that. I love to watch kids become more comfortable and confident in the water.
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.