Los Angeles (LA) Swimming Instructor

Also Swim Instructor Staff Serving the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena area, Santa Clarita Valley, and Ventura County.
**Note: For those without a pool, Valley Swim Instructors   Miss Trish in Westlake Village, Miss Kristy in Studio City,  and Mr. Emery (not pictured) in Burbank, offer their own home swim pool for students of all ages.  Please request these staff specifically, and mention their pool use on our enrollment form.**

First the Valley area staff below:

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Trish Commons, Valley Swim Instructor 32+ years

Trish Commons, Valley Swim Instructor 32+ years

Trish Commons, San Fernando Valley and Ventura Co. Swim Lessons at Your Home

**Happy Swimmers ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD** As lifeguard, Trish recently 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!
Lifeguard Assisting Instructor, WSI, CPR, First Aid, AED certified.

32 years experience teaching lessons and coaching; with Happy Swimmers for 5 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.



Sarah, Northridge Swim Instructor

Sarah, Northridge Swim Instructor

Sarah, Northridge Swimming Instructor

I have played, swam and lived in the water my whole life. I have been teaching swim lesson for 4 years and to me there is no better joy than helping a child achieve comfort in and around the water and experience the great freedom it has to offer. I have 4 younger siblings all of whom swim and work great with young children.
I live in Northridge, CA;  areas I generally service:
Chatsworth, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Granada Hills, Panorama City
Current CPR/First Aid certifications, former WSI certification
I look forward to helping your children become the safest and most energetic fish in the deep end!



Kristy, Studio City Swim Instructor

Kristy, Studio City Swim Instructor

Kristy Staky, Studio City Swimming Instructor

Generally Serves: North Hollywood, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Los Feliz, Studio City

Has been an instructor for 10 years.  Has her home pool available if you don’t have your own.

Certified in: WSI, CPR, FA, BBP, and Lifeguard

Specialties: Experienced with special needs, speaks American Sign Language

Kristy has been a swim instructor and lifeguard for more than half her lifetime. She loves sharing her knowledge and love of the water with students of all ages. Kristy strives to always make sure that the experience is a fun, in addition to being safe, and educational.

Hello, I would like to continue sessions with Christy who has been fantastic with my 3-year old, Isabelle and her friend Sophia….  –Genevieve, Studio City




Jacob, Ventura County and West SFValley Swim Teacher

Jacob, Ventura County and West SFValley Swim Teacher

Jacob, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Swim Instructor

I swam competitively for 5 years and have been teaching my younger cousins how to swim for the better part of a decade. My professional experience includes teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for 2 years and I was head guard at my local pool last year. One of my favorite things in the world is creating an energetic, fun environment for kids to learn in and helping them gain confidence in the water!
Available Cities: Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, South Valley, Somis, Camarillo.






Emma, Burbank Swim Instructor

Serving also Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake.
I have been teaching swim lessons during summers and year round for five years. I started competitively swimming when I was 10, and swam up until college when I played water polo and ended my career as the captain of my team. While I was in college I taught year round and because there was always a shortage of mommy and me teachers, I have a lot of experience working with children 3 years and under. I also love technique and stroke work because of my competitive background. I have an intense passion for the water; every time I jump into the pool I have a blast. Safety is my number one priority, I like to get to know children and work at their own individual pace. I try to show children that the water is not a scary place. Once children are having fun they are much easier to work with and more open to trying new things.




Carla Brown, North Hollywood Private Swimming InstructorAlso regularly serving Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, and Van NuysThis will be my fourth season with Happy Swimmers. I have ten years of experience training on the US Swim Team; currently, I am CPR and WSI certified. I customize each lesson in order to promote self-confidence, enable correct technique, and water safety. I have experience working with people of all ages and special needs including: fear of the water and autism.
Marc Levi, Woodland Hills Private Swim Instructor

I’m also open to swim lesson teaching in Encino, Tarzana, Northridge, Calabasas to name a few. I am CPR, Lifeguard, First Aid, Sports Injury Prevention, and Water Safety certified. I have experience with all ages, even Parent and Me classes with infants. I have taught children with various special needs. I have been teaching for almost 3 years and have enjoyed every moment of it!







Elise, Northridge Swimming Instructor

General areas of service: Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Tarzana, Lake Balboa, and Granada Hills

Years As A Swim Instructor: 6, Certs: CPR & First Aid

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+. I have 13 years of experience working with children outside the pool along with university 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.



Kelsey-Jane, West Hills Swimming Instructor

Areas I serve: San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, & Hollywood
Years I have been a swim instructor: 6 years
Certifications: Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid/Formerly WSI
Specialties Offered: Experience with special needs such as Autism and Downs Syndrome, Swim Team stroke work

I have been swimming competitively since the age of 6 and am currently on the Regis College NCAA Swimming & Diving Team where I attend school in Weston, Massachusetts. I have had experience teaching swimmers of all ages from only a few months old to adults learning how to swim. As the oldest of four and a nanny I have plenty experience working with children and I love every second of it! I have taught lessons to children with Special Needs and growing up with a brother who has Autism has certainly shown me the inner workings of children with Autism. I firmly believe that swimming should be a fun and exciting experience not something to be feared or dreaded. Swim lessons for me feel like fun not work and the kids I teach have a blast too! I look forward to working with you and your children this summer!

Annelie, Ventura Private Swim InstructorServing Ventura County, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and
the West San Fernando Valley: Westlake Village, Agoura,
and Calabasas 11 years experience, all ages.Mother of a 14-year-old boy.
First Aid and CPR Certified.

Ellen, Winnetka/Canoga Park Swimming Instructor

Serving the San Fernando and Simi ValleyCurrent certifications in Lifeguard, WSI, CPR, First Aid, AED, Lifeguard Instructor, CPR-AED & FA Instructor
Parent Child, Learn to Swim, Competitive Age Group and High School Coach, Stroke Improvement, Synchronized Swimming, Aqua Aerobics.
I’ve been swimming all my life and teaching swimming on and off 20+years. The experience of competing on a nationally ranked synchronized team during Jr. High, HS and College was a great gift.  My teaching philosophy?  Make the water a friendly environment for fun and exercise. Kids and adults alike learn safety and survival skills, and gradually add swimming technique and endurance. Long term, my hope is that all my students keep swimming their whole lives. It is the best aerobic, low impact workout available.  Relieve stress, gain strength, reconnect with your first environment: WATER.

Jack, Pasadena Swim InstructorAlso serving San Marino, Burbank, Glendale, Altadena, San Gabriel Valley

I have been teaching swimming lessons for 9 years.
I have taught all ages from tots to adults and I also have taught adaptive kids.
I also speak Vietnamese.
I believe that everyone is able to learn how to swim and it just takes time and commitment.

I like to teach little kids because I see a lot of improvement in them, and I am happy when the kids I teach

have gone on to join private swim teams–success!

Josiah, Reseda Swim Instructor.Serving Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Bell Canyon, Chatsworth, Encino, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys
11 years teaching experience. Bilingual (Spanish/English).
I enjoy experiencing the growth and development of others.
My teaching skill is founded in safety, practicality, and sound technique.
Learning to swim well is a lifelong skill- one I deeply enjoy passing on. I look forward to working with your child!

Rome, Sherman Oaks Swim Instructor

Other Cities that I serve are Van Nuys, Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Granada Hills, North Hollywood and even across the mountain in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Bel Air.
I have been a swim instructor for 7 yrs. and I have been a Lifeguard for around 8 yrs. I am currently certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED. I have been a swim teamer since the age of 8. At the age of 15 I switched teams and pools in my hometown of Birmingham, Al. That afforded me the opportunity to occasionally train under the eye of 3-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and current chief fundraiser of USA Swimming Rowdy Gaines. I have taught from Beginners to Advanced…from first time touching the water to assisting in stroke clinics. I also have a small amount of experience working with kids with ADHD, and Autism. I always make sure that when I’m teaching my kids are learning but also having fun and laughing. If the kids are having fun during class it will help ensure that they always want to come back for more and feel completely at home in the water.


Stephanie M., Central Los Angeles Swim Instructor

Also generally serving: Downtown, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood

This summer will be my tenth year teaching swimming. Over the years, I have worked with kids of all ages as well as adults – and yes, even with the very timid ones :) . First and foremost, safety is my number one priority. Next, with a positive and patient attitude, I like to focus on building my student’s swimming skills all while having a great time! I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in psychology and am fluent in Spanish. I hope to not only teach my students how to swim but to also help them develop confidence and take pride in their hard work.

Peter, Swim instructor based in
Porter Ranch, San Fernando Valley

Also generally serving Northridge, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana
Years of Experience: I have 4+ years of instruction experience teaching toddlers through teenagers.
I’m certified in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding. Specialty: I’m bilingual in English/Korean. I have experience in teaching special needs children with blindness.

I focus on improving children’s swimming skills through fun and safe lessons that kids will enjoy. Swimming has been a lifelong passion and nothing makes me happier than seeing children share my love for the water.

Swim Instructor Staff Serving the LA Basin (from Pacific Palisades and the Westside to Hollywood/Los Feliz, and Downtown, even the Beach Cities, Palos Verdes, and Long Beach)


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Robert Bracken, Swim Instructor Booking Manager, and Client Services, and Senior Swim Instructor
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.



Los Angeles Swim Instructor Liz

Los Angeles Swim Instructor Liz

Liz Greenfield, Los Angeles Swimming Instructor

Liz began down the aquatics road teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding at YMCA Camp Combe in Putnam Valley, NY in 1999. She worked as a Waterfront Assistant/Head Lifeguard at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, NY. For the 4 years Liz has lived in Los Angeles, she has been active in the swimming world. She taught infant/toddler parent/child and youth swim lessons at the Santa Monica YMCA. Liz also contributed to the competitive swimming world as Head Coach of the middle division swim team at Brentwood School for several seasons.




Mohammad, Santa Monica Private Swim Instructor

Mohammad, Santa Monica Private Swim Instructor


Mohammad, Los Angeles Private Swim instructor

I live in Santa Monica, CA

Cities I serve: Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood, Bel Air, Westwood/West LA, Beverly Hills

I have been teaching and coaching for 6 years.Currently certified:

  • USA Swimming and YMCA swim team coach (Competitive swimming)
  • Lifeguard
  • CPR
  • WSI


  • Stroke work for competitive swimmers
  • Adult-learn-to swim
  • Speak Farsi fluently

I have taught swimming lessons to 3 years olds and 79 years olds swimmers, I have coached Junior Olympians, and I have coached none swimmers and turned them into Junior Olympians within my program and the biggest lesson I have learned is that it does not matter how old/young or afraid you are, if you WANT it and if you are willing to work hard for it you will be able to do it. It is never too late or too early to learn to swim, just have a goal in mind and we will get there together. =D


1) First/Last Name (name you want to be called): Greg Sanches
> 2) Number of years guarding: 8 years
> 3) Cell phone number: (310) 927-5868
> 4) Able to receive text messages (yes/no)?: yes
> 5) Summer address: 2316 Carnegie Ln Apt D, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
> 6) Do you own a rescue tube? (you will need one): not yet
> 7) Lifeguard list(s) you want to receiving postings for: CA:  Bay Area/Los Angeles/Orange County

Greg Sanches, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard (and Surfer :)

Greg Sanches, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard (and Surfer :)

Greg Sanches,  Swim Instructor & Lifeguarding.

Serving L.A.,South Bay, Orange County areas.

Started swimming at 6 years-old and at 7 was a competitor swimmer(until 25 years-old).

More than 15 years teaching experience with toddlers/kids and adults.
Teaching swimming lessons from beginners to competitive swimmers and
also water aerobic classes.
More then 8 years of lifeguarding with indoor and ocean rescues.
Surfer for over 30 years and still pretty active one (surfing every single day).
I speak Portuguese (native from Brazil), Spanish and English.
Certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED, Water Safety Instructor, Water Aerobics.
As a swim instructor I like to provide a safe and good environment to
students to guide them to reach out the maximum goals for swimming


I love to teach kids and what I enjoy most is seeing their improvement
and also having lots of fun with them!!

Swimming has always been my passion which allow me to help people to
develop their swimming skills and watch their progress through it. I
look forward to working with your kids or you mommy and daddy!


Randi, Westwood Swimming Instructor

Generally serving UCLA area, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica
4 Years Experience Lifeguarding and Swim Instructor
2 Years Private Lessons
2 Years Water Polo coach high school level
CPR, Lifeguard and first aid certified

I have taught all levels of swim to all age groups from 6 months (Mommy/Daddy & Me) to adult.
I swam competitively for 4 years and have been playing water polo competitively for 6 years. I am currently a student athlete at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Women’s water polo team. (NCAA champion team 2009). I volunteer at the Mattel’s Children Hospital in the pediatrics department. I love children and hope to be a pediatric nurse in the future.

What I like most about teaching swim is watching the progression of confidence students build when they first learn something on their own. The enthusiasm and excitement is really what brings me the joy of teaching and being around my students.

Kyana, West Los Angeles Swim Instructor

Kyana provides swim lessons generally around Westwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice

This is her 6th summer :) as a private swimming instructor.

Current Certifications: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, AED through the American Red Cross

Specialties: I’m happy to work with adults who may have a fear of water, or children with any disabilities. I speak English, French and Arabic
I try to meet every child at their own level so as to provide the best learning experience. I look forward to providing a fun, safe time in the water!


Dwayne, Central LA Swimming Instructor

Dwayne Douglas is a former competitive swimmer turned coach who has represented his native country of Trinidad & Tobago on numerous occasions at national level. Dwayne is a highly experienced ASCA level 2 coach that has worked with children of all ages. He has coached the St’ Lucian national team and has been a head coach at club level for over 5 years helping swimmers reach the Olympics, Junior Olympics & Commonwealth games.

Located in Central LA
Certified in CPR & First Aid
Other certificates include: ASCA level 2

Cushman Gillen, Santa Monica based Swimming Instructor

Generally Serving Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Ray, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood.

Certifications: EMT, CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Ocean front Lifeguarding, and formally WSI certified.
I am very passionate about the water, and you can find me in the ocean almost every day. I’m an avid surfer, paddleboarder, and former Division 1 swimmer and ocean lifeguard. I have been teaching swim lessons on and off for the past 10 years and try to share my love for the water with all I teach. I’m currently a middle school science teacher at a local private school. I love instructing all levels and have experience teaching special needs (cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, autism), swim team stroke work, adult learn-to swim experience, and ocean swimming and safety.


Sarah Walker, Los Angeles Swim Instructor

Four years of teaching experience.
Three years Life guarding experience.
From age 8 months to adult.
Special need children and water aerobics.
I am American Red Cross Certified in Life guarding, First- Aid, CPR, and water safety instructor.
Teaching swimming lessons is a passion for me as well as swimming, I have been around pools since I was a baby,
and have always loved it. I grew up in a small town in Colorado but dreamed of the big city.
I love teaching every child to have life saving skills in the water as well as have fun.

Carly, Malibu based Swim Instructor

Also serving the Los Angeles/Ventura County line areas: Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks

I have worked as a swim instructor for 7 years. I also work at a pre-school as a classroom aid, so I have plenty of experience with children and love working with them in and out of the pool. Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.  I try to make swimming a truly enjoyable experience for the student.  I want my time with a student to be more than just a lesson, but a time to have fun while learning!



Kirstin, Los Angeles Venice Swimming Instructor

General city areas I serve: Venice/Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Santa Monica/Palisades, Westwood
I have been a swim instructor for Happy Swimmers for three summers now. I was an assistant coach of a water-polo team for two years and played high school water polo at Santa Monica High School as well was on the swim team. CPR and First Aid Certified.
On top of the usual beginner swim lessons, I also specialize in helping adults, swim team stroke work, and water polo. English is my first language, but I can speak Spanish pretty well, and do have a year and half of Italian under my belt. Lets have some fun in the sun and learn how to swim, swim, swim!


Stefan, Los Angeles Private Swim Instructor

City of residence: Santa Monica
 General Areas Stefan serves: Westwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Torrance, Hermosa
With Happy Swimmers: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Certs: CPR AED; First AID Lifeguard; WSI
Skills: Special needs students: Autism, down syndrome, multiple disability (with or without mental disorder); adult learn-to-swim experience; swim team stroke work; ocean(open water) swimming experience as an open water lifeguard;  foreign languages- Russian,Bulgarian 
I’ve been swimming competitive from middle school to college and I am a swim teacher for more then 7 years for different agencies LA County, Santa Monica School District YMCA,Happy Swimmers(4-th season).
I enjoy teaching kids and understand how important is to know how to swim in someone’s life.

Jason, LA Private Swimming Instructor

Generally Serving: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown LA, Burbank, Pasadena
I have been teaching swim lessons for nearly 7 years, teaching lessons to people ranging from infants to adults. I am a YMCA certified Lifeguard and Swim Instructor, with other certifications in CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Basic First Aid through the Red Cross.

I have taught swimming all over the country to many different levels of people, including swimming for people with special needs, infant classes (with a parent or guardian), swim team stroke work, and adult swim lessons. I am really looking forward to helping everyone I work with accomplish the goals they set out to do through the Happy Swimmers program.

Newsha, Santa Monica Swimming Instructor

Also serving West LA, Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Marina Del Rey. I have been a swim instructor and lifeguard since 2002. This is my eighth year. Certifications: Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid. I speak Farsi fluently, can teach children with water fears and older children/adults who would like to improve their stroke. I also have experience playing and coaching water polo.

I am a UC Davis graduate with degrees in Human Development and American Studies. I have been working with children for years in different settings. I have extensive experience in teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. In my lessons, I concentrate on making younger children feel comfortable and relaxed in the water. I like encouraging kids to have fun in the water by playing games and keeping each lesson exciting and a little different from the last. I strive to help each child conquer their biggest obstacles in the water while also feeling safe, having fun, and becoming capable swimmers. I also enjoy working with older children and adults who would like to improve their stroke and/or level of proficiency.

Mike, Hollywood Swimming Instructor

General areas served: Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and East Valley

I began swimming competitively at the age of 5, and swam for Harvard University, where I studied psychology.

I have more than 8 years experience teaching swim lessons to children of all ages and skill levels, as well as adults.

I am CPR and first aid certified and not as fluent in Spanish as I should be.

I really enjoy working with children, and try to make sure the kids I teach are having fun and learning at the same time.

Jess, West LA Private Swim Instructor

Serving West LA, Santa Monica, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Marina Del Rey

I have taught private lessons since 2001.
I have had the privilege of teaching all ages and levels, from mommy and me, toddlers, teens to adults and seniors learning to swim for the first time.
I think water safety is vital but also believe that a love and appreciation of the water can enrich anybody’s life!

Cameron, Long Beach Swim Instructor

General Areas Served: Long Beach, San Pedro, Huntington Beach, Cerritos
years working: I have been a swim instructor/lifeguard for 8 years
Certifications: Former WSI instructor license, Former Ellis lifeguard instructor license, Current Red Cross CPR/First Aid certs, Current Title 22 cert, Current Red Cross Lifeguard cert. I have special knowledge in adult swim training, stroke technique, and competitive swim training. It will be my goal to get you swimming in that time, however we will move at a pace that is comfortable for you. I know that the pool can be a scary place, but with the right skills it can be one fun play area!

Bridget, Playa Del Rey Swimming Instructor

Serving generally Venice, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Manhattan Beach.
10 Summers as a swim instructor. Current or former Certifications: Ocean/Pool Lifeguard Instructor, CPR Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Swift Water Rescue Instructor, Rescue PWC Instructor, Surf Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Rescue SCUBA Diver
Bilingual in Spanish, Some experience with adaptive aquatics, years experience coaching water polo and swim team.

I love swimming and I try to share that with everyone I teach. Having fun while swimming is the most important concept! I’m very mellow about my teaching approach and try to use games to teach the right techniques.

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