Happy Swimmer Management Bios

Jenn Tyler, M.A.

Happy Swimmers USA, founder and owner 26 years.

Jenn holds a Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She’s been Chair of the AHA Los Angeles CPR Training Centers network, and been involved in many drowning prevention charities, and swim organizations over the years. Jenn’s life is based on the spiritual principles of kindness, compassion and service.

As Jenn looked into the faces of her first swimming youngsters, in 1991, she asked herself “What do people want to be in life?”- Happy… And from the look of his students was then born our name “Happy Swimmers.” Twenty-two clients made up our first year. With a commitment to quality and teaching swimming from a kind-hearted, LOVE based method in the comfort of ones own pool, over 25 years later and over 500 families a season now show our philosophy has paid off.

There is a bond that forms between our precious students and our kind instructors, and that trust is what propels the lessons to their beautiful results, all done in a nurturing, gentle format, or its not Happy Swimmers.

God Bless, Namaste, Shalom,

Paola Chamberlain | Manager and Book keeping

Paola Chamberlain

Happy Swimmers Central Office Manager and Finance Director

I’ve been in contact with water my whole life. I started swimming very young and was also a competitive swimmer in Brazil. I became a swim instructor teaching kids and adults when I went to college. I have a bachelors degree in Physical Education and I am specialized in Sports Psychology. I worked on a cruise ship for 4 years as a youth counselor and administrator. It was an amazing experience! It’s great to be part of this amazing team and now be an Office Manager. I love working with Happy Swimmers because the company has the most beautiful and gratifying mission: to save as many lives as we can 🙂


Christine Sanders, M.S.

Happy Swimmers H.R. Director and Regional Lifeguard Booking Manager for all Texas and Florida

After working as an LAPD scientific investigator for 11 years I transitioned to completing my M.S. degree in Chemistry then followed a teaching and research path in university academics for several years. I then moved to Hawaii in 2008 where I first joined the JTA CPR/ Happy Swimmers team as a CPR/First Aid instructor. During these years I had always made a priority in volunteerism being active in the National Ski Patrol and the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Today I reside in Houston and presently support Help America Today turning elementary aged kids into the volunteers of tomorrow through grassroots community service projects. My passion for teaching and making a positive impact on our society is why I love teaching CPR and First Aid, particularly for those never certified. I am proud to now expand into the administrative staff of the company and be a part of turning children into happy swimmers.

Jennifer Levish

Regional Swim Instructor Assignments Manager for Southern and Northern California and Swim Client Relations

My parents had me in the water at 6 months old, and I have loved swimming for a long as I can remember. I swam on swim teams for 10 years and played water polo for 4 years. I started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding when I was 16 and have experience working with swimmers of all ages and abilities, plus coaching swim team. I enjoy teaching technique and stroke work, but regardless of the level, safety is my top priority. I love working with Happy Swimmers because the staff and clients are amazing! I like the one-on-one, nurturing teaching style we have because I’ve seen what a big impact it has had on how quickly the students progress.

Bettina Perkins

Regional Swim Instructor Assignments Manager for Phoenix, all Texas, and East Coast and Swim Client Relations

Hello, I’ve been actively teaching swim lessons for six years and enjoy this more than any other profession I’ve ever been involved in. There is nothing better than doing what you love for a living and being able to teach and share it with others. I get to teach a child; learn life long skills that last a life time, as well as safety and the joy of the water. I’m always amazed at how students learn so much in a short period of time. It also fun to watch them, “Strut Their Stuff” when they become confident at what they have learned. I started swimming at age 3 and have never enjoyed anything more than the water. I have been a competitive swimmer, PADI diver and Coast Guard Auxiliary member for many years.


Happy Swimmers Regional Lifeguard Booking Manager for East Coast clients.

My background is in the legal profession working as a legal secretary for many years. I stopped working to raise two children who are now young adults. My daughter is a teacher in the Portland school district, and my son is an artist who lives on the East coast. For the last twenty-four years, I worked as a Special Education Assistant in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For twenty of those years I worked with at-risk students and students with special needs at the secondary level. These students resided in a residential facility, and I worked closely not only with the entire school staff but with the social workers and staff at the residential placement. I am excited to be part of the Management Team of Happy Swimmers and look forward to working with you.

Debbie Nate

Happy Swimmers Lifeguard Manager SoCal and CPR Instructor Goddess

Debbie is a graduate of CSUN with a background in teaching Physical Education and Special Education for students with Specific Learning Disabilities. She had worked for LAUSD as a teacher for 37.5 years. She has also been a Professional Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training Instructor with the American Red Cross and LAUSD. She has taught First Aid and CPR for over 30 years and feels that it is important to give back to the community. She has a strong background in working with the community in planning and scheduling events for the Civic Center Division for LAUSD.  Debbie is excited to be a part of the Instructor Team for JTA CPR and looks forward to being part of the expanding Management Team of Happy Swimmers. In her free time, Debbie loves to hike, ski where ever there is snow, swim and travel.