Lifeguard Certification

Alex, Lifeguard for Hire and Functional fitness instructor, video game nerd.

St. Cloud

I have been a lifeguard for 5 years!

I serve the Orlando/Tampa communities of Kissimmee, Orlando proper, Clermont, St.cloud, among others!

Amanda | Private Swim Instructor | Florida

Amanda, Private Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, LGI, CPR Instructor

Florida and all of US

Over 20 years experience teaching, lifeguarding, coaching and training in the Aquatics field. Swimming is a life skill that everyone should know. I have traveled abroad to help build programming in other countries and find it rewarding when participants finally grasp the skills and concept of swimming.

Lifeguarding is about prevention and when something happens being able to react quickly and correctly. Safety is key to happy events!

CPR is a lifesaving skills that should be taught to everyone. You are more likely to use it on someone you know than on a stranger!

I serve all over the United States including, Tampa, Orlando, Anywhere really.

Andrew Pennington, Lifeguard, LGI

Rockville, MD; 4 years experience!

4 years experience, Serving DC areas likePotomac, Arlington, Columbia, Washington, D.C.

Hello, my name is Andrew Pennington. I enjoy serving the Washington, D.C. Metro Region with four years of experience as a professional Lifeguard. I presently work as a licensed Pool Operator, certified Lifeguarding Instructor, an American Red Cross volunteer First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and a Maryland State EMT. In addition to graduating from UMBC with a B.S. in Psychology, I am active as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 944 (Rockville, MD), the troop in which I earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010. Meeting new members of the community and providing some ease of mind are among my favorite aspects of lifeguarding. I look forward to serving your next event!

Andrew, Lifeguard for Hire & CPR/ LGI Instructor, Red-Bearded, White Wolf

Stone Glen

Hello! My name is Andrew Kline and I am an aquatic professional. I have been in aquatics for 12+ years. My certifications include American Red Cross Lifeguard, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, and NSPF Certified Pool Operator. I enjoy the fast-paced task of Lifeguarding. I also enjoy making sure that the people that I am Lifeguarding as well as my lifeguard participants are being safe AND having fun.

I serve the Dallas-Fort Worth communities.

Ariel Brockwell, Lifeguard, LGI

San Marcos, TX

Beth, LGI, Lifeguard for Hire

Conway, Orlando; 9 years experience!

I have been working as a lifeguard for 9 years in various aquatic environments. I am a high school swim and water polo coach and I teach swim lessons as well. My main intent while lifeguarding is to provide a fun environment while preventing injuries.

I have been a lifeguard instructor for 4 years and specialize in public swimming pools. I love teaching students are really value the skills and understand the importance of the certification.

General areas I serve: Orlando, Tampa, Jupiter, Palm Beach

Cameryn, Phoenix Water Treading Flip Flop wearing Lifeguard

Mesa

I have two years lifeguarding experience. I am currently a supervisor at a water park in Mesa. I am in the process of becoming an EMT and love learning more and more about emergency medicine. I have my scuba diving license, CPR/First Aid/AED, and special facilities certification as well.

Also serving Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and other Phoenix area cities Valleywide.

Chelsea Dunleavy, Lifeguard Instructor and Peninsula Event Lifeguard

San Diego (for Fall, Winter); Redwood City (for late Spring, Summer)

4 years experience lifeguarding in communities like Redwood City, Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park

Chelsea has now become a Lifeguard Instructor with Happy Swimmers and is entering nursing school in San Diego this fall.  She says, I enjoy being a lifeguard because growing up I have always loved the water and I want others to experience that same joy. Everyone should be able to have fun and be safe while swimming. I have swum since I was a baby, but have competitively swum for 11 years and I also play water polo.

Clayton, Lifeguard for Hire, LGI, Amateur Culinary Arts Critic, Faithful San Jose Earthquakes fan

Santa Teresa

I am currently working my fourth summer as a certified lifeguard. I began my career at my local cabana club Los Paseos Association. I am currently working my fourth summer there, and also have worked one summer guarding for sports camps at Bellarmine College Preparatory, my former high school. When guarding, I like to maintain a strict, and quick to act approach. I like to shut down any signs of unsafely at the first possible occurance of them, making sure things do not escalate.

I serve the Bay Area communities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Saratoga, among others. 

Drew Winsauer, Lifeguard, LGI

Grapevine, TX; 5 years experience!

5 years experience! General areas served: Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Dallas (Willing to do any DFW jobs)

Hey guys my name is Drew and I’m currently studying genetics at the University of Georgia. I’ve been a lifeguard for 5 years now! I lifeguarded at Pleasant Glade Pool in Grapevine, TX for 4 years and last summer I worked for Happy Swimmers USA in addition to shadowing doctors and taking summer classes. I love lifeguarding events because it’s rewarding to know that I’m providing a safe and fun family environment for our clients. In lifeguarding I believe that it’s extremely important to be alert and take care of minor issues before they ever become serious.

Drew is also a Lifeguard Instructor in the DFW area.

Eileen Nicholes, Lifeguard for Hire

Sacramento; 4 years experience!

4 years lifeguarding experience and new Lifeguard Instructor, serves the Bay Area from San Francisco and communities surrounding Davis, Sacramento, Woodland, Rocklin

From my love of the water sprang a lifeguarding job when I was sixteen years old. I started working at Golfland Sunsplash and loved every minute of it. I enjoyed watching the water, ensuring people were following the rules and being safe, and stepping in when emergencies did arise. Over the years at Golfland Sunsplash, I saved a number of people and always felt grateful to have a job being around a place that I loved so much. My love for water shows in the way that I interact with guests because I want them to have as enjoyable of an experience as I do being around it and in it when I’m scuba diving. I hope to work your event because I believe in not only keeping you and your guests safe but also being upbeat while doing so. To leave off, a fun fact about me is that I have scuba dived in Okinawa, Japan and also Monterey Bay. I hope to someday scuba dive in Antarctica.

Ellen Abbene, LGI, CPR Instructor, Swim Coach, Synchronized Swimming too.

Winnetka, West San Fernando Valley

Ellen has been an awesome Lifeguard Instructor with Happy Swimmers 7 years running, and a CPR trainer for 11 years.  She’s a master organizer keeping kids on track in many capacities from swim team to raising 10 kids!  You know this lady can get the job done.

Fran Abbene, LGI, CPR Instructor, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard and~~Outdoor and Backpacking enthusiast

Winnetka, L.A.

I have a strong passion for lifesaving and stellar background in aquatics! Private lifeguard (13yrs) Swim Instructor (10 yrs) Former LA County Pool lifeguard (7yrs) Lifeguard Instructor (7yrs) CPR and First Aid Instructor (7yrs) Emergency Medical Response Instructor (3yrs) Synchronized Swim coach (3yrs)

What Fran doesn’t do in Aquatics is a mystery.  She’s a machine and a darn good instructor!~ Owner Jenn

Home turf areas for Fran are:

LA: northridge, chatsworth, woodland hills, west hills

And she often travels to the rest of SoCal and Nor Cal.

Genna, Lifeguard Instructor & Lifeguard for Hire, and singer (maybe even a singing lifeguard if you ask nice ;)

Arts District

I have lifeguarded at an aquatic center for one year and have absolutely enjoyed it. I intend to lifeguard because I love children and am happy to ensure their safety.

I serve the Dallas-Fort Worth communities of Dallas, Plano, Arlington, Irving, among others

Gloria Walker, Lifeguard, LGI, CPR Instructor

Santa Cruz, CA

Why a Lifeguard at my age? I was teaching water fitness and I asked myself would I be able to respond to a water emergency? No. I became certified within 3 months. Being in the water has always been natural to me. Lessons starting at 4 and the Swim and Dive Team by 10. Fun Water safety and being water safe that’s my motto. Being older I believe I have that extra edge. That experience, the intuition. Call it loving what you do and enjoying the moment. Anything you enjoy doing you do well.

mysticseaswimmer@gmail.com

Jenn Tyler, President of the Company, LGI, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

Company owner with 27 years lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and swim teaching experience

Living on Kaua’i island, Hawai’i most of the year, and traveling to Australia, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, and Houston regularly to lead Lifeguard Courses and CPR training, Jenn has been the director of Happy Swimmers for over 25 years. It is a passion to assist in the empowerment of children learning how to swim in a medium once considered a fearful, uncertain place, magically turned into a supportive, fun environment to be explored with friends. The same goes for lifeguarding and training new lifeguards–there is no greater inner joy either in saving someone’s life as a lifeguard, or teaching others how to perform lifesaving skills. It is an honor for me to watch my students grow–where once there was doubt or panic, now there is strength and confidence.

Thank you for looking to become a Happy Swimmer!

–Jenn Tyler, owner, and founder

Joe Stevens, Lifeguard for Hire

South Pasadena Lifeguard for Hire

I’m a professional ski coach, working my winters in Jackson Hole WY and living for the summers in South Pasadena, and I love working with children and teenagers especially in sporting and active environments where fun is paramount. I love to swim, especially distances underwater, and I train three to four days a week in the comp pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.  Willing to lifeguard anywhere in the greater LA and Orange County areas. I don’t mind traveling!

I’m also a Lifeguard Instructor and CPR Instructor for Happy Swimmers, based in Southern California but I also teach in the Bay Area from time to time.

Josh Scowden, Lifeguard, LGI, CPR Instructor

Round Rock, TX

Kevin Frank, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard for Hire

Orlando, 15 years experience!

I began life-guarding when I was just 15 years old. Since then, I have worked for my community, college and even Aquatica as a full time lifeguard for almost 5 years. Now, I am a middle school teacher with a family and a young child.

Home base areas I serve: Clermont, Wintergarden, Dr. Phillips, Windermere  and all of greater Orlando.

Kevin Rojas, Lifeguard Instructor

San Francisco

Kimberly Lytle

Kimberly Lytle, Lifeguard, LGI Trainer

Kissimmee, FL, 30+ years lifeguard experience!

I have been a lifeguard since I was 15 years of age. I have always lifeguarded, taught swim lessons, CPR/AED and first aid. In addition to be an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, I am also a NASCO instructor trainer and serve on the faculty each year at their national aquatic school. I am a middle school teacher and was teacher of the year last year and one of the top ten teachers in my district. I swim open water events with my longest swim being 12.5 miles.  (you go girl!)

Leni Ruby, Las Vegas Lifeguard for Hire

Whitney Ranch

Hi my name is lenny, I’ve been lifeguarding for the past couple summer at the city of Henderson and at green valley ranch hotel and casino. I love saving lives, there’s no better rush than saving someone. I like providing safety so the little ones aren’t afraid to have fun in the water.

I serve the Las Vegas communities of Henderson, Las Vegas, Summerlin, among others. 

Lindsay Brecht, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, LGI, CPR Instr,**CPR ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD**

Sunnyvale is her home

**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.

Meg Stolt, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, LGI

Houston

30+ years of swim lesson teaching experience and lifeguard experience. 10 years of Lifeguard Instructing.

Serving the communities of the Greater Houston Area.

Swim Instructor role:I have been teaching and coaching swimming for over 30 years to children of all ages, in a variety of settings and environments. I also currently work with triathletes in improving swim technique for open water. I thoroughly enjoy the excitement a child (regardless of the age), when a goal is achieved. I can share many stories about swimming and teaching, but nothing is more satisfying when a child has a big smile and is thrilled to see you because they enjoy the swim time. When teaching swim lessons, I am thrilled to see the self-confidence of each child building as they progress.

Event Lifeguard role: I am now entering my 35th season as a LG. Each year brings many rewards. It is joy to see kids having fun at their parties and playing in the pool. I am present to keep everyone safe. 

Additional certifications in: Lifeguard Open Water Certified — lake/ocean, WaterPark Certified, O2 Certified,

Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) and CPR Instructor roles: My goal in training lifeguards is to instill the understanding that we are there to protect and serve. It is our job to prevent injuries before they occur and respond rapidly when an incident does happen. I teach the skills and practice the skills, so the participant can successfully meet the requirements to become a lifeguard. I train both pool and waterfront guards.

I have been teaching CPR for over 20 years. It is interesting to see how the various certifying agencies have become more stream-lined in their presentation of this lifesaving skill, creating an environment of being able to work together. It is rewarding when a participant reaches out to share how they were able to help someone because of the class.

Melinda, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard for Hire and outdoors enthusiast

Paradise Heights

I have been a lifeguard for 7 years, working for orange county parks and recreation at kelly park (rock springs), Discovery Cove Orlando, and now currently working for RDV sportsplex in Maitland. I have always had a strong passion for lifeguarding and helping and serving others. I am very excited for this adventure with happy swimmers and can’t wait to experience the different events. A little fun fact about myself is that I absolutely love the outdoors. Most days you can find me either hunting, fishing, or on any body of water possible!

I serve the Orlando/Tampa communities of Apopka, Altamonte, Orlando & Tampa proper, among others. 

Mike Sweet, CPR Instructor, EMT, former Beach Lifeguard

Valley Village

Quintin, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard for Hire

Orlando

I have been a lifeguard for both Ellis and Associates and The American Red Cross. I take pride on creating a fun and enjoyable aquatic experience for others while promoting safety according to the most current standards. I have experience in several setting and hope to further my skills and gain new experiences!

General areas I serve: Kissimmee, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Winter Haven, Tampa

Rad Rakeisha

Rad Rakeisha, Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)

Tampa Bay, 7 years experience!

7 years experience lifeguarding.  Serving areas in the Land o Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and the Tampa Bay Area

HI!!!! My name in Rakeisha. I am a Canadian student-athlete currently finishing my degree in Biology on the medical track and playing soccer at Saint Leo University. I have been swimming since I was eight and have loved the water ever since. I have been a certified lifeguard for seven years now and have done so for camp, family outings, Saint Leo University’s pool, and at my own house. Though I am not a certified swim instructor I have taught a few kids in my community, so proper certification is something I will pursue. I understand how fun swimming can be but I also understand its dangers so I make it my business to ensure a safe environment for those who want to enjoy the water!

Ron Torbert

Ron Torbert, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard

Orlando, 34 years of experience!

34 Years of Lifeguard Experience, wow!  Ron serves Greater Orlando

I have a great passion for aquatics. I was raised around the water and I am scuba certified. I have been lifeguarding since I received my Lifeguard BSA (Boy Scouts) in 1981, I was a YMCA Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. I was a Lifeguard for River Country, Grand Floridian, Yacht and Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. I am a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and worked for Wet N Wild and Aquatica in that capacity. I am an Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Instructor Trainer. I have 5 children ages 10-25. From 1999-2012 I competed in Triathlons including 1 IRONMAN.

Special certifications: PADI Scuba Certification, Open water, Waterpark, Waterfront

Owner comment here: Ron is Superman! Bless the work you do and have done, sir!

Samantha Tu

Samantha Tu, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor

San Jose, South Bay, the CIty and Napa; 3 years experience!

Hello, my name is Samantha Tu and I’ve been a lifeguard and swim instructor for 3 years and a Lifeguard Instructor for 1 year. I started swimming when I was just a little kid since then I’ve been crazy about anything water. Once I became old enough to join a local junior lifeguarding program at the community center, I jumped right into that and began learning how to teach lessons and save lives. My hobbies include helping others, swimming, water polo, and cooking.

Samantha typically serves areas like Milpitas, San Jose, Fremont, and even the City and Napa–she gets around!

Sandy, LGI, CPR Instructor, Super Mom!

San Jose, CA

10+ Years in the aquatics industry

 CPR Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor

During my off time, I love taking my son on mini adventures to the beach, parks, searching for dinosaurs!  I love teaching CPR and lifeguarding class both equally. Being a mom myself I take these classes very seriously. My goal in each class is to instill the confidence in each student so that if an emergency was to ever happen they can react with quickness and knowledge to kick butt and save lives!

Shannon Mathis, Lifeguard for Hire

UT Dallas

Hello! I have been lifeguarding for 1 year. I spent last summer at a summer camp in Tyler, Texas. I am excited to provide a safe and fun environment in the water as a HS lifeguard! A fun fact about me is that I can walk on my hands.

I serve the Dallas-Fort Worth communities of Plano, Richardson, Dallas, Frisco, among others

Sharon Carlson, Spring, TX Event Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor

Houston

Steve Hurt, Austin LGI, Lifeguard for Hire, CPR Instructor

Austin

Swim Instructor Bio:

Teaching swim lesson skills has been a 10-year adventure. I enjoy knowing that the lessons I teach will help someone improve their quality of life as well as maybe even save their life one day. I have taught around 3,500 student swim lessons and it continues to be as fun now as when I first started teaching.

Lifeguard Instructor bio:

I am a lifeguard instructor and lifeguard instructor trainer. I have trained and certified around 800 lifeguards and 10 lifeguard instructors. I have been teaching lifeguarding classes for 10 years. I teach water front lifeguarding and water park lifeguarding.

General areas I serve include: Austin, San Antonio, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, and San Marcos

Advanced Certifications: Water Front Lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Certified Pool Operator

Vanessa Arlt, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard for Hire

Redlands, Inland Empire

I have been guarding for 10 years and have enjoyed teaching people about water safety. I like to prevent emergencies from happening and enjoy being around all type of folks!  I am a Lifeguard Instructor and have a Waterfront lifeguarding additional cert (Lakes, rivers etc).  Home turf: Redlands, and the Inland Empire, but I am willing to travel to OC, San Diego and LA.

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