San Diego 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 San Diego County. We are the largest and longest established mobile swim lesson company in San Diego County. We predominantly serve San Diego City and its adjoining communities. By special arrangement we can likely serve North County clients, but additional flexibility of dates and times may be needed.
Our general San Diego swimming lesson service area is within a triangle from La Jolla east to Santee, and south to Chula Vista. Please contact us to learn more about our San Diego swim lessons

Swim Lesson Tip:

Regarding distractions, the noisier or more stimulus in the swim lesson environment, the less learning. This is why some parents opt for in-home lessons rather than public lessons. On one hand, public lessons can be a great social scene for both parents and kids, and this works for some; for others, however, trust of the water is built more easily in one’s own pool. Simply asking the child their preference may be the key.
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San Diego Swim Lessons Staff

Alf, Lifegaurd for Hire, Private Swim Instructor and The Original Neptune Certified Surf Instructor – Sea-Water Color Painter

Escondido

There is nothing more valuable than teaching a skill like swimming that will offer one a safe experience & can literally open doors to increased self-confidence & competence in any body of water—be it pool-sea-or lake. Years of coaching water polo & operating Los Angeles Jr. Lifeguard program enabled me to amass an enormous tool box of skills to help teach people of all ages to swim & handle themselves safely in the water.

As a 30 year veteran of Los Angeles County Lifeguard & Fire Dept Paramedic I know how rewarding & important maintaining a safe environment for the public & swimmers can be. Spotting & preventing danger is a learned skill that when actively applied can literally make the difference between a fun day or one wrought with tragedy. Turning people onto the stoke of water play is really a gift that should be shared with everyone.

I serve the OC and San Diego communities of Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Jolla

Ally Brown | Lifeguard

Aly Brown, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor – *Has Pool Access

San Diego, CA

*Has Pool Access 

10+ years experience lifeugarding. Home turf: South Orange Co and San Diego.

Hi I’m Aly and have been guarding for 10+ years. I am personable, enjoy meeting new people, and love the sunshine. Keeping people safe is a prerogative and passion of mine. I am in the helping profession and work as a social worker for Rady Children’s Hospital as my career. Lifeguarding allows me exhibit my outgoing personality while maintaining safety, additionally catch some sunshine and be social; Thus, I find myself guarding as a side passion of mine.

Caroline Mitchell, Swim Instructor

San Diego; 10 years experience!

Serving communities including:San Diego, Del Mar, Coronado, Santee

I have been teaching swim lessons for 10 years. I have experience teaching many different skill levels including year around swim teams, summer leagues, and beginners who have never been in the water before. I love teaching swim lessons because I enjoy watching the progress swimmers make every lesson and watching them develop into a strong, confident swimmers. I am currently on the San Diego State University swim team and I love competing!

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.

Coco, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard for Hire

Temecula

Hi, I’m Coco! I have been a swim instructor for a few years now, but have been working with kids for most of my life. It all started in Girl Scouts when I got to host my first event. I loved the energy the kids brought to the table, and from that moment, I knew I had to work with them. Experience in Girl Scouts helped me become a babysitter/nanny and camp counselor, and has eventually led me to teaching swim. Being a swim instructor seemed natural for me because I swam competitively in high school and love being in the water, as well as working with people. My favorite part about teaching swim is watching the child progress. The pride and excitement in their eyes when they finally master a skill they had been struggling with is priceless :~). A fun fact about me is that my favorite animal is the polar bear and I could talk your ear off for hours about why they’re so fascinating!

I became a lifeguard in high school and am now in my second year of college. I wanted to be lifeguard because I love swimming so much that didn’t want to be away from the pool while I was out of the water! I am also very concerned with safety ever since I took my very first CPR class with my Girl Scout troop. The instructor inspired me to continue on in my safety education and become AED and First Aid certified, and then eventually become a lifeguard and get my emergency oxygen distribution and blood borne pathogens certifications. I believe that people should have only good experiences in the water, and want to do everything I can to make that happen. I hope that everyone is able to enjoy the pool regardless of their skill level, and always feel safe in the water. A fun fact about me is that I love rock climbing!

I serve the OC, Inland Empire, and San Diego communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, and Orange, among others.

Dazzling Daisy, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

Carlsbad

I just recently started swim instructing about half a year go and have loved every moment. The satisfaction the children get when they have learned a stroke or how to improve it is pure bliss. I feel amazing knowing my job is done when parents come up to me informing me what their child has done at their own pool. Ensuring safety is also a big role in this job and teaching children how to swim makes that so much better.

I have been Lifeguarding for two years now and have loved every moment of it. Maintaining a happy and positive attitude while ensuring safety plays a big role when Lifeguarding, enjoying the job just makes it that much better. Making both the parents and children happy and safe are very important to me.

I serve the San Diego communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, among others. 

Hannah Naten, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Adventure Seeker and Coffee Addict

Sacramento, CA

Hello, my name is Hannah and I have been a lifeguard for six years as well as a pool manager for two years! I started swimming competitively when I was five years old (hard to believe that that was 16 years ago!) and I am passionate about sharing my love of the water by ensuring that it is safe and fun for all those who want to enjoy it! I am also a nursing student at the moment (one more year and I will have my BSN and RN degrees) and love using my knowledge to make extra-sure that everyone is safe and having a blast at whatever event is occurring. I love lifeguarding events: I am a big people-person, I love the outdoors, and I love the water! I want to make sure whichever event I am invited to I can help the event run smoothly as well as make it enjoyable for all parties present. A fun fact about me: I just got back from 3 months in South Africa working in clinics and going on adventures, so if you want to see cool photos and videos of shark cage diving, bungee jumping and safaris, I would love to share!

I love teaching people how to swim! I have taught swim lessons for six years excluding my own personal experience with swim. I have taught between the age ranges of 6 months to 84 years old, so I am comfortable with teaching just about everything! I can teach the basics of strokes, refinement of stroke technique, as well as simply getting comfortable in the water and learning how to swim and be safe in water for the first time! Swim lessons hold a special place in my heart because I would never be who I am today if I did not having amazing instructors help me not only gain skills swimming but also making me feel comfortable with my abilities as well as gain confidence. Fun fact about me: my favorite stroke is backstroke, and my favorite race was the 200 meter back– not a popular favorite but loads of fun to me!

Serving: Sacramento, Granite Bay, Carmichael, Folsom

Hector Diaz| Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

Hector Diaz, Private Swim Instructor & Lifeguard

San Diego

I first started swim instructing last year, working all seasons and now summer. I’ve taught kids from all age groups 6 months to 15 years old. I’ve also taught kids who are very scared of water and kids who are naturals. Previously, I competed on a swim team for 6 years, two in college and four in high school. Therefore, I’m very familiar with proper techniques and stroke work. Because I have also taught kids who didn’t know anything about swimming or just were just too fearful of water, I have learned to make sure kids are having fun while learning but are also safe!

I’ve been lifeguarding for three years,  starting at a water park and now I currently work at a pool. I primarily guard birthday parties and know a lot of water games kids love to play. I always make sure the kids are having fun and smiling but most of all are being safe. Lifeguarding and teaching are my passions so I take my job very serious, however I always make sure to have a smile on, ensuring everyone is having fun.

I serve the San Diego communities of Imperial Beach, Chula vista, La jolla, Coronado, Del Mar, downtown San Diego, La mesa, East lake, mission valley, among others. 

Katrina, Private Swim Instructor and Lifeguard

San Diego

I have been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for over 12 years. I began my water experience at the age of 14 when I played water polo. Along with water polo I participated in swimming, my high school and college surf teams. I love being in the water and helping others in the skills to be safe, successful, and have fun in the water. I have taught swim lessons from babies to adults and I feel comfortable and confident working with any type of swimmer. I am looking forward to teaching you or your swimmer the best swimming skills around!

 As a lifeguard I pride myself in the recognition of when a swimmer can be in distress and to prevent any incidents. I am looking forward to a Sunny San Diego Summer with all swimmers out there!

Kristen, Private Swim Instructor

San Diego

I have been teaching swim lessons since I was 16. I began at a Rec Center teaching in small groups. Over the years I taught my friend’s children and their friends etc…I have taught mostly toddler through 6-7 year old students. I love watching them overcome their anxiety if they have it, or watching them blossom as they gain skills and love the water.

I serve the San Diego communities of San Diego, Spring Valley, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, among others. 

Kristen, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, SCUBA, Coding

San Diego, CA

Swim Instructor:

I started out teaching lessons to some of my friends younger siblings after their parents asked me to. Since then I have worked with YMCA’s, country clubs, community centers, and athletic clubs. I have had excellent experience teaching all ages and levels of swimming. I love getting to see a new swimmer take off on their own after starting out timidly.

Lifeguard:

I have been lifeguarding since 2004. I have guarded at a water park, a river, indoor pools, outdoor pools, and backyard pools. I love swimming and getting to help people share in my love of the water by keeping them safe brings me joy.

Serving: San Diego, La Mesa, Del Mar, El Cajon

Lianna, Private Swim Instructor, Climber, and Traveler

Kensington

I have been a swim instructor for 8yrs with diverse students, locations and programs. I have worked in both public and private swim programs and have done many in-home lessons. I have worked with swimmers from 6 months to 79 years old however, the majority of my lessons have been with children 2-12 years old. I also worked as a preschool teacher for three years and a behavior therapist for two years so I have a lot of experience with younger children and children with developmental delays. Being a swim instructor is perfect for me because two of my favorite things are kids and anything to do with water! I love to swim, go to the beach and scuba dive in my free time. Last year I even got to scuba dive with whales in the Great Barrier Reef!

I serve the San Diego communities of North Park, University Heights, Hillcrest, El Cajon, South Park, among others. 

Luke Eder, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR Instructor Staff & Expert Golfer

92027

I have been swimming and playing water polo for over 10 years, I love working with kids, and I have been teaching swim for several years.

I love being able to teach others how to save a life as well as being able to save a life myself.

2 years of experience as a Swim Instructor and a Lifeguard.

Serving: Encinitas, San Marcos, Escondido, Vista, Encinitas, Del Mar.

Maddy, Private Swim Instructor and Professional Dog Walker

Encinitas

Hello my name is Maddy! I have been actively teaching swim lessons for over 5 years now. I was a youth swim instructor at the YMCA for over 2 years, primarily teaching the infant/toddler swim classes, but have worked with all age ranges and skill levels! I am happy to teach beginner swimmers or those ranging up to swim team level. I have swam competitively for 10 years, along with playing club water polo at University for 2 years.


I am currently studying Nursing and Spanish at University of San Francisco, but working in San Diego this summer! I have also been babysitting for 6 years and throughout my time at university I have also been working for Wag and Rover dog walking companies. I am very comfortable watching over multiple children at one time. I offer a calm demeanor with children and lots of patience! I hope to work with children in my future nursing career as well.


I love going to the beach and surfing as much as I can during the summer time in San Diego. In my free time I also enjoy yoga, riding my bike and trying out new recipes! I have a passion for teaching others the lifelong skill of swimming and have absolutely loved my previous experiences working with all ranges of people at my job. I hope to see you in the pool!

I serve the San Diego communities of San Diego, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Poway, among others. 

Madeleine Natina, Swim Instructor

San Diego

Morgan

Mission Bay

Morgan has 4 years swim teaching experience and serves the general areas of San Diego, La Jolla, Lemon Grove, and La Mesa.

Nico Teply, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor & Surfer

San Diego, CA

I have been teaching swims lessons for 5 years now. I have taught a range of classes from infant to adult. I started teaching swim lessons for the City of Sacramento Aquatics Section, which is where I learned how to teach and guard. I love kids and having a direct role in a child’s progression in their swimming capabilities.

I have been a lifeguard and manager of multiple different facilities for 5 years now. Water activities have brought so much joy into my life and I want to help other’s feel that joy in a safe environment. I am very confident in my ability to maintain a pool and ensure everyone has a fun, safe time!

Serving: SAN DIEGO, LAS ANGELES, ORANGE COUNTY, CARLSBAD

Onai Colon, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Beach Bum

San Diego, CA

Swim Instructor:

I have one and a half years of swimming instruction experience. I’ve taught clients from all ages and skill levels, including mommy and me classes and active duty swim lessons. I believe that learning how to swim should be fun, enjoyable, and safe.

Lifeguard: 

I provided lifeguarding services for Marine Cops base Camp Lejune for 2 years. During my time with them we were required to have 4 hours of training regarding lifeguarding every month. While I was working with them I also acquired my Lifeguard Instructor, and swim instructor certifications. The reason I enjoy lifeguarding so much is because, I believe that patrons of all ages should be able to enjoy themselves and feel safe in the water.

Serving: San Diego, Coronado, La Jolla, Point Loma

QI | Swim Instructor And Life Guard | San Diego, CA

Qi, San Diego Swim Instructor and Lifegaurd

San Jose

General areas I have served include San Diego

Swim Instructor Bio: Hi, my name is Qi and I am going into my 7th 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 6 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.

Yasmin, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard & Part-Time Gamer

San Diego, CA

Hello, my name is Yasmin and I have been a swim instructor for a little over two years. I love watching kids learn and improve their skills. Working with kids is one of my passions, and I hope to keep fulfilling my passion through Happy Swimmers.

I also have been a lifeguard for a little over two years. I intend to serve as your event lifeguard and keep everyone safe while having fun in the water. I love guarding events because I like watching others have fun and enjoy a refreshing splash in the pool.

Serving: San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, La Jolla

Ziggy, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

San Diego; 5 years experience!

5 years experience, communities served like Point Loma, La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Del Mar

Water is my life! I have experience teaching swim lessons (levels ranging from mommy& me to coaching swim team), lifeguarding and competitive swimming. I absolutely love being anywhere near the pool or the ocean! I am inspired to promote fun in the water with an emphasis on water safety practices. I have a special passion for teaching, as I am currently finishing my credentials to be a kindergarten teacher. Teaching has taught me patience and attentiveness which is an instrumental component of serving my duties as a lifeguard to my best ability.

Extra certifications, specialties:  Waterfront/Lake certified lifeguard; Mommy and Me special training.

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