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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San Jose CA Swim Lessons Staff

Bria, Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

San Jose, 8 years experience!

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

Julia, Lifeguard for Hire, Plant & Cat Enthusiest


I teach water safety by building a loving, trusting relationship with all students, both children and adults, through private swim lessons. I have worked with individuals with special needs, too. I like to give ways to practice and promote even greater learning in-between the lessons and taught children how to survive falls into the water. I love seeing kids grow in their strength and having fun! With my 10 years of experience so far, I have also coached water polo (I was a goalie) and swimming teams, and was a diver in high school.

I serve the Bay Area communities of Morgan Hill, San Jose, Saratoga, Milpitas, among others. 

Lauren Matthews, Swim Instructor, Rower and Rock Climber

Hello, my name is Lauren Matthews and I have been a lifeguard for four years!

I teach swim lessons to all ages, including parent taught and adult teens. I have been a swimmer all my life and love the water!

Serving: Napa, Sonoma, Benicia, Vallejo

Liv, Private Swim Instructor and Passionate Volunteer

South San Jose

I have been a swim instructor for 2 years now. I have a specialty in people with disabilities. I have experience working with people who have disabilities for almost 6 years. Seeing that big smile when a kid gets a new skill is definitely the best part of the swim lessons. Fun fact: I have a sister with Down Syndrome so I have a ton of experience with people who have Down Syndrome!

I serve the Bay Area Communities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos, among others.

Maggie | Private Swim Instructor | San Jose, CA

Maggie, Private Swim Instructor and Lifeguard


Hi, my name is Maggie and I’ve been teaching swim lessons for 4 years with ages 6 months to 12 years old. I’ve also worked with children for 7 years as a tutor, nanny, babysitter and mentor while working towards a bachelors degree in 2021. I love working with children and making a difference much like many mentors did for me. Before becoming a lifeguard, I was a member of a local swim team for 10 years.

 I have also been a lifeguard for 4 years. I began my love for water growing up in and around a pool starting swim team at age 5 and continuing until age 15 when I became a lifeguard. I have a passion for water and water sports as they have always been a part of my life and I would like to share my passion while reinforcing safety in a fun environment. My favorite part about lifeguarding events is getting to know new people and watching others share my passion and love for water.

I serve the SF Bay Area communities of San Jose: Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, among others. 

Jenn Levish | Swim Instructor Manager | San Jose, CA

Manager Jenn Levish, Swim Instructor, LG – *Has Pool Access

S. San Jose, 13 years exp!

*Has Pool Access in Santa Clara

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.

Marina Fess, Swim Inctructor, Lifeguard, Triplet and Coffee Aficionado

This will be my 4th summer as a Swim Instructor! I previously instructed at Burlingame Aquatics Club, where I taught both kids aging from 6 months to 16-17 years old and adults! I have worked with all levels of swim experience, so I am well-versed in how to foster the best learning environment and how to find the best approach to teach with–with all different types and levels of swimmers! I swam competitively for 5 years (100 backstroke is my favorite!), so I make sure to always teach the proper technique and with the goal of getting my students to where they would have the proper technique for that kind of swimming if they ever wanted to join a team. I value patience, positive reinforcement, and goal-setting! I love to see that ah-ha moment when one of my students finally succeeds in a particularly hard area–that big smile is why I love to teach! I hope to work with you or your children soon and see those big smiles!

This will be my 4th summer working as a lifeguard both extensively in the Bay Area and in New York City. Previously, I have worked at Burlingame Aquatics Club both as a lifeguard, head lifeguard, camp counselor, and swim instructor. I just finished my first year at NYU, where I guarded as well. I pride myself both on my professionalism and on the quality of service I bring to her guarding. I seek to maintain safety while promoting fun and learning both in the pool and on deck, and I strive to be a positive and reassuring presence for both the kids and for the parents! I am adaptable, communicative, and easy to work with. I love all things aquatics–swimming, the beach, hydration–!, and I am excited for a fun-filled summer!

Serving: San Fransisco, Burlingame, Palo Alto, Belmont

Michael Izzi, Swim Instructor, Travel Team Swimmer

*Has Pool Access in Napa

Hi, I’ve been teaching swim lessons since I have been 12 and swimming on a team as long as I can remember.

Swimming is a big part in my life and has taught me a lot and I want the same for all my students. My favorite part about teaching is watching the kids have fun while still learning. A fun fact about me is that i’m still on a travel swim team.

Serving: North SF Bay of Sonoma Co, Napa Co.

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!


Ploy Laohatongtip, South Bay Swim Instructor :)

San Jose

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

Victoria, Private Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for Hire, “Find me in the pool or on a plane”

Elk Grove

Hello! My names Victoria and I have been teaching kids to swim for over 3 years. Prior to swim instructing I was swimming at the competitive level for over 10 years. I love teaching kids of all ages and my experience ranges from teaching ages 4 months to adults. In my experience the earlier kids start the better, the water is waiting! I love teaching kids both the technical aspects of the strokes and also just helping them get comfortable in the water. Teaching swim lessons is so rewarding to me because I know I’m helping someone learn such an important life skill. A little fun fact about me is that I love to travel the world!

I have also been professionally lifeguarding for over three years! Lifeguarding is one of my absolute favorite jobs because I get to be by the pool, which I love, and also ensure that I’m keeping my fellow swimmers safe. My intention when guarding is to create a safe environment where all swimmers are at ease and having a blast in the pool. I love getting to watch people enjoying the water while knowing they are safe. 

I serve the Sacramento communities of Elk Grove, Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, among others.

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