Washington DC Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons


Happy Swimmers started teaching at-home swim lessons and private lifeguarding events around our nations’ capitol in 2010.

With public and private pools in nearly every neighborhood, swimming is one of the most popular activities throughout the D.C. metro region. Numerous facilities have accommodated thousands of patrons – from infants receiving water safety instruction to competitive swimmers that have become Olympic gold medalists.

This popularity has led to a large demand for lifeguards and private swimming instructors. Lifeguards typically find themselves making frequent rescues at public facilities and beaches; while many community aquatic programs offer swim lessons to those individuals hoping just to improve upon their stroke or to join in on the competition.

Outdoor and indoor pools ensure that the fun, local swimming culture continues year-round and Happy Swimmers staff can be there for you, either at your own pool, or with permission, teaching your DC resident child at a DC public pool, as you’re guessing,for our program you need your own home pool, or access to a pool where you can learn how to swim. A friend or community association pool also is fine. We carry insurance for any pool we use.

We are thrilled to be able to offer you our specialinstruction technique based on kind, child-centered teaching, and show you what it really means to be a Happy Swimmer, as taught through trust, and fun.

Do we serve your area? If you’re in the Washington DC suburbs in Maryland or Northern Virginia, the answer is almost always yes. Take a look at the map below of where our staff live. That’s a good general indicator or the areas we cover. Last year Happy Swimmers was asked to be the trainer for the staff of The House of Representatives Health Club and Pool, certifying them in Lifeguarding for members of Congress.

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Swim Lesson Tip:

Swim Goggles for kids aged 3 year olds and up are very helpful during lessons and can make the difference between an enjoyable lesson and a miserable one. If your eyes are stinging and burning you are much more likely to have trouble learning and retaining the information.
We encourage parents in the Washington DC area to get quality goggles from a reputable swim store. A decent, quality pair of goggles can be very useful in any of the stages of learning swimming. We want you to be a happy swimmer, and not fighting chlorine with burning eyes all day.

Washington DC Swim Lessons Staff

Abigail Muro, Lifeguard for Hire, Swim Instructor

Chevy Chase, MD

Bradley Blecker | Swim Instructor | NYC

Bradley Blecker, Lifegaurd, Swim Instructor

Spring: Washington DC, Summer: NW New Jersey; 5 years experience.

5 years experience! Washington D.C., towns/cities in Northwest New Jersey

I am a political science major at American University in Washington D.C. with physics minor. I have eleven years of swimming experience, three years of swim instructing/coaching, and five years of lifeguarding, both for a community pool and private lifeguarding events. I am certified in CPR. AED, and first aid.

Chelsea Andrews, LGI, Swim Instructor

DC metro, lives in Hyattsville, MD, 9 years experience!

9 years experience teaching swimming!

General areas served:Washington DC, Maryland

I have been teaching swim lessons for about nine years. I truly love teaching lessons! I was awarded a full swimming scholarship to Howard University so swimming definitely holds a strong place in my heart for various reasons. This is emulated through the way that I teach. I don’t just like swimming, I love swimming. I have a passion for swimming. You always get the great work from someone who doesn’t consider their job a job, but rather something they love, a passion- this is how I feel about swimming. So let’s get our swim on!

I started life guarding around 15 or 16 years old. Since I was already at the pool all the time (since I was on the swim team), I figured this cert would be extremely resourceful. I would work in between swim practices! I love being a life guard and take pride in being responsible for lives! I intend to make everyone feel safe at all times. Don’t worry, if I’m around, you have the SAFEST environment ever! And we all want to be safe right?!

(Don’t you love Chelsea’s passion? We do 🙂

Advanced certifications:CPO cert, AFO cert, Ellis LGI cert

Chelsea Jeskie, Swim Instructor – *Has Pool Access

Washington DC

*Has Pool Access in Alexandria, VA

Hi! I have been teaching swim lessons for 6 years and I have experience in swim competition, enough so that I believe I have mastered the sport. I have taught in a corporate gym as well as for a local school board. I have experience teaching all levels; from babies as young as 5-6 months to adults. The most fulfilling thing as a instructor is to see my students gain confidence in the water and see improvements in their techniques. I really enjoy imparting my knowledge of swimming onto all of my students and I strive to create a comfortable and safe swim environment for my students while at the same time making sure they enjoy every moment of their lesson.

I serve the DC metro communities of Alexandria and Arlington, among others. 

Jayne Hutcheson, Swim Instructor – full time animal lover and bookworm, part time traveler and art lover.

Washington DC

Having been a competitive swimmer for 13 years of my life, swimming is something I am incredibly passionate about! My career as a swim instructor began when I was just 14 years old. I taught private and group swim lessons at my club team to children aged 5-12 years old. After teaching private lessons for a year, my love for swim instructing expanded to coaching a SAIL swim team comprised of 90 – 120 kids aged from 4 – 18 years old. I coached the same team for 3 years, leading them to be division champions my 2nd year. While coaching I continued to teach swim lessons on the side. My private lessons ranged from children who were learning the basic building blocks of swimming (i.e. intro to water safety, putting face in water, floating, etc) to advanced competitive swimmers who needed help with stroke technique and racing strategy. I also taught swim lessons to adults, from those who just wanted to feel more comfortable in the water to those who wanted to swim in intramural teams for exercise and fun competition. One of my favorite things about teaching swim lessons is seeing the self confidence that people gain through being more comfortable in the water. Some of my favorite students have been those who were afraid to put their heads underwater, and then by the time swim lessons were over I couldn’t get them to leave the pool! I also really love teaching stroke technique to swimmers who want to improve competition form/times. My swim instructing philosophy is simple: I believe that everyone can swim! I believe that the water should never be scary, and that through positive experiences and encouragement swimming can be fun and safe for everyone.

Serving: Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Rockville

Norca Calderin, Swim Instructor

Washington DC

Regional Swim Instructor Manager Bettina Perkins

I’m your Region’s Manager of Swim Instructors. Contact me through the website contact form, for anything swim instructor related once swim lessons have begun with your instructor.

A little more about me… 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 is 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. Welcome to Happy Swimmers! I am happy to help.

Shannon, Private Swim Instructor, Lifeguard for Hire, Part-time surfer, Full-Time shark bait

Huntley Meadows Park

Hi, my name is Shannon and I’ve been teaching swim lessons for 5 years with ages six months to sixty! I’ve also worked with children for 3 years as a tutor and child care provider. I graduated from Hood College with a swim scholarship and earned a degree in Global Studies. I love teaching swimming because I love helping to teach kids to enjoy the water and water safety. I also specialize in new swimmers and swim team training.

I have been lifeguarding for 5 years and have had the honor of saving 7 lives. I have worked for large hotel environments on the Las Vegas Strip as well as small, fun children parties. What I enjoy most about lifeguarding is being able to watch others have fun and knowing that they will be safe.

I serve the Washington DC communities of Alexandria, Arlington, Washington DC proper, among others!

Will, Lifeguard and Private Swim Instructor

I have 4 years swim instruction experience and 5 years lifeguarding experience.

Over the past four years I have had a lot of experience with teaching lessons. When I first started, I worked as an assistant instructor for several programs with children ranging from ages 3 to 15 with a variety of skill levels. After moving to Washington, DC, I began working at the American University aquatic center where I was eventually promoted to Head Lifeguard of Swim Instructors. In this position, I helped to manage and teach the swim lessons run through AU Recreation and Fitness. The most rewarding part of teaching swim lessons would have to be watching the improvement and excitement of the student grow. My passion is to see a world where everyone can feel safe and have fun in the water!

I started lifeguarding at my community pool the summer before my junior year of high school. Five years have passed and I have worked at a variety of pools and events for communities, families, and high profile clients too. I lifeguard because aquatic safety is a passion of mine and I want to make sure that everyone can have a safe and exciting time at the pool!

I serve the DC metro areas of Washington and Bethesda, among others.

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