The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semi-private, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.
The Little Osaka outpost of this international organization founded in 1844 has a massive number of facilities under one roof. The YMCA Westside Branch sports both an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, plus a fitness center complete with free weights and machines, three racquetball courts and a basketball court. There’s even a small outdoor running track to give guests an excuse to enjoy the L.A. sunshine. Like many YMCAs, the focus at the Westside Family YMCA is on the community programs, whether its children’s swim classes, sports leagues for kids or group exercise classes for adults, featuring known workouts like Zumba and yoga. Added together, there are full gym chains with fewer options than this well-known Y keeps under one roof.
Founded by Louis Emile, a 28-year instructing veteran who received training from the Los Angeles County Underwater Instructors Association, Swim or Dive combines swimming and scuba lessons under the same roof. Red Cross–certified instructors lead private swimming lessons for students aged 6 months to adults. NAUI-certified instructors helm the scuba classes, guiding pupils aged 10 and older through introductory and full-certification courses offering lifetime certification. Beyond training, Swim or Dive also acts as a lifeguard referral center, training lifeguards in areas such as CPR, first aid, and slow-motion nacho eating before losing them to monitor pool and ocean parties.
Boot Camp H20 is not your average water-fitness class. In fact, if it were possible to work up a sweat in a pool, this is where it would happen. Each fast-paced, high-intensity, waterlogged workout combines strength and cardio training to build muscle and burn fat quickly. Led by a qualified instructor, these challenging classes—which take place in an indoor pool—incorporate swimming strokes, water polo, modified plyometrics, water aerobics, and strength exercises.
To win his final of four gold medals, champion swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg overcame the odds, which seemed to be stacked against him. During the two years before the 2004 Athens games, he had to undergo both a shoulder surgery and a knee surgery and recover in enough time to compete with the United States in Athens. Due to his determination, he was able to recover, and along with his three relay teammates, he stood atop the podium once more.
Now retired, Krayzelburg created his eponymous swim academy to help kids beat the odds in what might otherwise be dangerous situations by becoming water-safe. Since the company's founding in 2005, Krayzelburg's crew has taught thousands of children how to be safe, proficient swimmers. During group classes, private lessons, and parent-tot sessions, the team uses a seven-level SwimRight method to build proper form. The approach is based on 40 years of swim-instruction techniques, and it graduates students from basic water-safety skills to more advanced strokes.
In addition to the two locations in California, the academy offers lessons at eight partner sites across the country. The Los Angeles academy is located on the premises of the Westside Jewish Community Center within a remodeled aquatic center with two swimming pools, a 90-degree kids' pool, and a lap pool that is kept at a cozy 85 degrees.
A passion for holistic health is in Sue Gisser?s blood. She is the daughter of a nutritionist, and even as a toddler she would go with her mother to yoga classes. She discovered a passion for teaching yoga when she moved to LA and woke up spiritually, but still she wanted more. This passion drove her to develop H2Yoga?a style of aquatic yoga informed by her extensive training in yoga, gymnastics, and physical theatre.
H2Yoga uses dynamic sequences of traditional yoga poses in tandem with water weights and pool noodles to increase each student?s flexibility and fitness. The technique also takes advantage of water?s buoyancy, which reduces the pressure of gravity and facilitates participation for those with physical limitations. In the Lenny K. Swim Academy salt water heated therapy pool, Sue familiarizes students of all levels with her technique through seven class styles. Classes may focus on vinyasa-style yoga, bottom-toning workouts, synchronized breathing and movement, or strength training, which gives students the skills to guard an incarcerated dolphin.