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Philosophy & Method

From the cradle to the wave

We are true water lovers and mentors to our students. From baby swimmers to bucketlist wave riding, we believe in helping to create a lifelong love for the water.

coach syd lovelace's 11 level water balance method

In the pool, our initial goal is to get children comfortable and balanced in a horizontal position on their stomach and back. This position will allow them the best opportunity to master the art and athleticism of bending the water to create forward motion. Once they become balanced, our coaches will assist the child's body and mind to form new connections and muscle memory. This creates the ability for a child to direct their body in an efficient manner towards a desired target. The next step is coordinating their breathing and focusing on making their strokes more efficient and faster to a point where they can maintain them throughout their entire life. If a child has an aversion to water, touching his/her face in it can affect how quickly they pick up swim skills. We help those that have this challenge with bathtub homework and by redirecting their anxiety to a specific target or task. We believe in abundant positive verbal reinforcements and gentle persistence. We emphasize fun, safe, and efficient techniques in a creative and nurturing environment.

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Classes & Schedule


Class Costs and Location

All classes are $32 when you pay as you go or sign up for individual lessons. If you sign up for ongoing lessons and make automatic payments, classes are $27. Our West LA location is a private residence and therefore we do not send out the address beforehand. Upon submitting a request for a class, the address will be sent to you.

Lincoln Middle School • 1501 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403



Beach Lessons Click on class name to sign up

Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park (dependent on conditions)

Intro to Wave Play & Ocean Safety

Suggested Ages: 3 years and up. Wetsuit provided.

Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Lessons

Surf Lessons

Open Water Swim Technique, training advice and snorkeling tips

Private Parties & Corporate Group Packages

A great option for your private group, corporate or team building events in the LA & Santa Monica areas. Get to know friends and family or build business associates into team players.

Paddle Fork & Spoon

Join us on the Venice Canals for a paddle-icious night of great architecture, ducks and starry skies. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and out-of-town guests.

Coaching Staff

Coach Adrienne

Adrienne moved from Texas to Los Angeles last year in hopes of filling her autograph book and living an active lifestyle in year-round 75 degree weather. Adrienne started swimming at four years old and was immediately put on a swim team in place of day care. She competed in freestyle and backstroke until she realized her true calling was high school marching band.

Favorite stroke: freestyle
Favorite color: yellow
Favorite non pool activity: hiking and running
Fun fact: she’s also a coach for Girls on the Run Los Angeles

Coach Lea

Coach Lea grew up in Park City, Utah where she learned to swim around the same time she learned to walk and has loved the water ever since! Lea moved to LA to attend UCLA as a Theatre, Film, and Television major, with a concentration in acting. She recently graduated and now enjoys the sunny weather and beautiful ocean in LA. The water has always been like a second home to Lea – some say she may still live there…

Favorite stroke: freestyle
Favorite color: turquoise
Favorite non-pool activity: acroyoga
Fun fact: she has never seen any of the Star Wars movies!

Coach Cyrus

Coach Cyrus has lived in SoCal for most of his life and recently graduated from college on the east coast. There, he played club water polo and co-founded a surf team. When Cyrus is not in a pool or an ocean, he enjoys playing basketball. He is happy to be a part of the LA Surf and Swim team and is excited to help children become more comfortable in the water!

Favorite swim stroke: Butterfly
Favorite color: Seafoam Green
Favorite non-pool activity: Surfing
Fun fact: Cyrus enjoys snowy weather

Coach Miranda

Coach Miranda

Miranda is originally from Finland and grew up in New York. In the water is where she feels most comfortable – she competitively swam from age five to age seventeen and moved to LA to be closer to the ocean. Swimming has always been an important part of her life and she wants to pass her passion on to others!

Favorite swim stroke: Breaststroke
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite non-pool activity: Taking photos
Fun fact: Has lived in 4 countries!

Coach Elise

Elise started swimming when she was just two years old in a Mommy n’ Me swim class in sunny San Diego. Although, in the beginning, she was a screamer, she grew to love swimming! And she has been in the water ever since. Elise is thrilled to be part of the LA Surf and Swim Team because the only thing she likes more than swimming, is swimming with babies and kids!

Favorite Stroke: Freestyle (and Elementary Backstroke)
Favorite Color: Crimson
Favorite non-pool activity: Voiceovers and playing in the ocean
Fun fact: Although it is said to be impossible, I can lick my elbow. You try.

Coach Kerri

Favorite stroke: freestyle
Favorite color: blue
Favorite non-pool activity: beach!
Fun fact: I just moved back to LA from Hawaii

Coach Christy

Coach Christy grew up in Long Beach, NY where she enjoyed competing on the high school swim team and working as a beach lifeguard. She also had the opportunity to be a junior lifeguard instructor. Christy came to Los Angeles for college to study kinesiology and run track. She loves outdoor adventures like hiking, camping, and water sports.

Favorite stroke: freestyle
Favorite color: green and pink
Favorite non-pool activity: dancing
Fun fact: she loves horse-back riding!

Coach Tommy

Director of Operations

Coach Tommy is originally from Boston, MA and has been with LA Surf and Swim since 2012. He has been a highly successful teacher at programs including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and the Michael Phelps IM Program for the last 15 years.
Favorite stroke: freestyle
Favorite color: rainbow
Favorite non-pool activity: performing stand-up comedy
Fun fact: he’s a New Years baby!

Coach Brandon

Director of Operations

Coach Brandon grew up in northern California where he started swimming at a very young age. Starting at the age of 15, Coach Brandon taught swim lessons with the American Swim Academy. He continued working there until moving down to LA to go to college. When not in the pool, Coach Brandon is passionate about music. He is in his second season with LA Surf and Swim.
Favorite stroke: butterfly
Favorite color: green
Favorite non-pool activity: making music
Fun fact: he’s allergic to milk (not so fun)

Coach Sydney Lovelace


Coach Syd brings over two decades of coaching and teaching experience, along with his proven aquatic methods to LA from Nashville. While in Nashville he founded and ran 3 successful swim teams, along with his swim school Sydskids, which is still in operation. The Sydney E Lovelace Award for Excellence is given each summer to a top swimmer at The Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville.

Coach Syd attended Florida State University where he was a standout swimmer in Sprint Butterfly, Backstroke and Individual Medley. He has been teaching full time since 1991. When he moved to LA in 2002 he was hired as the Guest Head Coach at Marlborough Prep and was Interim Head Coach of the Hollywood High School Club Team. He is also former co-founder and owner of Venice Del Play Surf & Yoga Beach Camp.

Coach Syd and his teams have done it all—from Olympic Team Trial qualifiers, Collegiate Swimmers and High School All Americans to Special Needs kids and 6-month-old toddlers. He especially enjoys the unique challenges of helping children overcome acute fears of water.

Sydney is also an avid windsurfer and competitive body surfer. In 2012 he placed 6th at the World Body Surf Championship, 3rd at the International Body Surf Championship and Grand Champion of the Venice Beach Surf-A-thon. In his spare time he likes to stand up paddle surf, compete in SUP ocean races, and body/tandem surf with his dog Kula. Fun fact: he got his first boat when he was seven years old!

Coach Daniella C.

Coach Daniella C.

Coach Daniela, a 10-year veteran of working with kids, was born in Colombia and raised in Culver City.
Favorite stroke: backstroke
Favorite color: tiffany blue + pink
Favorite non-pool activity: beach time with friends
Fun fact: she knows sign language

Coach Kimia

Coach Kimia

Coach Kimia was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA (the best place in the world). She has loved swimming since a very early age and thanks to the cartoon Rocket Power, has a very romanticized view of surfing and water sports. Kimia has been on recreational swim teams from middle school through high school and enjoys swimming for fun and not for gold medals or world records. But one day she will break a world record. For something. Maybe…
Favorite stroke: floating
Favorite color: pink
Favorite non-pool activity: eating cookies
Fun fact: her cat is 17 years old which makes him a 76-year-old man!

Coach Kristen

Kristen is a native Oregonian who has practically lived in the water since the moment her parents plopped her into the pool as an infant. In high school she lettered in varsity swim team and swam so much she accidentally gave herself a dreadlock. She’s been lucky enough to scuba, snorkel, raft, water ski and surf all over the world. She has worked with kids for 12 years. Her biggest dream is to sprout her very own pair of gills and mermaid tail…any day now.
Favorite stroke: backstroke
Favorite color: bright green
Favorite non-pool activity: doing improv at Comedy Sportz LA!
Fun fact: she met Bette Midler and cried

Coach Caileigh

Coach Caileigh

Coach Caileigh was born and raised in Texas (yes, home of Beyonce) and started swimming at a young age to escape the excruciating heat of the southern sun. At the age of thirteen she realized she was part mermaid when she started to grow gills and a sparkly blue fin. With the help of modern medicine and eating her brussels sprouts, she is now able to function on land as a human. Coach Caileigh also has a tortoise named Grizz who is her trusty sidekick on various adventures she finds herself in. She has worked with kids for 10 years.
Favorite stroke: breaststroke
Favorite color: blue
Favorite non-pool activity: watching/having opinions about TV
Fun fact: she fell out of a second story window when she was 6 and lived!

Coach Jake

Coach Jake

Coach Jake was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois and has been swimming since he was little. He was a lifeguard on Lake Michigan and at Six Flags before moving to Los Angeles to attend school at LMU. He is a Political Science major and plays rugby.
Favorite stroke: breaststroke
Favorite color: blue
Favorite non-pool activity: hiking, kayaking, going to the beach
Fun fact: he has a dog named Twinkie

Coach Ethan

Coach Ethan

Born and raised in Lititz, PA, Coach Ethan started swim team at the age of 7. He continued swimming competitively through summer and club programs, high school, and throughout college. Ethan has coached swim team and given lessons for 11 years. His favorite events are 200 backstroke and 200 IM.
Favorite stroke: backstroke
Favorite color: green
Favorite non-pool activity: attending concerts
Fun fact: he plays in an “adult” kickball league

Coach Lizzie


Coach Lizzie grew up in Southern California. She has loved swimming ever since she can remember. She is currently a student at Santa Monica College. Lizzie swam competitively and played water polo throughout high school. She loves teaching kids how to swim because swimming was such a big part of her life growing up.
Favorite stroke: butterfly
Favorite color: turquoise
Favorite non-pool activity: beach time and hanging with her dogs
Fun fact: she’s had a needle stuck in her foot since she was 7

Coach Joe

Coach Joe

After studying communications at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Joe moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry.

Favorite stroke: breaststroke
Favorite color: black
Favorite non-pool activity: concerts, snowboarding + drawing
Fun fact: he loves the band Phish

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah grew up in Southern California and absolutely loves the water! She has been swimming since the age of 8. She swam competitively in middle school and the beginning of high school when she lettered on her high school swim team. Although she no longer swims competitively she still loves to swim for fun.
Favorite stroke: butterfly or freestyle
Favorite color: purple
Favorite non-pool activity: hitting the beach and trying new things
Fun fact: she loves desserts, especially anything with cinnamon

Junior Mascot Kula

Junior Mascot Kula

Junior Mascot Kula is an excitable Golden doodle with quite the personality. He is currently the LA Surf & Swim mascot-in-training

Emeritus Mascot Booda

Booda grew up in Nashville, TN where he was adopted off the streets by his human companion, Coach Syd. He recently passed but his spirit lives on at LA Surf & Swim

Coach Alec

Coach Alec is originally from sunny Los Angeles, and has been working with kids for four years.
Favorite stroke: butterfly
Favorite color: green
Favorite non-pool activity: cycling
Fun fact: he loves doing math – for fun!

Gear 4 Sale

SUP Boards

Ocean Gear

Pool Gear

SUP Boards in stock

New, Demos & Used

Email us for availability

Ocean Gear

This is the ocean gear we have for sale:

Snorkel – it’s a basic snorkel – $25.00

Goggles – simple goggles! – $18.00



Pool Gear

This is the pool gear we have for sale:

Snorkel – basic – $25.00

Goggles – simple goggles! – $18.00