Andrea Gillette    

Andrea J. Gillette is the owner and lead instructor of Westside Swim Lessons and has been teaching swim lessons since 2001. She started out teaching swim lessons at Crossroads School doing private lessons, group lessons for summer camp at all different levels, performed Lifeguard duty, and taught some aqua aerobics classes. 

     Andrea has also provided swim lessons for A-list clientele in the privacy of their own homes. She has also been a lifeguard for private pool parties for celebrites, children's pool parties, and corporate events.

   Andrea has also taught swim lessons to children with special needs such as ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, and down syndrome. She is a patient teacher with students whether children or adults and her teaching style makes it fun to learn how to swim while also learning proper technique.
Teaching 16 years
Swimming 28 years
WSI (Water Safety Instructor)
First Aid

About the Instructors
Stefan Bechkovski

Stefan Bechkovski is a US Swimming certified coach that coaches and teaches for the swim club Westside Aquatics along side working for Westside Swim Lessons as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for private parties and corporate events.

He was born and raised in Bulgaria, home town of Plovdiv.
He graduated Institute of Technology as a Mechanical Engineer Majoring in Military Aviation

Stephan learned how to swim when he was 6 years old.
When he was 8 he started swimming for Sport Club Locomotive in Plovdiv, and won Middle School Regional Champion 100m and 50m breaststroke. Stephan also swam for his college swim team

Most recently he is a master swimmer for SAMO MASTERS and still competes on master's swim meets on Rose Bowl 2016 Master Swim Meet and won III place on 50 breaststroke.

Stephan is WSI certified since 2008 and started his teaching career the same year as a swim instructor for Anne Arundel County Olympic Swim Center, Annapolis Maryland. Later he moved to Los Angeles and has been teaching private and group lessons for YMCA, LA County, Happy Swimmers, Sunsational Swim School, West Side Aquatics.

Swimming 30 years
Teaching 14 years
First Aid/CPR/AED
Emergency Oxygen
USA Masters Swimming Instructor
Marty Mandel

Marty began swimming at the age of 6. Enamored by the ocean in early life, he participated in the Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard program age 12-15. By age 16 he was surfing up and down the Southern California Coast. This led to a move to Hawaii in 1999, spending 3 years at UH Manoa as an Ocean Educator teaching surfing and sailing while completing his BA in History. He moved back to California in 2002 and began teaching swimming at the Santa Monica Swim Center. In 2007 moved to Oregon and continued teaching swim lessons in Port Townsend.

He moved back to Southern California in 2009 to finish his teaching credential at CSULB. Currently he is working as a swim instructor for Crossroads School for their summer camps as well as Westside Swim Lessons and plunging onward with his teaching career while helping others connect to the joy of water. His teaching style is fun while patient yet descriptive in teaching the different movements associated with swimming. 

 Swimming Experience:
​Swimming 30 years
Teaching 18 years
First Aid