We Come To You!

Burbank, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Glendale,

Studio City, Sherman Oaks.

Hi, Karl Steudel here.

I am a Red Cross Certified Swimming Instructor, with over 30 years experience

available for private or small group Swim lessons at your home pool, in the Hollywood and Burbank areas.

I love swimming and am known for being a very supportive teacher, able to identify the student's particular needs.

For beginners, I take pride in having swimmer feel safe, and comfortable.

For advanced swimmers, I am continuously researching the latest techniques in competitive swimming. Do you want to improve your start, touch, turns and stroke skills? Let's shave off a second from your time.

I look forward to answering any questions you may have, and seeing you in the water. 

Click here to download Information Packet

Lessons are available for: ages: 4-adult. Levels: beginner to advanced.

Hire an Experienced Instructor the First time

I hear it all the time -- "I took a few lessons from some other instructors, some highschool, and college age, but I didn't seem to make much progress." Why should you choose Karl Steudel as your private Swim Instructor? Let's Compare:

The Usual

Highschool and college age Swimmers at their summer Job. 

Or - The Exceptional

A dedicated, experienced instructor with 30 years experience, studying the craft, and dedicating his life to improving the methods of teaching. Receiving rave reviews, testimonials and referrals, teaching year round, from beginners, to the dedicated Tri-Athletes.

The Usual

Are you lured in by big name swim schools, with a catchy website, high rates, and long terma greements? Just to find out you don't know which instructor you will be assigned to, for a cookie cutter instruction plan? - or...

Or - The Exceptional

One Great Instructor - Your instructor, who offers undivided attention to your exact pacing and needs. Someone who listens and designs a lesson plan that matches your unique challenges and inspires you with fun, motivating techniques. From the first lesson, we will find  with clarity what you need to do to improve, and understand HOW to improve with simple, easy to understand exercises. Your progress measurable, Ultimately, you will need to take fewer lessons, saving you money and time to achieve your personal swimming goals.


For beginners, or those afraid of the water

For over 30 years, Karl has worked patiently and supportively with adults and children who are afraid of the water. Karl provides fun, gradual methods to improve your confidence, and sets the pace for you to easily acclimate to swimming with safety and enjoyment.

For Swimmers who want to learn but still have a lot of fun at the same time

Karl provides a lively, motivating environment that helps your children learn while also getting a good workout.

For Competitive Swimmers, Tri-Athletes, and Strokes Refinement

Karl has been coaching competitive swimming for 5 years, and swam competitively on himself, from ages 5-21, including 3 years of Division 3 College Swimming at Bates College in Maine, attending finals with his record setting 50 meter Freestyle. This level of training is for those who want to refine their strokes for greater efficiency, comfort and speed.

Especially for Adults

Karl has worked with Adults of all ages and experience. From those returning to swimming after many years, to those who are just beginning, and also those who want to take a few lessons to get swimming with their own children, and those who have returned to swimming as an low impact excercise.

For Family Safety and Confidence in the water

Are you heading out to a lake or beach this summer? Do you want a couple Group lessons to get your family's swimming up to speed? Karl can work with you and your child to cover a few basics of safety awareness, and confidence builders. These include basics such as a natural progression of steps to jumping and diving safety, and if desired, rehearsing very basic rescues, such as reaching and throwing rescues, group searches, etc. This can be as short as one lesson to just get some basic safety tips

Karl's Certifications, Experience & Background

CPR, for the Professional Rescuer, American Heart

LGT, Life Guard, Red Cross

WSI, Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross

AED Automated External Defibrillator, Red Cross

PDT Bloodborne Pathogens Training, Red Cross

- Competitive swimmer, ages 5-21, and Bates college Div 3.

- Head Swim Team Coach, 3 years, Longfellow Club, Wayland, MA

- Assistant Aquatics Director, 7 years, Longfellow Club, Wayland, MA

- Group Lesson Instructor, 5 years

- Private Lessons Instructor, 8 years


Excellent references from multiple, current Red Cross Aquatic Staff,

and current students of all ages are happily available.


- At your home or apartment pool anytime. (Karl will travel to you).


Karl Steudel


978-386-5644 (c) (preferred)

(9am - 6pm only please) PST

[email protected]

(or use "contact us" page)


1) Front Crawl Stroke Drill

Click here to watch a short video of student.

2) Butterfly Stroke

Click here to watch a short video of Karl swimming Butterfly

Student Testimonials

Having never learned to swim as a child, it was easy to avoid pools as an adult. For someone over 60, learning to swim seemed intimidating. Sometimes you can teach old dogs new tricks and Karl was an absolutely excellent instructor who was able to adjust to my needs and make me feel comfortable in the water. His patience and teaching style made learning easy for this difficult student and gave me the confidence I needed to finally use my home pool on my own.

- Marvin, Encino

Employer Testimonials

"Karl Steudel is one of the finest swim instructors that I have known. I have seen him work with every type of student. He is patient and supportive. Students that have worked with Karl have such a positive outlook about Swimming. Karl, works with a student's strengths and is supportive in every aspect of his teaching." - Tina Rumsey, Aquatic Director and an instructor of WSI's for the past 20 years, Previously Longfellow club, MA. Currently The Thoreau Club, Concord, MA

- Karl's Aquatic Resume -



978-386-5644 (c)                                                                      818-308-5644                            [email protected]


• Assistant Aquatics Director 5 years, Longfellow Health Club, Wayland, MA

responsibilities included

- scheduling and running the swim meets

- scheduling swim students

- accepting payments and registrations

- ordering supplies

  • Swim Team coach 5 years, Longfellow Health Club, Wayland, MA
  • Private Lesson Instructor ongoing, 50 students total, beginner to advanced, age 5-65
  • Group Lesson Instructor 8 years, Red Cross format, Levels 1 – 5
  • Chevy Chase Country Club, Glendale - Lifeguard, Private Instructor, Swim Team Coach


WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Red Cross

LGT (Life GuardTraining) Red Cross

CPR/AED (for the Professional Rescuer) American Heart

PDT (Bloodborne Pathogens Training) Red Cross


Karl was a Competitive Swimmer, ages 5-21

a) Summer Swim Team, Sudbury Swim and Tennis Club, ages 5 – 17

b) Bates College, Division 3, ages 18 – 21

Karl is also a Music Teacher, private instructor in piano, music theory for 15 years.


available upon request from current Directors of Aquatics at Longfellow Club in Wayland, MA

and the current Directors of Aquatics at the Thoreau Club, Concord, MA,

also from current and past students, and parents of students.


For one student, travelling to your home pool:

$60/60 mins $50/45mins $40/30mins

Plus $5 fee per lesson for 10 to 20 miles travel.

Plus $10 fee per lesson for 20 to 30 miles travel.

* please note that 60 mins, really means 60 mins IN the pool. I do not charge for the 10 mins set up, and 10 mins clean up that, precede and follow a typical swim session.