Gigi Steele - Swimming, Trumpet, Academic Tutor

Gigi Steele - Swimming, Trumpet, Academic Tutor

5.0 (5)
14 hires on
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

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Trumpet:  I teach the respect and love of music and overall brass instrument artistry.  I specialize in teaching beginners from 8yrs of age (4th graders) to seniors.  I started playing in 4th grade myself and was 1st trumpet 1st chair in middle school and 1st trumpet 3rd chair in high school.  I then went on to play in the Purdue All American Marching Band and marched at Big 10 football games along with 80 other trumpet players.  I am also a member of Bugles Across America as well as a ceremony bugle player in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.  I have played taps several miles off the coast of San Francisco in the fog for burial at sea ceremonies.  My teaching style is based on classical music education: pbysics of sound, reading of music, armature development, correct playing position, valve control, horn care and maintenance, and practice routines with scales and range to develop a mature tone and intonnation.  

Swimming:  Over 60 students learned swimming from me this summer (2019). Instructor certified by Red Cross (WSI) and Swim Lessons University. I have a 45 year history with swimming and started competitive swimming at age five.  I was in AAU ( now USA Swimming) through High School years.  I have held records at every club including longest standing records at the US Naval Academy Jr. Swim Club.  I was Captain of my HS swim team and District Champion is 100 butterfly and participated in the State of Florida meet in four events.  I recently finished in top 5% of all swimmers in the open water race from Alcatraz to San Francisco.  I am currently a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and am a search & rescue specialist as well as former District PA Officer, Division Commander, and Boat Coxswain.  I have also served as a Cubmaster in BSA and was a graduate teaching assistant at UCLA.  CPR/AED/First Aid Certified.  

Academic Tutor:  Graduated 4th in my HS class taking AP Calc, AP Chem and AP English (before those classes had extra weight).  Graduated with Honors from Florida Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.  Graduate program in Mechanical Enginnering and Material Science. MBA in Project Management.  Westinghouse Science Talent Search Top 40 Finalist (Now SSP).

Transferring the heritage and best techniques fand seeing my clients gain supreme confidence and command.  Seeing the benefits of this confidence in other areas of their lives.

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Long Beach, CA 90815
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5 Reviews


  • Carolyn Martinson

    Coach Gigi is great with kids! She has really taught my grandchild so much about being in the water. Really appreciate her!

  • Agata Oushana

    Gigi is amazing teacher, my 12 years old son learned swimming with only 4 lessons, build his confidence and love to spend every free time in the pool , I would refer Gigi to anyone who would like to learn swimming , she have great approach explaining steps to achieve excellence and sets high goals for her students. Highly recommend

  • MJ Cittadino

    Excellent experiences for 7 and 4 year old. Patient, clear vision that she communicates very well. 4 year old reluctant but Gigi succeeded beyond our expectations. Low key, hesitation in recommending her to others, and we are very glad she was available for us

  • Priyanka Eratkar

    Gigi is an excellent instructor. She taught me amazing swimming strokes. This was my first ever swimming lesson so being panic was natural, however, she trained me well on how to relax body and float calmly and paddle swiftly.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I do a phone interview first to get background and build rapport.  It is important to have a basic and mutual understanding of goals. When it come to water for beginners, I teach them basic safety and survival first.  How to make improvised flotation, float, signal for help, etc.  Then we move on to learning freestyle, etc.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Certiified as Instructor by Swim Lessons University

45 years as competitve swimmer

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue Specialist

Certified Boot Camp Instructor

CPR/AED and First Aid 

Previous CAL-EMA Incident Commander and Hazmat Tech.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, 45 per lesson for up to 1 hr at your pool.

Advanced lessons for competitive swimmers are 55 per lesson.

Max number per lesson is 2.  Add 10 to rate.

For travel to your pool past 25 miles from 90815 add another 10 to rate.

Quote may reflect other considerations for increase or decrease in fee.

How did you get started teaching?

Have served as coach and swim meet starter for community teams.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages. All abilities 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Competing in 2017 Alcatraz sharkswim and placing in top 5% of field, 6th in my category.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Know that teacher is passionate about swimming with good record of experience.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why they want to swim better and how long is reasonable to meet goals.

Lessons offered

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