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Overview - KostaLA

KostaLA offers Private Swim and Surf Lessons to children of all ages, and also operates a Summer Beach Camp. Please explore our website to learn more about what we do!

Our Mission

To provide a safe, fun space for children and adolescents to learn vital water skills and to gain a sense of belonging with caring, enthusiastic instructors and counselors.  We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn these important, potentially life-saving skills and to be safe and confident in the water.  KostaLA strives to provide this service to all children in Southern California, including underprivileged and at-risk youth through our outreach programs.   

Our Founder

Created by Founder Danny Kramer, KostaLA strives to better the community by fostering strong habits, teaching vital skills, and offering a safe, fun, exhilarating space in which children and adolescents can learn and play. 

Danny Kramer started his career as a camp counselor in 1998, where he developed his love of working with young people.  Over the next 18 years, he has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings: as a swim instructor, surf instructor, camp counselor, sailing instructor, and for the last 11 years, as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles.  Danny has realized that working with children outdoors offers a unique set of opportunities and challenges that can help the kids he works with become stronger individuals and community members. It is because of this that he left classroom teaching to teach outdoors.  By teaching children basic water safety skills and how to swim, Danny has helped to improve the lives of many area kids.  By teaching surfing, Danny has seen children become more confident, stronger individuals.  And by starting a Summer Beach Camp, Danny has seen individual campers become teammates and develop a sense of community together.

Qualifications: Danny Kramer

  • MBA from Pepperdine University in 2010
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Red Cross CPR 
  • American Red Cross First Aid

All KostaLA Swim Instructors and Camp Counselors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR Certified.

The following quote helps remind us how powerful new experiences can be for young people, and it drives us to be the best "there out there" that kids can find!

"Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere - the sudden revelation that there is a there out there." - Tom Robbins