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We'd LIke You to Meet the Deep Blue Staff

Meet the Deep Blue Staff

 

The People You’ll Meet at Deep Blue

Browse this section to learn more about the cool people you'll meet at Deep Blue and their amazing talents. 

jacquie jonathan deep blue owners

Jacquie & Jonathan - Owners

 

As the proud owners of Deep Blue, Jacquie and Jonathan bring their passion to their business. Their Long Beach roots go back four generations and they are proud to foster a new generation of swimmers and scuba divers. As parents of two young children, the swim school is critical to promote water safety for all ages and Deep Blue opens the door to further aquatic journeys. Jacquie's love of water, adventure and all things family makes a perfect "family feel" recipe at Deep Blue. After spending nearly 15 years working in Labor Relations at the port areas of the West Coast, Jacquie used her business degree and background to open Deep Blue.

Jonathan has had an interesting career in diving. He started his diving adventures at the age of 18 as a U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver and traveled the world in that capacity with many interesting diving missions. Jonathan became a PADI Instructor in 1989 and has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm with his students throughout the years. Jonathan also spent over 10 years as a public safety diver conducting searches, recoveries, and underwater crime scene investigations. Jonathan led a specialized public safety dive team with a unique Homeland Security mission. He also had the privilege of being one of a select handful of original Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific divers. More recently, he has pursued his interest in rebreather diving and has found an even more amazing way to interact with the aquatic world. 

 

Scott Monson - Swim Director

Scott - Swim Director + Scuba Instructor

 

Scott grew up in Anaheim Hills, California and has been swimming and enjoying water sports for as long as he can remember. Scott wanted to share his love of the aquatic world with others, which is why he started teaching swimming lessons at a young age and has been doing so for the past 14 years. Scott works with infants, children, and adults of all ages and abilities.  His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is having fun and watching his students gain confidence in the water. Scott has a special ability to relate with children and help them overcome any fears they may have during their lessons. Scott is also a scuba instructor and specializes in teaching scuba to children and teenagers.

 

Scott is the Director of the swim school at Deep Blue and became an instructor while employed here. Scott’s favorite part of diving is exploring; discovering life, wrecks, and underwater terrain that few have had the opportunity to see with their own eyes. Scott loves to have fun and has a passion for teaching and sharing his love for the water with others.

 

- Open Water Scuba Instructor

Liz Deep Blue Front Desk

Liz - Swim Front Desk

 

Liz has known she wanted to work with children since high school. Afterwards she worked at a preschool for 2 years. She decided to move to Australia and got scuba certified. When she came back to the US a year later she knew she wanted to keep up on scuba. She applied for a job at Deep Blue and ended up doing a job that combined the things she loved! Since working at Deep Blue she has been AED/CPR/First Aid Certified and has gone from Open Water to Rescue Diver. She loves her job and loves seeing the happy families come in for swim lessons! On her free time she enjoys going to Disneyland, scuba diving, and traveling.  

Jaclyn Swim Instructor + Certified Diver

Jaclyn - Swim Instructor + Scuba Instructor

 

Jaclyn started swimming competitively at age 8 in Ventura, CA. She lettered all four years at Ventura High School and then went on to swim for Cal Poly’s Division I swim team all four years of her collegiate career. Jaclyn began teaching swim lessons when she was 16 at Ventura’s Family YMCA and has also coached Age-group and Master’s groups for San Luis Obispo’s club team the Seahawks. She loves being able to work with children and help them gain confidence in the water as they grow to love swimming. Outside of the pool, Jaclyn is currently working towards her Master’s in Marine Ecology at CSULB. She is certified as both a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Boy Scout of America Merit Badge Counselor.

-Open Water Scuba Instructor

Olivia - Swim Instructor

 

Olivia began swimming when she first moved to California at age 3 and hasn’t stopped since. From the ages of 9-17 she was a Long Beach Junior Guard and has competed in multiple ocean swim events such as Junior Guard Regionals, the Long Beach Stud Iron Man, and The Mega. She also competitively swam for Edison High School her freshman and sophomore years. Olivia loves being a swim instructor because she finds it very important that kids learn to swim and learn water safety at young ages. She has always enjoyed working with kids and teaching them because there is such a reward in helping children learn new skills. In her free time Olivia is a math tutor for high school students and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, paddle boarding, scuba diving (she's a Rescue Scuba Diver) and being with her family and friends.

Samantha - Swim Instructor

Samantha has always loved swimming and working with children. She competed on her high school's Varsity swim team, as well as coached her club team. She later worked as an assistant in the preschool setting to focus on early education. Her goal is to help children find confidence in the water, while also making sure they are having fun. Outside of the pool, Samantha is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Geography/ Environmental Science to become a restoration ecologist and naturalists of the wetlands of Long Beach. She is open water scuba certified, and enjoys soaking up the California beauty with her dog by her side.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina - Swim Instructor

Carolina began swimming at age 9 and has been swimming ever since. She swam competitively all four years in high school and was named co-captain of the varsity team. She also became an L.A. county lifeguard and became more active with her swim lessons. Carolina started her swim lesson experience with children of special needs; She taught them how to swim, become water safe and comfortable in the water. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is teaching her students new skills that they can apply to real life situations. When Carolina is not in the water, she enjoys going to concerts, salsa dancing, reading, and hiking.

 

 

 

 

Baylee - Swim Instructor

 

Baylee grew up in Long Beach, CA. and has been swimming since she was a Baby! Baylee swam and played water polo competitively at Long Beach Poly. She currently attends LBCC and plans on transferring to CSULB to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology. Baylee's favorite part of being a swim instructor is seeing the progress and confidence her children build in the water. In her free time, Baylee likes to hike, do arts and crafts, and cook. 

Gaby - Swim Instructor

Gaby began swimming competitively at age 4 in Whittier, CA. She swam for 12 years, competing with a local club team and her high school swim team. Gaby also played water polo for three years in high school. Gaby began teaching swim lessons at a local public pool when she was 15 and still teaches and coaches the summer Jr. Lifeguard program. Gaby is currently a sophomore at The Master's College in Santa Clarita studying Journalism and Creative Writing. In her free time, Gaby enjoys fiction writing, surfing, and hanging out with her nephews. Gaby loves teaching swim because she loves seeing kids excited about the water!

 

 

 

 

Caylee- Swim Instructor

Caylee has always loved both being in the water and working with children. She spent four years on her high school’s Varsity swim and water polo teams. Her goal is to make children be as comfortable and confident in the water as possible, while always having fun. She has spent five years both volunteering and working in preschool’s as well as in classes with special needs children. Outside of the pool, she is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, Caylee enjoys going on hikes, spending time on the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Luis- Swim Instructor

Luis started swimming when he was 11, and continued being a junior lifeguard during middle school. Luis swam competitively in high school for 3 years, and was a lifeguard for the City of Bell Gardens and Bellflower. He currently is attending Cal State Long Beach, trying to obtain a degree in Communication and a minor in Marketing. During his spare time he enjoys hiking, eating, and playing with his dog.

 

Matt Scuba Instructor Deep Blue

Matt - Scuba Manager + Scuba Instructor

 

On one of Matt’s family's kayaking trips to the Florida Keys he paddled out to a small island off Key Largo, parked everything on a beach, donned snorkeling gear, and proceeded to snorkel around it. Becoming so entranced by what he was seeing under the surface he failed to circle and instead swam a straight line, only looking up when it was getting too deep to see what was beneath him.  His family was hundreds of yards away, waving and yelling to get his attention – so he waved back. He then put his face back down into that brave new world and kicked towards them, completely unaware (as only an 8-year old can be), that there was any cause for concern. 

Since then, whenever possible, Matt’s been in the water. He got his Open Water certification while in Australia back in 2001, spent (too little) time in the Galapagos Islands, got his Advanced Open Water in the Caribbean, and has spent his last few years braving the mysterious waters of southern California.  He’s trained with numerous agencies and in numerous specialties, obtaining his Master Scuba Diver rating before deciding to go Pro and become a Divemaster, then Open Water Scuba Instructor. As the Scuba Manager at Deep Blue he gets to dive whenever he wants but enjoys giving other people opportunities to dive almost as much!  Almost…

- Open Water Scuba Instructor

Josh - Repair Manager + Scuba Instructor

 

Josh Taylor is originally from Cornwall,England. He started scuba diving in the cold waters of Plymouth, England. After serving almost 6 years in the military he decided to hang up his boots and trade them in for fins. Josh headed to Thailand to continue his education and passion for scuba diving in the beautifully warm waters of Koh Tao. He began working as an instructor on the small island where he also discovered his love for technical diving. Josh then met his fiance and they moved to the west side of Thailand, working and living full time on a live-aboard in the Andaman Islands. After a few years in Thailand he moved to the U.S. to be with his fiance as well as to experience another world of diving and carry on his education - taking on a new role as Deep Blue's Repair Lead.

-Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Jessie - Scuba Associate

 

Jessie started diving in 2012 while pursuing Marine Biology at CSULB. She dove right into scuba attaining her advanced and rescue with PADI and continuing on to her scientific diver certification with AAUS. With this certification she has been able to participate in research dives ranging from ocean acidification effects on algae in Moorea to dispersal patterns of elasmobranchs in Catalina.

After receiving her bachelors, Jessie worked as an aquarist caring for several local species of fish, inverts, and algae at the California Science Center. From there she moved on to caring for sharks and tropical species of fish in Las Vegas, Nevada. While living in the desert, Jessie missed the ocean and decided to move back to Long Beach to pursue a career in scuba and joined our Deep Blue team.

Sam - Scuba Associate

 

Hailing from Jonesboro Arkansas, Sam started diving at the age of thirteen. By the time he was 18, he was working as a Divemaster in the British Virgin Islands. He is a lover of marine biology with a special emphasis on the little guys - plankton. If you see him staring off into space on a dive, do not worry: he’s looking at some fascinating speck of life floating in front of his mask. Want to know why he’s so fascinated by plankton? Ask! A jolly fellow, Sam is thrilled to have joined the Deep Blue team – usually focusing on service and repairs but occasionally you’ll find him out and about in the store as well.

Lindsay P. - Scuba Instructor

Lindsay - Scuba Instructor

 

Lindsay is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer who has been teaching PADI Scuba classes at Deep Blue since April 2012. An outgoing‪, vivacious lover of marine life with a knack for navigating the Pacific (and Caribbean) like a shark, Lindsay spends her time on land volunteering in the Long Beach community and traveling the coasts near and far.‬ Usually, you can find her writing for her blog, The Merbabe Adventures, or hanging out with her black cat, Tiburon. She also loves baking cookies for her family, reading, and feeding ducks.

-Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Eric - Scuba Instructor

Eric - Scuba Instructor

 

Eric started diving because his wife and some friends of were going on a cruise. So in June of 2003, he got scuba certified. After the cruise and some great diving; he was hooked! He started taking more and more classes. He had to figure out how to get to dive for free - so in 2004 he became a Divemaster.  Shortly thereafter, he became a PADI instructor and has been actively teaching ever since! He likes to teach young people (or young at heart) the most; it's that look in their eyes after the first open water dive when they've seen something cool that he loves the most.

When not teaching he spends a lot of time with his family; he has two kids that swim like fish and love the water.

-IDC Staff Instructor

John - Scuba Instructor

John - Scuba Instructor

 

You can’t beat experience, and John's got it!

He has nearly 40 years under his weight belt, and has logged about one thousand dives per decade. John has been a certified and active Divemaster almost all that time. He’s been a PADI Instructor for 27yrs and Course Director (Instructor-Trainer) for 17. So in that time he has had the pleasure of working with students from teens to octogenarians, and from construction workers to folk in the entertainment industry. John has issued around fourteen hundred certifications in subjects ranging from wreck and underwater photography to marine life identification and search-and-rescue.

John has worked and dived all-over the world, sometimes working with notable underwater photographers and sometimes with Jacques and his son, Jean-Michel Cousteau. In addition he has become very familiar with beach dives from Monterey to Ensenada and has been tuned in to the ever-changing history of the Southern California charter dive boat industry.

So come on down, take a break from your everyday pressures and learn or dive in our low stress environment. Fun and relaxing – that’s my goal!

-Course Director

Kevin - Scuba Instructor

 

Kevin's love for the ocean started when he watched Jacques Cousteau’s Underwater World. By the time he was 6 he knew more about the ocean and its creatures than most adults. His father was a police diver in Seattle and sometimes he’d get to go to work with him and see him decked out in SCUBA gear. He’d jump into the water and would be gone for an hour, and he’d always come back with something so cool. That’s when Kevin knew he wanted to be a diver. At 17, he completed his PADI Open Water Diver cert and spent all of his time diving in the chilly waters of Puget Sound. He took a bit of a break from diving, but in 2010 he came back to it here in Southern California. After completing his Rescue Diver cert with Deep Blue he knew he wanted to go pro. He's very happy that he's been given the opportunity to share with others the joy of being in a new kind of wilderness - a wilderness that many people don’t get to see.

-Open Water Scuba Instructor

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