jacquie jonathan deep blue 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. 

 

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.

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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.

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Growing up Corinne was always the first one in the water and the last one out. As a New York native she developed an insatiable love for the oceans during her summers spent in The Outer Banks, NC. At sixteen years old she completed her Open Water certification in a quarry and never looked back. Three months after her initial certification she traveled to Belize to attend SCUBA diving camp, where she attained her Advanced certification. At the age of eighteen she moved to Santa Barbara, CA to dive, sail, and kayak the Channel Islands. After several years in Santa Barbara Corinne traveled to The Seychelles to become a PADI Divemaster and to live on a remote research base where she studied fish and invertebrate biodiversity and abundance. Upon returning to California, she spent one year working as an Exhibit Interpreter and Aquarist Assistant in The Santa Barbara Sea Center before once again experiencing a serious case of wanderlust. Two weeks after deciding to move Corinne packed her dive gear in one bag and her clothes in another and boarded a one-way flight to The U.S. Virgin Islands. After spending four years in The VI working as a Divemaster she returned to California and joined the Deep Blue team where she is happy to be continuing her dive career.

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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.

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Matt Scuba Instructor Deep Blue

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 adventuring in the 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. 

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Lindsay P. - 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.

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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.

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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!

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Jaclyn Swim Instructor + Certified Diver

Jaclyn has been drawn to the ocean ever since a memorable field trip in the first grade. As she got older, she pursued that passion at Cal Poly, SLO where she majored in Marine Biology as well Environmental Studies. She capped off her graduation by getting her Open Water SCUBA certification before moving to Long Beach to attend graduate school at CSULB for Marine Ecology. She has been a PADI Instructor since August 2014 and loves being able to introduce her students to an environment she finds so captivating. She especially enjoys working with kids (they’re fearless!) and watching them master skills that are challenging even for adults. She is also a certified Boy Scout of America Merit Badge Counselor.

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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.

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Sheldon got certified to dive back in 2012. His passion for the sea extends beyond just diving though - for his day job you can find him out fixing yachts during the week and being a divemaster or captain on boats on the weekends. But it is teaching his passion for scuba diving that he loves the most. "So let's go diving!"

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Maaike - Scuba Instructor

Maaike is a native Dutchy, who never dove the cold waters of the Netherlands. After her study to become a RN she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand - picking up scuba diving during her travels. After working as a RN in the Netherlands for a few years she longed for a new adventure and signed up to work on a hospital ship in Africa. She led the general surgery ward, joined the dive team that cleaned the ship and worked as a deck hand when the ship needed all hands on deck. She met her husband on board the Africa Mercy and after a long distance relationship she came over to the U.S., got married and made her husband learn how to scuba dive. The two have been buddies and encouraging each other to continue their dive education. Maaike became an open water scuba instructor in 2016. They started a little family and are hoping their offspring will love the ocean as much as they do.

Besides scuba diving Maaike loves to walk with her dog, grow her own veggies, travel and spend quality time with friends and family.

-Open Water Scuba Instructor

 

Maaike - Scuba Instructor

Lori was born with a twin and raised in Californian with two older brothers. She's been an educator for most of her adult life - after graduating from Whittier College she taught middle school for 38 years. Lori worked as a Divemaster on the local boats for three years before becoming and working as an Open Water Scuba Instructor for 21 years throughout California. Taking her love for teaching to the next level, she became a PADI Course Director, completing the course in 2005 in Newport Beach - and making her the first female Course Director with the “old” Sport Chalet chain. She's also an HSA Scuba Instructor!

Between classes Lori loves to travel with friends to places where the adventure of scuba diving (and other experiences) call! Trips to Galapagos, Cocos Island, Indonesia, Palau, Hawaii and Costa Rica are some of her favorites. During a Cruise trip to Alaska she landed in Juno, rented dive gear, and then dove in 42-degree water for 50 minutes. "The shop wanted to give us two tanks! We took one. Great adventure!"

Lori is involved with Catalina Avalon Underwater Cleanup, Chamber Day, and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy cleaning and weeding the wetlands. “Save our Oceans and Land for the next generation!”

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Maaike - Scuba Instructor

Justin's first experience with scuba diving came with an interaction with a diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific when he was 8. Since then he has been diving nonstop. The southern California native went out to Wisconsin for undergrad where he was a double Biology Major: Pre-Med and Marine Biology.  He has been diving with Deep Blue since moving back to SoCal in 2014, quickly attaining his advanced and rescue certifications. After almost 2 years as a Divemaster he made the leap to Open Water Scuba Instructor where his passion for diving truly shows. He's always looking for new places and people to dive with!

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Dudley - Scuba Instructor

Dudley is one of our Deep Blue Dive Ambassadors. He's a resident Divemaster and staff photographer - as well as a published photographer, contributing writer to our monthly newsletters, a vessel Owner/Operator, and all-around scuba addict. He has dove and traveled extensively in Southern California and throughout the warm waters of the Caribbean, Atlantic, Mexico, South Florida, and most recently Cortes Bank. "Both local diving, and dive travel are such great ways to meet people, have fun and enjoy different kinds of culture & scuba diving. For me, it's also a great way to relax and take pictures. It's kind of like taking a walk through the park, but underwater!" His future goals & plans? "I would like to master the Closed Circuit Rebreather, and bring my big-life encounters & underwater photography to a whole new level."  As you're looking around the website, please note some of the incredible photographs we've used - almost all of them are Dudley's!

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Richard recently retired after 32 years in the law enforcement community and is looking forward to spending his retirement years working in the scuba diving community. Since 1999, he has enjoyed warm water diving in Florida, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Spain, Anguilla, Aruba and the Dominican Republic and in colder water locations such as California, North and South Carolina, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Richard is excited to assist students as a Divemaster as they learn about and enjoy the wonderful world under the water that scuba diving offers. Scuba diving can provide a life changing experience and is a tremendous amount of fun, but scuba diving is a sport that has to be taken seriously. He’s excited to teach students about finding that fun/safety balance. He and his wife Sue are looking forward to spending their retired years time traveling the world with family and friends. Richard is also looking forward to this second chapter of his life in scuba diving as a DM and sharing it with us here at Deep Blue.

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Martin got his dive certification back in 2014. He spent his youth in Croatia always on the water, either fishing with his grandpa or swimming. He has six specialties under his belt. When he is not helping with classes, he is being a divemaster on a boat or just diving for fun. He is looking forward to sharing his love and knowledge of diving with other people.

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For the first fourteen years of his life, Jung was born and raised in the Taipei, Taiwan.  He spent his teenage and college years in Long Beach, California.  At a very young age aquatic sports and ocean activities were part of his life, such as swimming, water polo, surfing, fishing or simply lying face down in the water with a mask and a snorkel looking at fish.  While attending California State University, Long Beach, he was certified as an open water scuba diver, and what started out as a hobby has evolved into an undying passion and curiosity for the underwater world.  He began his career as an engineer in aeronautical industry after receiving Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, but that did not stop his passion to explore the world below sea level.  As a PADI Divemaster since 2016, he continued to educate himself and refine the fundamental skills with goal to lead many great adventures into the deep blue. 

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