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. 

 

Liz Deep Blue 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.  

Yesenia has always worked in family care or a family based work environment. She became a medical assistant at 17 years old and worked for a family practice office for a year and a half. She worked both front desk and assisting with patients while working there. She also babysat the same two kids for two years and watched them evolve into great athletes. Since then she has continued to pursue a career in the medical field by attending Cerritos College and majoring in nursing. She has been working front desk for Deep Blue since 2016 and is excited to get scuba certified soon! She also enjoys going to the beach, new food experiences, smoothies and going to museums.

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 has always loved swimming and working with children. She competed on her high school's Varsity swim team and helped 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. Samantha graduated from CSULB with a Bachelors in Geography with an emphasis in Environmental Sciences. She is particularly interested in wetland and coastal sage scrub habitats. She is open water certified and has traveled to the Philippines where she swam side by side lionfish, a blue-ringed octopus, and whale sharks. But her most favorite past time is exploring California’s beauty with her fiancé and dog.

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.

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.

 

Carol learned how to swim at a young age at a local community pool. She then started playing water polo and swimming competitively in high school. After high school she continued to play water polo and swim at a community college where she was placed on the All-SCC first team her 2015 water polo season and All-SCC second team her 2012 water polo season. Carol has been teaching swim lessons for five years, has experience coaching a high school swim team, teaching adults, and children/adults with special needs. Carol loves being a swim instructor because she gets to teach children and adults important lifelong skills. When she’s not teaching lessons you can find her finishing up her degree in Recreation Therapy at Cal State Long Beach, going for a hike, and enjoying quality time with her family and friends.

Rebecca started working with kids at young age in her parents church. She loves music and her favorite band is Needtobreathe. She is learning how to play the guitar an is hoping to play in church someday. Rebecca loves the ocean and can spend hours swimming. She took a boat operation class in high school and got scuba certified at Deep Blue. She is currently going to Long Beach City College to transfer to a University and get her BA in English. Rebecca hopes to become a professor or become a high school teacher. Rebecca enjoys church, the beach, hiking, eating, movies, music, sometimes working out, but most of all spending time with her friends and family. She also can’t wait to get a dog!"

Dominique learned how to swim in her grandmother’s pool at age 3 which gave her a head start for the watersports she started at age 13. She competed on her Poly High School swim and water polo team. She is also a certified open water scuba diver. She looks up to her grandmother who runs triathlons, but Dominique accepts that running isn’t as great as swimming. She finds her job here at Deep Blue especially rewarding because 1) swimming is a survival skill and 2) it is able to be learned in infancy. Dominique loves backpacking, being D.I.Y. crafty, and looking for sea glass.