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. 

 

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.

- Divemaster

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.

- Divemaster

Julian - Scuba Apprentice

Growing up in Long Beach, Julian was always fishing with his dad where he gained an appreciation for all aquatic life. This appreciation led him begin volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific in his freshman year of high school. 5 Years later he still volunteers at the Aquarium as a water quality lab volunteer. Scuba diving was an easy choice for Julian. He completed his open water certification in April of 2017 and is now working on his Dive Master Certification. He is also majoring in Marine Biology at CSULB. At Deep Blue he focuses on service and repair and can sometimes be found teaching swim lessons in the pool.

- Divemaster Candidate

Sam - Scuba Associate

My name is Patrick Goodenough and I am the Repair Tech here at Deep Blue Scuba! I grew up in the beautiful Bay Area and came down to Long Beach to attend CSULB. My background in water sports began at a young age when I started competitive swim team. I started playing water polo just before high school and continued my water polo career as a NCAA athlete at Long Beach State. After completing my water polo career I needed a way to stay in the water and that is how I fell in love with the world of SCUBA diving! After rushing through a few PADI certs I began volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific and took the opportunity to get trained as a Divemaster. Some of my favorite spots to dive are right here in Southern California, but I have to say my favorite is Dead Man's Reef down in Crescent Bay, Laguna. Happy diving!

- Divemaster

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.

-Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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

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.

-Open Water 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

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!"

-Open Water Scuba Instructor

 

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!”

-Course Director

 

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!

-Open Water Scuba Instructor

 

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. 

-Divemaster

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.

-Divemaster

Brenna - Scuba Instructor

Brenna grew up in Long Beach and started scuba diving when she was 16. She did all of her training through Deep Blue, becoming a Divemaster before college. She majored in marine biology at UC Santa Cruz and participated in research on several marine species at Santa Catalina Island. After a vacation to the Great Barrier Reef, she went for her instructor rating. Brenna loves to share her knowledge and passion for the ocean and aspires to work in aquariums and conservation.

-Open Water Scuba Instructor