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 cheese, camping, scuba diving, and traveling.

Samantha is grateful to be employed in a field where she can combine two of the things she loves: swimming and educating little ones! She was a competitive swimmer in her high school years and has continued her development as a swimmer with the Grunion Masters team. Samantha graduated from CSULB with a Bachelors in Geography with an emphasis in Environmental Sciences, but her part-time gig at Deep Blue turned into a career. The opportunity to work closely with the Long Beach community and aid in drowning prevention education became a passion she did not expect! Working for Deep Blue also introduced her to the world of diving which inspired her to travel to places such as the Philippines, Egypt, Israel, and Mexico to explore both above and below the surface. When Samantha is not teaching, training, or problem-solving, she loves to spend quality time with her husband and two dogs.  

Lailani could swim before she could walk. Being from Saipan, swimming was like second nature. With all the jobs Lailani has had in her life, Deep Blue has been her favorite and a place where she can combine her love for children and helping families.  She has being working with kids of different ages as well as different walks of life. From teaching Hula to counseling teens on probation, her love for children was un-wavered. You can find her and her boyfriend snorkeling and spearfishing on the weekends. Her hobbies include: Painting, searching for sea glass, snorkeling and sleeping. 

Nancy has been working with children since she was 15. Whether it was volunteering as a tutor at an elementary school or babysitting. She has always known her passion is working with children. Her goal is to open her own daycare someday. During her senior year in high school, she took Early Childhood Education classes at LBCC knowing she’d work as a preschool teacher after graduating. She did that for a few years and then came across Deep Blue Swim School. She enjoys seeing students excited for their swim lesson, seeing students progress, and interacting with our families. Nancy has been riding dirt bikes since she was 8. She enjoys fishing and being in the water with her dad whether it’s on a boat a paddle board or a kayak. She loves the outdoors and loves the indoors where she can shop (Nordstrom preferably).