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.  

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.

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.

Julian started swimming at the age of 2 and has loved swimming ever since. He spends most of his time in pools or in the ocean. Julian attends Cal State Long Beach where he currently majors in Marine Biology and minors in Chemistry. His favorite activities are fishing, scuba diving, and visiting new beaches. Julian is currently on a path to become a scuba master and is also a volunteer water chemist at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Karinna has been a swimmer her whole life. While her mother cannot swim very well, her father is in the United States Coast Guard and made sure her entire family loved being in the water. She started swimming competitively at age five and hasn’t stopped since. In high school she made the varsity team for both swim and water polo her freshman year and continued both sports into college, playing for Long Beach City College. She is currently in her second and last year at Long Beach City College and plans to continue her communication studies degree at Cal Sate Fullerton. Karinna enjoys going to the beach, trying new foods, and watching Game of Thrones.

Erika learned how to swim before she could even walk. She would rather spend her time in a body of water than on land. Erika is an experienced swim instructor. She attended CSULB to major in Consumer Affairs and holds a deep passion for learning. Not only is she passionate about learning but she loves to share her knowledge. Besides swimming, two of her favorite things are Halloween and food. Any and all free time left in her day is for her three fur-babies whom she adores.

Lailani could swim before she could walk. Being from the islands made swimming like second nature. She has being working with kids of different ages as well as different walks of life. From teaching Hula to counceling teens on probation, her love for children was unwavered. Spending time with her dog, Lily, doing landscape photography, watching Disney movies and sleeping is what she loves doing. Her dream is to foster animals.