Instructors

The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Program Instructors:

DMJG Director
TURTLE
Lifeguard Since
1991
Education
San Diego State University, BA in Child Development
Certifications
City of San Diego Lifeguard Academy, Emergency Medical Technician, NAUI SCUBA, Lifeguard Vehicle Operations (code 3), PWC Operations, CA State Fire Marshall Cliff Rescue, Department of Boating and Waterways Rescue Boat Operations, US Coast Guard Helicopter Training, Swift water Training, ASTREA Training, NOLS graduate. Additional Certifications available upon request.
Athletic Awards
1999 Hennessy’s Triple Crown Paddleboard Race Series 2nd place female, Member of 2006 USA Paddleboard Team-competed in Fiji and Australia, 2010 World Champion (female stock), Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race (32 miles), 4 time finisher of Catalina Marathon
Hobbies
Reading, gardening, anything at the beach or in the ocean, Markus workouts
Instructor
RUSS
Lifeguard Since
1986
Education
Cal State Long Beach, BA in Fine Arts
Occupation
Lifeguard, Musician
Hobbies
Plays in 4 bands: Super Nacho, Skanic, Two Tone Sounds and Blister Chicken, Avid surfer, Free diver
Instructor
ELENA (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2000
Education
UC San Diego, BS in Cognitive Science, HCI
Occupation
Entrepreneur/Full time MOM
Interesting Facts & Hobbies
Mother of 2 future Jr Guards, Black Belt in Karate, Urban Farming
Instructor
Patty
Lifeguard Since
2006
Education
Grenwich Academy, Mesa Community College
Occupation
Swim Instructor, Swim Coach
Hobbies
Swimming, triathalons, cooking/baking, playing ball with her dog Max
Instructor
Coram (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
1998
Education
UC San Diego double bachelors degree in Cognitive Science, Masters Degree in Learning Technology from Stanford University
Occupation
Developing iphone/ipad math apps for kids
Hobbies
Beach and Ocean time with his family, keeping up with his growing boys. Interesting JG Trivia: Russ was Coram’s first Instructor when he was a JG and Coram’s first summer as an Intern he worked with Turtle.
Instructor
Ryan (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2000
Education
Degree in Liberal Studies/Life Sciences from Cal State San Marcos
Occupation
Teacher & Director of Admissions St Joseph Academy, football coach
Hobbies
Surfing, camping, hiking, music
Instructor
Redmond (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2014
Education
UC Santa Cruz, Earth Science w/ concentration in Ocean Science
Occupation
Full time student
Hobbies
Surfing, sailing, film photography, cooking and reading books.
Instructor
Mark F.
Lifeguard Since
1984
Education
La Jolla High School
Occupation
San Diego Lifeguard II (retired 2016 with 32 years of service)
Hobbies
All things to do with the ocean!
Instructor
Eddie
Lifeguard Since
1984
Education
BA, Psychology, UCSD; JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
Occupation
Entrepreneur/Consultant, Life Sciences and Technology
Hobbies
Surfing, eating ☺
Instructor
Jason
Lifeguard Since
1990
Education
Northern Arizona University BA in Industrial & Technology Education, Masters Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management from National University
Occupation
Teacher at San Dieguito Academy (metals, welding, engineering, architecture, robotics)
Hobbies
Surfing, fabrication, mountain biking, guitar, traveling
Instructor
Marc T. (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
Sacramento State University, Molecular Biology (graduating Spring 2019)
Occupation
Full time student & Little Turtle Instructor
Hobbies
Spearfishing, fishing, surfing, golf, and triathlons 
Instructor
Brett (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
Torrey Pines High School
Occupation
Lifeguard, property manager
Hobbies
Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, videography
Instructor
Zach (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2004 (Instructor of the year 2007)
Education
UC San Diego BA in Urban Planning, Masters Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA
Occupation
Coastal & Marine Director at Wildcoast, an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife
Hobbies
Surfing, golf, traveling, keeping up with his 2 future Little Turtles
Instructor
Claire (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2006
Education
Santa Clara University, BA in Spanish and Communications
Occupation
Executive Director STAR/PAL
Hobbies
All sports, anything to do with the ocean, SDSU basketball fan, hanging out with her 2 dogs
Instructor
Tomas (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2004
Education
San Dieguito High School
Occupation
Owner of Oceanside Brewing Company
Hobbies
Camping, hiking, traveling, surfing, music, snowboarding
Instructor
Peter K. (JG Alumni)
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
BA from UC Santa Barbara, Masters Degree from University of Washington, studied abroad in Australia and Japan
Occupation
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Hobbies
Surfing, basketball, preserving the ocean