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 & Blister Chicken. Surf, free dive, snowboard and Markus Workouts
Instructor
ELENA (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2000
Education
UC San Diego, BS in Cognitive Science, HCI
Occupation
Works with the Agricultural Program at San Pasqual Academy
Interesting Facts & Hobbies
Mother of 2 future Jr Guards , black belt in Karate, Urban Farming, Markus Workouts
Instructor
BRETT (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
Torrey Pines High School
Occupation
Lifeguard, property manager
Hobbies
Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, videography, Markus Workouts
Instructor
ALEX (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2003
Education
University of Denver
Occupation
Realtor, Entrepreneur
Hobbies
Surfing, Camping, golfing, Markus Workouts
Instructor
TED
Lifeguard Since
1980's
Education
San Diego State University, Teaching Credential
Occupation
Elementary School Teacher
Interesting Facts
Ted is one of the original creators of JG “Cookie Day”. Both his children have been Little Turtles, Jr Guards and Interns for DMJG
Hobbies
Surfing, Yoga, Markus Workouts
Awards
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Innovative Educational Program Award, Carillo Elementary Teacher of the Year, 94.9 FM Radio 2007-2008 Teachers are Heroes Award
Instructor
PATTY
Lifeguard Since
2006
Education
Greenwich Academy, Mesa Community College
Occupation
Swim Instructor, Manager of Tidewater Tavern in Solana Beach
Interesting Facts
Both Patty’s children are JG alumni, Patty is an amazing cook and baker and dazzles the DMJG staff with her treats (including cookies for Little Turtle Graduation Day each session)
Hobbies
Swimming, triathalons, cooking/baking, playing ball with her dog Max
Instructor
ZACH (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2004 (DMJG Instructor of the year 2007)
Education
UC San Diego, BA in Urban Planning and a 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, hanging out with his dog Chido, Markus workouts
Instructor
CLAIRE (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2006
Education
Santa Clara university, BA in Spanish and Communication
Occupation
Director of Communications and Special Events for Star/PAL United for Youth
Hobbies
All sports, anything to do with the ocean, SDSU basketball fan, hanging out with her dog Stella, Markus work outs
Instructor
CORAM (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
1998
Education
UC San Diego double bachelors degree in Cognitive Science and Computer Science, Masters Degree in Learning Technology from Stanford University
Occupation
Developing iphone/ipad math Apps for kids
Interesting facts
Russ was Coram’s first Instructor when he was a JG and Coram’s first summer as an Intern he worked with Turtle.
Hobbies
Beach and Ocean time with his Family, keeping up with his growing boys, Markus workouts
Instructor
LAUREN (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2009
Education
UC Santa Cruz, BA Sociology, Studied abroad Semester at Sea
Occupation
Lifeguard in Del Mar, Credential Student for Teaching
Hobbies
Surfing, running, traveling, snowboarding
Instructor
PETER (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
Degree from UC Santa Barbara, working on Masters Degree from University of Washington in Seattle. Studied abroad in Australia and Japan.
Occupation
Student
Hobbies
Surfing, basketball, preserving the ocean
Instructor
IAN
Lifeguard Since
2005
Education
UC Santa Cruz, BA in English Literature
Hobbies
Surfing, urban farming, playing music, reading, traveling
Instructor
RYAN (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2000
Education
Degree in Liberal Studies/Life Sciences from Cal State San Marcos
Occupation
Teacher and Director of Admissions St. Joseph Academy, football coach
Hobbies
Surfing, camping/hiking, music
Instructor
TOMAS (JG ALUMNI)
Lifeguard Since
2004
Education
San Dieguito High School
Occupation
Owner of Oceanside Brewery
Hobbies
Camping/backpacking, surfing, music, snowboarding