2020 JG TEAM
Junior Lifeguard Coordinator
Marine Safety Officer (MSO) Trevor Wawrzynski is the 2020 Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Coordinator. MSO Wawrzynski has been with the Division for eight years, and has twenty years of lifeguarding experience. He is also a rescue diver and a member of the Swiftwater team for the city of Long Beach. Trevor is a Los Alamitos High School and Long Beach State graduate with a degree in Communications. MSO Wawrzynski has passion for coaching and sports development. He was the Founder & Director/Head Coach of United Water Polo Club from 2007-2013. As the Director/Head Coach, MSO Wawrzynski coached hundreds of athletes ages 5-18 years old, along with nine National Championships. He is looking forward to sharing his passion and experience of youth development and ocean safety with the Junior Lifeguard program.
Junior Lifeguard Assistant Coordinator
Hi, I'm Devon Beebe. This will be my 7th summer as a Long Beach Lifeguard, and my 5th summer with the Junior Lifeguard Program. After four years as instructor, I'm so excited to be back with the program this summer as the Assistant Coordinator. I was born and raised here in Long Beach, where I grew up swimming and playing water polo. I am a graduate of Wilson High School and UC Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. While lifeguarding started out as just a summer job, it's become something that I've become very passionate about, and I am working towards making it into a career. Last winter I was given the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for a 6 week lifeguard exchange, where I was able to learn about different lifesaving techniques, practices, and equipment. I'm looking forward to sharing my passion for surf lifesaving and ocean safety, and having a fun summer with the kids!
Hi! My name is Jamie Aakhus and I have been a Long Beach Lifeguard for 12 years now. This will be my second summer as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and I am looking forward to another great summer on the beach! A few things about me: I am recently married, I am a two-time IRONMAN, I teach high school Physical Education along with the Law Enforcement Academy classes. I am “Aunty JJ” to 4 nephews and 2 nieces who I love and adore, I love spending time with my family, playing beach volleyball, traveling, and maintaining an active lifestyle. I look forward to another great summer on the beach!
Aloha! My name is Spencer Allen. I was born and raised in this beautiful city of Long Beach. This will be my first summer as an instructor and I am very excited to join the Junior Lifeguard team. I have been a Long Beach Lifeguard for 4 summers now, and was a Long Beach Junior Lifeguard for 5 summers. I went to Long Beach Wilson High School where I played water polo and swam for all 4 years. I currently attend the University of Redlands and I am a member of the water polo team as well. I intend on graduating in 2020, with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Business with a Minor in Spatial Studies. I am very passionate about environmental preservation and protection, as well as living a healthy lifestyle. I am very excited to be apart of this program once again and will do my best to make this the best summer yet!
Hi, my name Valerie Conti. This will be my fifth year lifeguarding and my third year as a JG instructor. I am attending LBCC and am planning on transferring to CSULB for business administration in the fall. I have lived in Long Beach my whole life, I attended Wilson and swam varsity my four years there, and now through the school year I help coach the freshman sophomore swim team at Wilson. While I never was a junior lifeguard myself, the past year’s I spent with the program showed me how much this program positively impacts the kids and how fun the program is! I’m looking forward for another great summer!!
My name is PJ DeSoto. Growing up in Seal Beach, I was very drawn to water-sports. I played waterpolo for 9 years and have been a surfer since I was little. Other than surfing, I love to draw, paint, skate, rock-climb, explore the outdoors and be silly with friends. I am soon to graduate from San Diego State University with a business major and am excited to see where that takes me. I am stoked to be back with the JG program for a 3rd summer and am looking forward to meeting everyone!
After eight years in the Junior Lifeguard program, I became a Long Beach Lifeguard in the summer of 2010. I credit my time in the JG program with teaching me to be safe on the beach and in the ocean, and inspiring me to become a lifeguard. For this reason, I am thrilled to be returning this year for my sixth summer as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and my 11th summer as a Long Beach Lifeguard. During the year, I work as a Spanish/English interpreter and translator, and teach English and Media & Society courses at two small high schools in Texas and Mexico City. I am also a musician and a surfer. I am really looking forward to another great summer!
Hello everyone! My name is Brenden Gruneisen and I was born and raised here in Long Beach. I was a Junior Lifeguard for 6 years and I am so grateful for everything the program taught me about ocean safety, fitness, and leadership. I graduated from Wilson High School in 2013. I received a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 2018 and I am currently attending National University in pursuit of a Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Master's in Education. My goal is to become a high school history teacher during the school year and to continue working as a lifeguard during the summer. This will be my 9th year as a Long Beach Lifeguard and my 6th year as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor. I am looking forward to another amazing summer out on the beach!
Hi, my name is Paige Gurich. This will be my third full summer as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and my fifth summer as a non-career lifeguard. I attended Long Beach Wilson and swam four years varsity and played two years of varsity water polo. During my time on the swim team I was a captain my junior and senior years. Currently I’m a senior at Chapman University where I am studying Psychology and Leadership. I am also a member of the swim, water polo, and first aid teams on campus. After college I plan on getting my Masters in Leadership Development at Chapman University and pursuing a career in public safety. I am very passionate about the Junior Guard program since I was a member of it for seven years myself. I’m looking forward to a summer of learning about ocean/life safety & fun out here on the beach!
Howdy y'all! My name is Ben Landis and I was born and raised here in Long Beach. This is my 11th summer as a lifeguard, and 6th year as an instructor. I'm very excited to be back! I'm currently pursuing my Bachelor's at CSULB in Recreation and Leisure. I love sharing everything I've learned over the years about our beaches and public safety with the JGs. I'm an avid waterman outside of work - I like to surf, sail, spearfish, and most other things ocean related. A little fun fact; I can tie the fastest bowline out of all the instructors.
My name is Maggie Mathis and this will be my second year as a junior lifeguard instructor. I played varsity waterpolo at Wilson for four years and am now pursuing a bachelors degree at the University of Hawaii at Manōa in Marine Biology. While living on Oahu is amazing, I am excited to come home every summer and contribute to a program that has inspired so much of my life. I am passionate about protecting the ocean and our beaches. I am excited for another fun summer!
Hello, my name is Zachary O’Connor, This will be my third Summer as a Long Beach Lifeguard, but my first summer as a Junior Guard Instructor. I was born and raised in Long Beach where I attended Minnie Gant Elementary, Stanford Middle School, as well as Wilson High School where I played Waterpolo and Swam for four years. I currently am continuing my education at Long Beach City College as well. During my free time I love surfing, and going to the gym. I am very excited to join the LBJG’s as a mentor, being that I was a junior lifeguard for 8 years and my last year as a Cadet where I learned what it takes to become a Long Beach Lifeguard. I can’t wait for a great summer with you all!
Hey fellow sea monsters! My name is Abigail Oshiro, Abby for short. You might remember me as a C instructor from a couple years ago. I just missed the program so much I decided to come back! This will be my 7th summer as a lifeguard and my 5th summer with JGs. I’m a CSULB alumni, originally from Orange County. I’ve been working as a Freelance Illustrator - you might have seen my work on the new Rescue Boat 3 shirts! When I’m not drawing or lifeguarding, I spend my time working at a local brewery. I’m looking forward to a summer full of sandy push-ups and salty swims!
My name is Emily Paz. This will be my second summer as a JG instructor but, fourth summer as a Long Beach Lifeguard. I attended Lowell, Rogers, and Long Beach Wilson where I swam and played water polo all four years at the varsity level. Currently I am a Pre-Med student at the University of California, San Diego, where I continue to play club water polo and am the captain going into my senior year. I am very excited to continue being a part of the LBJG family, being that I was a junior lifeguard for 6 years. I can’t wait to meet you all and get to inspire you, the way I was inspired by the JG program to become a lifeguard. And of course, having fun on the beach while learning beach safety.
Greetings, my name is Jeremy Rocha. I’m beyond excited and full of joy to announce that this summer will be my fifth year as a Long Beach Lifeguard. Last summer I had the honor and privilege of being a JG Instructor for the A Group, and am extremely excited to come back for another year and join the Junior Guard Program for an even more memorable summer. I am currently attending the University of La Verne in hopes to achieve a Master’s degree in Psychological Biology with an emphasis in Abnormal Behavior. I have extensive experience, both inside and outside of lifeguarding, and aspire to show Junior Guards that lifeguarding is about more than just your physical capabilities. I strive to develop well rounded Junior Guards who are comfortable in the water. Through support from the Long Beach Lifeguard Family, Junior Lifeguards will come to realize they are capable of achieving anything they put their minds to no matter the circumstance.