2019 JG INSTRUCTORS
Marine Safety Officer (MSO) Austin Trinkle will be taking over the Junior Lifeguard program from MSO Tess Parkhouse who has completed her tenure as the Junior Guard Coordinator. MSO Trinkle has been with the Division for two years, and has eight years of lifeguarding experience. MSO Trinkle is also a member of the Dive and Swiftwater teams for the city of Long Beach. He is a Los Alamitos High School and Stanford University graduate with a degree in Engineering/Architectural Design. MSO Trinkle has a passion for teaching and has been involved in the education of the community's youth for the past decade. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for beach and ocean safety with the Junior Guard program.
Hi! My name is Zac Polmanteer. I was born and raised here in Long Beach. This will be my second summer with the Junior Lifeguard program, and my seventh summer as a Long Beach Lifeguard. I was a Junior Lifeguard for six years here in the city of Long Beach. After four years of swimming and playing water polo at Wilson High School, I attended the University of Redlands where I continued my water polo career until graduating in 2017. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and Media Studies. Go Bulldogs! I now coach water polo and swim at Shore Aquatics and Wilson High School, and am working towards a career in education. In my free time I love to shoot film photography, surf, and even DJ a little on the side! Let’s have a safe and rad summer. Get stoked!
Hi my name is Ryan Poole. This is my 16th summer as a Long Beach lifeguard and I am thrilled to be joining the junior lifeguards instructor team. I grew up in Cypress and attended Cypress High School. I played water polo and swam all four years there as well as playing after college at Long Beach City. I have been coaching aquatics for the past 14 years and have a strong rapport with young athletes. I have a degree from CSULB in kinesiology and am a credentialed biology teacher. I am married to my beautiful wife Whitney and we have an amazing 18th month old baby at home. I have a passion for teaching and protecting our oceans. I am looking forward to working with the kids this summer at the beach.
After eight years as a Junior Lifeguard, I became a Long Beach Lifeguard in the summer of 2010. I credit my time in the JG program for inspiring me to become a lifeguard, so I am thrilled an honored to be returning this year for my fifth summer as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and 10th 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 an avid musician and a surfer. I am really looking forward to another great summer!
Hello 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 now pursuing a career in education. This will be my 8th year as a Long Beach Lifeguard and my 5th year as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor. I am looking forward to another amazing summer out on the beach!
My name is Paige Gurich. This will be my second full summer as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and my fourth summer as a 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 junior at Chapman University where I am studying Psychology and Leadership. I am also a member of the swim and water polo teams. 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 & fun out here on the beach!
Hi, my name Valerie Conti. This will be my fourth year lifeguarding and my second year as a JG instructor. I just finished my junior year in college at LBCC and am planning on transferring to CSULB in the spring for a bachelors in business administration. I have lived in Long Beach my whole life, I attended wilson and swam all four years there, and now through the school year I help coach the freshman sophomore swim team. While I never was a junior lifeguard myself, the past year 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 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!
Hi! My name is Jamie Baumler. I have been a Long Beach Lifeguard for 11 years now and am excited to be a Junior Lifeguard Instructor for the first time this summer! I am a Physical Education teacher and love working with children of all ages, from elementary school all the way up to high school. I am a strong believer that every child should learn lifelong fitness skills that are enjoyable to carry out for the rest of their lives… and what better way to learn some of those skills than by being on the beach! I have always loved the ocean and grew up going to the beach as a kid. I played many sports throughout High School and College (volleyball, water polo, and swimming) and do triathlons now. I am currently training for my second Ironman race (140.6-mile race). I am a proud “Aunty JJ” to my nephews Jack and Sam, who I love and adore. I am also excited to be getting married this coming August and to officially be “Aunty Jamie” to two more nieces (Rainy & Reagan) and two more nephews (Jack and Baby James) who I love and adore as well! In my free time I love to spend time with my family, relax, wake skate, surf when I can, and travel! I am looking forward to a great summer filled with lots of memories, hard work and laughter! See you 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!
I am a Long Beach native who grew up in the neighborhoods of North and west LB. I am also a
fourth year long beach lifeguard, having served the communities of the peninsula, junipero
beach, and alamitos beach during my summers. During the lifeguard off-season, I attend
CSULB as an undergraduate Accounting student, play club water polo, and work as the
assistant coach for Cabrillo high school's boys water polo team.
Over my three years of coaching water polo for the west-side community, I've grown to love
helping the youth become competitive athletes and well-rounded individuals.
This summer, I am excited to become a Junior Lifeguard Instructor and continue helping the
youth of Long Beach become water safe and great citizens. I plan to use my lifeguard
experience to offer a safety-first style learning environment, as well as provide junior guards
with a window into the lifeguarding profession.
I look forward to working you all!
Hello, my name is Jeremy Rocha. This summer will be my fourth summer with the Long Beach Lifeguards, but my first summer as a Junior Guard Instructor. I am currently attending the University of La Verne in hopes to achieve a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in mild to moderate Autism. I have been able to gain a high level of comfortably with water and lifeguarding through my athletic career both collegiately and competitively. I was never a jr. guard myself, but learned quickly through lifeguarding that this is more then a job, it is a family. Thus, with families we are always looking to grow and learn together. I’m extremely excited to experience the opportunity to everyone, as well as inspire all the jr. guards that they have the capabilities to achieve anything they put there minds to.
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!
My name is Emily Paz. This will be my first summer as a JG instructor but, third 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 junior year. I am very excited to join 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 while, of course having fun on the beach.