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Captain Omar Naranjo

Junior Lifeguard Captain

Years as a Lifeguard: 28 years

Years overseeing JG Program: 8

Education: Garfield HS (E.L.A.), Cerritos College, Executive Leadership Program USC Price 

What is your favorite marine animal and why? Chinook salmon - can adapt to different environments and swim against the current to get the job done.

What is a fun fact about yourself? Traveled with Red Bull Air Race for 5 years teaching pilots egress from submerged aircraft.

Sgt. Shawn Farnell

JG Coordinator

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Years as a Lifeguard: 11 years

Years with JG Program: 2nd year! 

Education: AA-Radiological Technician 

Favorite marine animal? Electric Eel, because they're shocking!

What is your favorite place in Long Beach? The Aquarium of the Pacific

Which JG event are you most excited for? Pier jumps

Favorite hobbies? Surfing, paddle boarding, and free diving

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Kylee Yocky

Administrative Assistant

Years with LBFD: 9 years

Years with JGs: all 9 years!

Education: B.A. from Cal State Fullerton

What is your go-to dance move? Anything that embarrasses my children

Which JG event are you most excited for? the Ironguard!

Fun fact about yourself? I'm a mom of 3 that has never had a sip of coffee

Sabrina Zavala

JG Assistant Coordinator

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Years as Lifeguard: 6 summers

Years with JGs: 3rd summer!

Education: B.S. in Kinesiology-Allied Health

Fun fact about yourself? I lived and worked on a cruise ship for 6 weeks!

What is your favorite place in Long Beach? Gusto's and fingerprints on 4th st

You’re sailing around the world, what’s the name of your boat? La Chalupa

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Edson Alvarado

Cadet/ A Group Instructor

Years as a Lifeguard: 6 years

Years with JGs: 2 summers

Education: Heading to Fresno Pacific to swim in the fall!

What are your favorite hobbies? Swimming and playing pickleball

What should be a new Olympic Sport? Beach Flags

What would you want as a superpower? Superspeed

Ian Minsterman

A Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: 6 summers

Years with JGs: 1st summer!

Education: Cal Berkley

Your favorite Marine animal? Elephant Seal

Which JG event are you most excited for? Regionals!

What should be a new Olympic event? Dodgeball

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Vince Arizpe

A Group Instructor

Years as Lifeguard: This is my 6th summer

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: UCLA c/o 2022!

Who is your fictional side-kick? Donkey from Shrek, he's a noble steed

What is your favorite Marine Animal? Octopus

Which JG event are you most excited for? Pier jumps!

Isabell Ortega

A Group/B Group

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Years as Lifeguard: 4 years

Years with JGs: 1st summer

Education: Mt SAC

Who is your fictional side-kick? Crypto the superdog!

What is your favorite Marine Animal? Sea Turtle

Which JG event are you most excited for? Ironguard

Max Berg

B Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: My 6th summer

Years with JGs: 1st summer

Education: BS at UCLA

Your favorite place in LB? East end of the breakwall

Which JG event are you most excited for? Ironguard

Your favorite hobbies? Surfing, playing music, spearfishing, reading

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Emily Paz

B Group Instructor

Years as Lifeguard:  8 years 

Years with JGs: 6th summer

Education: BS in Public Health, Masters in Teaching

Who is your fictional side-kick? Dory, just keep swimming!

What do you want as a superpower? Breathe underwater

What's your favorite place in LB? Roe!

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Brooke Ortega

B Group Instructor

Years as a Lifeguard: 3 years

Years with JGs: My first summer!

Education: Mt. SAC

What are your favorite hobbies? Swimming, Hiking, videogames, cooking

Who is your fictional side-kick? Batman

Which JG event are you most excited for? Regionals!

Nicole Gordon

B Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: My 4th summer

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: CSULB 

Which JG event are you most excited for? Regional Run-offs

What should be the next new Olympic sport? Belly flop contest

What is your favorite Marine animal? Sea otters

Ella Jorgensen

B Group Instructor

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Years as a Lifeguard: 4 years

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: currently at CalPoly SLO

Who is your fictional side-kick? Nemo, he has a lucky fin and can show me around the ocean

What should be the next Olympic sport? Headstand contest!

What is your favorite Marine animal? Whale Sharks!

Brooke Gruneisen

C Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: My 6th summer

Years with JGs: Third year!

Education: UCLA c/o 2023!!

What should be a new Olympic sport? Ultimate Sharks & Minnows

What is your favorite place in LB? grass field by the Colorado Lagoon, perfect for picnics!

What's your favorite Marine animal? Cuttlefish, they are cute and change colors!

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Alex Carroll

C Group Instructor

Years as a Lifeguard: 6 years

Years with JGs: 3rd summer

Education: LBCC/Rio Hondo Fire Academy

What are your favorite hobbies? surfing, golfing, pickleball

What is your favorite Marine animal? Garibaldi

Your favorite place in LB? Open Sesame on 2nd

Hanna Kawamoto

C Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: 4th summer

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: Currently at UCSB

What do you want as a superpower? Talking to animals

What are your favorite hobbies? Triathlon training, reading, & drawing

Which JG event are you excited for? Pier jumps

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Eric Estrada

C Group Instructor

Years as a Lifeguard: 4 years

Years with JGs: 1st summer

Education: Cerritos College & CSU Fullerton

Who is your fictional side-kick? Lil' Petey

What should be the next Olympic sport? Ultimate Hide-and-seek

What is your favorite Marine animal? Jellyfish

Michaela Summortin

C Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: 4th summer 

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: Currently at UC Irvine! ZOT ZOT!

Who is your fictional side-kick? Genie from Aladdin so I get 3 wishes

Which JG event are you most excited for? Junior Guard Regionals

What is your favorite Marine animal? Dolphins, they keep the sharks away!

Garrett Quimby

B Group Instructor

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Years as Lifeguard: 8 summers on the beach!

Years with JGs: 2nd summer

Education: BS from CSULB

Which JG event are you most excited for? Pier Jumps

Your favorite hobbies? Skiing, surfing, hiking, fishing, anything outdoors!

Your fictional side-kick? Ash Ketchum from Pokemon

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