Dan Raducanu Lifeguard Supervisor (LT) immigrated from Romania when he was nine years old and fell in love with the beach from the very first time he was taken to Santa Monica State Beach. As a young boogie boarder he has been rescued by lifeguards so many times, some knew him by name. His life has been built around that initial wonderful experience in the Pacific Ocean. Dan was grateful for the opportunity the U.S. afforded him and out of a patriotism he served in the Marine Corps. He is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Philosophy and an avid surfer, diver and wildlife admirer. As a husband and father of two he is excited to share the thrill of the ocean and the state park experience with children, especially kids who do not always have access to the treasures our parks and staff have to offer. Dan is looking forward to seeing all of you at the beach. Don’t forget your sunblock and ALWAYS swim near a lifeguard.
Michael Cueto Lifeguard II immigrated from Bakersfield, California at the age of nine years old and fell in love with the ocean when he first participated in Junior Lifeguards at the age of eleven. Having grown up participating in swim teams, Junior Lifeguards offered a diverse athletic perspective and opened many opportunities for him. Michael is a student at Cal Poly, studying agriculture and is expected to graduate Spring 2014. Currently, he is the Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator and strives to offer the best opportunities for the programs participants. Michael enjoys surfing, mountain biking, running, swimming, and competing/organizing lifeguard competitions.
Kaitlyn Tolin Lifeguard is a SLO County local and has spent most of her life in the water. She started out as a junior lifeguard at age eleven in Pismo Beach. She grew up as a swimmer, but was still very scared of the cold water and big waves at first, but with time she became much more comfortable in the ocean.
Now she loves to surf, swim, and play in the ocean, challenging herself with the motto, “The bigger waves the better!” Her lifeguard career started at the SLO Swim Center as a Pool Lifeguard, and then she returned to her ocean roots by getting a job as an Avila Beach Lifeguard. After graduating college at CSU Chico, she took a lifeguard sabbatical in Australia. There she came in touch with the long lifeguard history of the South Pacific. Today, she is a California State Parks Lifeguard and pursues her passions of the outdoors and professional skills in marketing, video, and photography.
Interesting Facts about Kaitlyn:
Her favorite beach is Kirra, Australia.
Her favorite sports include Water Polo, Surfing, Hiking, Paddling & Swimming.
Her favorite local surf spot is Morro Rock & Studios.
Her favorite recovery food is homemade acai bowls with lots of fruit! Personal inspiration comes from competitors like Bonnie Hancock and Brodie Moir, athletes from the Nutrigrain Ironman Series.
Julia Donath Lifeguard I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California, spending most of her childhood immersed in the aquatic environment as a competitive swimmer. Currently a student, Julia actively competes on both the swimming and water polo teams, and works as a California State Parks Lifeguard during the summer. Julia's adventures in the ocean began at a young age, when she was reluctantly enrolled in Junior Lifeguards by her parents. However, this initially terrifying experience soon became a defining part of her childhood, leading her to develop a deep respect for the ocean, as well as the skills and inspiration necessary to become an ocean lifeguard at the age of sixteen. When Julia isn't at school, she is at the beach, spending her free time surfing, swimming, hiking, and playing in the ocean.