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All Junior Lifeguard Instructors are CA State Park Lifeguards who have extensive experience and rigorous training in surf and ocean rescue, beach safety, first aid, and CPR. The instructors also have teaching and interpretation experience with children and other diverse groups.

The ratio of students to instructors will not exceed 15:1. State Park Lifeguard instructors will maintain constant supervision during the program. This will ensure a safe and closely monitored beach recreation experience.

Instructor Bios

Lifeguard PhotoMichael Cueto is a former Junior Guard and Oceano Lifeguard. Back in 2013, Michael created the Junior Lifeguard program here at Oceano Dunes with the first summer having a total of 13 students. The program continues to grow each summer. Michael is now a State Park Peace Officer/Lifeguard and has returned to the Dunes to continue the Oceano Lifeguard and Junior Guard legacy. This program wouldn't be here if it was not for his creativity and drive. Michael enjoys surfing, mountain biking, running, swimming, and competing / organizing lifeguard competitions. His favorite board is the 5'4 JG soft top, while he enjoys a good whomping at Ocean Beach, SF. Michael’s favorite sea animal is the cormorant (flightless bird) also known as the Nannopterum Harrisi.

Kaitlyn Tolin 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 one year of JG’s under her belt she became much more comfortable in the ocean. From then on everything changed. Now she loves to surf, swim, and play in the ocean finding it one of the most peaceful yet intense forms of energy earth has to offer. She has found a love for keeping our environment clean and advocates against the use of plastic whenever possible in an attempt to keep our oceans clean! Her favorite sea animal is the Killer Whale because they can charge harder than any other fish in the sea.

Julia Donath was born and raised in the delightful city of San Luis Obispo, California. After a childhood of competitive swimming and water polo, Julia's parents thrust her out of her comfortable bubble of chlorine and into the chilling waters of the central coast by forcefully enrolling her in Avila Beach Junior Lifeguards. Despite her initial terror, Julia quickly fell in love with the junior guards program, establishing a strong connection to the ocean environment that later compelled her to pursue a job as a California State Parks Lifeguard at the age of 16. She has fallen in love with advocating and protecting her environment by majoring in Environmental Science. Julia loves riding her Fresh Pineapples longboard anywhere that has good waves and fun people, although her favorite surf spot is a secret that only the hardest working junior guards will have access to. Julia is also absolutely obsessed with sea otters, but her favorite sea creatures are the Oceano Junior Lifeguards.