Our Staff at Blue Buoy Swim School

Rather than hiring high school students as needed for a single season, Blue Buoy employs year-round teachers who are 19 years of age and older and with the expectation that they will be here to work with your child for many years to come. Our swim instructors undergo comprehensive theoretical and hands-on training on Blue Buoy’s internationally renowned teaching philosophy and methods and are CPR & First Aid certified. All Blue Buoy pool staff are finger printed through Live Scan.

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Meet the Team

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Johnny & Cindy

Johnny & Cindy represent three generations(including 2 sons & 4 grandchildren) of Blue Buoy Family. Johnny brings over 45 years of teaching experience at Blue Buoy. He has also coached high school water polo and swimming, synchronized swimming, and taught scuba. Many of Johnny’s students have achieved elite status in competitive swimming and water polo, including seven who have competed in the Olympics or set World Records. Johnny is a charter member and past president of the US Swim School Association and co-author of its Infant Toddler course that has been taken by thousands of instructors worldwide. Johnny & Cindy have been invited to speak on Blue Buoy’s unique philosophy and teaching methodology in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

Always concerned with water safety, Cindy and Johnny founded the Swim for Life Foundation (SFL) in 2004 and created the Safer 3 Drowning Prevention program. The Safer 3 message is being used throughout the U.S and gaining international recognition.The Safer 3 Early Education Drowning Prevention Program curriculum is being taught in schools districts & preschools across the nation. Both are on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA). Johnny is a past president of NDPA and President of the SFL Foundation. Cindy is currently treasurer of both organizations, as well as Blue Buoy Swim School.

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Eric

Eric has been Blue Buoy Family since the early 1970’s. He grew up taking lessons with almost every teacher, and was one of the most challenging 2 year old students ever! He became an excellent swimmer, participating in Blue Buoy swim meets for 10 years. He continued to swim competitively and played water polo at Villa Park H.S. with All American honors. He coached girls’ water polo at Villa Park for four years. Eric began teaching at Blue Buoy in 1991 where he met his wife, Jennifer. His two children continued the tradition by learning to swim and participating in Blue Buoy Swim Meets. Eric is a graduate from CSUF and enjoys golfing, playing music, going to the beach, and spending time with his family.

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Jeremy

Jeremy has been part of the Blue Buoy Family since the 1970’s. He learned to swim at Blue Buoy, where his mom (Laurie) taught, and also participated in Blue Buoy swim meets. He swam and played water polo at Tustin H.S. Jeremy has taught at Blue Buoy since 1992 and works with all levels, from Parent & Me to advanced stroke technique. He has also coached for SOCAL and the Tustin H.S. waterpolo team. He loves to do filming! He has produced several film segments for Blue Buoy students, including stroke analysis, pool parties, and lessons. Many of the videos on Blue Buoy’s website have been filmed and edited by Jeremy.

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Rosi

Rosi first became a part of the Blue Buoy Family when she brought her son, Dan for lessons. He grew up learning to swim at Blue Buoy and went on to be an All-American water polo player at UCI. Rosi has been teaching at Blue Buoy since 1987! She moved here from Germany and went to school at Golden West College. During her tenure there she competed on the swim team. Later, she was the assistant coach on the track and cross-country teams, and became head coach of the women’s cross-country team. After graduating, she went on to get her B.A. in Physical Education, from CSULB. Rosi has run the LA Marathon 3 times as well as many triathlons and ½ marathons. She still loves swimming a couple laps on her teaching breaks. She has taught thousands of students during her time with Blue Buoy, and she loves it. Teaching swimming keeps her young at heart!

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Dan

Dan has been teaching at Blue Buoy since 1994. Dan has been part of the Blue Buoy Family since the 1980’s. He learned to swim at Blue Buoy, as well as his sister (Devon). He swam in the Blue Buoy Meets as a child and later swam competitively at Tustin H.S. In his spare time he enjoys photography. His work can be seen in Swim World Online.Dan is currently taking Graphic Design classes.

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Laura

Laura has been Blue Buoy Family since 1998. She taught for nine years and is now our front office supervisor. Laura swam on the Downey Dolphin Swim Team from 1964-1972. She has 2 grown children who also worked at Blue Buoy and 2 grandchildren who learned how to swim at Blue Buoy. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Adrian

Adrian has been Blue Buoy Family since 2008. As a teenager, he swam and played water polo for Villa Park High School, ORCA, and Santa Ana College. He has a BS in Kinesiology from CSUF and has experience coaching high school swimming and water polo. Adrian has been Blue Buoy’s lead teacher in its Aquachievers program for special ability children for the past three years. In his spare time, Adrian volunteers with numerous children’s charities including Camp Erin and United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. He enjoys listening to music, drawing, and sitting on the beach.

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Leslie

Leslie has been a part of the Blue Buoy Family since 2006. She loves assisting Blue Buoy families when they arrive for lessons. Leslie’s four children all swam and played water polo at Villa Park High School, and all have been Blue Buoy teachers. She particularly enjoys spending time with her new grandchild.

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Mackenzie

Mackenzie became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2013. Mackenzie played water polo at Foothill H.S. She times the swimmers at the Swim meets, substitute teaches, and loves to help all the swimmers stay safer in the water. In her spare time she likes to play soccer, listen to music, and knit hats for charity (babies, homeless, and military).

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Ryann

Ryann has been part of the Blue Buoy Family since 1997 when she took her first lesson at only 5 weeks old! She grew up taking lessons with Johnny and Eric and participated in the Swim Meets, earning the top 400 Ribbon Trophy. She swam for Oceanside Aquatics and continues to help with the Aquachievers, for special ability children, and the Village of Hope program. She is currently pursuing a Degree in Nursing and in her spare time likes to go hiking, spend time with her friends. She times the swimmers at the Swim meets, and loves to help all the swimmers stay safer in the water.

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Ian

Ian has been part of the Blue Buoy Family since 2002 when he started swim lessons at Blue Buoy and also participated in the Swim Meets. He swam Varsity for four years on his High School swim team and made it to CIF for the last two years. Ian is currently studying at Santa Ana College  for his Business Degree. He our watchful eye on the swimmers at the Swim meets, and loves to help all the swimmers stay safer in the water.

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Beatriz

Beatriz became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2015 as a water watcher and later that year became a teacher. Beatriz was on her high school swim team at Tustin High School. In addition to working at Blue Buoy she helps coach at Tustin High School. Beatriz has previously lifeguard and taught swimming lessons for the City of Tustin.  She likes to go hiking, surfing, scuba diving and going paddle boarding.

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Evelin

Evelin became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2014. She was a competitive swimmer and water polo player at Tustin High School.   She is currently studying for her Engineering Degree at Irvine Valley College. She helps lifeguard pool parties, and helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water.  In her spare time she likes to play soccer, go to the movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Aalayah

Aalayah became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2015. Aalayah was on the swim team and a captain on the Tustin H.S. water polo team. She enjoys timing the swimmers at the Blue Buoy Swim meets, substitute teaches, and loves to help all the swimmers stay safer in the water. In her spare time she likes to go snorkeling, surfing, and bodyboarding with friends and family. She enjoys working with kids because, “they are playful and have a lot of energy, which keeps me young and on my toes.”

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Turner

Turner has been Blue Buoy Family since 2000 when he took his first lesson at only 5 weeks old! He grew up swimming with Grandpa Johnny, Dad Eric, and “Uncle Jeremy”. He has also participated in the Blue Buoy Swim Meets, World’s Largest Swim Lesson, and many Safer 3 events. Turner enjoys working with children and has been a co-counselor at Camp James in Newport Beach. He is our watchful eye on the swimmers at the Swim meets, and loves to help all the swimmers stay safer in the water. In his spare time he likes to draw and dances hip hop for Tomahawk Dance Co. and the Tustin H.S. All Male Dance Team.

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Jessika

Jessika became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2015. She swam at ORCA and was on the water polo and swim team at Villa Park H.S. She has also previously life guarded and taught swim lessons for the City of Orange. She finds it most rewarding when students become comfortable in the water and learn to enjoy swimming. In her spare time she loves to watch old movies, read, write short stories, and serve in the children’s ministry at her church.

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Michael

Michael became Blue Buoy Family since 2001.  Swimming is part of Michael’s soul.  He grew up as a competitive swimmer with Irvine Novaquatics, led Mater Dei High School to its first Trinity League Championship, was a State Champion in Georgia, and swam at the Division 1 level in college.  But teaching and working with children of all ages is Michael’s true passion.

Alex

Alex became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2016. She helps teach, times swimmers at our swim meets, and helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water.

Mike

Mike became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2016. He has taught for a competitive swim team and swam and played water polo for FAST and Servite High School.  Mike continues to help with the Aquachievers, for special ability children, and the Village of Hope program.  He helps teach, times swimmers at our swim meets, and helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water. Mike is currently attending SCC and in his spare time he likes to spearfish and go to the beach.

Chris

Chris became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2016. He helps teach, times swimmers at our swim meets, and helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water.

Nick

Nick became part of the Blue Buoy Family in 2016. He continues to help with the Aquachievers, for special ability children, and the Village of Hope program. Nick helps swimmers at our swim meets, and helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water.

Emma (Atlea)

Emma has been part of the Blue Buoy Family since 2002 when she took her first lesson at 2 Months! She grew up swimming with Grandpa Johnny, and Dad Eric. She has also participated in the Blue Buoy Swim Meets, World’s Largest Swim Lesson, and many Safer 3 events. Emma is a competitive swimmer and plays Girls Water Polo at Tustin High School.

Rachel

Rachel became part of the Blue Buoy Family as a water watcher in 2017. She was a competitive swimmer for Foothill High School. She helps Blue Buoy swimmers to stay in safer water.