Jimmy Canale was born
and raised in Orange County, CA, where he followed in his brother
Pete's footsteps, then a Newport Beach Lifeguard. Jimmy was a junior
lifeguard in the 60's, worked as a pool guard in the 70's, and began
his career as an ocean lifeguard for the City of San Diego in 1979. The
focus of his career has been guarding difficult rock reef beaches such
as Wind & Sea and La Jolla Cove, where his experience is invaluable
in the training and supervising of both winter and summer lifeguards.
Jimmy has guarded and rescued successive generations in La Jolla,
earning him the respect and adoration of the community.
During his career, Jimmy has also
patrolled Mission Bay as a Marine Safety Officer, worked as a Marine
Firefighter, and crewed an offshore Surf Rescue Boat. Throughout his
career, he has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and a Cliff
Rescue Technician. He is trained in SCUBA Underwater Search &
Rescue, Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Operations, and as a Swift Water
Jimmy represented San Diego in the
International Lifeguard Exchange Program, working in both Australia and
New Zealand, and is the Marine Safety Coordinator for our nation's
premier ocean event, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim, now THE largest
rough water swim event in the world with close to three thousand
Jimmy has been nominated by his peers in
San Diego on three occasions for "Lifeguard of the Year" and has
received the T.J. Wallace award for "Most Inspirational Lifeguard". He
has received an "Exceptional Performance Citation" from the San Diego
Fire and Life Safety Service. The La Jolla Town Council honoured
Jimmy's continued dedication to the community with an "Outstanding
Service Award", and named him Civic Marshall of the La Jolla Parade in
2007 for outstanding community service, the first lifeguard ever to
receive this distinction. Most recently, the San Diego Lifeguard
Service awarded Jimmy "Best Rescue 2009" for the dramatic prevention of
a double drowning involving scuba divers in La Jolla Cove.
Jimmy and his wife, Michele, a former
lifeguard and current Captain with San Diego Fire, raise their children
on La Jolla's beaches, where he recently retired as the
most-experienced ocean lifeguard in the City of San Diego.
Laine Pepper grew up
bodysurfing the beaches of Coronado and Leucadia before ending up in La
Jolla, California, where he began his lifeguarding career. During his
20 years with the City of San Diego Lifeguard Service, Laine worked
summers and winters as an Ocean Lifeguard in the La Jolla reef area,
training numerous lifeguards in the unique rescue techniques necessary
along this rock- and rip current-strewn coastline. Spring and fall he
spent patrolling Mission Bay as a Marine Safety Officer, Surf Rescue
Boat Operator, or as a Marine Fire Boat Operator and Firefighter.
Laine is trained as an Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT), a Cliff Rescue Technician, and a Swift Water Rescue
Technician. In addition, his training includes SCUBA Underwater Search
and Rescue and Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Operations.
Laine worked as the Marine Safety
Coordinator for the La Jolla Rough Water Swim from 1994 - 2002, the
largest ocean swimming event in the U.S.
While employed as a Sergeant, Laine and
his crew received a Unit Exceptional Performance Citation from the San
Diego Fire Department, and he received the Blue Knight Award from the
San Diego Crime Commission for "exceptional heroic performance in the
line of duty". Laine has been awarded the Medal of Valor by the United
States Lifesaving Association, the American Legion, and the San Diego
Fire and Life Safety Service. He has Certificates of Commendation and
Special Recognition from the United States Senate and Congress, as well
as the California State Assembly and Legislature.
Laine currently splits his time between
La Jolla, CA, and San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S., where Laine is the
lifesaving instructor for "El H. Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cabo San Lucas y
El Colegio de Bomberos y Administradores de Emergencias".