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After 44 years at Solana Beach country club, aquatics instructor is still going strong

After 44 years at Solana Beach country club, aquatics instructor is still going strong

Joanne McDonald, who is the aquatics director at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, has been teaching swimming at the Solana Beach site since 1974. Michael J. WIlliams

When asked what led to her career as a swimming instructor, Joanne McDonald is characteristically upfront.

“I’ll be honest with you, I was able to make some money doing it,” she said. “It can be profitable and, in the summer, it’s a nice job.”

For McDonald, that “nice job” has been a 44-year gig at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach, and she’s still going strong.

“I feel that everyone who lives in Southern California should know how to swim,” the Encinitas resident said. “They...

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