Staff Spotlight: Greg Jennings

Published Sunday, October 27, 2019

Get to know Greg Jennings, the Uptown JCC Aquatics Manager

Describe yourself in three words.
Who’s that guy?

How long have you been with the JCC?
June 2019

Describe what you do at the JCC. 
As Aquatics Manager, I am responsible for the upkeep of the indoor and outdoor pools, the safety, and cleanliness of these areas; the lifeguard’s schedules and ongoing training; coordination and management of swim lessons, the JCC swim school and the JCC’s year-round pool schedules. 

What do you love most about your job?
After working in and around pools for the past 10 years, it's great to enjoy the duality of an office job yet still active and outside when lifeguarding/teaching swimming lessons. 

If you could swap places with one other person at the JCC for a day, who would you pick and why?
Ellis on the fitness floor. Similar responsibility and position, but is in the A/C and shade the entire time. 

Where did you grow up? 
Lafayette, LA

What is your favorite New Orleans restaurant and why?
Toss up between Camellia Grill and Clancy’s, depending on how fancy I feel

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
Have instructed Tenney Flynn (GW Fins), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), and Maceo Smedley (Underground) in proper swimming technique.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Air Conditioning

Where’s your favorite place in the world?
So far, it’s been 40 meters underwater (with a scuba tank!) off the coast of Curaçao

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Turquoise 

What tops your bucket list?
Scuba diving in every ocean

What are you currently reading?
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Dogs or cats?
Cats

My phone is filled with pictures of:
Plants, pets, and positive people

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