Site Lead 

Beginning as the founder and race director for an open water swim race in Avila Beach, California, Kevin Watkins has always made time to volunteer.  He served as president of the South County Aquatics youth swim team, board member of PUMA Aquatics, and president of the Five Cities Swimming Pool Foundation.  He also helped to found the Avila Beach Junior Lifeguard program and recently rejoined their board as they go through a leadership transition.  He can still be found on the pool deck, announcing at local high school and club swim meets.

Kevin first experienced the power of Operation Surf when he volunteered to help with water safety for a couple of days in 2015 and has held various roles with the organization since then.  Now retired from a career in consumer packaged goods sales and marketing, he has committed to serving Operation Surf as Site Lead for every session throughout the year.

“After those first couple days helping in the water, I could tell that Operation Surf was on to something, but looking back I realize that was a vast understatement.  The depth and scope of healing that I have witnessed since then is just stunning.”