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Shauni McClain is a character in Baywatch.

Though nervous at first, she proved herself to be a very confident, skilled and valuable lifeguard.

Physical Appearance[]

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Shauni is a beautiful, athletic young woman with shoulder length blonde curly hair (sometimes tied up or in a ponytail and later cut short during her final appearance in Season 3) and green eyes.

She was also physically fit, which was a key asset in her job with Baywatch.

Shauni was also a real head-turner which caught the attention of men on the beach. (The Cretin of the Shallows)

She was 160 cm (5'5") in height and 49 kg (108 lbs) in weight.


Shauni started off nervous and had lack of self esteem but during her friendship with the Baywatch team, her attitude changed and she became more confident in herself.

She was very dedicated to her job, though at times she showed signs of naivety.

She looked to Mitch as a father figure and loved Eddie dearly. Jill's death affected her deeply but she chose to continue on and use what Jill taught her to carry on to be the lifeguard she had trained her to be.

Skills and Abilities[]

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Shauni started off scared of victims drowning and froze up whenever they needed CPR. However the team gradually helped her to overcome her fears and she began to appreciate her duties as a lifeguard.

After being under experienced senior lifeguard Jill Riley's wing, Shauni was an expert in rescue and life saving techniques, handling the rescue vehicles and a strong swimmer. She was even seen helping with the Junior Lifeguards training programme.


Season 1[]

Shauni starts dating a law student named Andrew, but he turns out to be physically abusive. Eddie warns Shauni about his violent side, but she ignores his warning, which turns out to be a major mistake as he gives her a black eye. Andrew apologizes when he visits Shauni at her apartment, which infuriates Eddie. Later, Andrew gets violent again as he wrecks Shauni's apartment, and she calls Eddie to tell him about what happened. Eddie hugs Shauni when he arrives to see the damage and spends the night with her. Andrew arrives the next morning and attempts to reconcile, but Shauni dumps him, not wanting to be abused by him anymore.

Eddie and Shauni start a relationship during a hurricane when they get stuck at Craig and Gina's apartment. (Shelter Me)

Shauni's career at Baywatch was put in jeopardy when Captain Thorpe discovered her picture in a sports pin-up calendar as "Miss March". Shauni realized that she had been tricked by a college photographer who had told her that he was doing a project and she had signed a release to use the photo for the calendar against her wishes. Eventually with Craig Pomeroy's help, she managed to get her job back. (Muddy Waters)

Tragedy struck when Jill was attacked by a shark during a rescue and eventually died from her injuries. Shauni was devastated at losing her closest friend and found it difficult to perform any beach duties. Eventually she decided to keep being the lifeguard Jill had trained her to be in her memory. (Shark Derby), (The Big Race)

Season 2[]

During reading a magazine with a relationship test, one of which had a question of who organized the dating, Eddie told Shauni that she was hogging all the decision making of their dates and they never did anything that he wanted. This led to a falling out, and Shauni insisting they took a break from their relationship. However it took making a new friend named Nicole (an overweight girl with zero self esteem that Eddie was helping out), that Shauni eventually realized this and visited Eddie to apologize and reconcile. She also made it up to him with some tickets to a Dodgers Baseball game. (Thin or Die)

Shauni reveals to Eddie she wants to have three kids someday after Eddie starts caring for an abandoned baby discovered under his tower.

Season 3[]

Shauni has a pregnancy scare during a camping trip with Eddie, Hobie, and Mitch and tells Eddie about it, but it turns out she is not pregnant. Shauni gets taken hostage by the two men who killed Mitch's uncle, but Eddie, Mitch, Hobie, and C.J. manage to rescue her. Eddie and Shauni get married and leave Baywatch to start their new life in Australia.

Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding[]

Though Shauni makes no physical appearance, she is mentioned by Eddie who says they have now separated. Reasons why this happened have never been revealed.




  • Erika Eleniak played Shauni in 45 episodes of the first and second seasons, as well as appearing in the series pilot "Panic at Malibu Pier" and the first two episodes of the third season. She was the show's female lead from 1989 until 1992. Erika later explained that her decision to leave the show was due to her dislike for the direction Baywatch was taking, which was exactly the same reasoning fellow cast member Billy Warlock gave for his departure.
  • Shauni, along with Matt Brody and Kekoa Tanaka, are the only three lifeguards to have both their jobs and relationships with fellow lifeguard disapproved by their fathers.
    • Shauni's father didn't like her job as a lifeguard until he found out what she does. He also didn't approve of her relationship with Eddie Kramer because he didn't come from a wealthy background.
    • Matt's father never cared about his son's needs and tried to force him to move to France in season 4.
    • Kekoa's father didn't approve of both his daughter's job as lifeguard and her relationship with fellow lifeguard J.D. Darius. Worse, he filed a lawsuit against Baywatch Hawaii and Kekoa's boss Sean Monroe and used it as a way to come between Kekoa and J.D.
  • Shauni is the first lifeguard to nearly lose her job due to pictures of her ending up as pin ups.
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Mitch BuchannonAl GibsonCraig PomeroyJill RileyEddie KramerShauni McClainNewmie NewmanTrevor ColeJohn D. CortJim BarnettDon ThorpeBen EdwardsDevon ConnorHarvey MillerMeganBrookeC.J. ParkerStephanie HoldenMatt BrodySummer QuinnCaroline HoldenKellyLogan FowlerTracy DodsworthKatherine FlemingAndy JamisonNeely CapshawCody MadisonJennyCrushSharonSandyDonna MarcoJulieJordan TateSam ThomasSusanHobie BuchannonManny GutierrezLani McKenzieApril GiminskiSky BergmanKimmTaylor WalshJ.D. DariusSheryl WhalenBridgetAlex RykerTinaJessie OwensEmilyKristiLeigh Dyer