Stephané Rebeck McCormick, Water Safety Advocate

Stephané Rebeck McCormick is the founder of Backyard Lifeguards, a full-service aquatic safety company serving private pools and water-based sporting events in the St. Louis area. An authorized provider of American Red Cross safety training programs and services, Backyard Lifeguards offers customized on-site pool assessments, open-water swim presentations, and water safety education. McCormick founded the company to provide water safety services to residential pools and reduce the rate of drowning at historically under-supervised locations and events. Backyard Lifeguards is one of only a few companies in the US that primarily supply private lifeguard services. It has been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Great Day St. Louis, Today in St. Louis, and Sauce magazine.

New Jersey native McCormick began her aquatic career almost 30 years ago. A certified lifeguarding instructor and water safety instructor trainer, she has worked as a swim instructor with the YWCA of Princeton, an oceanfront lifeguard with the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol on Long Beach Island, and aquatic program manager with Clayton Parks & Recreation.

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