Backyard Lifeguards In the News


A look at leading cause of accidental death for toddler and how to prevent it
KWMU St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis on the Air – Thursday, May 17, 2018
Backyard Lifeguards’ director Stephé McCormick, along with other members of the St Louis area drowning prevention coalition, speaks to Don Marsh about the dangers of childhood drowning and ways to prevent tragedy in home pools, community pools, lakes and other locations.


How do you know lifeguards are paying attention?
KMOV News4 Investigates – Thursday, August 10, 2017
Backyard Lifeguards’ director Stephé McCormick goes undercover at a municipal pool and tells viewers what to look for to know that lifeguards are vigilantly watching, and that the facility management is ensuring a safe and structured environment for family fun.


Not All Floaties Are Safe
KTVI Fox2 News AM Show – Friday, May 29, 2015
Backyard Lifeguards’ director Stephé McCormick, co-creator of the Safer When Wet preschool water safety education program, demonstrates proper use and fit of US Coast Guard approved life vests with the help of a young friend.

Splash into Summer with Camps and Pool Parties by Backyard Lifeguards
St. Louis Sprout & About – Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Backyard Lifeguards’ Lifeguard In Training camp teaches water safety and personal responsibility, and provides volunteer opportunities, so responsible ‘tweens and teens can learn lifesaving skills to benefit themselves and their peers.  And younger kids can celebrate with cool themed pool parties!


Backyard Lifeguards launches new Lifeguard-in-Training Program
St. Louis Sprout & About – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The innovative aquatic company that brings professional lifeguards to pool owners at home, is launching a junior lifeguard camp. The program teaches basic water safety and rescue, as well as personal and professional responsibility, leadership, health and fitness, and other life skills.

Lifeguarding Isn’t Just an Activity.  It’s a Qualification
BusinessInterviews.com – Friday, February 28, 2014
Director Stephé McCormick answers questions about water safety, the motivation behind Backyard Lifeguards, and the development of the company’s expanding services and programs.


Backyard Lifeguard:  How to Know if Someone’s Drowning
KMOV Fox 2 AM Show – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 
Hollywood has it all wrong!  Drowning doesn’t look like it does in the movies or on TV.  Would you know how to recognize aquatic distress?  Here are some of the REAL signs and symptoms.

Backyard Lifeguards for Private Pool Parties
Ladue-Frontenac Patch – Monday, April 29, 2013
Following an eight-year stint as aquatics director with the City of Clayton, New Jersey native Stephé McCormick launches a full-service company to provide portable professional water safety services.

Backyard Lifeguards – Part 1 of 2
STL TV LIVE – Thursday, February 14, 2013
Director Stephé McCormick reveals her inspiration for founding Backyard Lifeguards, and discusses its recently added BYLG Sport division, which serves adventure races, triathlons, and open-water events in the St. Louis area.

Backyard Lifeguards – Part 2 of 2
STL TV LIVE – Thursday, February 14, 2013
Director Stephé McCormick shares water safety tips for families headed on Spring Break, as well as some universal safety suggestions for owners of home pools.  See photos of Backyard Lifeguards in action!


Legal Corner:  Summer Parties and Homeowner Liability
Ladue News – Thursday, August 23, 2012 
Backyard Lifeguards Director Stephé McCormick and local legal professionals discuss the issue of host liability for parties, and the responsibilities of homeowners to ensure the safety of their guests.

Make Water Safety a Priority at Castlewood State Park
St. Louis Sprout & About – Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Drowning occurs with alarming frequency at this popular eastern Missouri park.  Local water safety experts examine the state’s conflicting messages that both promote and warn of swimming at Lincoln Beach, a dangerous section of the Meramec River.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips
KSDK – Friday, May 25, 2012
Today in St. Louis kicked off the summer swim season with Backyard Lifeguards.  In four different video segments, Stephé McCormick discusses four layers of protection to guard against drowning:  barriers, emergency preparation, swim lessons, and supervision.


A First Birthday Fit For a Princess
Ladue-Frontenac Patch – Tuesday, July 26, 2011
When throwing a party, hosts hire everything from caterers and bartenders to valets and yes, lifeguards!  Here’s an account of one customer’s event.  Safety is always in style . . .

Water Safety
Great Day St. Louis – Monday, June 20, 2011
Suzanne Tucker from MyMommyManual.com shares tips for keeping children safe around water.  She offers great suggestions for parents to provide vigilant supervision.  And when adults will be distracted at a party, call Backyard Lifeguards!  Thanks, Zen Mommy!

How To: SAFE Summer Fun In The Water
my mommy MANUAL – Sunday, June 19, 2011
Among the top three recommendations for parents, supervising children near water is Number One, and Zen Mommy recommends Backyard Lifeguards for pool parties when hosts and other parents are distracted to socialize.  Mom knows best . . .

Beyond Public Pool Boundaries: Widening the Borders of Water Safety
Missouri Parks & Recreation – Spring 2011
Backyard Lifeguards assists local Parks & Recreation departments in meeting the water safety needs of their residents while protecting their own organizations and staff.

Five Tips for Water Safety
St. Louis Sprout News– Wednesday, March 16, 2011
They asked, and we answered.  We shared our best advice with the good folks at STLSprout.com, the defining resource for families looking for a comprehensive calendar of events and activities.


Lifeguards are Valuable for Kids’ Private Swim Parties
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Thursday, July 15, 2010
There can be a lifesaving difference between adult presence and professional supervision.  Lifeguards carefully evaluate the pool environment and the swimmers, watch each and every child, and recognize signs of distress before they worsen.

Play Safe
The Daily Sauce– Monday, June 28, 2010
Sauce Magazine selected our lifeguard services as their favorite of all the ones we offer.  We appreciate the nod to our home pool evaluations and stylish pool parties, too.

Keep Kids Safe at the Pool This Summer
KSDK.com – Thursday, June 3, 2010
Backyard Lifeguards offers pool safety tips and drowning statistics that owners of backyard pools may find helpful.

Backyard Pool Safety, Part 1
Today in St. Louis – Thursday, June 3, 2010
Pool parties can be dangerous.  A lifeguard can help.  More than what you see here, standard lifeguarding equipment includes a spinal management system, breathing apparati, and AED.  Make sure your lifeguard has the tools necessary to do the job.

Backyard Pool Safety, Part 2
Today in St. Louis– Thursday, June 3, 2010
Residential pool owners should evaluate the swimming capabilities of their youth guests, so they know which ones may need extra attention.  Watch what Backyard Lifeguards does to evaluate swimming and why these skills are critical to child safety in pools.

Backyard Pool Safety, Part 3
Today in St. Louis– Thursday, June 3, 2010
The signs of distress are not always obvious.  In this segment, Libby demonstrates three typical images of drowning.  Her friend Siobhan shows a reaching assist and a throwing assist to get Libby back to safety.





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