Backyard Lifeguards supplies only insured adult professional lifeguards that operate with industry-standard lifesaving equipment*.
Many BYLG lifeguards work full-time in related fields like education, health care, fitness, recreation, and management and hold additional certificates in those areas.
Lifeguards are required to maintain certificates and annually demonstrate lifesaving skills. All of our professional lifeguards are insured through Backyard Lifeguards and arrive at your location in professional attire.
Since lifeguards depend on industry tools to carry out the full scope of their responsibilities, they also bring the same lifesaving equipment* that is found at a licensed aquatic facility.
* Equipment provided to the swim site depends on the number of lifeguards and method of travel.
Our experienced, professional lifeguards have excellent surveillance skills and proven emergency response capabilities. All hold current American Red Cross certificates in:
Stephané Rebeck began her aquatic career in 1985. A native of New Jersey, she spent 12 years as a swim instructor with the YWCA of Princeton, worked as an oceanfront lifeguard with the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol on Long Beach Island, and managed the Brooktree Swim and Tennis Club. As Aquatic Program Manager with Clayton Parks & Recreation for eight years, she set regional enrollment records and earned her department the prestigious Best in Aquatics award from Aquatics International.
A 2007 American Red Cross Community Lifesaver, Stephané is a certified Instructor Trainer in Lifeguarding and Water Safety curricula. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Columbia University. She has been an adjunct instructor and chair of physical education chair of the W-Club Alumni Athlete Association at Washington University. Her professional achievements have been noted in Southern Voice, The Sandpaper, and Suburban Journal, and she was a featured expert in aquatic program management in Aqua’Zine.
In 2012, Stephane completed the US Lifesaving Association’s rigorous Surf Rescue Training Officer Academy. She returned as an instructor in 2023.
Through the St. Louis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Stephané has worked as an Aquatic Examiner of community and municipal pools, mentored Instructor Trainer candidates and volunteered at Aquatic Safety Schools. She is a merit badge counselor in swimming and lifesaving with the Boy Scouts of America.
Active with the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and St. Louis Aquatic Professionals, she presents on a variety of topics related to aquatic supervision, programming, and management at industry conferences. She is passionate about promoting open-water swimming as a way to generate interest in environmental issues and support for clean water initiatives.
For her commitment to water safety and entrepreneurship in creating Backyard Lifeguards, Stephane was named Lifesaver of the Year by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance in 2018.
A water safety advocate for more than 30 years, Suzie W. Fox grew up in North Carolina around water. As a competitive swimmer from the age of 5 through college, and beyond, Suzie has advocated for water safety as a swimmer, lifeguard, and mother of three adult children.
Suzie is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in English and Anthropology, and holds a masters degree in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. She has been involved with Backyard Lifeguards since its inception. Her role has matured from lifeguard to Executive Director where she is in charge of administration, reservations, and serves as a client liaison for
Suzie has competed in several open water events and triathlons, including the Chicago Triathlon as an Elite Competitor and the 2-mile Pier-to-Pier swim in her native North Carolina. She has continued to focus on open water education, including a “Top Hints for open-water swimming” handbook, as well as support through orientations and teaching opportunities for those new to the sport or transitioning from the pool environment.
Suzie is an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor and USA Swimming national official. Active with the Association of Aquatic Professionals, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and the United States Lifesaving Association, she has presented at the Missouri Parks and Recreational annual conference and written articles for Swim Swam magazine and the swimswam.com website.