Meet the Staff

U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Eric Hammermeister, is the Founder, President, and CEO of Aquatic Safety, LLC. Eric has a B.A. in Sports & Recreation Management and finishing his M.A. in Organization Management with a specialization in Leadership. Eric has over 20 years of teaching and is an active NYC 911 EMT.  His experience includes Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, and Aquatic Director positions in multiple locations including HI, WA, MT, VA, TN, NJ, and NY. 

Eric's goal is to train the community in Health & Safety classes to increase safety awareness and response in the event of an emergency.

Eric is a Certified Pool/Spa Operator and Inspector and an maintains the following certifications:  

  • Lifeguard, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Water Safety Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Emergency Medical Response, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Responding to Emergencies Instructor

  • Advanced Life Support, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Basic Life Support, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • First Aid/CPR/AED, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

  • Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, Instructor Trainer


Aquatic Safety, LLC's Lead Instructor, Steven Kahn, started his Aquatics career in 2013 when he got certified as a lifeguard at the age of 15. Because of Steven's love for the water and passion for kids, he earned his Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. Not stopping there, Steven went on to earn his Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certification and his Babysitter's Training certification. As a ballet dancer, Steven enjoys moving to music and achieved his Water Fitness Instructor certification. Steven is a Certified Pool/Spa Operation and also holds certifications as a Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Instructor, and Responding to Emergencies (RTE) Instructor.

Steven graduated from SUNY Purchase with his degree in Liberal Studies and currently enrolled in Rutgers Master's of Public Health program.  


Aquatic Safety, LLC's Social Media Manager and Instructor, Samantha Yepes, has been teaching swim lessons for over ten years. Her love for swimming started off at an early age joining competitive swimming at 6 years old.

She then discovered the other love for teaching at the age 13 when she started to volunteer at Bridgeport YMCA. At age 16, she attained her Lifeguard certification and continued exploring her love for aquatics and teaching. She now has her Zumba Basic 1 Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor certification, as well as her Certified Pool Operator license. Samantha

has her associates degree in Business Administration and is interested in pursuing a career in developing safety around all aquatic activities. 

Samantha is excited to be working with Aquatic Safety where her fellow co-workers share the same interests and passion she does for the Aquatic world.


Aquatic Safety, LLC's Website Manager and Instructor, Nico Bauer, maintains the following certifications:

  • Waterfront Lifeguard and Instructor

  • Lifeguard Management

  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Instructor

  • First Aid/CPR/AED and Instructor

  • First Aid for Opioid Overdoses

  • Babysitter's Training Instructor

  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid Instructor 

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