A haven located just 14 miles from Orlando’s downtown, Winter Garden, Florida is beloved for its small-town charm, vibrant red-bricked streets, and converted railroad trails. There’s nothing quite like enjoying warmth and sunshine while visiting shops, restaurants, cafés, and museums. Winter Garden is famously home to the Central Florida Railroad Museum, the Heritage Museum, and the beautifully restored Winter Garden Theatre. Baby Otter Swim School is proud to be a staple of the community in Winter Garden, Florida. Discover why our friendly, esteemed Winter Garden swim school is the best place to enroll your little one for swim lessons in the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford area!
Baby Otter Swim School is a state-certified school offering Winter Garden swim lessons that follow the proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® system developed by our founders. Using the Otter Swim School method, children and adults can learn the basics of swimming in just three hours. Our mission for the last 40 years has been to use swimming education to drastically reduce drowning statistics. We make the dream of learning to swim easy to achieve for everyone from infants to adults! When you enroll in a Baby Otter Swim School class, you’ll be taken “by the fin” by a professional team of positive, loving instructors focused on increasing water safety to prevent accidents and tragedies. Take a look at our roster of Winter Garden swim classes.
Turn, Kick, Reach® (TKR)
Our signature program, Turn, Kick, Reach® is a consecutive five-day program that teaches children all of the essential basics of how to safely move in the water. Your child will learn to hold their breath, put their face in the water, swim to the pool steps, and swim to the pool wall. The final stage of the five-day experience is focused on teaching children how to react if they fall in the water by turning back to where they fell, kicking their feet, reaching for the edge, and climbing out.
Ideal for children 9 months and up, Turn, Kick, Reach® is designed to introduce water maneuvering and safety to children as soon as they can crawl. While no child should ever be left near water unsupervised, this program helps children to know how to react in the event that they unexpectedly fall into the water. We consider Turn, Kick, Reach® to be an essential lifesaving course that can help to introduce a child to a safer, more prepared relationship with the water. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today for this program that has a 40-year track record of success!
Designed for swimmers who have already completed the TKR private class, our TKR Review course is a refresher that helps swimmers to refine their water skills. During this course, swimmers will have an opportunity to strengthen and improve the skills they were taught in the basic course. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today!
Beginning Strokes, Level 1
Designed for swimmers with some experience in the water, this class instructs students on how to log roll, float, use their arms, and dive for toys. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today!
Beginning Strokes, Level 2
Designed for swimmers who have completed Level 1, Level 2 builds on the skills already acquired to help swimmers learn the breaststroke, rhythmic breathing for freestyle swimming, and other essential tools to continue to grow more comfortable in the water. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today!
Beginning Strokes, Level 3
Designed for swimmers who have completed Level 2, Level 3 teaches swimmers side stroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, treading water, and survival technique. Swimmers who have been moving their way up at Baby Otter Swim School to get to this point should now feel confident, calm, and curious in the water while learning satisfying, safety-focused techniques that allow them to explore. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today!
Baby Otter Swim School is proud to offer private adult Winter Garden swim classes. These courses are designed for adults who have never learned to swim. In addition, our classes are ideal for adults who simply want to improve their skills to feel more confident in the water. Swimmers will learn both safety essentials and proper technique. Enroll at our Winter Garden swim school today!
Baby Otter Swim School believes that the joy and confidence that go along with knowing how to swim should be enjoyed by everyone. Safety is always our top priority. We help to create safer swimmers by creating adept, capable swimmers using proven techniques for safety and competence in the water. Contact us at 1-888-SWIM-KID (794-6543) to learn more about enrolling in Winter Garden swim classes today!
Living in Florida and having a home with a pool, I knew it was my responsibility as a parent to ensure my daughter knew how to swim. I introduced my daughter to the water at an early age, as many parents do. I would pull her around in a float and we would sit on the stairs and splash around. She loved the water and had no fear. We tried group lessons, but she didn’t get enough individual attention and there were too many distractions and other children to play with. Then I heard about Baby Otter Swim School. Baby Otter offered private one-on-one lessons with an instructor and in 5-days, their lessons taught children how to get out of the water if they fell in. Once I realized Baby Otter taught true survival skills, I knew this was the swimming program for me. At 16-months, my daughter took Baby Otter’s 5-day course and before my eyes, I saw daily progress and on the fifth day, my daughter was getting herself out of the pool. I left the lessons with peace-of-mind knowing that if the unthinkable happened, my daughter would survive.
Our lessons were 11 years ago and to this day, whenever we’re in the pool, I think of Baby Otter. Over the years, I kept in touch with Marlene Bloom and Mindy York and knew of their desire to grow their business with the purpose of saving as many lives as possible and achieving their mission of making Florida a zero-drowning state. I believe so strongly in their cause that when franchises became available, I knew I wanted to be a part of the solution.
Amy Cohen, Baby Otter Winter Garden, Florida Franchise Owner, demonstrates the Baby Otter Swim School proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® system.