About Us

Utilizing TURN, KICK, REACH®

Baby Otter utilizes their proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® systems developed by its founders and proven in Florida over the last 40 years to dramatically decrease the drowning statistics. We have the best trained staff in the industry who are as dedicated to our cause as we are.

Founders Stories


My daughter had no fear of the water, and at the age of 2 years loved to just walk into the pool. Since she had no water skills, I would have to go in after her. I tried to find someone to teach her to swim, because I was only taught to teach from ages three and up. I could not find anyone to teach her so I spent the summer experimenting with my friend’s children and came up with this five-day water survival program. The Turn, Kick, Reach® Swimming program has been successfully teaching children for over thirty- seven years.

Marlene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University, and worked on her masters degree in administration at Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Florida and has two children and six grandchildren who have all learned The Turn, Kick, Reach® Swimming Program!


Mindy has worked with Turn, Kick, Reach® for 30 years. She has training in business development and is an entrepreneur extraordinaire.

I became involved with the Turn, Kick, Reach® technique after my child who at the time was 17 months old was found at the bottom of a pool. Fortunately, I knew CPR, and was able to revive her. Marlene had been after me for months to sign my daughter up for lessons, and I called her immediately telling her what happened. My daughter was in lessons practically, the next day. After experiencing what the TKR Program could do for my daughter’s safety and my peace of mind, I knew it was my mission to save lives by working with Marlene bringing the Turn, Kick, Reach® program to the world. I now have two grandchildren who both learned the Turn, Kick, Reach® method before they were a year old. They are both very confident swimmers who love being in the water. The peace of mind I have is priceless.