About Us

Get to know our founders and their incredible story

Utilizing TURN, KICK, REACH®

Swim Lessons in Your Pool

State certified, Baby Otter Swim School 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. With our swim lessons, children and adults can learn to swim in less than 3 hours!

Baby otter has decades of experience in the adaptive aquatic industry. They specialize in every type of swim safety, including the training of those with special needs.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1–4 in Florida. Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1–4 is the highest in the nation. … There were an additional 343 hospitalizations for non-fatal drownings. Children 1–4 make up 13% of the deaths and 44% of the hospitalizations. All this is preventable with education! Since the pandemic, drownings are up 70%.

Co - Founders Stories


Mindy York

Mindy has training in business development and got involved with Baby Otter after her child, who was 17 month’s old at the time, was found at the bottom of a pool. Fortunately, Mindy knew CPR and was able to revive her. This experience rapidly created a life-long mission for her and her business partner, Marlene. They have been working this program together for 40 years and are proud to be saving lives.

Marlene Bloom

Marlene has a bachelors degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University, and her Master’s Degree in Administration at Nova Southeastern University. Baby Otter was born out of necessity. Marlene’s daughter had no fear of the water, and by age 2, would simply walk into any pool. Since Marlene and all the instructors, she knew were only taught to teach children from age 3 and up, she spent the summer experimenting with her daughter and her friend’s children. Baby Otter’s five-day water survival program, which is now considered the finest swim education program and The World’s Fastest Learn To Swim Program available. The Turn, Kick, Reach® Swimming program has been successfully teaching children for over forty-three years.