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Baby Otter Swim School

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Servicing Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Learn to Swim in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Enroll in Fort Lauderdale Swim Lessons for All Ages

Fort Lauderdale Swim Lessons

Bustling Fort Lauderdale has a population of more than 181,000. Perched on Florida’s southeastern coast, this city is famed for its world-class beaches and charming boating canals. In fact, Fort Lauderdale has been nicknamed the “Venice of Florida” due to its beautiful waterways. Both locals and tourists often find themselves exploring the Intracoastal Waterway, Las Olas Boulevard, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, and more. Of course, knowing your way around the water is everything in a city where recreational activities often center on boating and swimming. That’s why every Fort Lauderdale resident should complete Fort Lauderdale swim lessons.

Baby Otter Swim School is proud to be the Fort Lauderdale swim school families trust! In fact, we’ve been teaching Florida families to swim for more than 40 years. Water safety and saving lives are at the core of all that we do. The proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® system developed by our founders is still used today to help children gain water skills in just three hours. Keep reading to learn more about our roster of Fort Lauderdale swim classes for all ages.

Turn, Kick, Reach® (TKR)

TKR is the signature course that Florida families have been using to reduce water-related tragedies for 40 years. Intended to be completed as part of a five-day program with consecutive lessons, this course is appropriate for even the littlest of swimmers. Children can typically enroll one they are crawling. For parents, this class can provide peace of mind regarding what would happen if your child ever fell into the water. TKR teaches your child to master the skills of holding their breath, putting their face in the water, and swimming to reach the pool wall and steps. Your child will also be taught to respond to falling in the water by returning to the site of the fall, kicking their feet, reaching for the edge, and climbing out. Baby Otter is proud to provide classes for swimmers with special needs.

TKR Review

Our TKR Review class is the next level for swimmers who have completed the TKR private class. In this course, swimmers are able to refine and strengthen the skills they’ve previously learned.

Beginning Strokes, Level 1:

Designed for swimmers with some basic experience in the water, this course moves skills forward by introducing the log roll, floating, diving for toys, and correct arm usage in the water. Students will gain greater confidence and awareness!

Beginning Strokes, Level 2:

Intended for swimmers who have completed Level 1, this class begins to introduce technical aspects of swimming. Breaststroke and rhythmic breathing for freestyle are two of the skills covered in depth.

Beginning Strokes, Level 3:

This next class focuses on the side stroke, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and survival technique. Students will also learn the proper way to tread water. Students will feel confident and proficient in the water after devoting the time to make it through all four levels of our Fort Lauderdale swim classes!


At Baby Otter Swim School, we operate by the philosophy that water safety should be a priority at any age. We also believe that you should be able to enjoy your time in the water. That’s why we offer private swimming classes for adults in Fort Lauderdale that are both informative and encouraging. There are many reasons why our students sign up for adult swim classes. In some cases, adults have simply never learned to swim. They may be inspired to finally learn this skill out of a desire to spend time in the water, take up boating, or feel empowered while supervising their children or grandchildren in the water. In addition, adults often take our private adult lessons as “refresher” courses after going a long time without swimming. Our classes are perfect for improving your skills, technique, and overall comfort level in the water.

Join Our Fort Lauderdale Swim School

It’s a great time to enroll in Fort Lauderdale swim lessons! When you choose to gain skills with Baby Otter, you’re working with a state-accredited program that Floridians have trusted for 40 years. What’s more, our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience. There’s no better gift to give a child than the gift of water safety. Enroll in Fort Lauderdale swim classes today!

Our Co-Founders

Marlene Bloom & Mindy York

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.

Mindy York, Baby Otter Co-Founder, demonstrates the Baby Otter Swim School proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® system.

Baby Otter Swim School

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Servicing Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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