Baby Otter Swim School

About Baby Otter Swim School

About Marlene Bloom


Byline BIO: Marlene Bloom is co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, both of which specialize in water survival training for children as young as nine months old, as well as adults. Bloom has been a swim instructor for over 40 years. Her “Turn, Kick, Reach” method is a life-saving technique that all swimmers should understand, not just children under three. For more information, visit www.BabyOtter.com.

Broadcast BIO: Marlene Bloom is co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, and she’s an expert in water survival training. Baby Otter Swim School is widely recognized for teaching children as young as nine months to swim. Bloom is dedicated to raising awareness about accidental drowning and providing a variety of programs that teach both children and adults to enjoy swimming and water sports safely. Welcome, Marlene.

Full BIO: Marlene Bloom is co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, both of which specialize in water survival training for children as young as nine months old, as well as adults. Marlene's two-year-old daughter loved the water and thought it was great fun to just "walk" into it, putting Marlene on constant patrol around the pool. When Marlene was unable to find anyone else who would teach her toddler daughter how to swim, she instantly recognized a need to create a program specifically for very young children, especially since these were the little ones most in danger of drowning. Marlene devised a five-day survival skills program, which she has now been teaching for more than 40 years. Her “Turn, Kick, Reach” method is a life-saving technique that all swimmers should understand, not just children under three.

Marlene has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University and worked on her Master's 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. For more information, visit www.BabyOtter.com.

About Mindy York


Byline BIO: Mindy York is a water safety expert and co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, both of which specialize in water survival training for children as young as nine months old, as well as adults. York became active in swim instruction and accidental drowning prevention following the near drowning of her own daughter. For more information, visit www.BabyOtter.com.

Broadcast BIO: Mindy York is a water safety expert and co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, both of which are widely recognized for teaching children as young as nine months to swim. York became active in swim instruction and accidental drowning prevention following the near drowning of her own daughter. Today, she is dedicated to raising awareness about accidental drowning and providing a variety of programs that teach both children and adults to enjoy swimming and water sports safely. Welcome, Mindy.

Full BIO: Mindy York is a water safety expert and co-founder of Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center, both of which specialize in water survival training for children as young as nine months old, as well as adults. Mindy lived the nightmare she now devotes her life to preventing and educating people about. When her daughter was only 17 months old, Mindy carried her from the water, wrapped her in a warm towel, and set her in a chair poolside. She looked away for just seconds, but looked back to find the chair empty and her little one at the bottom of the pool.

Mindy readily points out that if she had not known CPR (one of the layers of protection stressed in the Baby Otter Ten Minutes for Life DVD), her daughter would not be here today. She contacted Marlene Bloom (who had been urging her to get her daughter into swim lessons) the next day and enrolled in the five-day “Turn, Kick, Reach” program. Mindy was so impressed by Marlene's instruction and so moved by having almost lost her child to drowning that she left her career and went into business with Marlene, founding Baby Otter Swim School, Inc.

About Andre Dawson


Byline BIO: After a near-drowning experience in childhood, all-time baseball great Andre Dawson ("The Hawk") avoided the water for almost 40 years before enrolling in the Baby Otter Swim Program as an adult. Now, he serves as the national spokesperson for Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Scholarship and Education Fund, helping to build awareness for the safety of children. Andre is also a co-founder of the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Broadcast BIO: After a near-drowning experience in childhood, all-time baseball great Andre Dawson ("The Hawk") avoided the water for almost 40 years before enrolling in the Baby Otter Swim Program as an adult. Now, he serves as the national spokesperson for Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Scholarship and Education Fund and has co-founded an expansion of the school in Chicago, Illinois: the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center. Welcome, Andre.

Full BIO: Baseball great Andre Dawson ("The Hawk") suffered a near-drowning experience as at the age of 14 when he was pushed into water and did not know how to swim. He avoided the water for almost 40 years before enrolling in the Baby Otter swim program as an adult. Following his successful experience learning water safety, he became the national spokesperson for both Baby Otter Swim School and the Baby Otter Scholarship and Education Fund — a non-profit organization that brings the life-saving benefits of the internationally acclaimed Baby Otter swim program to those children throughout the U.S. and the world who need them most. Andre is also a co-founder of the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center in Chicago, Illinois.

About Baby Otter Swim School


Baby Otter Swim School, Inc. was founded by Marlene Bloom and Mindy York, with locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Chicago, Illinois (Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center — co-founded by Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson). The school specializes in water survival training for children as young as nine months old, as well as adults. The school’s classes and educational products provide life-saving training in the “Turn, Kick, Reach” method of water survival while also providing parents with information on the layers of protection that must be in place around the house and pool — or any water source.
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