Have you ever thought and wondered how these amazing Olympians that just finished their dreams, made it to where they were today? Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself “how did they get there”? Well we have, and they all started at the same place – as babies – learning the essential skills they first needed to survive in the water.
Everyone starts somewhere in life. You must start at the beginning to be able to end up at the finish line. Michael Phelps, Kelly Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and all the other Gold medalists all started with a survival program that taught them what to do if they fell into the water.
This is also how Miss. Layla started 8 years ago. One day, her mom Cate called our school to inquire about our Turn, Kick, Reach program. After being turned away from several schools due to the needs of her children – Cate and Baby Otter had an immediate connection. Upon receiving all the information she needed to make sure her daughter would be safe in and around the pool, Cate immediately signed both of her children up. Both, which are special needs. Layla and Indy (her brother) learned how to swim in just five short days. They were able to successfully save themselves if they fell into a body of water.
Being the amazing mommy Cate is, she took her mommy homework very seriously and practiced with her swimming scholars daily. Not only did both amazing kids join our special needs Swim Team here at Baby Otter back in 2009, but they were able to win a medal in all swim meets.
Today, Layla at the age 12 is now going to States as a gold medalist with the Special Olympics. Layla has been able to successfully beat the completion and win a medal with each and every race she enters.
Everyone starts at the same place – the beginning. Success comes from commitment and determination and Layla has proven to be just as successful and a true winner as Phelps, Ledecky and Adrian.]]>
Please tell our instructor, Andrew, he did a great job, and that Jacob keeps asking when he is coming back over to swim with him
Thanks so much,
Yesterday, David and I took her for a swim in our pool. Once again, she pointed to the side and stairs to practice her skills and did so well! We are beyond grateful to you for your patience last week and are so happy we chose to peruse lessons with you. We will continue to work with her and will keep in touch with her progress. Moreover, I’ll be sure to spread the word about your incredible program and the confidence it gives children and parents alike.
Have a wonderful day,
PS- she even likes her stuffed otter now, too! No crying when she sees her bathing suit either!
Did you know that about 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger? Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest rates of drowning and among these children most of the drowning occurs in a home swimming pool. These scary statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are why it is so important to teach our little ones how to swim.
We live in a state where water is everywhere – lakes, the ocean and in our backyards. Home swimming pools are so commonplace due to the weather. It is imperative that we know what is needed to stay safe in the water! Below are some pointers that can be easily followed.
LEARN TO SWIM: As mentioned earlier, water is all around us. Learning to swim is the first and most important way to defend oneself against drowning. Call Baby Otter to see which program is best suited for your child. Voted the Best Swim/Fitness Program in South Florida by South Florida Parenting Magazine, Baby Otter’s instructors come to your swimming pool, making it more comfortable for the future swimmer and super convenient.
Marlene, one of the owners of Baby Otter knows it can be frustrating finding the right school for your child. “My daughter had no fear of the water, and at the age of 18 months 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.”
Mindy, the second half of the Baby Otter duo had to endure a frightening experience before realizing what a necessity it is to teach our children how to swim as soon as we can. “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.”
LAYERS OF PROTECTION: There are many things that you can do to safeguard your home.
DO NOT LEAVE TOYS IN THE POOL: They are magnets for kids. A ball left floating in the pool may seem attainable to a little one.
LEARN CPR: Local hospitals and the Red Cross frequently offer CPR classes. One can also search the Internet if there are other local groups or even if the library offers a class.
SPREAD THE WORD: Make swimming part of the conversation with family and friends. Join Baby Otter Andre Dawson as we push to make Florida a ZERO drowning state. It can be done, but everyone’s help is needed.
Click HERE to read this article in the Boca Tribune!