“Hello Miss Mindy (as you will forever be known to us)! How are you? I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for Apple. She has been swimming (almost) everyday since you saw her. She has gotten tremendous confidence in the water. Now when we swim, she takes off on her own out of my arms and swims into her daddy’s. For days after the lessons ended, she would teach her duckies to swim during bath time. It was hilarious asking them to tell her “I can do it” and “ready, set, go!” It is quite a task to get her out of the pool now. When we are on her way she says, “I’m going to do my work, and then we can play.

Our friends and family watch flabbergasted as they watch this little two year old swimming like a little fish. The best part is, I know that if she ever fell into a pool, she would know exactly how to save her life. How can you ever thank someone for teaching your child that skill? It is impossible. But we are so very grateful to you and Marlene. Thank you a million times over. We hope that in the autumn we can bring you over to teach phase two.

Thank you again and lots of love to you and Marlene….” Gwyneth

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Erin & Kingston

On  behalf  of  my guest and myself I would like to commend  this company  Baby Otters  on such  super customer service that was given on the first time in use with The Conrad Miami. Happy guest, happy concierge

Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center is amazing, the instructors are masters at balancing being loving and nurturing while being very professional. Kim Krause

Baby Otter is doing such extraordinary things to help save children from drowning and they make every child feel so very special in the process.  Baby Otter is the BEST! Randee Kaplan

Happy Guest, Happy Concierge

On  behalf  of  my guest and myself I would like to commend  this company  Baby Otters  on such  super customer service that was given on the first time in use with The Conrad Miami,  I was in a bind and your answering service was wonderful  in taking my information on an urgent last minute reservation. [Read More] Kefyrah A. Yisrael

Chief Concierge, Conrad Miami, Espirito Santo Plaza

No More Tears

Hi, my son Felix who is 2 just finished his 5 day course with Wendy at our pool…..it was great, she did a super job giving him (and me) the confidence to have him swimming! On day 1 when he was first learning the exercises, he was a crying mess….by day 2 he was more comfortable and by the end he was loving it and doing the life saving techniques….thanks Wendy for your help, look forward to the  next level of swimming!

Dave Raphael, Miami

Jennifer Gorevitz Gregory Testimonial About Turn Kick Reach

Thank you Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center for teaching my boys, ages 2 and 4, how to save their lives if they fall in a pool! Your TKR program is amazing! Not only did my boys learn the skills they need to survive in the water, but also they increased their physical strength, gained self-esteem, felt pride and learned to trust their instinct. These are amazing life skills! Special thanks to Mindy and Staci for being such loving and caring teachers. THANK YOU!

Dave Raphael, Miami

Stacy DeBroff, Mom Central, Inc., Founder and President, Testimonial About Our Swimming Programs

When it comes to swimming, Marlene Bloom and Mindy York have mastered the art of child safety. In many states, the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 is drowning, and the majority of those deaths take place at home in the family pool – as Bloom and York caution, even [] Stacy DeBroff

Founder and President, Mom Central, Inc.

Shannon Ennis’ Testimonial

Dear Mindy- Once again, thank you to you and your family for giving my children the love of swimming, and the freedom of not fearing the water. Your program has been one of our greatest blessings in the past four years. Without the safety instruction that you have taught both Samantha and Troy, I would [Read More] Shannon Ennis

One Happy Mother

Day 3…even missing two days due to weather and Peyton’s swimming on her own!! Thank you Stacy…we love you!

Barbara M

Flamingo Academy

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Cate’s Testimonial About the Autistic Swim Team

I would highly recommend Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center! I have two Autistic children, one of which I was told last summer was “too Autistic” to learn in their program and would have to have further very expensive private lessons. After hearing that, we signed up with Baby Otter, who couldn’t promise he’d learn [Read More] Cate

Thanks to Kaitlyn

I can swim! She was patient with a 70 year old who didn’t even want to put her face in the water!! But seriously, she was always on time, showed and explained each step, and had me doing things I really didn’t think I could do….especially in a week’s time.

She is an asset to your company!

Joyce Grandmaison

My son Lucas took TKR when he was 2 1/2 and successfully completed it. That was in November and the pool was cold so we never practiced and he developed a fear of going underwater. I tried on my own to re-teach him but I couldn’t get him past the crying. So I signed him up again at age 4.

Ms. Andrea was able to have him swimming within 5 minutes. She was compassionate but determined enough to work past his fear quickly. By day five, he was swimming using his arms and jumped in willingly. Best money I’ve spent all year!

I’m looking forward to a fun summer now that Lucas can swim.

Kelly Lodowski

Kudos to Mr. Andrew!

Hello! Jacob is doing GREAT with his training and swimming, has developed a lot more confidence in the water as well.  We practice with him his skills at least 3-4 days a week and he loves it. Please tell our instructor, Andrew, he did a great job, and that Jacob keeps asking when he is [Read More] Jessica

Thank you Daniella!

Elijah is LOVING the pool. We go almost every day and he is SO confident in the water now. Daniella is an amazing instructor. She was so good with Elijah and he really enjoyed her too. She was on time every day and very patient. I was very impressed.  Thank you,  Lia


Casie is the Best!

We just finished the turn, kick, reach program with Ms. Casie.  To say that I am so proud and excited for Madison is an understatement.  I had my doubts about what Casie told me and what to expect of Madison based on Madison’s tears and screams the first few days.  My husband and I are [Read More] Christina Strandell

Jana Fonseca’s Testimonial About Our Swimming Classes

This year has been a year full of positive life changing experiences for our family. The one that sticks out the most was having our 5 year old, autistic, amazing daughter join the Baby Otters swimming classes. She could swim, but could not put her face in the water, and we really wanted her to [Read More] Jana Fonseca

Ness’ Testimonial About Our Turn Kick Reach Program

Hello, Just wanted to relay our experience with the “BOSS”. If you don’t already know, “BOSS” stands for Baby Otter Swim School. My two younger children, Brogan, age 8 1/2 and Harris, age 7, were 2 and 3 1/2 years old when I decided to sign them up for swimming lessons. I had heard about [Read More] L. Ness

Karen Shapiro’s Testimonial About Turn Kick Reach

Hello, I wanted to send a quick note to you about the Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center. My almost six year old autistic child is a graduate of the program. We had our first experience back in 2004. Marlene, Mindy and Stacy could not have been more understanding and patient with Morgan. At the [Read More] Karen Shapiro

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Randee Kaplan Testimonial About the TKR Individual Lessons

Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center is the BEST. My husband, both of our children and myself love everyone that is part of the Baby Otter family. Miss Staci taught my daughter, Jessi, to swim through the TKR individual lessons when she was just 16 months old. Ever since then, Jessi has had such a [Read More] Randee Kaplan

She is an amazing swimmer!  All across the pool by herself and dives underwater to retrieve toys all day long 🙂 Michelle N.

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We loved Daniella and William is doing great. He’s been practicing a lot and has only gotten stronger at what he’s been taught. 

Kambria T.

Dave Raphael

 My name is Cate and I am the mother of two children with Autism. From the minute my children were born, before the disability diagnosis, I was very focused on making sure my children could swim as soon as they came of age.  Once the children were diagnosed with Autism, I knew that the need for water safety instruction and swim lessons was absolutely critical for their survival, as children with Autism can be abnormally drawn to water and can have a difficult time understanding the concept of danger. [Read More] A Mother Of Two Autistic Children

So Proud of Grace!

Grace is doing great! We are practicing every day. She is moving her legs more in the water.  Jessica was awesome!

Gaëlle N

No tears, no trembling, just pure confidence!

Good Morning, Staci! We hope you had a great Fourth of July. We wanted to share some swimming highlights from Mila’s weekend because she impressed and surprised us everyday! On Sunday after getting acclimated to my sister’s pool and practicing her kicks, she swam to the side and stairs several times!! No tears, no trembling, [Read More]


Irma Patty Chen Testimonial About Turn, Kick Reach

It’s an amazing program I am totally loving it. My baby Lucas is 1 year old, this was his 2nd day and he is already holding his breath, kicking and reaching! Thank you Miss Staci!!!!! I recommended it 100 %! We love Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center!


Irma Patty Chen

Laura Lerner’s Testimonial About TKR

I had tried other swimming lessons for my twin boys Asher and Jess on three different occasions and the results were minimal at best. Not only were the results minimal, the environment of too many kids and too few instructors was making my boys frightened of a pool. Asher has Cerebral Palsy making his right [Read More]




Baby Otter Instructors:

Much sincere thanks for teaching our children to swim! The lessons have been so much fun for them and us. Watching them learn to swim and develop a love for water, has been a real pleasure for us. We can’t keep them out of the water! They love talking about Ms. Stacey, Mr. Josh , Ms. Theresa and of course, Ms. Mindy, the famous movie star! Your program is truly a “life saver” and has given the kids so much confidence in themselves. We are so proud of them!

Enjoy the attached photo–L-R, Jordan, Toby and Samantha–swimming like fish!

Love and thanks—Maureen & Charles Winick

Maureen and Charles Winick

Isora Arriaga Testimonial

I am writing because I am a mother of two 5 year old and 7 years old and I am so fortunate to have my children swimming. They attended Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center in Davie, Florida at the age of 3 and 4. They are great swimmers today and I can’t wait to take [Read More]

Isora Arriaga

Delerease from Almarie Christian Academy

ALL kids need to learn how to swim. If your looking for someone to teach your child how to swim, don’t look no more this is the place, I bring a group of kids every year, your talking about caring loving people, safety is there number priority.I LOVE Miss Mindy, Delerease from Almarie Christian Academy.


Almarie Christian Academy

Raya is doing wonderful in the pool.  She would always cry nonstop during her lessons, but she absolutely learned everything and we have been in the pool every day since the last lesson practicing with her.  Yesterday there was another little kid in the pool and Raya suddenly wanted to show off her skill and would point and ask to perform.   It was a proud moment for us 🙂 She also doesn’t cry at all anymore and instead laughs and enjoys her pool time.

Thank you again for being so accommodating with all of our changes and for teaching our most precious gift a life-saving skill. Be Well!


Christie H.

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