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Water Smart Tots Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation

Mission: Water Smart Tots, Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to eliminating pediatric drowning in Hillsborough County by promoting awareness through (1) water safety education and by (2) providing access to survival swimming skills to infants and young children ages 12 months to 6 years who are financially underprivileged, or who have special needs.

Target demographics: financially underprivileged or children who have special needs aged 12 months to 6 years

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 children in Hillsborough County receive survival swimming skills and over 500 preschool children learn about Water Safety.

Geographic areas served: Hillsborough County, Florida

Programs: (1) water safety education and by (2) providing access to survival swimming skills to infants and young children ages 12 months to 6 years who are financially underprivileged, or who have special needs.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that this organization helped me get my children the swim lessons they needed. I feel so much safer with them around water now. What this organization is doing is allowing families an opportunity to make sure that one less child drowns each time they approve an application and I am so grateful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am more than impressed with the results of water smart tots and the safety classes they offer. Not only is this service free for qualifying applicants but it is a vital skill that all children should learn. In 6-8 weeks your child is confident swimming, floating and saving themselves if they fall in. The last day of lessons when you watch your child swim to the ledge and pull themselves up so they can breathe is amazing. At only one year old I felt confident that if God forbid my child were to ever fall in the pool, she could swim to the stairs and walk right out safely.

Carol S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son with Down Syndrome was taught with such patience by Kari. He's certainly on his way to learn survival water skills. Thank you so much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has Down Syndrome and Ms.Kari adjusted his lessons while still pushing him to learn as much as he could. She had patience and was wonderful with him. Look forward to his next round of lessons.

Janann C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cant thank Water Smart Tots enough for allowing my children to have quality swim lessons that we could not afford any other way! What an amazing program this is!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very pleased and thankful for the help of water tots. with out the help I don't believe I would of had my daughter attend her survival lessons.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was 6 years old and was affraid of water and swimming. Withing 3 weeks he was swimming underwater and floating safely on his back, taught to reserve energy and how to breath in just 12 classes 10 minutes long. I even got to witness some young infant graduate the class, it was amazing that you cant teach little babies without speaking to them. I loved it and cant wait to start my youbgest son this spring!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Xe-Xe has been participating in the program for two years
and she has gone from just a floater to a full time swimmer and
she isn't even three years old yet. I would recommend the program to
anyone living near a body of water.

Barbra M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 & 3 years old sons learned the skills to survive should they fall into a pool/body of water. I can not afford for them to take these lessons and appreciate the generosity & most importantly the peace of mind that Water Smart Tot has afforded me & my sons.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son received 6 weeks of survival swim lessons. At 2.5 years old, he was able to get himself into a back float from a variety of positions (such as, being placed vertically into water, jumping off a step, or sliding in from the pool edge). He has a great relationship with the water now; he understands his strengths and limitations. He listens better and practices safer behavior around the pool in general. Our son is now almost 3, he has a speech delay and vision issues resulting from early onset cataracts. He is an impulsive, brave, and active child. Time spent around the water is now a pleasant experience rather than one spoiled by mom's irrational fears. We will always recommend this program and feel so blessed to have been selected!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everybody I have come into contact with at Water Smart Tots are very knowledgeable and respond quickly to any questions you may have. The swimming classes do not replace supervision in water by any means but by taking these lessons my child has built so much confidence. Classes are available to everybody no matter what your income is. I definently have and will continue to recommend Water Smart Tots to my friends or anybody that asks me about swimming lessons

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Water Smart Tots for giving my son the opportunity to learn a skill that will help save his life if he ever were to experience falling in the water. Without the help of this organization I would have not been able to afford these important lessons! Kari is an amazing teacher and i recommend her every time when i hear people ask about swimming lesson .

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit helped my kiddos learn survival water skills! Very thankful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living in Florida it is so critical that ALL children should learn survival swimming. So thankful for WST!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing experience. Kari is an absolute master at what she does. I would recommend her and this program to everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU FOR GIVING MY CHILDREN A OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE SWIM LESSONS

Samantha89

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of this non-profit, my 3 youngest children know how to survive in water and can instinctively swim if they fell into water. I did not have the resources to allow them to do thurs without this non-profit. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kima S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Water smart tots gave my children and wonderful opportunity to save their lives. Accidents happen and thankfully they will be able to save themselves before I get to them. Not only that but they love the water now!!!!

Melissa331

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great nonprofit! As a single mom, I was unable to afford swim lessons and with a lake right across the street from my home, I was seriously worried.

1 Michele120

Client Served

Rating: 5

The scholarship program and list of instructors made it so easy for my partner and I to get our children swimming lessons. Our kids are now confident in the pool and know how to swim, float swim and find the wall if needed.

Thank you and will highly recommend.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Water Smart Tots for giving my son the opportunity to learn a skill that will help save his life if he ever were to experience falling in the water. Without the help of this organization I would have not been able to afford these important lessons! Now my son knows how to flip over from front to back no matter which way he falls in the pool and no matter what is wearing. Thank you so much for this opportunity!