Watch Me Swim (WMS) was founded more than 14 years ago by Kari Bahour after her infant son experienced a “near drowning” incident. Thankfully her son survived without complications. In concern for her son’s safety, Kari researched several swim programs looking for one that would teach “competence” in the water before instilling “confidence”. After her son’s experience, she knew all too well how easy a curious toddler can briefly escape supervision and end up in a dangerous situation. After doing her own research and receiving a recommendation from her neighbor, Kari enrolled her 16 month old son in a 6 week infant self-rescue swim program. Amazed at the aquatic problem solving skills her son learned, she passionately pursued becoming a survival swimming instructor to provide these essential lifesaving skills to more children.
In 2000, Kari was accepted into the ISR Instructor Training and Development program. To date, she had the privilege and honor of teaching survival swimming skills to thousands of infants and young children. In 2008, she was selected to undergo additional training to become an ISR Master Instructor and train and develop new survival swimming instructors nationwide. In addition to training more than 20 new instructors in Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania & Delaware, Kari served as a professional mentor and contributed extensively to the overall operation and expansion of Infant Swimming Resource (ISR).
Wanting to give back to her community, in 2014 Kari founded a nonprofit organization called Water Smart Tots, Inc.. Water Smart Tots is a nonprofit 501 C 3 Corporation dedicated to eliminating early childhood drowning in Hillsborough County by promoting awareness through (1) water safety education and 2) by providing access to survival swimming skills to infants and young children ages 12 months to 6 years who are financially underprivileged, and who have special needs. Watch Me Swim, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Water Smart Tots and provides survival swim instruction free of charge to those qualified. To learn more about Water Smart Tots, Inc., please visit www.WaterSmartTots.org.
Kari is an active member of the Hillsborough County Water Safety Team, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Safe Kids Greater Tampa Bay and the U.S. Swim School Association just to name a few.
Watch Me Swim - Survival Swimming & BEYOND, Master Instructor Kari Bahour specializes in survival swim lessons for infants and children of all ages. Proudly serving the FishHawk, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico & Southshore community since 2000.