Born 2 Swim Aquatic AcademyMiami/Doral, Florida
Pool Location1955 NW 108 Avenue
Miami, FL 33141
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Hello, my name is Yazmin Ramirez-Acocella. I am a certified instructor specializing in infant self rescue and the aquatic director of BORN 2 SWIM AQUATIC ACADEMY, a family oriented swim school dedicated to teaching aquatic survival skills to infants, toddlers and children of all ages so that they may have a LIFETIME OF SAFE FUN IN THE WATER.
I began my lifelong commitment to the education of water safety when my nephew, Eddy, first came into our family. I wanted to give him a gift that he would actually be able to use and enjoy, not just for a few months but one that would last a little longer. Having been raised in South Florida & growing up in an active, water sports family, I knew firsthand the importance of safety in and around the water from a VERY EARLY age. Knowing that my nephew would be exposed to the same water activities that I grew up with, I couldn't think of a better gift than that of the lifelong skill of being able to swim. Thus, I began to look into different swim schools in order to see what they could offer my then, 8 month old nephew. Much to my surprise, there weren't ANY schools that taught infants. I was offered parent/tot classes and water orientation classes; I was told that he needed to be at least 3 years old and I was even told by one school that children under the age of 3 could not learn how to swim. I was surprised to say the least because after all, I learned to swim BEFORE I learned how to walk. But I listened to what they had to say & observed some of the actual classes being taught. The only thing I witnessed were some kids attempting to learn how to get to the edge of the pool by an instructor putting them in a swimming position, guiding them to the edge from about 3-4 feet away and yelling "kick, kick, kick, kick, kick" while in motion. To make a long story short, I was NOT content with what I saw because to me, it simply wasn't good enough. What if Eddy crawled onto the dock of my family's home in the Keys & fell into the water? There is no edge there. What would he do? I didn't give up the search for what I wanted & months later I was very fortunate to find an instructor with expertise in teaching aquatic survival to infants. I was so captivated and utterly mesmerized by what I witnessed in our initial meeting that I immediately enrolled my nephew in what I KNOW was a life changing experience for both him & me. Eddy's newly acquired ability to go from a swimming position to a floating position on his own, WITHOUT the assistance of an adult and back to a swimming position in sequence left me speechless & with tears of joy. I don't know exactly what happened to me during the course of his training but it motivated me to make a total career change and join the crusade to protect our children from PREVENTABLE DROWNINGS.
I look forward to hearing from you and having you take part in a magical learning experience.
- Private Level 1 (IAS) Training for ALL NEW Students
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Lessons are five days per week. (Mon-Fri)
- Maintenance, Snorkeling and Fun Groups
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
- You may call us at 305-278-SWIM (7946) and speak to one of our office team members.
- You may stop by our facility or
- Go to our Online Pre-registration page and complete the form. Once you have submitted your request, one of our office team members will call you within 24-48 hours to address all of your questions or concerns, place your soon to be "swimmer(s)" in a program according to the time that best suits you and complete the registration process by securing your spot with a credit card.
My initial training consisted of over 320 hours of hands on, in water training in infant aquatic survival. I also have a Red Cross W.S.I. certification in swim instruction as well as certifications in the Fundamentals of Instructor Training, Lifeguard Training and First Aid, Preventing Disease Transmission, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer and AED Essentials. Furthermore, I continued my education by obtaining an additional certification to teach special needs children via the Marino Swim Central Adaptive Aquatics program and by attending annual conferences and seminars nationally & internationally.
Born 2 Swim is also a member of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), the World Aquatics Babies Congress (WABC), the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), the Swim For Life Foundation and the Mothers For Water Safety Coalition.