Celebrating 5 Years at KISO Swim School

An Exciting Year in Business

April 11, 2020

This 2020 year, KISO Swim School is thrilled to celebrate our 5th Birthday! Five years ago TODAY, we made our first big splash with the official opening of swim classes on April 11th, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. It has been a very exciting journey and we want to celebrate this special birthday with you!


The five year marker is a big feat in the world of small businesses and we have you to thank for it. Check out the fun video below highlighting memorable moments since the start and a special message from some of your favorite coaches. Lastly, keep an eye out for special surprises sent to our members through email and snail mail as apart of our 5th Birthday Celebration!

KISO Swim School Partners with Hope Floats Foundation

Creating Swim Lesson Scholarships for Local Communities

March 11, 2020



Coconut Creek, FLORIDA, March 11, 2020


KISO Swim School is pleased to announce it has become a Swim School Provider and Sustaining Partner of Hope Floats Foundation. Together, Hope Floats Foundation and its partners are committed to fundraising and providing scholarships for high-quality swim lessons for low-income children and their families in their local communities.


The equivalent of thirteen school buses full of children die each year in the United States due to drowning.  Studies at the National Institute of Health show that swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.


“There’s a huge need for swim lessons, and the kids that need them the most – lower socio-economic level kids – they’re not getting them,” said Cindy Tonnesen, founder of the Hope Floats Foundation. She continued, “We are saving kids, but there are more we need to reach, and we have the ability and resources to do it.”


"KISO Swim School is excited to pay it forward in our community. As we continue to advocate water safety education and play a legislative role in our state, this is just another exciting step to support and offer scholarships for swim lessons in our community." exclaimed Founder & CEO of KISO Swim School, Kristin Barton.


The Hope Floats Foundation scholarship program formally launched in September 2018.  With over 170 locations across 29 states, Hope Floats and its partner swim schools provide thousands of swim lessons for children who otherwise do not have access.  For more information, or to donate, please visit


About Hope Floats Foundation – Hope Floats Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 2016 committed to impacting the statistics on worldwide drowning.  The Hope Floats model is a simple, sustainable way for swim schools to provide scholarships for high-quality swim lessons in their community.  To learn more about the Hope Floats Foundation and see a listing of swim school partners, please visit

CEO & Founder Kristin Barton featured in Voyage Miami Magazine

Boca Raton's Rising Stars

January 05, 2018

Recently, Voyage Miami Magazine had an opportunity to get the scoop on KiSO Swim School and the full story from CEO & Program Director, Kristin Barton. As this 2018 year is full of promise, KISO Swim School is excited to share the journey thus far with the local communities and inspire other businesses with the goals set forth.

Check out the full article here:

June 18, 2016

Jamie Marks of Florida Swim Network sat down to get the scoop with Founder of KISO Swim School, Kristin Gilliam, to find out what makes it different from other swim schools. From the experience to the mission statement of the business, KISO Swim School is making a positive impact on the community in more ways than one. Watch the clip for an exclusive interview on this upcoming entrepreneur and the swim school that's changing lives.

KISO Swim School Awarded Best of 2015

The Top Rated Pros in South Florida

October 01, 2015

Just six months after the launch of KISO Swim School in Boca Raton, it's an absolute honor to be named one of top swim schools of 2015 in the South Florida Region by Thumbtack.

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