THE STORY

    With a few social projects for water safety under her belt and an extensive wait list for private swim lessons, Kristin Gilliam Barton knew it was time to begin the ground work to building a business. Driven by a passion for teaching stroke mechanics efficiently, promoting water safety and bringing the magic of aquatic life to local communities, she formed KISO Swim School in 2014 from Miami, Florida.

     Shortly after the business was established, Kristin moved to Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband, where she opened the pool gates to her first location and welcomed 200+ members within the first year, that is now pushing over 2,000. Growing in numbers and expanding in territory, she is excited to introduce KISO Swim School to new families every day.​

Kristin grew up with a very healthy and athletic background, that contributes to her success today. Swimming by the age of two, she had a strong sports influence from her mother, Erva Gilliam, who played tennis and is now currently the Director of Operations at the University of Florida for the Gators Swimming and Diving Team. Her father, Dr. Jeffrey Gilliam, integrated a healthy eating lifestyle at an early age. He now owns and operates Physician's Choice For Weight Loss Inc., a premier lifestyle weight-loss program found in clinics all over the Eastern United States.

 

Sharing 30+ years of swimming knowledge, Kristin brings experience to KISO Swim School cultured through her swimming and coaching career, as well as from a Bachelor Degree in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Florida in 2008. As a collegiate swimmer at UF, she had the opportunity to swim alongside Olympians and under the coaching instruction of various top USA Swimming Coaches. Adding 'mother' and 'business owner' to her portfolio, she is excited to bring all of her knowledge to the forefront so others can not only learn, but enjoy this amazing sport. 

      Through coaching guidance from the greats and hands-on research of her own, KISO Swim School boasts a fun and unique learning experience unlike any other swim school. Below are just a few of her credentials to date.

AS AN ATHLETE ~

 
  • University of Florida Swimming Team Member 2003-2008

  • University of Florida Swimming Senior Team Captain 2007

  • U.S. National Qualifier 200YD Freestyle, 400M Freestyle, 500YD Freestyle

  • Placed top 3 in 400M Freestyle at U.S. Open 2001 - Long Island, NY

  • 10-time High School Swimming All American – Buchholz High School

  • 8-time State High School Champion, including 4 Individual Titles and 4 Relays - FHSAA

  • Gainesville Sun Newspaper Swimmer of the Year 2001 & 2003

  • Ranked National Top 16 High School 

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AS A COACH ~

 
  • KISO Swim School CEO & Head Coach 2014-2020

  • Aquatics Director of Swim Performances at Boca Prep International School 2015-2019

  • Coached over 50 Age Group Swimmers to Junior Olympic / FLAGS Level Championships

  • Head Age Group Coach at Boca Raton Swim Team 2015

  • Assistant Aquatics Director & Swim Coach at Gulliver Schools/Swim Club 2011-2015

  • Assistant Age Group Coach & Masters Coach for Gator Swim Club 2007-2011

  • Swim Instructor for Swim America - Gainesville, FL 2007-2009

  • Coach for University of Florida Swim Camp 2005-2010

  • Swim Coach for Pine Crest Nike Camp 2004

AS AN ENTREPRENEUR ~

 
  • KISO Swim School CEO & Founder 2014-Present

  • Featured in Miami Shoutout Magazine 2020

  • Founder of The Splash Box 2020- Present

  • Top 40 under 40 Business Owners of South Florida candidate 2019

  • Presented KISO Swim Project Broward County for Water Safety Month 2018

  • Featured as Boca Raton's Rising Stars in VOYAGE Magazine 2017

  • Presented KISO Swim Project Palm Beach for National Drowning Prevention Summer 2016

  • Awarded Thumbtack Pro 2015 Best of South Florida

  • Presented KISO Swim Project Miami for National Drowning Prevention Summer 2014

     With experience as a national level swimmer and ASCA level 2 coach, including multiple safety training certifications, Founder and CEO of KISO Swim School, Kristin Gilliam Barton, is excited to bring every aspect of water safety education and stroke development to a global front. Implementing a strong belief system in core values, in addition to quality over quantity, is what propels the program.

 

KISO Swim School also provides a platform to fully prepare clients for a smooth transition into the competitive field and make swimming a lifestyle sport. Through building confidence, developing pride and honing proper technique, members continue to have fun while excelling. It is this unparalleled experience that continues to drive the growth of KISO Swim School and keeps members spreading the word world wide. 

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