Florida Swim School Leaders
Kara Cassidy’s passion is to educate on the importance of learning to swim as a life-saving skill in a safe environment using a nurturing method that builds confidence. Florida Swim School provides swimming to all ages, from 3 months to adult. Being indoors allows teaching all year long without weather interruption in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida and surrounding communities.
Kara Keenan Cassidy considers herself to be a swimmer by marriage, being introduced to all facets of the sport by her husband and his colleagues, finding her passion with teaching swimming. She completed her first swimming race in 1999 – a one-mile ocean swim in South Jersey. Kara served in many administrative and coaching roles since then with the swimming community in both New Jersey and Florida.
In 1999, Kara founded the Seacats Swim School in New Jersey and has taught swim lessons and water safety to thousands of people of all ages. In 2005, Kara was recognized by the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce as “Top 40 Under 40” in Southern New Jersey for making a positive influence in the community. In 2005, Kara founded Saint Andrew’s Swim School. Also in 2005, Kara and her husband began and currently own Saint Andrew’s Aquatics, which includes USA Swimming and USA Water Polo teams. In 2013, Saint Andrew’s Swim School became Florida Swim School in Boca Raton, which is nationally recognized as a premier learn-to-swim program for all ages. Florida Swim School opened the area’s only indoor swim school in June 2015 and still provides lessons at Saint Andrew’s School for their students.
Kara and Sid have two children: son Quinn who swam and studied at University of Florida and currently coaches at Saint Andrew’s Aquatics; daughter Kate competes in water polo at Arizona State University.