Meet Your Instructor
Kristine McCarren, PT, DPT is the owner and head instructor of Seal Team Survival Swim and PT. Kristine grew up on Long Island and earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University in 2009.
Kristine has worked in various areas of physical therapy, including pediatrics, orthopedics, and neuro-rehabilitation. In 2013, she saw a photo of her 16-month-old niece swimming underwater and was amazed. It was then when she found out that drowning is the leading cause of death in children under five years old. Kristine also discovered that drowning is 100% preventable with a layered approach of barriers, alarms, and survival swim lessons.
Kristine knew immediately that this was the work she was called to do. She completed eight weeks of training in survival swim and has since taught hundreds of kids how to self-rescue. She has dedicated her career to preventing drowning and providing children with the skills they need to survive in the water.
Kristine has recently expanded her skills to include a more comprehensive approach to meet the needs of each unique student. She is passionate about helping children of all ages and abilities learn to swim and survive in the water. With her expertise in physical therapy and survival swim, Kristine is committed to making a difference in the lives of families and communities.