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Over 50,000 Swimmers Taught since 1984, with a mission “to eradicate or reduce statistics of death by accidental drowning through education.”

Since its inception in 1984, swim gym has been recognized, around the world, as a leader in the field of aquatic education. Coach Robert Strauss, director of Swim Gym, has taught in Miami, Florida since 1973.  By summer 2018 more than 60,000 students, from 3 months to 80+ years old, 90% non-swimmers when they first started their lessons, became safer, stronger and more competent in the pool and in the ocean. Coach Strauss’ experience is clearly reflected by every teacher trained with swim gym innovative cutting edge techniques; everyone has the passion and excitement required in a program  in which the progress of every participant is measurable. Every staff member will create a friendly environment for their students, using pedagogical sound teaching practices that result in a successful swimming experience. Regardless of age, from infants to senior citizens, everyone walks away with safety, fitness, friends and fun!

  • Values:
    To respect and cooperate with all around you. The success of the program is everyone’s job. Please and thank you – “The magic words.”
  • Vision:
    Make swim gym a place to grow and learn about safety in the water; people of all ages become strong swimmers and take that experience to the wide world of aquatic sports.
  • Mission:
    To eradicate or reduce statistics of death by accidental drowning through education.
  • Objectives:
    Every person in or around water must be Water Wise, the decision to enter a body of water must come after the knowledge of an exit plan.  Water wise people are able to maintain an accident free, friendly environment and in this light, can contribute to our mission.
Our Team

Our Team

Robert Strauss
Robert StraussFounder
Robert Strauss M. Ed. U of Miami ’77. Lectured around the globe since 1979. Founder of Swim Gym™ Swim School in Miami, Florida. Since 1983 more than 40,000 Water Wise students, of all ages, recreational and competitive, have been motivated to reach their potential in a variety of aquatic programs. Strong advocate to teach people to swim for life, not for their lives. Fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. 1972 Olympian (Mexican National Team).

Robert Strauss authored “Discover Swimming: From A to…Swim” and hosts the Swim Gym “Swiminar”

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T.I.P.S

THE BASICS: WEEK 3 - August 20 to 25, 2018 STREAMLINE GLIDE: Every time you dive or push off a wall. Hand on hand, 4 fingers on 4 fingers, thumb of the hand on top holds on to heel of the hand below. Lock your elbows, set your arms right behind your ears, and turn your body into a spear. COUNT STROKES: How do you know what you are doing if you do not count your strokes? Counting strokes helps you to focus on the task, you cannot think about anything else, it allows you to concentrate and maintain the correct intensity during each swim. To identify what intensity you are training at, improve like you never thought it was possible, learn to swim slow and get fast, practice doing drills and skills that help you to live in the water, touch water efficiently. PAY ATTENTION: Count your strokes and monitor your heart rate you will optimize your training. If you know your time, you are really paying attention. Training is about going FAST at the right times, as fast as YOU can, easy enough so you last every set, all out! Swimming “hard” all the time can be hazardous to your style and speed. Know at what pace you need to train every set Remember: Why swim? If you can fly! WARM UP: {IM Drill: 4 kk Y, 7 [...]

Practice of the Week 03 August 20 to 25, 2018

Date: 08-20-2018 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS 400 kick w/board non-stop Max. Effort 1 x {8 x 25/6 str on 1’) w/50 drill 35’ x 800 w/90” Count: A to P Repeat 800’s until 35’ are finished, rest 90” after counting A to P. 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breathe} Date: 08-21-2018 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS 2 x {(6 x 25/50 on 2’) w/50 drill 50’ x w/ paddles and fins {800 w/40” A to P {700 w/35” A to N {600 w/30” A to L {500 w/25” A to J {400 w/20” A to H {300 w/15” A to F {200 w/10” A to D {100 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breath} Date: 08-22-2018 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Timed Kick 200 kick w/board non-stop Max. Effort 45’ x {(5 x 100 w/10” to 15”) w/20” Y, K, T, E, IM 3 x 400 w/2’ to 2:30, swim 50 EZ Count: A to H These swims are approximately 90% to 92% efforts over your best time. 1 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breath} Date: 08-23-2018 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM [...]

Practice of the Week 02 Fall 2018

THE BASICS Week 2 - 8/13 to 17 - Fall 2018 STREAMLINE GLIDE: Every time you dive or push off a wall. Hand on hand, 4 fingers on 4 fingers, thumb of the hand on top holds on to heel of the hand below. Lock your elbows, set your arms right behind your ears, and turn your body into a spear. COUNT STROKES: How do you know what you are doing if you do not count your strokes? Counting strokes helps you to focus on the task, you cannot think about anything else, it allows you to concentrate and maintain the correct intensity during each swim. To identify what intensity you are training at, improve like you never thought it was possible, learn to swim slow and get fast, practice doing drills and skills that help you to live in the water, touch water efficiently. To learn how to use the letter/number methodology, please go to TIPS: Technique Instructions for Perfect Swimming: http://swimgym.net/swim-lessons-t-i-p-s/ PAY ATTENTION: Count your strokes and monitor your heart rate you will optimize your training. If you know your time, you are really paying attention. Training is about going FAST at the right times, as fast as YOU can, easy enough so you last every set, all out! Swimming “hard” all the time can be hazardous to your style and speed. Know at what pace you need [...]

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