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

We are very excited to announce that The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Coach Robert Strauss as the 2019 recipient of the Virginia Newman Award which is given for outstanding contributions, leadership, achievement, and dedication to swim teachers that work with children and infants.  The ceremony will take place at the International Swimming Hall of Fame May 17, 2019!!! What an Honor!!!

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.
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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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“Coach A” is a certified USA Swimming Coach and American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) International Level 5, School Level 5 and Disability. Alfredo was the former Coach of the Venezuelan Swimming National team for over 10 years. He was part of both Olympics programs in London 2012 and Rio 2016. During his career as a Coach for Venezuela, he attended several Championships meets like: 2 World Jr. Championships in 2008 & 2017, 4 Central American Championships, 4 South American Championships, 1 Pan-Am Games, 2016 ASCA World Clinic, 2017 Arena Pro Series, 2018 TYR Pro Series.

Coach “Jac” 

Jaclyn grew up in Miami, FL.  In 2018, she completed her Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University with a major in Physical Education- Sports and Fitness. She grew up an avid multi-sport athlete and started working with Swim Gym in 2014.  She was previously a two time JCC Maccabi athlete, and has been involved in JCC summer camp her whole life. She is Lifeguard/ First-Aid and Water Safety Instructor certified.  She loves that she is able to make a difference in a child’s life and save a life, one swim lesson at a time!  Jaclyn has always had a love for the water so it is only fitting to teach one to swim.  Outside work, Jaclyn is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan, loves to paddleboard/kayak, be at the beach, go to concerts and spend time with family.

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Helpful General Info

Practice of the Week: 2/24- 2/29, 2020.

2/24: Warm Up EN1  20' x EKTY x 1, 2, 3, 4  100 @ BBDPS, 200 @ 1 OB, 300 @ 2 OB, 400 @ 3 OB, for additional explanations please go to Basics  Sprint Set SP3  2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:30) w/50 drill                50  Drill:  a) scull toward your feet - belly            b) scull toward your feet - back  2 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes ALL OUT, no breath; swim easy to the 50, restart on the 1:30; after 4 rep's, do a 50 drill of the week.  See Basics  Timed KICK  400 kick best effort  Or 2x 200   Or 4x 100  Or 8x 50  Hold board with elbows on the bottom corners; when you do not need to breathe place head in line with spine, face in water and steady stream of bubbles out the nose.  An. Threshold EN3  Intensity: 3 – 4 OB  Equipment:  Paddles  30' x {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/30" A to D          {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/45" A to H  Increase the TOR 1 - 1½ strokes over the on going intensity during the 3rd 50 in the broken 200’s and 3rd 50 & 7th 50, in each of the broken 400’s   Repeat 1x (4 x 50), 1x (8 x 50), until 30’ finish.  Observe the resting intervals.  Kick Set  20' x 200 w/20" Fins EY {b, s, b, s  200's w/20" rest until 20' finish  [...]

Practice of the Week: 2/17-2/22, 2020.

2/17: Warm Up EN1  20’ x {KRLS – I.M.    Please see BASICS – Warm up of the week  Sprint Set SP3  2 x (6 x 6 str. on 1’) w/50 drill of the week                25   1st  set:  3 of freestyle / 3 or 4th stroke  2nd set:  3 of 2nd stroke / 3 of 3rd stroke  2 sets of 6x 25 on 1’ send off.  Go ALL OUT no breath 6 strokes and swim very easy to the 25.  After 6 repetitions do a 50 drill –see BASICS- and repeat.  Swim   styles as shown in each set.  An. Threshold EN3     Intensity:  3 to 4 OB  Equipment: Paddles     For more on stroke count please go to TIPS  30’ x {(2 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to B           {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to D           {(6 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to F           {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to H           {(10 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to J           {(12 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to L            Build a pyramid, 2x 50 w/10” after 1 and with 30” rest after 2, 4x 50 w/10” after 1, 2, 3, and w/40” after 4, 6x 50 w/10” after 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and with 50” after 6, and so forth.  Use your pace from the first swim for the entire set.  It will be difficult if you go too [...]

Practice of the Week: 2/10 -2/15, 2020.

2/10: Warm Up EN1  20’ x IM mix {EKTY                        {KTYE                        {TYEK                        {YEKT   200 @ BBDPS  100 @ 1 OB  200 @ 2 OB  100 @ 3OB  200 @ 4OB  During the alloted time for warm up, swim in the order of the IM mix: 200 at BBDPS, then 100 add 1 stroke OB, then a 200 of 2 strokes OB, then 100 of 3 strokes OB, and so forth until time is up. COUNT STROKES.  Kick Set 1  1 x 400 kick @ the ‘U’ w/fins  Lie on side arm pit to bottom, arm pit to sky; both arms pointing in the direction of travel. Face rolls in and out for breath.  Sprint Set SP3  3 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) w/50 drill of the week                50  3 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes all out, no breath, then EZ to the 50; after a set of 4 swim 1x 50 drill, see BASICS  Anaerobic Threshold EN3  Intensity:  3 to 4 OB  Equipment:  Hand Paddles  35’ x {(1 x 400 w/ 30” - 45”)           {(2 x 200 w/20”) w/30” - 45”           {(4 x 100 w/15”) w/30” - 45”           {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/30” – 45”          {(16 x 25 w/5”) w/45”           35 minutes of 400’s.  The maximum rest is 45”, after each, notice that the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 400’s are broken into 200’s, 100’s, 50”s, & 25’s, follow the resting intervals [...]



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