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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.”

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.
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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PRETEAM COACH

“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.

Andrea moved to Miami, FL from Caracas, Venezuela. She studied Criminal Justice at Broward College; now with an Associate Degree she’s proceeding to continuing her career path at Florida Atlantic University. Passionate about the water, everybody’s safety and saving lives she became certified as a Lifeguard/CPR, First Aid and AED; including Water Safety Instructor. She has been part of Swim Gym for 2 years. In her free time, Andrea loves to go jet skiing with her family and friends. She also enjoy to work out, stay healthy and fit. 

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: June 3- 8, 2019.

6-3-19 Warm Up EN1  20’xIMmix {EKTY   {KTYE  {TYEK  {YEKT   200 @ BBDPS  200 @ 1 OB   200 @ 2 OB  200 @ 3OB  Full stroke warm-up.  Please see BASICS if you need more explanations.    Sprint Set SP3  2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:30) w/50 drill of the week                50  2 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  40’ x {(4 x 100 w/20”) w/30”           {(8 x 50 w/15”) w/30”           {( 16 x 25 w/10”) w/30”             40 minutes of broken 400’s.  The rest is 30”, after each, notice that the 400’s are broken into:  100’s, 50’s and 25’s, follow the resting intervals and maintain pace.  Kick Set  1 x{Race Board    E   Y   T     Kuw       {Arrow Board   E   Y   T     K      On 1:40 each 50  Please see BASICS for more detailed explanations, if you need them.    6-4-19 Warm Up EN1  15’xIMmix {EKTY   {KTYE  {TYEK  {YEKT   100 @ BBDPS  100 @ 1 OB   100 @ 2 OB  100 @ 3OB  100 @ 4OB  Full stroke warm-up.  Please see BASICS if you need more explanations  Prolonged Sprinting SP3  2 x {(4 x 5str.+ turn + 3 str. on 2:15)                 75(50) + mid pool  Swim 50 drill after each set of four [...]

Practice of the Week: May 27 – June 1, 2019.

5:27: Warm Up EN1  15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE                            {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB  8 x 50 kk w/board on 1:15 or w/10“ to 15“  Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.  Sprint Set SP3  2 x {(4 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill                  25    2 sets of 4x 25, push off and swim all out, do not breathe until 6 strokes, and then swim easy to the 25.  In E & K 6 strokes are 12 digs, in Y & T 6 extensions to the front.  Anaerobic Threshold EN3  Intensity: 3 to 4 OB  Equipment:  Hand Paddles  40’ x {(8 x 100 w/20”) w/60”           {(16 x 50 w/15”) w/60”           {(32 x 25 w/10”) w/60”    Repeat 800’s broken until 40’ are finished, rest 60” after counting A to P.    Kick Set  3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”        {4 x 25 E no breathe}  Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations  5-28: Warm Up EN1  15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE           {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB  Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and [...]

Practice of the Week: May 20 -25, 2019.

May 20: Warm Up EN1  20' x EKTY x 1, 2, 3, 4  Re-start if time left over  1x 25 ea str. @ BB  2x 25 ea str. @ 1 & 2 OB  3x 25 ea str. @ BB & 2 & 4 OB  4x 25 ea str. @ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 OB  Kick Set  4 x 200 w/20" Fins EY {b, s, b, s  200's w/20" rest until 15' finish  An. Threshold EN3  Intensity: 3 to 4 OB  35' x {(1 x 200 w/30"           {(1 x 400 w/45"          {(2 x 100 w/20”)w/30”          {(4 x 100 w/20”)w/45”          {(4 x 50 w/15”)w/30”          {(8 x 50 w/15”)w/45”   Repeat 1x 200, 1x 400, until 35’ finish.  Observe the resting intervals: straight swims, broken in 100’s and broken in 50’s.  Sprint Set SP3  3 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) w/50 drill                50  3 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes from push off, ALL OUT, NO BREATH; swim easy to the 50, restart on the 1:15; after 4 rep's, do a 50 drill of the week.  See Basics  VO2max SP1  Intensity: 4½ to 5½ OB  12 x 50 on 1:30   Choice of stroke, one stroke the entire set.  MAY 21: Warm Up EN1  15' x EKTY x 3, 2, 1  Re-start if time left over  3x 25 ea str. @ BB & 2 & 4 OB  2x 25 ea str. @ [...]

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