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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“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: May 13- 18, 2019.

5-13-19: 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’)                 25   W/50 drill of the week  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 2 more sets.  Do a different stroke each set.  An. Threshold EN3     Intensity: 3 to 4 OB  Equipment: Paddles & fins  Freestyle   For more on stroke count please go to: http://swimgym.net/tips/counting.asp   35’ x {1 x 100 w/20” A to B           {1 x 200 w/30” A to D           {1 x 300 w/40” A to F           {1 x 400 w/50” A to H           {1 x 500 w/60” A to J           {1 x 600 w/60” A to L           {1 x 700 w/60” A to N  Build a pyramid, 1x 100 rest 20”, 1x 200 w/30”.  Use your pace from the first swim for the entire set.  It will be difficult if you go too fast on the first swim.  Count strokes – Watch the limit OB.  If you finish 600 before 35’, go to 700.  In each 100, every 3rd 25 accelerate to 4½ - 5 OB.  Kick Set  3 x {4 x 25 kk w/board on 60”        {1 x 100 [...]

Practice of the Week: May 6 – 11, 2019

5-6-19 Warm Up EN1  20’ x IM mix:   {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.  Advanced Team, try something new, warm up flags to flags, do not touch the walls, but go through perfect turn procedure  Kick Set  2 x {Race Board      E    Y    T    Kuw         {Arrow Board    E    Y    T    K      on 1:40 per 50      Please see BASICS for complete explanations.  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”   The ¾ of ea. swim @ 4 ½ to 5 ½ OB except the 50‘s <Olbrecht>     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, and 50”s, follow the resting intervals and maintain pace.  VO2 max  SP 1  Intensity:  4 ½ to 5 ½ OB  12 x 50 on 1:30 (w/45” to 60”)  Choice of stroke, push off fast 50’s, short of breath every time.  Sprint Set SP3  3 x (4 x 6 str on 1:20) w/50 drill of the week                50  3 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes all out, [...]

Practice of the Week: April 29 – May 4,2019.

4-29-19: Warm Up EN1 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1OB, 2OB, 3OB... Please see BASICS, for full set explanations 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 Anaerobic Threshold EN3 Intensity:  3 to 4 OB Count: (A to P) or 4x (A to D) Equipment:  Hand Paddles 35’ x (4 x 200 w/30”) w/75” 3rd 50 @ 4½ to 5½ OB Repeat broken 800’s (4x 200) until 35’ are finished, rest 30” after ea. 200 and 75” after 4x. 3rd 50 @ 4½ to 5½ OB - Olbrecht… Sprint Set SP3 2 x {(6 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill 25 2 sets of 6x 25, push off and swim all out, no breath until 6 strokes, then swim easy to the 25.  In E & K 6 strokes are 12 digs, in Y & T 6 extensions to the front. 4-30-19: Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Please see BASICS, for full set explanations Kick Set 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breath} Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations Aerobic Training EN2 Intensity:  1½ to 2½ OB Equipment:   Paddles and Fins 50’ x 800 [...]



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