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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 5: January 14 to January 19, 2019

Please see BASICS for further explanations. Warm Up EN1 20’ x {KRLS - I.M. Sprint Set SP3 2 x (6 x 6 str. on 1’) 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 and repeat 1 more set. Do a different stroke each set. An. Threshold EN3: Intensity: 3 to 4 OB Equipment: Paddles 35’ x {1 x 100 w/30” A to B {1 x 200 w/30” A to D {1 x 300 w/45 ” A to F {1 x 400 w/45 ” 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 30”, 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. EVERY 3RD–25 IN EVERY 100 TAKE IT UP TO 1–2 STROKES OVER YOUR PACE. Kick Set 3 x {4 x 25 kk w/board on 60” {1 x 100 E breathe 3, 5, 7, 9 or 3, 5, 3, 7 Warm Up EN1 15’ x {KRLS–I.M. Prolonged Sprint SP3 2 x [...]

Practice of the Week 4: January 7 to 12, 2019

For further explanations, please see BASICS. Warm Up EN1 20’ x IM mix {EKTY {KTYE {TYEK {YEKT 200 @ BBDPS/1OB 100 @ 2OB 200 @3OB/4OB 100 @ 1OB 200 @ 2OB/3OB AN. Threshold 400 kick w/board Sprint Set SP3 2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) w/50 drill of the week 2 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes all out, no breath, then EZ to the 50; after a set of 4 sprints, swim 1x 50 drill.  Anaerobic Threshold EN3 Intensity: 3 to 4 OB 35’ x 400 w/30” to 45” For advanced swimmers: On the 3rd lap of each 100 add 1 to 1½ strokes to pace, and immediately go back down to recommended OB 35 minutes of 400’s. The rest is 30” to 45”. Get on a pace & send off, on the first one, that you will last. If you swim 4:15 to 4:29 go on 5’, if you swim 4:30 to 4:44 go on 5:15, if you swim 6:20 go on 7’ and so forth. Kick Set 3 x {Race Board E Y T Kuw {Arrow Board E Y T K On 1:40 each 50 or w/20” to 30” rest after each Warm Up EN1 15’ x IM mix {EKTY: 200 @ BBDPS/ 1OB 100 {KTYE: 100 @ 2OB {TYEK: @ 2OB 200 @ 3OB/4OB {YEKT: 100 @ 5OB Full stroke warm-up. Prolonged Sprinting [...]

Practice of the Week 3: Dec 24th to 29th, 2018.

Warm Up EN1 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Sprint Set SP3 2 x {(6 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill 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. Anaerobic Threshold EN3: Intensity:  3 to 4 OB: Equipment:  Hand Paddles 35’ x 800 w/75” Count:  A to P Repeat 800’s until 35’ are finished, rest 75” after counting A to P. Kick Set 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breathe} Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Prolonged Sprinting SP3 2 x {(6 x 25 on 2’) w/50 drill 2 sets of 6 repetitions – dive-in 25’s all out, no breath if possible.  Work on start, break and maximum acceleration. Swim easy to the 50 so you restart on prescribed send-off. Aerobic Training EN2: Intensity:  1 ½ to 2 ½ OB : Equipment:   Paddles and Fins 50’ x 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 w/5” A to [...]

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