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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“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 8: September 24 to 29.

Please see BASICS if you need more explanations. Date:  09-24-2018:  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.  Advanced Team, try something new, warm up flags to flags, do not touch the walls, but go through perfect turn procedure Kick Set w/kickboard:  2 x {Race    E    Y    T    Kuw}  {Arrow  E    Y    T    K    } On 1:40 each 50 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” 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. Sprint Set SP3:  3 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) w/50 drill of the week  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.  Date:  09-25-2018 Warm Up EN1:  15’ x IM mix {EKTY  {KTYE  {TYEK {YEKT   100 @ BBDPS 100 @ 1 OB 100 @ 2 OB 100 @ 3 OB 100 @ 4 OB Keep adding 1 stroke [...]

Practice of the Week 7: September 17 to 22, 2018.

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations. 9-17-18: Warm Up EN1: 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Sprint Set SP3: 2 x {(4 x 6/easy to 25 str on 1’) w/50 drill 2 sets of 4x 25, push off and swim all out, do not breathe until 6 strokes.  In E & K 6 strokes are 12 digs, in Y & T 6 extensions to the front. Intensity:  3 to 4 OB Equipment:  Hand Paddles 36’ x {(4 x 200 w/30”) w/45” {(8 x 100 w/20”) w/45” {(16 x 50 w/10”) Count: A to P Repeat broken 800’s until 36’ are finished.  Rest 30” between the 200’s, 20” between the 100’s and 10” between the 50’s; rest 45” every 800 after counting A to P.  Freestyle is the stroke of choice, IM’rs can swim 4 styles. Kick Set: 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breath}  09-18-2018: Warm Up EN1: 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS Sprinting SP3: 3 x {(4 x 25/easy to 50 on 2’) w/50 drill  After each set of 4 repetitions do a 50 drill of the week, scull #3 / scull #4 3 sets of 4 repetitions – dive-in 25s all out, no breath if possible.  Work on start, break, and maximum acceleration.   Intensity:  1½ to 2½ OB  [...]

Practice of the Week 6: September 10 to 15

9-10-18: Warm up: 20' x EKTY x 100, 200, 300, 400 Kick Set: 15' x 200 w/20" Fins EY {b, s, b, s 3 to 4 OB with Paddles: 30' x {(1 x 200 w/30" to 40"   {(1 x 400 w/40" to 50" Sprint Set: 8 x 6 str on 1:15 w/100 drill   50 As fast as you can: 5  or 6 x 50 on 2’ 9-11-18: Warm Up: 15' x EKTY x 3, 2, 1 Kick Set: 10' x 100 w/15" Fins EY {b, s, b, s Intensity: 1½ to 2½ OB: 45' to 65’ x 1650 w/1:30 rest Prolonged Sprint: 8 x   (5 str. + turn + 3 str.)  on 2:15        75 or (50) + mid-pool W/100 drill, after 8 repetitions 9-12-18: Warm up: 20' x EKTY x 2, 2, 2 Intensity: 1½ to 2½ OB: 45' x 200 w/15” to 20” Intensity: 4½ to 5½ OB: 20’ x 100 w/60” to 75” A to B Warm down: Swim until H.R. < 100 in 60" 9-13-18: Warm Up: 20' x EKTY x 4, 3, 2, 1 Kick Set: 20' x 50 w/10" Fins EY {b, s, b, s Intensity: 3 – 4½ OB: Paddles: 35' x 100 w/ 30” to 40” In Motion Speed SP3: 2 x {(6 x 25 on 1:10) w/100 drill  6 str 9-14-18: Warm up: 15' x [...]



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