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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.”

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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Swim Blog

Helpful General Info

Hydration

Hydration (or the amount of fluid taken in by the human body) is just as important as food intake before and after exercise. Two hours before exercise, swimmers should consume 16 fluid ounces (or half a litre) of water or a sports drink to help hydrate them ahead of time. Thirty minutes before exercise, athletes should intake another 8 fluid ounces (quarter of a litre) to prepare themselves for activity. During activity, fluids should be available for swimmers at all times. Because swimmers are sweating out important fluids, they must replenish them by drinking 8 fluid ounces (quarter of a litre) every 20 minutes. Swimmers should always bring a plastic drinks bottle with them to training sessions. Long-term, moderate to intense activity of 30 minutes or more requires periodic re-hydration, such as the 8 fluid ounces (quarter of a litre) every 20 minutes just suggested. If an activity lasts more than 40 minutes, water is not sufficient to re-hydrate the body. The nutrient loss through sweat requires a sports drink to replenish electrolytes (powder energy drink is available at most sports outlets). Many swimmers will prefer not to drink during activity or will feel ill directly after intense exercise. All athletes must drink adequate liquids before, during, and after activity to avoid dehydration, which can lead to nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. After activity, swimmers should continue to intake fluids. At [...]

High-SPF Sunscreens: Are They Better?

When you've shopped for sunscreen, you have probably noticed products with very high sun protection factor (SPF) ratings. But is a 100+ or a 90+ sunscreen really that much better than one with an SPF of 30? SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeper skin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer. The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on. "SPF is not a consumer-friendly number," says Florida dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD. "It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works." According to Spencer, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. "After that, it just gets silly," he says. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offers 100% protection. Spencer recommends SPF 30 products to his patients. Farah Ahmed, who is general counsel for the cosmetics industry group Personal Care Products Council, concedes that [...]

Swim-a-long with Swim Gym

Remember all the times you left your child's swim class elated because of the smile they had on their face? Want to bring that smile back to your pool or bath tub? We have you covered. Now available for digital download and purchase, Swim Gym proudly brings you "Swim Gym Swim-A-Long Songs." Includes favorites like: If You're Happy and You Know It Pool Pokey Itsy Bitsy Spider Ring Around the Dolphins You can help the South Florida swim community. With each album sold, proceeds will go towards teaching an underprivileged child how to swim through the H2Os Foundation. Check it all out at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anonymous23 You won't regret it!

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