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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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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 14: November 5 to 10, 2018.

For further explanations, please see BASICS. Warm Up EN1 20' x EKTY x 1, 2, 3, 4 100 @ BBDPS, 200 @ 1 OB, 300 @ 2 OB, 400 @ 3 OB Sprint Set SP3 2 x (6 x 6 str on 1:20) w/50 drill 2 sets of 6 repetitions of 6 strokes ALL OUT, no breath; swim easy to the 50, restart on the 1:20; after 6 rep's, do a 50 drill of the week.   An. Threshold EN3 30' x {(2 x 100 w/ 15”) w/30"  {(4 x 100 w/15”) w/45”  Repeat 1x (2 x 100), 1x (4 x 100), until 35’ finish.  Observe the resting interval. Kick Set 15' x 200 w/20" Fins EY {b, s, b, s 200's w/20" rest until 15' finish Warm Up EN1 15' x EKTY x 3, 2, 1 300 @ BBDPS, 200 @ 1 OB, 100 @ 2 OB. Prolonged Sprint SP3 2 x {4 x (5 + turn + 3) on 2:15 100 or (50) 2 sets of 4 repetitions of 5 strokes + turn + 3 strokes ALL OUT, NO BREATH.  Start from "mid pool" or a distance from the wall at which you need 5 strokes to get to the wall.  The first set freestyle; then, the second set if you do: a)       Fly you will breathe at the wall b)       Breast rhythm requires to breathe [...]

Practice of the Week 13: October 29 to November 3rd, 2018

For further explanations, please see BASICS. Warm Up EN1 20’ x {KRLS – I.M. Sprint Set SP3 2 x (6 x 6 str. on 1’) 25 w/100 drill of the week After 6 repetitions do a 100 drill Do a different stroke each set. Go ALL OUT no breath 6 strokes and swim very easy to the 25 An. Threshold EN3 Intensity: 3 to 4 OB: Equipment: Paddles 35’ x {1 x 100 w/30” A to B {(2 x 100 w/10”) w/30” A to D {(3 x 100 w/10”) w/30” A to F {(4 x 100 w/10”) w/30” A to H {(5 x 100 w/10”) w/60” A to J {(6 x 100 w/10”) w/60” A to L {(7 x 100 w/10”) done A to N Build a pyramid, 1x 100 rest 30”{ 2x 100, w/10” after 1, and w/30” after 2; 3x 100, w/10” after 1 and 2, and with 30” after 3; and so forth. 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 6x 100 before 35’, go to 700. 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 – [...]

Practice of the Week 12: October 22 to 27, 2018.

For further explanations, please see BASICS.  Warm Up EN1:  20’ x IM mix: {EKTY: 200 @BBDPS} {KTYE: 200 @ 1OB} {TYEK: 200 @ 2OB} {YEKT : 200 @ 3OB} SPECIAL  THIS WEEK:  400 kk timed:  Accelerate turns by taking one arm stroke in as the other arm moves the board away toward the opposite side of the pool Use a kick board w/full arm extension, elbows on the corner of the board keep head in the water, in line when not breathing Sprint Set SP3:  2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:30) w/50 drill 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 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.  W/30”rest after each, notice that the 400’s are broken into:  100’s, 50’s and 25’s, follow the resting intervals & hold pace Kick Set w/kickboard:  2 x {Race    E    Y    T    Kuw} {Arrow   E    Y    T    K    } On 1:40 each 50 Warm Up EN1:  15’ x IM mix: {EKTY: 100 @ BBDPS} {KTYE: 100 @ 1 OB} {TYEK: 100 @ 2 OB} {YEKT: 100 @ 3 OB} 100 @ 4OB SPECIAL  THIS WEEK:  400 kk timed:  Accelerate turns [...]

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