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: April 22-27, 2019.

4-22 Warm Up EN1  20' x EKTY x 1, 2, 3, 4        1x 25 ea str. @ BB  2x 25 ea str. @ 1 & 2 OB  3x 25 ea str. @ BB & 2 & 4 OB  4x 25 ea str. @ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 OB   Kick Set  4 x 200 w/20" Fins EY {b, s, b, s  200's w/20" rest until 15' finish  An. Threshold EN3  Intensity: 3 to 4 OB  35' x {(1 x 200 w/30"           {(1 x 400 w/45"          {(2 x 100 w/20”)w/30”          {(4 x 100 w/20”)w/45”          {(4 x 50 w/15”)w/30”          {(8 x 50 w/15”)w/45”   Repeat 1x 200, 1x 400, until 35’ finish.  Observe the resting intervals: straight swims, broken in 100’s, broken in 50’s.  Sprint Set SP3  3 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) w/50 drill                50      3 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes from push off, ALL OUT, NO BREATH; swim easy to the 50, restart on the 1:15; after 4 rep's, do a 50 drill of the week.  See Basics  VO2max SP1  Intensity: 4½ to 5½ OB  12 x 50 on 1:30   Choice of stroke, one stroke the entire set.  4-23: Warm Up EN1  15' x EKTY x 3, 2, 1  300 @ BBDPS.  EZ swim until time is up.  Kick Set  6 x 100 on 2:15 Fins EY {b, s, b, s  100's w/15" rest until 15' finish  Aerobic Training [...]

Practice of the Week: April 15 to 22, 2019.

4-15-19: 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/100 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 For more on stroke count please go to TIPS 35’ x {1 x 100 w/20” A to B {(2 x 100 w/10”)w/30” A to D {(3 x 100 w/10”)w/40” A to F {(4 x 100 w/10”)w/50” A to H {(5 x 100 w/10”)w/60” A to J Build a pyramid, 1x 100 rest 20”, 2x 100 w/10” after 1 and w/30” after 2, in 3x, 4x, and 5x 100 rest 10” between 100’s, and observe the rest at the end.  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. VO 2 max.  SP1 Intensity: 4 ½ to 5 ½ OB Count:  A 12 x 50 w/45” to 60” Descend 1 to 3. A bit more intense than above set.  We [...]

Practice of the Week: April 8-13, 2019.

4-8-19  Warm Up EN1 20’ x IM mix {EKTY {KTYE {TYEK {YEKT 200 @ BBDPS 100 @ 1 OB 200 @ 2 OB 100 @ 3OB 200 @ 4OB Full stroke warm-up.  Please see BASICS if you need more explanations Kick Set 3 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 400 w/30” to 45” Count:  A to H 35 minutes of 400’s.  The rest is 30” to 45”.  Get on a send-off that you will last on the first one.  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. Sprint Set SP3 2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:15) 50 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, see BASICS 4-9-19 Warm Up EN1 15’ x IM mix {EKTY {KTYE {TYEK {YEKT 200 @ BBDPS 100 @ 1 OB 200 @ 2 OB 100 @ 3OB 200 @ 4OB Full stroke warm-up.  Please see BASICS if you need more explanations Kick Set 2 x [...]



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