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 11

Date:  02-25-2019 Workout Today   Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description Warm Up EN1 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time. Sprint Set SP3 2 x {(4 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill 25   2 sets of 4x 25, push off and swim all out, do not breathe until 6 strokes, and 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 30’ x {(6 x 100 w/20”) w/60” {(12 x 50 w/15”) w/60” {(24 x 25 w/10”) w/60”   Repeat 600’s broken until 30’ are finished, rest 60” after counting A to L. Kick Set 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45” {4 x 25 E no breathe} Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations Date:  02-26-2019 Workout Today   Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, [...]

Practice of the Week 10: Feb 18 – 26, 2019

Date: 02-18-2019 Workout Today Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description Warm Up EN1 20' x EKTY x 1, 2, 3, 4 100 @ BBDPS, 200 @ 1 OB, 300 @ 2 OB, 400 @ 3 OB, for additional explanations please go to Basics Sprint Set SP3 2 x (4 x 6 str on 1:30) w/50 drill Drill:  a) scull toward your feet - belly b) scull toward your feet - back 2 sets of 4 repetitions of 6 strokes ALL OUT, no breath; swim easy to the 50, restart on the 1:30; after 4 rep's, do a 50 drill of the week.  See Basics Timed KICK 400 kick best effort Or 2x 200 Or 4x 100 Or 8x 50 Hold board with elbows on the bottom corners; when you do not need to breathe place head in line with spine, face in water and steady stream of bubbles out the nose. An. Threshold EN3 Intensity: 3 – 4 OB Equipment:  Paddles 30' x {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/30" A to D {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/45" A to H Increase the TOR 1 - 1½ strokes over the on going intensity during the 3rd 50 in the broken 200’s and 3rd 50 & 7th 50, in each of the broken 400’s  Repeat 1x (4 x 50), 1x (8 x 50), until 30’ finish.  Observe the resting intervals. Kick Set 20' [...]

Practice of the Week 9: Feb 11 to 16, 2019

Date:  02-11-2019 Workout Today Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description 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/25 on 1’) w/50 drill of the week 1st  set:  3 of freestyle / 3 or 4th stroke 2nd set:  3 of 2nd stroke / 3 of 3rd stroke 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.  Swim   styles as shown in each set. An. Threshold EN3 Intensity:  3 to 4 OB Equipment: Paddles For more on stroke count please go to TIPS 30’ x {(2 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to B {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to D {(6 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to F {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to H {(10 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to J {(12 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to L Build a pyramid, 2x 50 w/10” after 1 and with 30” rest after 2, 4x 50 w/10” after 1, 2, 3, and w/40” after 4, 6x 50 w/10” after 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and with 50” after 6, and so forth.  Use your pace from the first swim for the entire set.  It will be [...]



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