About Us

SwimJim’s History

There once was a young Texan who learned to swim and dive before he was 3.  At 17, he began teaching, coaching and managing pools.  Houston proved to be too small for this guy, so a few years later he moved to New York to bring his unique brand of childhood aquatic excellence to the Big Apple.

Once a year he went to the Olympic Training Center to continually improve his program for his students.  He knew families wanted only the best for their kids, so he was determined to bring them the same knowledge and skills used by the US Olympic swim team.

On one such trip, he met a young lady who was a US Olympian, continually passionate and excited about swimming and its rewards.  Their bond was instant and grew into a powerful creative partnership, bringing together the principles and techniques of elite swimming, child and human development with aquatic safety and drowning prevention.

Today Jim Spiers and Catherine Fox continue the development and refinement of SwimJim’s aquatic program for kids and adults, leading an organization that teaches thousands of students each week.

Jim Spiers has taught aquatic sports and developed aquatic programs for more almost 40 years and is the school’s founder and chief executive. Catherine, who won two gold medals for the United States in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, continues to explore human health, strength and physical development for herself, her family and her children.  She is SwimJim’s athletic muse who inspires us all to greater learning and contribution to our community with a limitless sense of possibility and fun.


SwimJim believes that swimming is a healthy and life-saving skill all children and adults should learn. We think everyone learns swimming skills best in a friendly, loving and fun environment where they feel safe and at-ease.  This enables a student to learn basic and advanced swimming skills, and will help family members feel comfortable when a swimmer is in or near water.

We also believe that the best sort of recreation is also educational.  Thus we also believe that students benefit from a structured, progressive program and coaching to overcome fears, build self-esteem and grow.

Our mission is to provide students with the absolute best aquatic education possible, and to educate families about water safety and aquatic learning. Swimming is an invaluable life-saving skill that students will rely on in dangerous situations throughout their life.

Family participation is critical because continued support and development outside the formal swim class setting increases physical strength, self esteem and water safety awareness.  Swimming is a family activity and we believe the whole family should participate.

As professional swim teachers, we value our vocation because it gives our students a life skill, teaches social skills, increases self-esteem, gives a sense of accomplishment and is fun. We love it.  That is the reward for our dedication, discipline and constant evaluation and improvement to our programs.

Our Program

SwimJim, Inc.’s teaching methodology is a safe, thoughtful, ordered approach to swimming, cultivating proficiency in a number of strokes. We believe the success with which our current and past students navigate the water proves our program’s effectiveness.

The most important aspect of our teaching process is our disciplined but loving dedication to getting children in and comfortable with the water. We are thoughtful and observant of student’s behavioral and developmental patterns, and will never scare or intimidate a student. We will respond to their fears and concerns with love, humor and discipline, while guiding them through the necessary steps to become independent, competent swimmers.

We deeply enjoy helping with children with special needs and development issues.  They are some of our favorite and best students!  The aquatic environment can provide them with a unique athletic experience other sports cannot.

This firm, loving approach is the hallmark of SwimJim.

Our Team

Jim Spiers and the other teachers of SwimJim are the most recognized swimming instructors in New York and Houston. Each team member brings a unique but complementary style of interaction and education to parents, children or training, while maintaining the standards and quality of our proven methodology.

All members of the SwimJim team belong to the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), a professional organization of swimming teachers and business owners in the US and abroad. All instructors are certified by the USSSA and maintain their skills and teaching knowledge at annual and local conferences.

All team members are currently certified in CPR and although not required by law, all teachers are certified in First Aid. SwimJim is also a member of the World Aquatic Babies Congress and regularly participates in research and events to further educate our staff about our smallest students.

Finally, water safety and drowning prevention education is a cornerstone of every daily activity at SwimJim.  We are belong to the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation and make the Safer 3 Program a part of our individual and collective community outreach.

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