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About Us

The Fort Worth Swim School is a year-round swim school established by James Fike, a U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials, and U.S. Open competitor, and passionate swim coach, with the purpose of delivering the best quality lessons to people of all ages and abilities, from learn-to-swim to stroke technique and Olympic development.  Our instructors have decades of experience in swimming.  Check out our bios below and feel free to call us at 817-456-0200 with any questions - we love talking about swimming!

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James Fike - Founder/Lead Instructor

James started swimming at the age of 5 for his summer league team.  His love of the water and the influence of great coaches lead him to The University of Texas, where he was a competitor at several U.S. Nationals and the 2000 Olympic Trials.  Since college he's worked in the business world, earned his MBA, and always spent most of his free time in the water or on the pool deck.  James has been the head coach for a summer league swim team of more than 200 kids and coached thousands of lessons for children and adults.  Over this time he's developed a successful methodology for teaching anyone how to swim with ease.  TFWSS is actually his second swim school.  He started one in Austin in 2008, and now that he's in Fort Worth with his wife and three kids, he's very excited to serve and foster the swimming community here.

James Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Pre-Competitive, Competitive, Technique and Conditioning

 

Caroline Anton - Instructor

 

Caroline is from Phoenix, Arizona and studying History and Political Science at TCU.  She learned to swim at age four and has loved being in the water ever since.  She is enthusiastic and is excited to share her love for swimming with her students while teaching them valuable life swimming skills!   

Caroline Teaches: Learn-to-Swim

 

Annin Decker - Sr. Instructor

Annin is from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is studying communications at TCU.  She started swimming when she was three years old, swam competitively throughtout high school, and is now on TCU's cllub swim team.  Annin was a lifeguard and swim coach for her summer team for four years.  Growing up, Annin's coaches were important figures and great role models in her life.  She now coaches young kids because she strives to have the same positive impact on her students.   

Annin Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Pre-Competitive

 

Lauren Griffin - Instructor

Lauren is a TCU sophomore Speech and Language Pathology major with an Environmental Science minor from Austin.  She started swimming at the age of 3 years old and has been a total water baby since!  She grew up on the lake and competitively swam for many years as a child.  She is also a certified lifeguard and serves as a lifeguard and camp counselor at Pine Cove Silverado in Columbus, Texas.  Lauren loves kiddos and can't wait to teach them how to love, respect, and thrive in the water!    

Lauren Teaches: Learn-to-Swim

 

Ray Johanson - Instructor

Ray is from Fort Worth and is currently studying English and Early Childhood Education at TCC.  Ray started swimming at 2 years old and has loved swimming ever since!  She competed in recreational water polo and would swim across her family's lake in the summer.  She continues to love swimming and cannot wait to pass that love on to her students!

Ray Teaches: Learn-to-Swim

 

Kait Mitchell - Instructor

Annin was a lifeguard and swim coach for her summer team for four years.  Growing up, Annin's coaches were important Kait is from Chicago and is a student at TCU studying finance and vocal music.  She began swimming lessons when she was nine months old and has loved being in the water ever since.  At the age of eight she began swimming competitively throughtout the Chicagoland area.  She has also taken swim conditioning and technique classes at TCU.  Kait enjoys working with kids and is excited to share her love of water with students at The Fort Worth Swim School!   

Kait Teaches: Learn-to-Swim

 

Jordan Varat - Sr. Instructor

Jordan is from Greenville, South Carolina and is a Pre-Major in the John V. Roach Honors College at TCU.  She started swimming at age 4 and continnued competitively for 11 years.  Jordan has always loved the water and enjoys participating in water sports on the lake.  Jordan remembers her excitement for swimming as a child and wants to share this with her students!

Jordan Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Pre-Competitive