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, including more than 30 combined years of teaching.  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 The Ian Crocker Swim School in Austin a few years ago, 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


Karin Cheng - Sr. Instructor

Karin is a native of San Jose, CA and TCU senior majoring in English education.  She started swimming at age 6, and as a year-round swimmer, qualified for the Junior Olympics six years in a row.  She has taught swim lessons for the past four years to students age 2 to 40 and is also a USA Swimming-registered coach.  Karin loves guiding students on their journey to being the best swimmers they can be.

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


Lauren Conte - Instructor

Lauren is from Des Moines, IA and is studying strategic communications at TCU.  She started competing and swimming year-round when she was eight.  In high school she qualified for state all four years and was on the state championship 4x100 free relay team her senior year.  She has taught swim lessons for the past two years and loves helping students develop their technique as well as their love for water.   

Lauren Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Technique and Conditioning


Ryan Dupriest - Sr. Instructor

Ryan is from Portland, Texas and is a psychology major at TCU.  He started swimming at age 3 and swam competitively through high school.  He several years of experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor and enjoys surfing the waves in South Texas.  Ryan loves giving his students the same passion for swimming he grew up with!  

Ryan Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Technique and Conditioning


Lindsay Hay - Sr. Instructor

Lindsay is a TCU sophomore sport psychology major and nutrition minor from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She learned how to swim at the age of 3 and then swam competitively through high school, where she made the State Team several times.  Growing up near the ocean, Lindsay leanred to love the waterwhether it was for enjoyment or competition.  She is excited to share her passion for swimming with her students at TFWSS!  

Lindsay Teaches: Learn-to-Swim, Technique and Conditioning