Newbie Swimmer

Jeannine Lewis


Gerry Rodrigues is a very inspiring and motivating coach.  I participated in the Elisabeth Glaiser mini tri as the swimmer on a relay team for Variety.  I had not swam since the 80’s.  I needed to “get up to speed” as I did not want to let me team down.  Gerry’s coaching and support gave me the confidence to take on the open water 1/2 mile swim at Zuma Beach.  And his lead by example style of coaching continues to be an inspiration. He accepts and coaches all levels of swimmers and though I was in awe of some of the skill level in the Masters program, Gerry made me feel comfortable and not intimidated. I am very excited that he will be starting a Masters Swim at the new location as it is much more convenient for me – Thanks to Gerry I love to swim and look forward to getting back in the water in the Palisades.

Rolanda Mendelle

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Gerry is a rare find; a master coach. Possessing a keen eye and an unassuming manner, he speaks uniquely to you, guiding you to the next level. He even got a terrified me through a national championship!

Karen Barna


About six weeks before Malibu 2009, I got thrown into the washing machine at a swim clinic and realized I was literally in over my head. Luckily, I found Gerry Rodrigues. With a program of weekly coaching sessions and grueling daily practices (I was literally in the pool 1.5 hours a day to complete his workouts), he helped turn an asthmatic 41 year old non-swimmer into a triathlete. I know that I never would have gotten past the swim if it hadn’t been for Gerry.

Mark Masten


I appreciate Gerry’s individualized approach, encouragement, and enthusiasm. He has transformed me from someone who would never think of swimming for exercise to someone who now enjoys all aspects of the training, feels confident in the pool and open water swims, and ready to take on my 1st tri.  Something I wouldn’t even have considered 12 months ago.

Kelly G. Chrisman

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President, CourtRoom Presentations, Inc.

Coach Gerry Rodrigues is simply the best pool and open water coach in the business. His years of experience, knowledge, ethics, and commitment to his clients are unsurpassed by none other. Utilizing his coaching via pool and open water “Tower 26” training I was able to fulfill my desire to compete in triathlons in a relatively short time. Whether you are a beginner, novice or pro Coach Gerry is a must for your training.

Mel Shapiro


Distinguished professor, UCLA

Gerry taught me to swim. I can truly say, Gerry is a great coach, a born coach, and I was very lucky to meet and work with him. 

I was 64 years old, recently recovering from a heart attack and quintuple by-pass.  I had a fear of water, an element I had avoided all my life.  Gerry said if I was committed, he would teach me. 

I joined the Bruin Masters swim club, he helped teach me and eventually I joined the swimmers in lane 8 (slow lane).  I am still in lane 8, holding my own.  If it were not for Gerry I would never have learned, I would never pushed myself, I would never have achieved any of the skills I have now have.  I would have given up, grown old, fat and unhealthy, like I was. He changed my life.

Carol Schreder


Coach Gerry is a master at making workouts challenging and fun.  He knows every swimmer’s ability and manages intervals to make everyone feel they’re in the workout together.  Having started swimming seriously at age 54, Coach Gerry improved both my fitness and my performance — no easy feat.  Simply put:  Coach Gerry is the best.

Deepak Danavar


I highly recommend Gerry’s swim workouts, whether you are training for a triathlon or simply want to take your swimming to the next level. 

I joined him after deciding to start training for my first triathlon, but had not attempted to swim more than 50 continuous yards in over 15 years.  Because his students swim at all levels, I was able to keep up with the class as a whole even though I was initially one of the slower swimmers.  After only a few short weeks, my endurance in the pool quickly began to improve, which ultimately translated into increased speed and more importantly, more confidence during open water swims. 

After seeing the number of people that came to Gerry’s Friday morning open water swims at Tower 26 in Santa Monica, I was even more motivated and inspired to push myself to my limits. These swims are designed to attract swimmers of all levels who, like me, wish to overcome their fears of swimming in open water or perhaps want to improve their open water swim times.  The combination of these intense workouts and Gerry’s personalized guidance helped transform me from someone who once had trouble swimming 50 yards in a pool to someone who confidently completed a .9 mile open water swim in my first triathlon.  Thanks Gerry!

Harvey Karlovac


Coach Gerry motivates even beginning swimmers in his workouts by focusing on the fundamentals that allow for the biggest strides while at the same time motivating for further improvement.

John A. Dracup


I first met Gerry Rodrigues in February 1996, when I was 62 years old and a Professor of Engineering at UCLA. I joined the group to become fit and improve my health.  I did know how to float and slowing swim across the pool, but not much more.  However, with Gerry’s expert and patient coaching, I soon learned all four of the swim stokes and became somewhat proficient in the breast stroke, the back stroke and the difficult butterfly stroke.

One of Gerry’s most admirable traits is his enthusiasm for swimming and teaching others how to correctly swim.   His approach is to announce to each lane exactly what he wants them to do and in what allotted time.  So every lane ends their drill at the same time.   This procedure built a sense of esprit de corps in the group. I looked forward to swimming each day, thanks to Gerry, and hope to someday be coached by him again.  His enthusiasm is infectious and his skill as a couch is unsurpassed.