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The Swim Consultant Retreat is back! We can't wait to see you there!

The Swim Consultant Retreat is back! We can't wait to see you there! ​


  • Days 1 and 2 $200-$250

    Members: $225/1st Attendee | $200/Additional Attendees
    Non-Members: $250/Attendee
    Day 1: In-Person Swim School Tour
    Day 2: Retreat with Guest Speakers

  • Day 3 $150

    Classroom and Pool Course Combo


Day 1: Saturday, January 7th, 2023 

Day 2: Sunday, January 8th, 2023

Day 3: Monday, January 9th, 2023 (Optional)

Day 1

Hop on the bus and tour South Florida swim schools! At each school, you'll get a tour by the owner of the school to learn the ins and outs of the facility. See a variety of schools, small, large, multi-location, single-location, mobile etc. to get a full picture of what the possibilities are!
Price Included In Registration Fee
  • Stop #1: Ocaquatics Hialeah Location
  • Stop #2: Ocaquatics Tropical Location
  • LUNCH INCLUDED at AquaChamps Swim School
  • Stop #3: AquaChamps Swim School
  • Stop #4: Florida Swim School
  • DINNER at Andy and Robin's house

Day 2

The retreat will be held at the hotel and will feature various guest speakers. There will be engaging discussion for managers and/or owners and more! Our vendors will be present to share what they can do for your school. Enjoy lunch on us and post retreat activities!
Price Included In Registration Fee
  • Creating a Culture of Conscious Leaders - Miren Oca, Ocaquatics
  • Water Safety Opportunities in the Swim School Industry - Casie McGovern, Executive Director of Every Child a Swimmer & Jill McHugh, Executive Director of Hope Floats Foundation
  • Navigating the Many Paradoxes of Being an Owner - Robin Eisenberg, Swim Consultant
  • How to Teach Children That Are Not Like You - Tracy Laman, Houston Swim Club

Day 3

Classroom & In-Pool Seminar (Optional Add-On)
  • Classroom Session: How Fear Inter ‘Fears’ with Learning - How do you know a child is fearful? How can you recognize the type of fear your student is exhibiting? When does a natural fear become learned fear? We will talk about how fear can be shown in class and how to make sure the child’s trepidation about learning to swim doesn’t turn into a trauma causing activity.
  • In-Pool Session: How to Teach Self-rescue in a Trauma Free Environment - Can you teach self-rescue skills in a trauma-free environment? Yes! Using “whole child” development, learning styles, and age-appropriate building blocks, you can establish a curriculum that is lots of fun and has safety skills included!

    Expect the best from your students but accept the best they have to offer!

    In the water we will go through the progressions of teaching children how to get on their backs and float or swim to safety. If taught properly, you will not see tears and anxiety. With gentle encouragement, your youngest swimmers will learn how to handle themselves if they ever get into a dangerous situation in the water.
  • Speaker: Tracy Laman, Owner of Houston Swim Club
  • Where: Fish Tails Swim School
  • Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn

Address: 8201 Congress Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33487

Phone: 561-988-6110

Toll Free: 800-554-6416

Breakfast: Included

Our conference special on the hotel rooms is valid until December 14th.


Transportation Information

Fort Lauderdale International Airport
- 30 minutes from Boca Raton
- 1.5 hours from Fish Tails Swim School

Palm Beach International Airport
- 30 minutes from Boca Raton
- 45 minutes from Fish Tails Swim School

About The Speakers


Miren Oca

Owner of Ocaquatics

Miren Oca is the owner and director of Ocaquatics Swim School. She founded Ocaquatics in 1994 and it continues to be a locally owned, community involved business that provides positive, fun swimming classes in 5 beautiful, warm water facilities around Miami, Florida.  Ocaquatics employs 160 team members and teaches approximately 6000 swimming lessons per week. 

Tracey Laman

Owner of Houston Swim Club

Tracy bought her own Houston Swim Club locations in 2020 after working for her mom after buying Phill Hansel Swim Academy in 1994. She has been active in the United States Swim Academy since 1994 and served on the Infant/Toddler Committee since 2012. While not teaching babies or other swim instructors, she can be found under water with a scuba tank or sitting on a beach with a good book!

Jill Mchugh

Executive Director of Hope Floats Foundation

Jill has spent her entire career working with and advocating for underserved, at-risk children and youth in various capacities – school social work, clinical counseling, residential group care, and youth-centered organizations. She has served in the nonprofit industry for more than 15 years as a volunteer, board member, social worker, and executive director. Her passion for underserved youth paired with a childhood, traumatic experience in water led her to the mission at Hope Floats. Jill finally faced her fears and learned to swim in her early 20s after she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in social work. She truly believes swim lessons are a vital, life-changing necessity for every child – she’s adding them to the bottom rung of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs!

Casie McGovern

Director of Every Child a Swimmer

Casey brings a unique perspective and passion to the work she does every day. Casey’s daughter, Edna Mae (Em) passed away to a drowning on August 3, 2009. Since Em’s passing, Casey has committed her life to educating others of the risk factors associated with drowning prevention with the goal of saving lives and helping other families never experience the same heartache her family has endured.

Casey is the Director of Every Child a Swimmer, a committee within the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She is using her knowledge, experience and passion to expand her efforts with the goal of making Every Child a Swimmer. Casey is now working to implement a process that includes accountability and integrity into the Learn to Swim Scholarship process. She is also working to implement the current Every Child a Swimmer legislation into schools in Florida as well as introduce the legislation to other states.

Robin Eisenberg

Vice President of Swim Consultant

Robin has years of business experience and is here to help you with leadership development or any of your business administration needs. Her experience with training and strategic planning can help take your school to the next level. She develops and brings customized trainings to our members when they need them most. Robin also works closely with the building and expansion team.

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