At the SwimRight Academy, championed by four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, we're committed to teaching children the essential life-saving skill of swimming. After winning gold in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, Lenny was inspired to make a difference in children's lives and recognized the need for a top-notch swimming program.
In 2005, we established two swim academies in Los Angeles, utilizing a unique and proprietary teaching curriculum known as The SwimRight® Method. This method lays the foundation with the swim-float-swim technique, fostering a gradual increase in confidence while prioritizing safety in and around the water. Taught by certified, caring instructors who maintain a constant presence in the water with the students, our lessons accommodate children as young as 3 months old. From the initial stages of learning to swim to mastering all four competitive strokes, our program is designed to guide each child through their swimming journey with competence and warmth.
Since our swim academies were first founded, we have successfully taught over 40,000 children with essential water safety skills, all within a secure and nurturing environment. Now, with locations and partners in Miami, Brooklyn, Boston, and Dallas, SwimRight Academy continues to be a symbol of our unwavering commitment to teaching children to swim the RIGHT way, providing them the guidance, love, and care they need.
Despite knee and shoulder surgeries that kept him out of most of the competition following the 2000 Olympic Games, in which he won 3 gold medals, Krayzelburg made a triumphant comeback at the 2004 Games, winning his fourth gold medal. He was also a team captain of the 2004 US Olympic Swim Team. Krayzelburg is a member of the International Jewish Hall of Fame and in May 2011, his swimming career was truly complete when he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Lenny was born in Odesa, Ukraine. After spending his boyhood years in the former Soviet Union, his family immigrated to the United States to escape Soviet Jewish anti-Semitism and settled in Los Angeles. Lenny's story is the ultimate success story: the immigrant who came to a new land, worked hard, overcame obstacles, and found exactly what he hoped to find: the American Dream.
In 2005, following his retirement, Krayzelburg started the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy in Los Angeles, CA. The year-round swim school program begins with children as young as three months old and is based on its own proprietary teaching curriculum, The SwimRight® Method. Soon after openings in LA, Lenny quickly partnered with the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) to open additional swim school licensing locations across the country, including swim schools in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.
At the end of 2018, Krayzelburg rebranded the company and implemented a franchise program. Part of the brand refresh included a new name, SwimRight Academy, Championed by Lenny Krayzelburg.
By harnessing the same passion and drive to succeed that he demonstrated in his swimming career, Krayzelburg has shifted his focus to become a successful entrepreneur. He recently diversified his business interests and partnered with various startups in different industries including aquatic fitness programs, open water swim events, as well as a healthcare company that provides CPR, First Aid, and lifeguard courses.
Krayzelburg is a board member of Tikva Children's Home, an organization that cares for homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions of the former Soviet Union. He is also a board member of the American Friends of Israel Sport Center for the Disabled, one of its kind centers that provide physical and psychological support for children and adults with disabilities to participate in sporting activities. Krayzelburg is an active supporter of the Jessie Rees Foundation, which provides support and resources to families whose children are battling cancer. Krayzelburg is also a treasurer of the Michael Phelps Foundation, an organization working to promote healthy, active lives for children by providing opportunities for participation in the sport of swimming.
Krayzelburg is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he majored in finance and business administration. He has two daughters and lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist from the 2000, 2004 Olympic Games
1999 and 2000 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year
2011 Inducted into International SwimmingHall of Fame
1998 World Champion in 100m and 200m back
Owned 5 world records in backstroke
2004 Olympic SwimTeam Captain
2001 World Maccabiah Games champion
Member of USC SportsHall of Fame
Member of International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
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