Learn to swim Gold Coast - Learn to swim safely and correctly

Gary Brinkman

‘Swim for Life’ Principal/Director

Swimming has always been a part of Gary’s life, which began in his birthplace South Africa. Now having become an Australian citizen he brings his experience to the pupils of his Swim for Life Swimming Academy on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

A former South African 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre freestyle record holder. Gary received a sporting scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University in the United States, graduating with a BSC in Business Administration. Gary became four times USA National Swimming Champion in the 400m freestyle in 1984 and in the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle in 1986. During this time Gary was ranked as high as second in the world.

His nationality at the time prevented him from competing in the Olympic Games although he swam against, often beating, swimmers who placed in the top three at the 1984 Olymnpics. Having been involved in programmes run by some of the world’s top swim coaches in South Africa, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to help people of all ages to enjoy the advantages of being able to swim the correct way.