Leeanna Rubin, Fairfield, CT Swimming Coach

Leeanna Rubin




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Former Swim Coach at Trinity High School, Retired Nationally Ranked Swimmer. Trained with Olympic Swim Coach Dick Shoulberg, has taught for 20 years and over 1000 people to swim. View all coaching experience

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Private Hour Lesson
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Within 20 min of Southport Ct

Session Length: 1 hour

$120 1 session + applicable fees

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Private Half Hour Lesson
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Within 20 minutes of Southport Ct

Session Length: 30 minutes

$60 1 session + applicable fees

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Session Length: 30 minutes

$75 1 session + applicable fees

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  • University of South Carolina (SC)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Sprint Freestyle, Open Water, Individual Medley, Distance Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke

  • Technique, Starts, Sprinting, Relays, Pulling, Pacing, Open Turns, Kicking, Flip Turns


  • University of South Carolina (SC)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Sprint Freestyle, Open Water, Individual Medley, Distance Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke

  • Technique, Starts, Sprinting, Relays, Pulling, Pacing, Open Turns, Kicking, Flip Turns

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More About Coach Leeanna

Over the past 20 years, I have used the knowledge and experience gained from my elite swimming career to hone a practiced and effective coaching method for swimmers of all skill levels. I have coached everyone from toddlers and adults with NO swimming experience to triathletes and competitive swimmers, (ADULTS, BABIES over 6 months, TODDLERS, KIDS AND TEENS) I can improve your technique, shave seconds off your race times, or just help you conquer your fear of the water! EVERY ADULT BEGINNER I HAVE TAUGHT HAS SUCCESSFULLY LEARNED TO SWIM!!! I was the Assistant Swim Coach for both Junior Varsity and Varsity Swim Teams at the prestigious Trinity High School in the Upper West Side. My first year being assistant coach the boys and girls won their championship meet.

Please check out my website for more details: www.swimwithleeanna.com

* I am happy to come to your condo or house pool as well as the pools listed on my profile.

* If there is a lane rental fee it is paid for in addition to my fee.

* NYC rates are different than CT rates

Leeanna made waves at the early age of fifteen, where she became the only United States citizen to break the Ak-O-Mak Pre-Olympic open water swim record. Years of training with Olympics swim coach Dick Shoulberg and then Coach Charlie Kennedy, alongside Olympians Maddie Crippen and Brendan Hanson, earned her fifteen gold medals at the National Maccabi Games, as well as recruitments to prestigious Yale University, American University, Brandeis, University of Denver, and University of Michigan (where she witnessed Michael Phelps weight train). Her swim career brought her a decade of acclaim, earning her nationally-ranked titles in both the 100 and 200 yard butterfly.

Retiring from swimming professionally, Leeanna placed her focus on teaching, gaining experience at Philadelphia’s Aquatic and Fitness Center, the New York Sports Club, YMCA, JCC, Philadelphia Sports Club, and New York City’s Stuyvesant High School. Most recently, Leeanna had the opportunity to spend time coaching elite students at the renowned Trinity High School, helping coach her team to the division title. Her personalized, effective-coaching methodology has sustained her through her teaching career, where her students’ confidence and lifelong success is her continuing passion.

Leeanna also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from The University of South Carolina. As wells as a BA in Musical Theater from American University. Her foray into professional acting provided contracts at theatres all over the U.S, including the The Walnut Street Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Folger Shakespeare Theater, and New York City’s world-famous Lincoln Center.

Leeanna is CPR, Lifeguard, AED Certified, and has successfully completed The Red Cross’ WSI safety course. She is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and can’t wait to swim with you soon!

When we say anyone can swim, we mean it! We know that fear or negative childhood experiences can be strong, determining factors in many adults’ decision to stay away from the water. However, at swimwithleeanna, we can assure you that you will learn to swim in a kind and stress-free environment — no matter your previous history, persistant anxiety, or experiences with other coaches.

Our curriculum is cumulative and gradual, with each student setting their own pace. Our goal is to support and instruct, never criticize, and to inspire a lifelong passion and confidence in the water. Our training school has seen beginner adults who had once been told they would never learn to swim quickly floating and learning to doggy-paddle by their second session.

Your comfort and safety are most important to us, and we’ll make sure you towel off for the day with success. Once you start swimming, you’ll quickly wonder how you ever lived without it!

Here at swimwithleeanna, we believe that anyone can learn to swim — regardless of age, background, or experience level. Our fun, safe, and caring beginner curriculum promises a compassionate and comprehensive learning experience that meets you at your level best — wherever that may be! — guaranteed to inspire your confidence and ease in the water.
Our program has transformed hundreds of beginner adults into full-fledged swimmers.

Swimming can be a challenging hurdle for many accomplished triathletes. Our lesson plans place an emphasis on strategy, technique, and pace training, to get you fully prepared for your next race.

We know how vital it is to introduce life-saving swimming techniques to children, and to inspire a confidence in swimming that will last a lifetime. Our fun and gentle Mommy/Daddy & Me infant classes place an emphasis on comfort, allowing your child to learn the basic mechanics of swimming while playing comfortably alongside instructor and parents.

All infants will be taught to blow bubbles, reach and pull, and kick in the water. If comfortable, baby will be held by the instructor to gain increased independence.

Once baby has reached toddler age, their parent no longer needs to be in the water. Toddler-aged children may then move onto individualized training, either in small age-based groups or with one-on-one instruction.

At this phase of training, toddlers learn to tread water, float on their backs, jump comfortably into deep water, and learn swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Toddlers will further engage in play and water discovery, furthering their independence and fearlessness when engaged in swimming.

Swimming can be a challenging hurdle for many accomplished triathletes. Our lesson plans place an emphasis on strategy, technique, and pace training, to get you fully prepared for your next race.

swimwithleeanna tailors lessons and workouts on a case-by-case basis depending on a student’s individual skill level. Bespoke lesson plans are designed to improve technique, enhance focus, and achieve consistent improvement: always led with a splash of fun.

Looking to burn calories, beat the heat, increase endurance… and have a lot of fun? Swimming is one of the most incredible choices for individuals looking to feel their best — featuring dynamic, low-impact exercises guaranteed to break a sweat – though you may not notice!

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Great coach, very responsive.

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Hi Leanne - I am sorry I wiped my phone and don’t have your number - our pool is now open for coaches to teach again- would you be interested? Vishal 917-640-6740

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Coach Leeanna was amazing, perfect coach!!
I will definitely continue her session.

I had a wonderful time with Coach Leeanna. She made me feel so confident that I can really finally reach my goal. I was very happy about that. I have been thinking about my next visit to the pool and my next lesson with Leeanna and everytime I think about it, it makes me smile.

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The best swim coach I have ever had. I came into our first session after working with two previous swim coaches and Leeanna’s enthusiasm, passion and professionalism is unmatched.

I was a very amateur swimmer before our first session and knew only the basics. I decided on a military path for my life and one of the first obstacles I am going to have to conquer is an intense swim test. The biggest hurdle is 500 meter swim in 11:47, which is pretty fast.

I went to Leanna only being able to swim 150 meters. She fine tuned my form and breathing that my previous swim coaches failed todo. Long story short, only ONE WEEK after our first session I was able to progress from swimming only
150 meters max, to fully completing a 500 meter swim in 12:20.
Looking forward to our next session.

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I have not regretted my choice of choosing to train with Leeanna. She's a bundle of energy and positive feedback and her instructions are relate-able and easy to follow. She's gotten me so far in only 3 sessions. When I'm psyching myself out (which I was when she told me we were going to the deep end!!), she gently but affirmatively pushed me to believe in myself. I love the challenge! But most importantly, she makes me feel safe which is key for an adult learner whose been afraid of drowning all her life! Thanks Leeanna!!- J

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Asked Leeanna to help my son refine his technique and she was able to provide great feedback. She’s very observant and it’s clear she understands the technical aspects of each stroke. Scheduling the session was a breeze. Leeanna is responsive and worked with us to fine a convenient time. Would highly recommend.

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Leeanna is a fantastic Coach! What a workout! Can’t wait to take more lessons with Leeanna!

Leeanna was excellent, experience and a great eye for details!!! I’m swimming faster already!!!
I did not get anything to say this . so I made an appointment to try to be a faster swimmer and in 1 hour she had me dialed in and practicing on the changes I need to work on . So sweet and energetic too , you won’t be disappointed. There may be a few coaches that cost less but I’m glad a spent the few extra bucks truly !
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Coach Leeanna was patient and had an approach that made it very easy to pick up!

My son enjoyed his training with coach Leeanna.

Coach Leanna is the best you can find in the tri state area. I am over 65 never exercised or swam in my life everyone else gave up and I found Leanna and she gave me my dream of learning to swim and more importantly the confidence and courage every step of the way to achieve my goal. Worth her weight in Platinum.

Coach Leeanna is great! She helped me overcome my fear of water, which was my greatest challenge. I've progressed from being afraid to let go of the ledges to paddling my way around in just two sessions!
She's very responsive to texts.

Went to Leeanna to learn the butterfly and after one session I was very pleased. I was able to do laps of the butterfly in the pool. I feel more confident now. Will sign up for more lessons. Highly recommend her!

Leeanna knows how to improve technique and work with all skill levels. An amazing coach with a really great ability to push improvement.

I've learned way more in my first few lessons with Leeanna than I did with any group class I'd taken before.

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Coach Leeanna is teaching strokes to my 12-year-old son and she is fantastic. Patient, focused, kind, and articulate about technique, she coaxes my son to push himself, happily, for a full hour of swimming. The perfect coach!

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Based on all the good reviews I booked a trial session with Coach Leeanna for my daughter. From the very beginning Coach Leeanna was very attentive and really focused on the various techniques for different strokes. She had my daughter constantly swimming and evaluating her various issues. My daughter had a great time. I would recommend Coach Leeanna.

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She went through all strokes for my son and provided key points to be focused on. My son's skill significantly improved even first lesson.

She did a great job with my daughter. She knows her stuff and she is great with kids!

My Granddaughter loves her sessions with coach Leeanna, she is making great strides with only a few lessons. Leeanna really connects with kids.

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Coach Leeanna was great! The sessions were very informative and fun. My 7 year old loved it.

Wow. I got what I asked for. I'm getting so smooth... Thank you coach. So quick I feel comfortable in the water. I'm ready for the next session.

Coach Leeanna is awesome! I love her method of teaching she made it fun, easy to follow and she made me feel really confident in the water I have no fear anymore. I'm looking forward to my next class.

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Coach Leeanna is fantastic - she breaks the stroke down into manageable steps and makes you work on each step until you groove the right technique - my form improved significantly after only one session. Looking forward to the next one.

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I love the way Leeanna is teaching me. She is effective and fun. And slowly I am getting rid of my fear of the water. Thanks Leeana!

Coach Leeanna has been an amazing coach. She is very knowledgeable, and has helped my stroke and breathing alot in just a couple of sessions. Learning how to swim effectively has been a pleasant with Leeanna since she is extremely patient, and pleasant. Hands down,best swim coach I've had.

Leanne is the best! After a horrid experience with a trainer, she has been amazing with both of my kids. They have progressed so much while having fun. She is firm when she needs to be but also makes sure kids don't burn out as she wants kids to swim for a long time. We will be continuing with leanne for a long time.

Leeanna is just too adorable. I've had two lessons with her so far and she's always such a joy to learn from! Although I'm not a kid, but she is would definitely be great teaching kids! She displays such a positive attitude. She even gave me a neck massage! What a doll!

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I have had 3 training sessions so far with coach Leeanna and I've thoroughly enjoyed them. She was quite good at understanding my goals and needs and has tailored the training to fit that quite well. I should add - training sessions are quite intense as well. Most importantly, training with Leeanna is a lot of fun!

Great lessons & fantastic teaching style!

I was amazed how much my daughter learned in just one hour with coach Leeanna. Coach Leeanna is excellent with children. My daughter is 7 years old and a competitive swimmer but she needed to improve her technique. Leeanna was exactly what we were looking for and my daughters swimming form changed in one day! Looking forward to our next lesson.

Coach Leeanna was great - just the right level for our 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Coach Leeanna had her very much improved after just one lesson and had him not afraid of the water anymore. We would recommend her to anyone.

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Leeanna is a great coach. She is professional and patient. She makes you relaxed while helps you learn. And I really picked up skills faster than with other coaches. That saves me a lot of time.

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Had a great lesson with Leeanna. She was able to fix some bad habits pretty quickly. Looking forward to practicing and the next lesson as I get ready for that triathlon! Thanks Leeanna!

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Coach Leeanna is a very dedicated Coach.
I am an adult beginner swimmer. Leeanna is extremely patient and tailors the lessons to suit individual needs. Her techniques are very effective and just amazing. I would recommend coach Leeanna to anyone.
She is flexible and always encouraging as well.

Coach Leeanna is just awesome! I am very lucky to have found her!

Great coach! Very patient and intuitive to my level of comfort.

An incredible coach for any age and level of ability! Leeanna's warm smile and easy going nature makes you immediately comfortable in the water. As an adult learning to swim, it's easy to feel timid and self-conscious, but she makes it all disappear. Leeanna has a hands on approach and a keen eye for proper form and technique. Where some coaches might have a very strict teaching method, she is very relaxed. It's like a set of training wheels. She will keep you up and help you learn, but you're always in control. I honestly can't express how awesome it is to have a coach like Leeanna. If you're one the fence about learning to swim, or you can't decide on a coach, start right here!

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Just had a phenomenal session with Leeanna. I've just started training for a 6.5k open water swim and need to learn technique and develop endurance. Leeanna was so helpful, spotting issues with my swimming and giving me easy-to-action advice, giving me sets to do and really helping me improve even within the session. Thanks!!!!

My daughter, 8, had a great session with Leanna! She improved a lot her backstroke in just one class as well as the other strokes. Leanna is coming again next weekend. My daughter had a great time with her, she is really nice with kids.

Super helpful! I'm a very novice swimmer, but Leeanna was able to assess my abilities and give me a strong workout. Exactly what I wanted.

Coach Leeanna has been just the kind of coach I needed. I can swim just fine (won't sink), but I wanted to start swimming as a form of exercise so I wanted to take my form to the next level to be able to do laps. Leeanna responds very quickly on CoachUp and is very accommodating so we quickly set up a session.
I learned many small tweaks on my freestyle, learned how to do a quick turn around at the wall (flip turns are up next), and learned that I was actually doing breaststroke pretty wrong all of these years (I thought that one was the easiest!).
She is very friendly, encouraging, and has valuable swimming coaching to pass along to others. I would highly recommend her for a range of abilities.

Coach Leeanna is great. My 7 year old boy loves her teaching style. She is able to spot his weaknesses and keep working on that. I would highly recommend her.

Coach Leeanna has been great! My daughter has a great time and is focused. Leeanna allows her to take fun breaks and still gets the teaching in that my daughter needs to join a swim team next year. I would recommend her to other parents.

Coach Leeanna worked very with my daughter. She gave her tips that would immediately improve her strokes. She was very friendly and patient. We are looking forward to seeing improvement in her time and technique at her next swim meet!

My advice? Get Leeanna as your Coach! I just finished my first session with Leeanna and I feel that I am already a swimmer on a completely different level. Honestly I am very frustrated when I am come to Leeanna. I always really wanted to swim well and have studied many articles/videos online. But the 1 hour with Leeanna totally helps me to improve those areas which I could not improve whatsoever on my own. She is patient, encouraging, very experienced in her teaching and is able to answer all my questions. The most impressive thing is that she is able to give me the most effective drills to work on my problem. Coming out of one session I already feel much more confident as a swimmer and would absolutely recommend her to anyone no matter what their current level is.

Leanna coached our twin toddlers today for their first session and she was so professional and great with the kids we were so pleased and rebooked her right away!

I had a wonderful first session with Leeanna and can't wait to continue lessons. I felt immediately at ease with her and it was great that we started with the basics. I have been wanting to take lessons to figure out how to swim freestyle laps for exercise and I'm sure that soon I'll be doing just that! I learned how to swim as a kid but I don't think I learned/retained much beyond the simple breast stoke (and now I'm in my 30s). She made my lesson fun while still teaching me what I needed to learn!

My daughter had one class with Coach Leeanna yesterday. She is a very kind lady with full knowledge about swimming, she saw my daughter had incorrect stroke and skill, she taught my daughter immediately. Leeanna has patient with kid, we parents need patient too because successful not that easy! Recommend Coach Leeanna!

Not only was Leeanna super responsive through the booking process, she is also a top-notch coach. I wanted to improve my technique and after spending just one hour with Leeanna I already feel like a much better swimmer. She was full of encouragement and enthusiasm. I'm already looking forward to our next session. Highly recommended for swimmers of any level.

My son Aaron is the youngest child in the class by several months and what we love most about Leeanna is that she tailors the class to each student's ability. She is patient, kind, creative and a true partner in teaching our little guppy how to swim. We love swim class with Leeanna- sign up today!" - Hillary E.
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