About Us

Who we are...

Swim Without Limits, Inc. is here to help you reach your open water swimming goals, whether that is improving your swim stroke, getting private coaching, getting comfortable in open water, finding a good training plan, or doing your first open water race or triathlon. We want to help you become a better swimmer.

We also host the Swim Around Lido Key, which is a 7-mile around-island open water swim race open to solo swimmers and 2-person and 3-person relay teams. This is a marathon level swim, where swimmers have pilots (kayakers) that escort them around the beautiful island of Lido Key in Sarasota, FL. We also host the Fontana Lake 5K, 10K, & 15K open water races in the beautiful Fontana Lake in North Carolina near Bryson City. 

David Miner
Owner, Coach, Race Director, Open Water Swimmer

David has been swimming in some capacity his entire life. With a broad passion for swimming in the open water and knowing how technique-driven good swimming is, he saw a need for good coaching and instruction, good swimming technique, and high-end open water swimming races. Swimming in many open water races in Florida, Florida Keys, Tennessee, Hawaii, Bermuda, California, St. Croix, Chicago, Puerto Rico, including multiple 12.5-mile, 10-mile, 9-mile, multiple 10K, 5K, and 2.4 mile swims as well as relay swims, David's passion for the open water only continues to grow. David spends many hours in the water training with other great swimmers.

David is a:
  • U.S. Masters Swimming Level 3 certified coach
  • Former head coach for the Sarasota Sharks Masters swim team (2+ years as head coach and 2 years as assistant coach)
  • ASCA member, Level 2, and Masters certified coach
  • WOWSA (ASCA) certified open water coach
  • U.S. Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim certified instructor
  • U.S. Masters Swimming certified open water safety director and open water referee
  • U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Compliance Coordinator
  • Former U.S. Masters Swimming Florida LMSC open water chair
  • Founder, race director, and creator for the 7-mile Swim Around Lido Key race, Fontana Lake 5K, 10K, & 15K races, and the former Swim Around Fort De Soto race
  • Former race director for the 1K, 2.5K, & 5K Tropical Splash open water race in Sarasota, FL
  • NAUI Certified Dive Master
  • Certified technical diver in both cave and deep mixed-gas diving
  • Red Cross certified lifeguard, first aid, CPR/AED - Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, AED Certificate.pdf
  • SOLO Wilderness First Aid certified - SOLO Wilderness First Aid.pdf
  • NOC Whitewater Raft Guide certified - NOC Raft Guide.pdf

Dani Miner
Coach, Instructor, Open Water Swimmer

Dani is a:
  • U.S. Masters Swimming Level 2 certified coach
  • U.S. Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim certified instructor
  • Red Cross certified lifeguard, first aid, CPR/AED
  • Private and group pool and open water swim instructor for all ages and swim levels since 2008
  • Previous swim instructor for YMCA
  • Former Swim Coach for Outrival Racing triathlete training group
  • Swim Around Lido Key race coordinator

Steve Butler
Race Director and Safety Director

Steve is a USAT Certified Race Director, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, is adult CPR/AED certified, and is a Florida Registered Pharmacist. He is a member of the Manasota Track Club and is a founding member of the Sarasota Storm Tri Club, serving as a 2 year President, currently Vice-President, and board member since 2005. A 3x Ironman, Steve has 10 years of triathlon and open water experience both racing and organizing, coordinating swim courses for Rev3, Pan American Masters Swimming, Tropical Splash, Florida International Triathlon, Pan American Triathlon Confederation and Nathan Benderson Park, and is the Race Director for the Storm Challenge & “The Island Mile”, Siesta Key Triathlon, and Rev3 Florida Kids Triathlon and will be working with Challenge Americas. Husband to Agnese, a 3x Olympic Swimmer, and father to their son Lance, Steve is an avid kayak fisherman, growing up in Ohio and moving to Florida in 1996. His open water passion is in organizing safe, accurate and world class swim courses.