For the top coaches in the world, swimming is a lifelong process of cultivating philosophy, learning technique, training and communication methods. Like sponges the top coaches (and athletes) absorb all of the information they can. They interact with other coaches and athletes of all levels and determine what would (and would not) work for them and their athletes.
The opportunity to interact and share is highly valued.
Before and after each clinic and camp, Fitter and Faster Swim Tour offers the opportunity for coaches to meet privately with the clinic's elite clinicians to review the skills and drills they'll be teaching, their talking points and learn how they can best utilize the coaches' experience and feedback. These meetings are a great opportunity for the coaches to "pick the brain" of the clinicians - ask them about their training, their relationship with their coaches and/or parents, how they balanced swimming with other responsibilities, and much more. This is an exclusive time for the coaches to spend with the athletes without kids and parents being around.
"My experience working with Kara (Lynn Joyce), Jimmy (Feigen) & Nick (Folker) was exceptional. They treated me as an equal - even though I don't have the resume they do. In speaking with Kara (Lynn Joyce) one-on-one I learned more about adapting my training plans. Although it's a challenge with a six-lane pool I've been working to optimize the way my workouts impact each individual athlete at every training session."
--- Coach Crystal Keelan of the Penn Charter Aquatic Club (Philadelphia, PA)
During the clinic participating coaches provide extra feedback to the swimmers, send the kids off in heats, repeat the instructions of the elite clinicians; and take notes about the drills/skills being taught; and to reflect and make their own plans for practices, preparing for meets, learning to work with parents and certain types of swimmers. The experience is what the coaches make it to be for themselves.
Fitter and Faster's "Coaches Program" is bridging the gap between the elite level of the sport and the grassroots in a way that benefits both groups in a positive fashion. Age group coaches across the country are building great relationships with Olympic and elite athletes they may only have known by name.
Coaches interested in attending or participating in Fitter and Faster clinics can contact us at fitterandfaster.com. With more than one hundred and fifty sessions annually throughout the country and the ease of creating new sessions – the opportunities for exchanging valuable information is extensive.
If you have any questions about FFT's Coaches Program, please contact Courtney Larcom at 786-837-6885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"When I saw that Nick Folker was leading the clinic, I asked our head coach to send me. I have a certification in Strength and Conditioning, but the chance to work alongside Nick as he coached swimmers was something I jumped on. I have always had so many questions and to have them answered by Nick firsthand – it really expanded my thinking,"
--- Coach Andrew Nguyen from the Bellevue Club Swim Team in Seattle, WA