2019 Elite Swim Camp Series
Sat, Aug, 03 2019 - Sat, Sep, 14 2019
901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
2019 Elite Swim Camp Series in Indianapolis, IN –This exclusive swim camp series is designed for competitive swimmers to refine their technique and racing skills in all 4 strokes heading into the long course season. Participants will learn to swim with even more efficiency and learn what they need to do to drop time. Sign up for individual sessions or the whole series by clicking register now.
This swim camp will be held across five weekends at the iconic IUPUI Natatorium. This facility hosted 4 USA Swimming Olympic Trials competitions and dozens of other important International competitions.
- August 3 & 4: Comprehensive Butterfly Racing Camp with Olympic medalist Lacey Nymeyer
- August 17 & 18: Comprehensive Freestyle Racing Camp with Olympian Brett Hawke
- August 24 & 25: Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Camp with Olympian Clark Burckle
- September 7 & 8: Comprehensive Backstroke Racing Camp with Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman
- September 14: Elite Video Filming and Analysis by Olympic Coach Todd Schmitz
Each swim camp in the series will be led by Elite Clinicians who swam at the highest level and are exceptional teachers with talent for explaining and demonstrating the technique required for fast racing! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!
There are two age groups at each camp: (12 & over) and (11 & under)
* Comprehensive Stroke Camps: Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not recommended for the stroke camps without your coach’s approval.
* Video Analysis Session: all ages and abilities.
SAVE: Sign up before prices rise or the sessions fill up!
Comprehensive Butterfly Camp - Day 1 (August 3): Turns, Underwater Dolphin Kicking, and Breakouts
The first day of this camp series focuses on the key details that make up a fast butterfly race. Swimmers will work with Olympic medalist Lacey Nymeyer on accelerating through the turn, generating power and speed in their underwater dolphin kicking, and exploding into their first stroke with a fast butterfly breakout. It's these details that are often overlooked and are a swimmer’s greatest opportunity to drop time.
- Butterfly Open Turns: Think about the open turn differently! You should not be making an open to turn around and swim the next lap. If you're doing this - you're actually stopping and then trying to regain speed again. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards. This enables you to carry momentum into the pushoff. We're going to teach you how to cut a lot of time on this turn... helping you in all of your breaststroke and butterfly races!
- Underwater Dolphin Kicking: The not-so-secret weapon of elite level swimmers is their underwater dolphin kick. Lacey Nymeyer is known as one of the best underwater dolphin kickers in the world and she specializes in helping swimmers unlock their potential in this important skill.
- Butterfly Breakouts: One of the biggest challenges in the butterfly breakout is the timing of it! Olympic medalist Lacey Nymeyer will work with swimmers at this session to feel the best timing to take their first stroke. She’ll also emphasize the importance of keeping their head down to maintain their momentum from their underwater dolphin kicking into their stroke!
Comprehensive Butterfly Camp, Day 2 (August 4): Technique & strategy for racing fast
On Day 1, Olympic medalist Lacey Nymeyer will work with the participants to improve on the complexities of balancing power and fluid rhythm in one of the most dynamic athletic movements. Elite butterflyers maintain forward momentum by setting an immediate high catch with a perfectly timed kick. They are committed to a breathing pattern, perfecting their distance per stroke, and maintaining a horizontal body position - become committed to these same skills...make them YOUR habits.
- Body Position: Elite butterflyers focus on driving their momentum forward with minimal drag by keeping their heads low and hips high. Participants will work with Lacey on establishing and maintaining the proper body position.
- Kick: Each butterfly stroke has two equally strong and well-timed kicks. Work on how and when to kick in fly for maximum speed.
- Pull: Long and smooth strokes will allow your swimmer to have a more efficient butterfly. Nick will teach participants to get an early catch on the water for more power in each stroke.
- Breath: The most common mistakes that swimmers make in fly occur during the breath. Swimmers will work on low and efficient breaths as well as WHEN to breathe so that they can swim more efficiently on the breath stroke.
Comprehensive Freestyle - Day 1 (August 17): Turns Breakouts, and Freestyle Finishes
In the 1650, there are a total of 65 flip turns and breakouts. Even the slightest improvement to each one will add up to a huge drop! Each turn is an opportunity to build speed to carry it into the breakout and the next lap. At these sessions, Olympic swimmer and Coach Brett Hawke will work with the participants to improve their flip turns, breakouts, AND finishes!
- Freestyle Flip Turns: Your swimmer will learn how to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall with long strokes and then using their core and arms to get through the turn. They'll practice planting their feet on the wall for a powerful pushoff in the perfect streamline. Tim and Nick will give the swimmers drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill now as well as in the future!
- Freestyle Breakouts: Many swimmers will add in extra movements in their breakout that create drag and destroy all of the momentum created during their underwater dolphin kicks. Your swimmer will work on staying streamlined and keeping their head down on the first stroke to accelerate into their first few freestyle strokes.
- Freestyle Finishes: There are many nuances to a fast freestyle finish that are often done incorrectly. Your swimmer will learn to get on their side with their arm long and touch under the surface of the water with their fingertips. Many races are won and lost by 100ths of a second. Give your swimmer a better chance to be on the winning side!
Comprehensive Freestyle Day 2 (August 18): Technique & strategy for racing faster
Freestyle is the stroke that you swim more than any other. Creating good freestyle habits will not only help your swimmer race faster, but it will also help prevent injury in the future. Olympic swimmer and coach Brett Hawke lead the participants through a drill progression that will allow them to deepen their understanding of each part of the freestyle stroke and help them create good habits for fast and efficient freestyle technique.
- Bodyline: Your swimmer's freestyle will never be fast without a strong bodyline. Your swimmer will reinforce good posture and engage their core to have a strong foundation for a faster freestyle.
- Kick: Become a stronger and faster kicker through learning about both the technique and timing of each kick from Brett Hawke!
- Pull: The best swimmers in the world utilize an early vertical forearm to put immediate pressure back on the water. Brett will also teach swimmers how to get maximum extension and a powerful finish! Learn new drills and exercises to get more power out of every stroke!
- Rotation: Participants will learn to utilize their rotation form more connection and power out of every pull and every kick.
- Breath: All swimmers know to keep one goggle in and one goggle out when they take a breath, but do they know when and how long to breathe? Brett will show your swimmer how to make each breath more efficient for faster freestyle racing no matter what distance.
Comprehensive Breaststroke - Day 1 (August 24): Turns, Pullouts, and Breaststroke Finishes
The fastest swimmers in the world understand the key to fast breaststroke turns, pullouts, and finishes is their body positioning during these key points in a race. Olympian Clark Burckle is an expert at racing breaststroke fast and with maximum efficiency. Learn from him how to master these essential components of breaststroke racing.
- Breaststroke Open Turns: In a breaststroke race, swimmers must begin preparing for their turn well before the flags. The timing of the last stroke can make a huge difference in the speed at which a swimmer is able to get through the turn and off the wall. Olympic breaststroker Clark Burckle will work with each swimmer to improve their turns in their breaststroke races.
- Breaststroke Pullouts: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Learn the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout from Olympian Clark Burckle. With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool faster than you could imagine.
- Breaststroke Finishes: Clark will work with participants to know when to take their last stroke before accelerating into the finish keeping their hips high and arms long. Swimmers will work on timing the touch perfectly with their fingertips while keeping their heads down for a faster finish.
Comprehensive Breaststroke - Day 2 (August 25): Technique & strategy for fast racing
Great breaststrokers not only understand the components to a powerful kick and a strong pull, but they also understand how and when each piece fits together. At this session, Olympic breaststroker Clark Burckle will be in the water to help each participant deepen their understanding of breaststroke through the use of video, drills, practice, and feedback.
- Kick: Olympic breaststroker Clark Burckle will work with each participant to understand how to set their feet on the water and jump off. Swimmers will learn how to keep their knees anchored and hips high throughout the kick to create more power and reduce drag.
- Pull: A breaststroke pull begins with a powerful outsweep that transitions into a strong catch during the insweep. Your swimmer's hands should accelerate through the finish under their chin before driving forward along the surface to land in a streamlined glide. The drills in this session will help participants learn the right width and speed of their pull for a more efficient breaststroke.
- Body Position: It is very easy to create drag in breaststroke by letting your hips drop or feet sag! Maintaining a horizontal body position in the water is so important to keeping a fast and efficient stroke.
- Timing: One of the most important skills in breaststroke is mastering the WHEN! Your swimmer must have a solid understanding of when to pull, kick, breathe, glide, and accelerate! Through drills, video, and example, Clark Burckle will ensure that your swimmer knows how each part of breaststroke fits together for a more connected stroke.
Comprehensive Backstroke - Day 1 (September 7): Starts, Turns, and Backstroke Finishes
Did you know that the fastest your swimmer is ever moving in a backstroke race is immediately after the start and turns? At these key points in a race, many swimmers, even at an elite level, do not know how to truly explode off of the start or out of the turns. Swimmers can also add in extra movements that slow them down by creating drag. We believe that the start, turn, AND finish are your swimmer's biggest opportunity to drop time in their backstroke races. At these sessions, your swimmer will learn how to maximize their speed off of every backstroke start, into and out of every turn, and into the finish with Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman.
- Backstroke Starts: Getting into the right ready position utilizing the backstroke ledge with a straight back, hips high on the surface of the water, and feet positioned to get maximum power is extremely important to being able to execute a fast and clean backstroke start. Nick will work with swimmers at this session to achieve a beautiful back arch over the water so that they can have an advantage in every backstroke race!
- Backstroke Flip Turns: Your swimmer will learn how to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall with long strokes and KNOWING THEIR COUNT! Then they'll use their core and arms to get through the turn. They'll practice planting their feet on the wall for a powerful pushoff in the perfect streamline. Nick will give the swimmers drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill now as well as in the future!
- Backstroke Finishes: The backstroke finish is the hardest finish to perfect. Swimmers will work with Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman to master their count and reach back with a well timed dolphin kick. This aggressive lunge will help your swimmer get their hand on the wall faster and more efficiently!
Comprehensive Backstroke - Day 2 (September 8): Backstroke Technique and strategy for fast racing
Your swimmer understands the core components of backstroke, now begin to master the subtle skills that will help your swimmer compete at a higher level. Participants will practice using their core to create rotation as well as a stable and balanced stroke, build a powerful pull with a strategic use of stroke rate, and use their kick as a dominant propulsive force.
- Body Position: Participants will work with Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
- Kick: Have you ever noticed how many swimmer's knees break the surface when they kick in backstroke. This means that the swimmer is kicking with their knees which is less efficient than kicking from their hip. Nick will help swimmers maintain maximum propulsion with the proper kicking technique.
- Pull: It is very important for swimmers to bend their elbow very early in the pull so that they can get an early catch for an immediate and powerful press back into the water.
- Rotation: The fastest backstrokers in the world use a powerful rotation to create more power and increase their tempo. Learn how much to rotate, when to rotate, and how to use it for maximum speed and power.
Elite Video Filming and Analysis (September 14)
Have your swimmer’s stroke professionally filmed SIMULTANEOUSLY at strategic angles below and above water! THEN, have your video analyzed with voice over and graphics on the actual video by Olympic Coach Todd Schmitz. Schmitz has coached six swimmers to Olympic teams – including Olympic superstar Missy Franklin from the time she was 9-years old through the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Registrants can have one or save by having all four strokes analyzed! Each participant will also receive one free month of Swim Videos on Demand!
- Signing Up: Select to have one stroke filmed. Or, SAVE by choosing to have two, or all four strokes filmed. The option of all 4 strokes can not be split between more than one swimmer. We will then email you with more instructions on how the filming day will be conducted.
- Analysis: Todd Schmitz will use a video analysis application to record his thoughts on each video. Swimmers can expect him to use slow motion, pause the video at specific points, and draw on their video all while talking to explain where each swimmer can improve their technique. Each stroke will have 5 to 7 minutes of expert commentary to help your swimmer race faster!
- Improve your stroke and get faster: Improve your stroke and get faster: Do you want to know why swimmers times began dropping so drastically in the early 2000s and continuing through today? The answer is video analysis! Since so much of the stroke happens below water – it is incredibly important to see what’s going on below the surface! Swimmers in recent years have been able to analyze their stroke with coaches to make technical changes that make them more efficient. This is your opportunity to get beautiful footage of your stroke and get analysis from one of the top coaches in the world... and review at home with your coach.
At each session of this elite series, swimmers and parents are invited to ask the Olympian Clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe the clinicians at each session swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.
PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST
Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to top speed with some of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.
Take a photo with the clinicians, get autographs, and a gift from TYR Sport!