2019 Elite Swim Camp Series
Sat, Apr, 13 2019 - Sun, Sep, 08 2019
Chelsea Piers Aquatic Center
1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902
2019 Elite Swim Camp Series (Stamford, CT) – These exclusive camps are to be held on April 13/14 and on September 7/8. This is an “Elite Camp” which means that each session is limited to no more than 36 participants. Sign up for individual sessions or ALL of them by clicking register now.
The first day of each camp will focus on technique refinement and efficiency. The second day will focus on speed and tempo:
- April 13/14: participants will work on high quality freestyle and backstroke racing.
- September 7/8: this camp’s focus will be on high quality butterfly and breaststroke racing.
Your clinician for both camps will be Elite Clinician and Olympic Gold medalist, Tyler Clary. Tyler is one of the most experienced and highly reviewed clinicians with Fitter and Faster. Individual session registrations and bundled packages for all of April and September are available for purchase. Scroll down for more details on the curriculum at each session.
Take advantage of early bird pricing – Sign up before prices rise or the sessions fill up!
Each camp is for swimmers ages 12 & over and two sessions for swimmers ages 11 & under with at least one year of competitive experience. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not recommended for these clinics without your coach’s recommendation.
April 13: Freestyle and Backstroke Technique
Freestyle and backstroke can be challenging for swimmers of all ages and abilities to take to the next level because of the importance of perfect posture to reduce drag, a fast and flowing kick, and an early and immediate press back into the water with a proper catch! Your swimmer will learn drills and skills to be able to understand the WHY behind each movement as well as feel and apply techniques to race faster and more efficiently in both free and back.
- Freestyle: Participants will reinforce holding a straight and solid body line so that they can cut through the water with less drag. Practice keeping a still and low head position (especially during the breath!) while driving a strong flutter kick. Tyler will also teach participants how to get an early and powerful press backwards on the water in the arm pull to get more out of every stroke. From the 50 to the mile, your swimmer will learn skills that will allow them to drop time in every freestyle race.
- Backstroke: Engaging your core not only allows you to swim stronger, but it also allows you to hold the proper body position. Brett Hawke will help swimmers learn the importance of rotation and how to use it to their advantage for more power in each stroke. The arm pull in backstroke should press the water all the way through using the whole arm to achieve maximum propulsion. Backstrokers are often the fastest kickers on their teams, find out why and learn to have a stronger kick!
April 14: Freestyle and Backstroke for Speed
Racing fast in freestyle and backstroke is more than just having good technique. There is a lot of strategy in the way a swimmer paces their race. At the sessions on Sunday, Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary will work with the participants to maximize the effectivenes of their technique through a deeper understanding of their distance per stroke, tempo, and pacing in the various free and back races.
- Distance Per Stroke: For many swimmers, even at an elite level, each time they try to speed up, they end up shortening their stroke and becoming less efficient. It is important for swimmers to maintain their length in order to build more speed and power throughout a race. Tyler Clary will work with participants to find their best DPS to maximize their speed every lap!
- Tempo: here is a lot of strategy behind how quickly a swimmer moves their arms in a race. Depending on if your swimmer is racing a 50, 100, 200, or longer, they are going to find a tempo that is challenging to maintain, but maximizes their speed. Your swimmer will work with Tyler to feel their "sweet spot" in their tempo for each race.
- Pacing: When your swimmer touches the wall at the end of the race, that should be the moment where they completely empty their tank. It is important for all swimmers to know themselves and know how hard they should push at the beginning, middle, and end of their race!
September 7: Butterfly and Breaststroke Technique
Often called the short axis strokes, butterfly and breaststroke have many common attributes in their technique. What these two strokes share most is the importance of rhythm and timing. Working on these two strokes together can deepen a swimmer's understanding of the technique required to swim with more efficiency and speed.
- Butterfly: Perfect the complexities of balancing power and fluid rhythm in one of the most dynamic athletic strokes. Elite butterfliers maintain forward momentum by setting an immediate high catch with a perfectly timed kick. Many swimmers, even at an elite level, struggle with the timing and technique of the breath so that they can maintain the proper body position even on the last 50 of a 200 fly! Work with Tyler Clary to improve your butterfly at these sessions.
- Breaststroke: Your swimmer will begin with a strong understanding of the timing of the kick and pull and begin to utilize the same strategies world class breaststrokers use to minimize their footprint in the water. Participants will learn the skills of swimming in a horizontal plane, keeping the hips high throughout the entire cycle, and utilizing a small but powerful kick while generating power forward with their recovery.
September 8: Butterfly and Breaststroke for Speed
Butterfly and breaststroke are all about rhythm and timing! The balance between distance per stroke and tempo in both of these strokes is delicate. It is very easy to rush through a cycle and throw off the technique. At these sessions, Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary will work with participants to have the patience to keep their strokes long and then build their tempo throughout the race.
- Distance Per Stroke: Having long strokes in butterfly and breaststroke is extremely important. No matter what distance, swimmers should maintain maximum extension in order to get the most out of every stroke. Swimmers in this session will learn how they could take fewer strokes per lap and race faster through longer and stronger fly and breast strokes!
- Tempo: With both butterfly and breaststroke being so reliant on timing, many swimmers lose their efficiency as they increase their tempo! Learn what points of the stroke your swimmer should acclerate and which points your swimmer should be patient at each level of tempo.
- Pacing: Many swimmers simply fall apart at the end of their butterfly and breaststroke races due to fatigue. It is important for swimmers to build their tempo throughout the course of their race to keep their speed and technique at a high level. Participants at these sessions will learn tips and tricks to maintain their technique and race faster from the 50 to the 200 in fly and breast.
Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Tyler questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe Tyler 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 your top speed with one of the best swimmers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.
Take a photo while wearing Tyler's medals, get autographs, and a gift from TYR Sport!