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Tyler, TX

2020 High Performance Swim Camp Series

Fri, Jul, 17 2020 - Sun, Aug, 02 2020

Tyler Aquatic Center
3013 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler, TX 75701

Event Detail

2020 Comprehensive Swim Camp Series – Sign up for individual sessions or the whole series by clicking register now.

This exclusive swim camp series is designed for competitive swimmers to refine their technique and racing skills in all breaststroke and butterfly events. Participants will continue the ongoing process of perfecting technique to efficiently move through the water with power.

July 17-19: Comprehensive Breaststroke Swim Camp with Olympian Kierra Smith
July 31-August 2: Comprehensive Butterfly Swim Camp with National Champion John Shebat

Each camp 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!

Session Times (All Sessions):
Ages 11-14: Check in 9:00 AM, Clinic 9:15 AM-11:45 AM
15 & Over: Check in 1:15 PM, Clinic 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Social Distancing: Fitter and Faster is following all guidelines as it relates to COVID-19 as set by the CDC, NIH and local authorities. This camp will have a limit of 3 swimmers per lane to maintain social distance. We also ask for you to please drop your swimmers off at the sign-in table and to pick your swimmers up after the clinic. If a waitlist is established, please join it. If enough people enter the waitlist we will plan for additional sessions! THANK YOU!

Suggested Participants

Each camp will have two sessions for each age group. This camp series is not recommended for swimmers with less than 2 years of competitive swimming experience and swimmers younger than 11 years old are not recommended for these camps without your coach’s approval.

Curriculum

JULY 17: COMPREHENSIVE BREASTSTROKE RACING CAMP

JULY 17 (FRIDAY): BREASTSTROKE TECHNIQUE

More than any other stroke, breaststroke is the most varied. Out of the eight finalists at the Olympic Games you might see eight different styles of strokes! Without fail, your swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are both hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. Your swimmer has the foundation, now learn from the expert how to utilize your core and hip drive to create a fluid and more forward driving stroke.

  • BODY POSITION: The best swimmers in the world learn at a young age about the importance of being patient with their stroke and trusting their "glide position". Too many young swimmers rush their stroke, create "drag" (i.e. slow themselves down) and exhaust themselves. Olympian Kierra Smith will work with participants to maintain a better body position for a more efficient breaststroke.
  • KICK: The three parts of the kick are hips, knees, and feet. Kierra will work with participants to kick with power from their hips while keeping their knees close and feet wide. The kick is about 80% of the power in breaststroke. Get more out of each kick for a faster breaststroke!
  • PULL: Participants in this session will learn drills to encourage them to keep their hands and elbows high on the water throughout the entire pull, thereby minimizing resistance and maintaining speed.
  • TIMING: A fast breaststroke is all about the rhythm! The proper timing will make your stroke fast, smooth and less taxing on your body. Learn how Kierra times her breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.

JULY 18 (SATURDAY): BREASTSTROKE STARTS, TURNS, & FINISHES

After building a solid breaststroke stroke on day 1, swimmers will then refine their racing skills for faster racing in any event. Participants will focus on swimming breaststroke with speed and efficiency, as well as accelerating in and out of every wall and executing powerful pullouts. Kierra Smith will show your swimmer how to finish each race with a fully extended stroke to help them accelerate past their competitors!

  • STARTS: Your swimmer’s proper hand and foot placement on the block can allow them to drive forward with a lot of explosive power. Kierra will work with your swimmer to find the best position on the block as well as how to launch their body forward efficiently into a tight streamline and enter the water through a small hole.
  • OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! Your swimmer should not be making an open turn to touch the wall and swim the next lap; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards, enabling your swimmer to carry momentum into the push off.
  • 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 Kierra. 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: The clinicians 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.

JULY 19 (SUNDAY): BREASTSTROKE APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION

After building a solid butterfly stroke on the first two days, swimmers will further refine their racing skills and cover different strategies for faster racing. Olympian Kierra Smith will work with swimmers on how to develop a race plan for any breaststroke race, whether a 50, 100, or 200. The session will also include a training set designed to challenge swimmers and complement the technical foundation developed earlier in the camp!

  • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. On the other side, it may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events.
  • TEMPO: Your swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help your swimmer swim as fast as possible.
  • PACING: When racing, many swimmers will prioritize tempo over distance per stroke, which causes them to take a higher number of shorter strokes on each length. This is a very inefficient way to swim and can cause a swimmer to race much slower and fatigue quicker. At this session, Kierra will help participants refine their stroke count and tempo so that they can utilize their strengths to race faster in any distance!
  • SPRINT VS DISTANCE BREASTSTROKE: Different breaststroke events require different adjustments to technique for fast and efficient racing! Kierra will work with swimmers to adjust their breaststroke for a higher stroke rate in sprint events. In the 200 breaststroke, swimmers will focus on riding a powerful kick into a long, streamlined glide to maintain efficiency over a longer distance.
  • TRAINING BREASTSTROKE: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by Kierra and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s breaststroke and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!
JULY 31-AUGUST 2: COMPREHENSIVE BUTTERFLY RACING CAMP

JULY 31 (FRIDAY): BUTTERFLY TECHNIQUE

National Champion John Shebat will work with participants to improve on the complexities of balancing power and fluid rhythm in one of the most dynamic athletic movements. Elite butterfliers 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 butterfliers focus on driving their momentum forward with minimal drag by keeping their heads low and hips high. Participants will work with John 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. John 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.

AUGUST 1 (SATURDAY): BUTTERFLY STARTS, TURNS, & FINISHES

After developing a strong butterfly stroke on day 1, participants will focus on refining the skills that will help them drop time in any race. This session will also allow your swimmer to learn how to maximize their speed into and out of every turn and at the finish. John Shebat will also work with swimmers take advantage of their underwater dolphin kicking on the start and each wall!

  • STARTS: Your swimmer’s proper hand and foot placement on the block can allow them to drive forward with a lot of explosive power. John will work with your swimmer to find the best position on the block as well as how to launch their body forward efficiently into a tight streamline and enter the water through a small hole.
  • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably, the fastest way to move through the water! Whether you dolphin kick on your stomach, side, or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer!
  • OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! Your swimmer should not be making an open turn to touch the wall and swim the next lap; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards, enabling your swimmer to carry momentum into the push off.
  • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Your swimmer will learn how to use their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down so they don’t waste any time or strokes as they approach the wall.

AUGUST 2 (SUNDAY): BUTTERFLY APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION

Take your butterfly racing to the next level by learning different strategies for approaching any race. National Champion John Shebat will work to take the solid butterfly foundation developed on the first two days and teach sprint and distance variations for fast racing specific to any butterfly event. The session will also include a training set designed to challenge swimmers and complement the technical foundation developed earlier in the camp!

  • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. On the other side, it may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events.
  • TEMPO: Your swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help your swimmer swim as fast as possible.
  • PACING: When racing, many swimmers will prioritize tempo over distance per stroke, which causes them to take a higher number of shorter strokes on each length. This is a very inefficient way to swim and can cause a swimmer to race much slower and fatigue quicker. At this session, John will help participants refine their stroke count and tempo so that they can utilize their strengths to race faster in any distance!
  • SPRINT VS DISTANCE BUTTERFLY: Butterfly technique changes dramatically from a 50 to 200 yard race! John will work with swimmers to prioritize their underwater dolphin kicking and tempo in sprint events, as well as how to develop a breathing pattern for longer events. These technique changes will help your swimmer excel in any butterfly race!
  • TRAINING BUTTERFLY: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by John and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s butterfly and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!

ASK QUESTIONS

At each session of this series, swimmers and parents are invited to ask the Elite Clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

WATCH THE CLINICIANS

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 ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Collector’s Bag Tag for each day they are at the camp. Collect all 37 and trade with your friends!

Inquisitive, Educated Swimmers are Faster Swimmers! Sign up today!