McCook, IL

2021 High Performance Race Strategy Swim Camp Series

Sat, Aug, 21 2021 - Sun, Nov, 28 2021

Max Aquatics
4751 S, Vernon Ave, McCook, IL 60525


November 27-28: Race Strategy Camp: 100’s & 200’s –SAVE by signing up both days of one camp or multiple days across multiple camps!

This swim camp is designed for competitive swimmers to enhance their racing strategy! Participants will work with our elite clinicians to continue the ongoing perfecting technique to move through the water with powerful efficiently! Session sizes are limited to 24 participants to ensure the highest level of learning.

Session Times:
Group B: Check in 12:30 PM, Clinic 12:45-3:15 PM
Group A: Check in 4:45 PM, Clinic 5-8 PM

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum and for group assignments.

Suggested Participants

The clinicians will lead two sessions per camp for each group based on time standards.

November 27-28: Race Strategy Camp: 100’s & 200’s
– Group A: Meets AT LEAST ONE of the time standards: 100 yd Backstroke 1:12 and faster, 100 yd Breaststroke 1:20 and faster, 100 yd Butterfly 1:12 and faster, 100 yd Freestyle 1:03 and faster
– Group B: Does not meet at least one of the group A time standards



Swimmers at this camp will focus on developing a strong race strategy for events 100 and 200 yards in any stroke. By learning how to vary components of technique, pacing, and tempo, participants can take their racing to the next level in any stroke. Saturday will focus on events 200 yards in length. Sunday will focus on swimming a fast 100 yard race. This camp will be led by Olympian Josh Watson!


    Races over 200 yards and meters are some of the most fun to swim and to watch because of the wide variety of strategies that swimmers can use. Some swimmers will take the race out very fast and hope to hang on at the finish, some will save their energy and finish strong, while others will hit consistent splits to balance those two strategies. Josh Watson will help participants see which strategy works the best for their swimming as well as how to implement that plan for faster racing.

    • 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: Every swimmer strategies their 200 yard races differently, and your clinicians will demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of these main approaches. Whether your swimmer likes to go out hard or finish strong, having a pre-race strategy will help make sure they are ready to swim each race confidently!


    Swimming the 100 freestyle requires a unique strategy and planning for fast racing. Technique is tweaked to provide more power for the event, and taking advantage of the start and streamline off each wall has a larger impact. Trying to find the perfect balance between staying underwater, maintaining speed on the surface, and keeping a strong breathing pattern is difficult, but Josh is one of the best instructors to help teach your swimmer.

    • SPRINTING: Sprinting is all about swimming with “controlled aggression!” Josh Watson will demonstrate how to swim with power, while also being relaxed - having too much tension will make your swimmer slip in the water and slow down. Swimmers will observe how to tweak their stroke to make them quick yet efficient - increasing tempo, shortening the breath, and a strong connected kick will lead to an explosive race!
    • PACING: Pacing for races 100 yards or meters can be broken up many ways. Josh will present different strategies on how to swim 100s: some swimmers focus on each 50, balancing “front end speed” and “back end speed”. Experimenting and learning new techniques will allow your swimmer to improve their 100!
    • 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!


    Swimmers and parents are invited to ask their clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.


    Observe your clinicians swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.


    Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to your 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 Swim Cap!

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