Past Clinic: 2023 Freestyle & Video Filming/Analysis Swim Camp for Ages 13 & over

Sonomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290

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Introduction

Fitter & Faster is returning to the Snohomish Aquatics Center in Snohomish, WA to produce a 2-day swim camp on November 25 & 26, 2023! This swim camp page is for swimmers ages 13 & over. Click here if you are looking for the swim camp page for swimmers ages 9 to 12.

2023 FREESTYLE & VIDEO FILMING/ANALYSIS SWIM CAMP (Ages 13 & over)
DAY 1 (Saturday, Nov 25):
Session 1: Freestyle Technique 
Session 2: Video Filming & Analysis

DAY 2 (Sunday, Nov 26):
Session 3: Freestyle Racing & Training Skills

Click the “Curriculum Menu” below for details on this swim camp!
-> Availability in each session of the swim camp is limited to ensure the highest level learning experience.
-> SAVE when you purchase a “Bundle” for your swimmer.

Select a curriculum below

Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp
Sessions 1 & 3: COMPREHENSIVE FREESTYLE SWIM CAMP - November 25 & 26
Elite Video Filming & Analysis
Session 2: VIDEO FILMING & ANALYSIS - November 25
Curriculum
Session TimesSession Times & Groups
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp

Sessions 1 & 3: COMPREHENSIVE FREESTYLE SWIM CAMP - November 25 & 26

Freestyle is the first stroke we learn. It’s the stroke we swim the most at practice. There are more freestyle races and relays at meets... and it is the fastest stroke to move through the water. As with any other stroke, the more efficient and powerful your technique - the more success you will experience with your practices and freestyle races as your career progresses. Over two days, your swimmer, no matter their level, will improve their freestyle technique, racing and training skills!

  • DAY 1: FREESTYLE TECHNIQUE (Nov 25): Cultivating good habits to swim high level freestyle begins as soon as you learn the stroke. Even if your swimmer is already in high school - it’s never too late to begin practicing techniques that will drastically improve their efficiency, power and times. Today, your swimmer will work on techniques to strengthen their bodyline, catch, kick, pull, and breathing pattern.
  • Bodyline: A freestyle race is going to be fastest with the proper bodyline. Even the slightest adjustment of the chin, neck, and/or back can make a huge difference. As swimmers mature in the sport and grow physically, their body position shifts and often bad habits are created. Participants will learn and practice proper posture and engagement of their core to have a strong foundation for better technique - creating a full-body connection for more hydrodynamic and efficient strokes.
  • Rotation: Freestyle is fastest and most efficient when a swimmer’s body is “rotating” around their spine with each stroke. This part of swimming freestyle has a big effect on maintaining a proper bodyline. Participants will practice activating their core muscles to form a powerful connection from head to toe with every stroke - resulting in faster freestyle.
  • Kicking: A swimmer’s kick is the motor behind their freestyle! There are obviously proper and improper ways to kick which we will review at the camp. Just as important, however, is practicing the complexities of how and when swimmers need to “shift gears” in their legs to become stronger and faster racers.
  • Pull: The pull in freestyle keeps a swimmer balanced and accelerating forward. Essentially the best swimmers are creating a paddle with every stroke. The clinicians will work with participants to establish an early vertical forearm “the catch”, enabling the swimmer to put immediate pressure back on the water. Properly completing the stroke keeps the swimmer moving forward efficiently and fast.
  • DAY 2: FREESTYLE RACING AND TRAINING SKILLS (Nov 26): The technique for swimming a fast freestyle race changes depending on the distance. Learning to prioritize tempo and length of stroke, while maintaining efficiency has a huge impact on maximizing speed for sprints or increasing endurance for distance races.
  • Stroke Length: A long stroke will enable your swimmer to “catch” and hold onto more water to propel them as they swim. Whereas, a short stroke is inefficient and not sustainable for very long. The clinicians will work with participants on this important skill for fast swimming.
  • Tempo: Tempo is the rate at which a swimmer is moving their arms and legs. When sprinting short races many swimmers often tend to take too many strokes (“spin their wheels”) and not “hold onto the water”. At this camp we will explore different tempos that suit your swimmer for different distances.
  • Pacing/Control: A swimmer’s tempo will change depending on the race that they are swimming. It may also change at different points during the same race! Your elite clinician will teach participants how to manipulate their tempo, speed and energy at different points in a race. This is called Pacing or “Control”.
  • Breathing Pattern: Establishing a breathing pattern will help the swimmer stay focused and relaxed during their swim. It will also help them finish the race with enough oxygen to close the race at full speed.
  • Speed Set: At the end of this session your swimmer will do a short and fast swim set to practice everything they have learned over the past two days.
Elite Video Filming & Analysis

Session 2: VIDEO FILMING & ANALYSIS - November 25

This session is only available to participants who are signed up for both of the other comprehensive freestyle sessions. Those who register for the video analysis will have their strokes filmed at strategic angles below the surface! After the filming their video will be analyzed with voice over and graphics on the actual video by Scott Colby. Since so much of the stroke happens below water – it is incredibly important to see what’s going on below the surface! Small adjustments to your stroke can lead to big time drops! This is your opportunity to get beautiful footage of your stroke and get analysis from an expert… and you can review with your coach as well!

  • YOUR ELITE STROKE ANALYZER: Coach Colby spent 13 years working with America's top swimmers and coaches at USA Swimming Championship meets. He provided them with feedback and detailed video analysis of strokes and races. Now, he will do it for you!
  • ANALYSIS: Our Fitter and Faster expert will use a video analysis application to record their comments on your technique. They will use slow motion, pause the video at specific points, and draw on the swimmer's video all while explaining where opportunities for improvement are. Each stroke will have approximately 3 to 5 minutes of expert commentary that you can review with your coaches at home!
  • DRILL RECOMMENDATIONS: You will receive recommendations for drills to correct the technique of each swimmer.
  • SIGN UP: Select to have one stroke filmed. Or, SAVE by choosing to have all four strokes filmed. The "multi-stroke options" are for individual swimmers and cannot be split.
  • ARRIVING AT THE POOL (Retain your order number): You will receive an e-mail approximately one week before the filming session with the specific time for your swimmer to check in, warm up, and be filmed. Please retain your order number - this is how swimmers will be identified on that schedule. When you arrive at the pool, you will be greeted by Fitter & Faster staff who will provide you instructions on the filming process.
  • WARM UP: Participants will have an opportunity to warm up before filming.
  • FILMING: Our camera operator will have you swim two 25s at a strong pace of each stroke purchased (1 stroke or all 4 strokes). The filming of each stroke will take about three minutes. The video will capture a side angle and a front angle below the water to get an accurate view of your technique.
  • SESSION LEGNTH: Depending on the number of strokes you are getting recorded, your session time will run between 5 and 15 minutes.
  • TIMELINE: All videos will be analyzed and returned within 14 days of the camp. The analyzed videos along with the original video will be sent via email for you to keep!

START TIMES FOR BOTH CAMPS

  • Nov 25, Session 1: Check in 1:30 PM. Camp: 1:45-4:45 PM
  • Nov 25, Session 2: Video Analysis. *See below for more details on your filming time): 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Nov 26, Session 3: Check in 12:30 PM. Camp: 12:45-3:45 PM
Video Session:
      • Depending on the number of strokes you are getting recorded, your session time will run between 5 and 15 minutes
      • You will receive an email a week before the filming session with the specific time for your swimmer to check in, warm up, and be filmed.
      • Swimmer's scheduled time will be between 5:30PM - 8:30 PM.
      • Elite Video Filming & Analysis is for ALL swimmers ages 8 & Over, including adults!
     
 
  • Suggested Participants: Our top priority is to provide a world-class learning experience for all participants at all of our camps. This camp has sessions for swimmers ages 13 & over. Participants will range from one-year of competitive swimming experience to AAAA times and faster. If you are the parent of a child under the age of 13, CLICK HERE!

ASK QUESTIONS

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

WATCH THE CLINICIANS

Observe clinicians 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 some of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

Take a photo, get autographs, and chat with your clinicians!

Lead Clinicians

Drew Loy is an Ohio State University Alumni, two-time Big Ten Champion, and an Olympic Trials qualifier. He brings energy, joy, and a wealth of knowledge to every camp that he leads. You don't want to miss the chance to work with Drew!

Scott Colby is a former Performance Development Advisor for USA Swimming, where he spent thirteen years interacting with athletes and coaches at USA Swimming Championship meets providing feedback and detailed video analysis of strokes and races. He says, “A lot of times it’s not obvious what problem a swimmer may be having until you analyze video of their stroke. Given that opportunity, you may be able to see and fix something that makes the athlete more efficient in the water.” He goes on to say that video analysis is not about training volume over time, but about “one or two things you can do tomorrow to get faster.”

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