2024 Staten Island, NY Swim Camp Series for Ages 12 & over

College of Staten Island - CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

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Introduction

Fitter & Faster is returning to the the College of Staten Island - CUNY in Staten Island, New York to produce two, 2-day swim camps for swimmers ages 12 & over during 2024! Click here if you are looking for the swim camp page for swimmers Ages 9 to 11.

2024 SWIM CAMP SERIES: Staten Island, NY (Ages 12 & over)
-> Fast Freestyle & Backstroke Swim Camp - April 6 & 7
-> Racing Essentials Swim Camp - July 27 & 28

Click the “Curriculum Menu” below for details about each swim camp!
-> Availability in each session is limited to 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience.
-> SAVE when you purchase a “Bundle” for your swimmer.

Select a curriculum below

Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp
FAST FREESTYLE & BACKSTROKE SWIM CAMP - April 6 & 7
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp
RACING ESSENTIALS SWIM CAMP - July 27 & 28
Curriculum
Session TimesSession Times & Groups
Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp

FAST FREESTYLE & BACKSTROKE SWIM CAMP - April 6 & 7

Freestyle and backstroke utilize the same body position, posture, rotation, and an early “catch” to move down the pool with efficiency and speed. They are called the “long axis” strokes because swimmers rotate their hips and torso around their spine. Over two days, your swimmer, no matter their level, will improve their freestyle and backstroke technique, racing and training skills!

  • YOUR ELITE CLINICIANS: Josh Watson (Olympian) & Kasia Sawicz!
  • DAY 1: FREESTYLE DAY! (April 6)
  • DAY 2: BACKSTROKE DAY! (April 7)
  • Bodyline: On each day of this camp, participants will learn and practice proper posture and engagement of their core for better technique in freestyle and backstroke. Participants will learn how even the slightest adjustment of the chin, neck, and/or back can make a huge difference in creating more hydrodynamic and efficient strokes - for faster swimming!
  • Rotation: Freestyle and backstroke are fastest and most efficient when a swimmer’s body is “rotating” around their spine with each stroke. This part of swimming both strokes 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 they take! On Day 1 we will work on rotation skills for Freestyle and on Day 2 rotation skills for backstroke.
  • Kicking: While similar, the kick is different in freestyle and backstroke. In both strokes the kick is the motor behind their races! There are obviously proper and improper ways to kick which we will review on each day of this 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 both freestyle and backstroke keeps a swimmer balanced and accelerating forward. Essentially the best swimmers are creating a paddle with every stroke. On each day of this camp, your clinicians will work with participants to establish an early vertical forearm “the catch”, enabling your swimmer to put immediate pressure back on the water. Properly completing the freestyle and backstroke arm-pull keeps the swimmer moving forward efficiently and fast.
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp

RACING ESSENTIALS SWIM CAMP - July 27 & 28

Swimming fast requires good technique, efficiency, power, and a hard working athlete. Participants in this session will advance their skills that apply to fast swimming in every stroke. Swimmers need to establish and cultivate habits to swim as possible with good technique that will position them for success as they mature.

  • Day 1: ESSENTIALS OF PACING (July 27): “How should I swim this race?” How many times have you heard this? Swimmers of all ages and abilities have the same question. The technique for swimming a fast 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. The name of the game is understanding all the different ways to execute the race and seeing what works for you!
  • “Easy Speed”: Establishing stroke length with the proper tempo after the breakout is essential to setting up a strong 100 in any stroke. Going as fast as we can with ease is the key to “easy speed”. We don’t want to kick or pull too hard on the first 25 in the 100 or the first 50-100 in the 500. This will cause early fatigue. Swimmers will work on techniques to swim as fast as they can in all strokes with “easy speed”.
  • 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”.
  • Establishing a Plan: A racer should have a plan for the race before it is swum! What’s your plan for front-end and back-end speed? How much time will you spend underwater before your first breath? How often will you breath each length?
  • Test the Plan: Now we test it! Swimmers will do a complete short set at the end of the session to practice racing the plan and stroke under race conditions. We’ll get off the blocks and practice some front end swims, push some back end swims, and execute some broken swims to learn what works best for you.
  • Confidence: One of the essential elements to dropping time and swimming fast is being willing to try new strategies when swimming a race. It’s ok to feel nervous and a little bit uncomfortable before your race! Entering a race with a strategy will help your swimmer with their confidence… and that confidence will help propel them to the results they aim to achieve.
  • Day 2: ESSENTIALS OF SPRINTING (July 28): At this session your swimmer will practice the essential components for high performance sprinting.
  • Body Position: A competitive swimmer’s body position is the key to fast swimming. Most swimmers are NOT hydrodynamic in the water - and that has a big effect on how fast they “allow” themselves to swim - especially as they get older. Let’s find the right body position for your swimmer.
  • Stroke Length: Lengthening their 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: When sprinting short races young swimmers often tend to take too many strokes (“spin their wheels”) and not “hold onto the water”. At this camp we will find the appropriate tempo to maximize their own personal speed.
  • Sprinting: During this session, We are going to apply proper swimming technique to swimming “all out” on top of the water with efficiency and power.
  • Sprinting Application: Swimmers at this session will work on applying their newly developed skills during racing scenarios. As with all the other segments of this camp, the clinicians will provide feedback for your swimmer to take home and apply at upcoming practices and meets.

START TIMES FOR BOTH CAMPS: Check in 12:30 PM, Camp 12:45-3:45 PM 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 12 & over. Participants will range from one-year of competitive swimming experience to AAAA times and faster.  If you are looking for the swim camp page for ages 9 to 11, 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

Throughout the camp, swimmers will practice what they've learned with some of the world's most elite Swimmer Clinicians and coaches!

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

Lead Clinicians

Josh Watson competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games for Australia and the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 1999 World Short Course Championships! Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to clinics as a Fitter and Faster clinician and gives his all to the swimmers he coaches! Don't miss the opportunity to work with Olympian & Elite Clinician Josh Watson!

Kasia is a coach and athlete for Chelsea Piers, a U.S. Masters Swimming club. She competes in, and organizes, U.S. Masters Swim meets and is inspired by swimmers age 8 to 98. She brings her love for the sport to Fitter & Faster camps, sharing with participants stories from her swimming career! By participating in a camp with Kasia, your swimmer will experience her infectious love for the sport and learn to find joy in their swimming experience.

Fitter and Faster clinicians are Olympians and National Team members who have achieved at the highest level of the sport of swimming... and who have the unique skill to teach what they know from a technical perspective to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

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Lead Clinicians

Josh Watson competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games for Australia and the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 1999 World Short Course Championships! Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to clinics as a Fitter and Faster clinician and gives his all to the swimmers he coaches! Don't miss the opportunity to work with Olympian & Elite Clinician Josh Watson!

Kasia is a coach and athlete for Chelsea Piers, a U.S. Masters Swimming club. She competes in, and organizes, U.S. Masters Swim meets and is inspired by swimmers age 8 to 98. She brings her love for the sport to Fitter & Faster camps, sharing with participants stories from her swimming career! By participating in a camp with Kasia, your swimmer will experience her infectious love for the sport and learn to find joy in their swimming experience.

Fitter and Faster clinicians are Olympians and National Team members who have achieved at the highest level of the sport of swimming... and who have the unique skill to teach what they know from a technical perspective to swimmers of all ages and abilities.