Austin Swim Camp Series (Ages 13 & over)

Austin, TX

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Introduction

Fitter & Faster is returning to Austin, Texas to produce two, 2-day swim camps in 2024! This swim camp page is for competitive swimmers ages 13 & over.

Austin, TX Swim Camp Series (Ages 13 & over)
-> Elite Speed & Power (April 20 & 21)
-> Comprehensive Backstroke Racing (October 26 & 27)

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 the “Entire Camp Bundle” for your swimmer.
-> Each swim camp will be held at a different location, please see 'Session Groups & Times' for addresses

ADDITIONAL SWIM CAMPS IN AUSTIN, TX:
-> Ages 7 to 10
-> Ages 10 to 12

Select a curriculum below

Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp
ELITE SPEED & POWER SWIM CAMP - April 20 & 21
Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp
COMPREHENSIVE BACKSTROKE RACING SWIM CAMP - October 26 & 27
Curriculum
Session TimesSession Times & Groups
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp

ELITE SPEED & POWER SWIM CAMP - April 20 & 21

Due to the advanced concepts covered in this camp, this camp is exclusively for swimmers ages 13 & older. Swimming fast requires good technique, efficiency, power, and a hard working athlete. Elite swimmers are always working on this. At the Elite Speed and Power Camp, participants will advance their skills that apply to fast swimming in every stroke. This swim camp will be led by Elite Clinician & Sprint Phenom: Amy Bilquist!

  • DAY 1 (Saturday, April 20): GENERATING POWER!: Developing power will help your swimmer be more efficient and stronger in the water! To strengthen swimming specific movements, the elite clinicians will work with participants on improving power in their strokes, using resistance training and dynamic warm-ups to their advantage.
  • Gear to Bring with You: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
  • Dynamic Warm-up: In order to go fast, you need to be warm! The clinicians will take participants through a combination of light cardio exercises and dynamic stretches to get the blood flowing to the muscles and loosen joints in preparation to SWIM FAST! Remember: Bring your Gym Shoes!
  • Establishing Your Catch to Maximize Power in Your Stroke: The only way to generate maximum power in your stroke is by “holding” as much water as possible. That process begins with “your catch” at the top of every stroke. At this camp your clinicians will work with you to ensure you are grabbing onto and holding water throughout your stroke.
  • Resistance Training: Resistance is an excellent method of building power - especially in the water. It also helps to expose areas within your technique that can be strengthened. The clinicians will take your swimmer through resistance training methods! Properly swimming with hand paddles and a T-shirt will add resistance and develop power! Remember: Bring a t-shirt to swim in and your hand paddles!
  • DAY 2 (Sunday, April 21): CREATING & MAINTAINING SPEED: Your swimmer is going to learn how to swim at top speeds while continuing to leverage the powerful stroke that we worked on the day before! On Day 1, participants swam slower than they normally swim because of the resistance we added to establish a “powerful stroke”. Today is about swimming FASTER than you normally swim with assistance from fins and paddles and by leveraging speed from dives and push offs.
  • Gear to Bring with You: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
  • "Overspeed Training": Practice how to swim with good technique at speeds faster than you’ll ever go in a race with the assistance of fins and paddles and by exploiting and sustaining speed from dives and push offs. We will utilize overspeed drills in and out of turns, in their breakouts and finishes. Remember: Bring your fins and hand paddles!
  • Tempo & Distance Per Stroke: To swim faster swimmers either need to increase their tempo while maintaining their distance per stroke or increase their distance per stroke while maintaining the their tempo. We will work on both! Power and technique improve distance per stroke and overspeed training helps improve tempo.
  • Maintaining Technique Through Fatigue: When swimmers get tired, their technique can break down. We are going to work with participants on how to handle fatigue. Competitive swimmers who focus on technique through fatigue in practice and in races reap the rewards of faster times.
  • 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.
Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp

COMPREHENSIVE BACKSTROKE RACING SWIM CAMP - October 26 & 27

Over 2 days, swimmers will work with Fitter and Faster’s world-class clinicians to strengthen their backstroke technique and apply racing and training tactics that will lead to better performances in their competitions!

  • DAY 1 (Saturday, October 26): BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE: Cultivating good habits to swim high level Backstroke 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, and pull - resulting in faster backstroke races.
  • Bodyline: A competitive swimmer’s bodyline is the key to fast swimming. The name of the game is to eliminate all extra movement of the body including even the slightest bobbing, wiggling. 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 backstroke.
  • Rotation: Backstroke is fastest and most efficient when a swimmer’s body is “rotating” around their spine with each stroke. This part of swimming Backstroke 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 backstroke!
  • Kick: A swimmer’s kick is the motor behind their Backstroke! 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: Just like in freestyle, the pull in backstroke 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 (Sunday, October 27): BACKSTROKE RACING AND TRAINING SKILLS: On Day 1, participants practiced high performance backstroke techniques. Now, let’s leverage these skills to develop strong racing and training habits. Learning to prioritize tempo and length of stroke, while maintaining efficiency has a huge impact on maximizing speed in backstroke.
  • 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 their backstroke races.
  • Pacing/Control: A swimmer’s tempo will change depending on the backstroke 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”.
  • Backstroke Starts: The fastest part of every single race is the start - that’s no different for backstroke! Your swimmer is going to learn and practice starting a high performance backstroke race. We’re going to work on a “clean”, fast water entry in which the athlete carries the momentum from the start into their streamline, underwater dolphin kicking and breakout.
  • 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.

SESSION START TIMES FOR BOTH CAMPS: Check in 11:45 AM, Camp 12-3 PM LOCATIONS: 

  • APRIL 20 & 21: @ Life Time Fitness - 13725 Ranch Road #620, Austin, TX 78717
  • OCTOBER 26 & 27: @ Dell JCC - 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731
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 looking for the swim camp page for ages 10 to 12, please 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

National Champion Amy Bilquist believes that no matter how fast you are, there is always more to learn. Amy has swam for some of the most incredible coaches on the planet and now she wants to share what she's learned with your swimmer. The key to success is small and consistent improvement. Sign up to learn from Amy and find new ways to drop time!

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.

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

Countdown
  • 7days
  • 07hours
  • 22minutes
  • 31seconds
Lead Clinicians

National Champion Amy Bilquist believes that no matter how fast you are, there is always more to learn. Amy has swam for some of the most incredible coaches on the planet and now she wants to share what she's learned with your swimmer. The key to success is small and consistent improvement. Sign up to learn from Amy and find new ways to drop time!

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.