Championship Stroke and Skills Camp
Mon, Jun, 10 2019 - Fri, Jun, 14 2019
National Training Center - Clermont, FL
1935 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711
FIVE DAY COMPREHENSIVE SWIM CAMP! Sign up for individual sessions or SAVE by signing up for all 5 days!
This swim camp located only 35 minutes from Orlando International Airport is designed for competitive swimmers to improve all aspects of their racing. At this five day swim camp there will be two sessions each day: one for swimmers ages 11 and younger, and one for swimmers ages 12 and older.
Each of the first four days of this camp will focus in detail on each stroke. Then day five will cover starts, underwater dolphin kicking, and finishes. At each session we will educate the swimmers through the use of video and in-water demonstrations to help them understand big improvements come from small, consistent changes.
Leading each session of this camp is Elite Clinician and Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman. Nick is one of the most experienced and requested clinicians with Fitter and Faster – we expect past participants from throughout the USA to come to this clinic to spend five days learning from him! Local swimmers have a very special opportunity.
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Nick will be in the water leading 2 sessions each day for 5 days. This camp is recommended for swimmers with at least 2 years of competitive swimming experience and is not recommended for swimmers younger than 9 years old.
Day 1 (Monday): Butterfly
On Day 1, Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman will work with the 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 butterflyers focus on driving their momentum forward with minimal drag by keeping their heads low and hips high. Participants will work with Nick Thoman 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. Nick 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.
Day 2 (Tuesday): Backstroke
Your swimmer understands the core components of backstroke, now begin to master the subtle skills that will help your swimmer compete at the next level. Participants will practice using their core to create rotation as well as a stable and balanced stroke, build a powerful pull with a strategic use of stroke rate, and use their kick as a dominant propulsive force.
- BODY POSITION: Participants will work with Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
- KICK: Have you ever noticed how many swimmer's knees break the surface when they kick in backstroke. This means that the swimmer is kicking with their knees which is less efficient than kicking from their hip. Nick will help swimmers maintain maximum propulsion with the proper kicking technique
- PULL: It is very important for swimmers to bend their elbow very early in the pull so that they can get an early catch for an immediate and powerful press back into the water.
- TIMING: The fastest backstrokers in the world use a powerful rotation to create more power and increase their tempo. Learn how much to rotate, when to rotate, and how to use it for maximum speed and power.
Day 3 (Wednesday): Breaststroke
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. Nick Thoman 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. Nick 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 you to keep your 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 your clinician times their breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.
Day 4 (Thursday): Freestyle
Freestyle is the stroke that you swim more than any other. Creating good freestyle habits NOW will not only help your swimmer race fasster, but it will also help prevent injury in the future. Olympic gold medalist Nick Thoman will be in the water leading participants through each part of the freestyle stroke and drills to help them create good habits and deepen their understanding of fast and efficient freestyle technique.
- BODYLINE: Your swimmer's freestyle will never be fast without a strong bodyline. Your swimmer will renforce good posture and engage their core to have a strong foundation for a faster freestyle.
- KICK: Become a stronger and faster kicker through learning about both the technique and timing of each kick from an Olympian.
- PULL: The best swimmers in the world utilize an early vertical forearm to put immediate pressure back on the water. Nick will also teach swimmers how to get maximum extension and a powerful finish! Learn new drills and exercises to get more power out of every stroke!
- ROTATION: Participants will learn to utilize their rotation form more connection and power out of every pull and every kick.
- BREATH: All swimmers know to keep one goggle in and one goggle out when they take a breath, but do they know when and how long to breathe? Nick will show your swimmer how to make each breath more efficient for faster freestyle racing no matter what distance.
Day 5 (Friday): Race Skills
The start is your opportunity to cover as much ground as possible in a very short period of time, with great efficiency and momentum heading into your underwater kicking and breakout. There are countless intricacies to performing a start and you only get better with practice. Nick Thoman will share his experiences on how he found time to practice and improve his starts both in and out of the water and teach your swimmer some of his most effective strategies to execute this explosive and athletic movement as well as faster finishes.
- STARTS: How you set up on the block including proper hand and foot placement can allow your swimmer to explode forward with a lot of explosive power. Nick will work with each swimmer to find their best position on the block as well as how to launch their body forward into a tight streamline and enter through a small hole.
- UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The not-so-secret weapon of elite level swimmers is their underwater dolphin kick. The fastest swimmers in the world are faster underwater than on the surface and they utilize this skill. Nick Thoman will teach your swimmer how to unlock the speed and power of their underwater dolphin kick to generate more speed leading into their breakout.
- BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers lose momentum in the breakout by breaking their streamline and lifting their head. This creates drag which slows them down! Work with Nick to maintain a streamlined body position as your swimmer takes the first stroke while keeping their head down and arm long. Maintaining the momentum after the dophin kicks is a key to racing fast!
- FINISHES: Many races come down to the very last stroke. Your swimmer will learn how to drive their legs, elongate their arms, and keep their head down so that your swimmer doesn't waste any time or strokes as they approach the wall.
Each day, swimmers and parents are invited to ask Nick questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe Nick 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
Get your heartrate up with one of the best swimmers in the world and watch his near-flawless technique - achieved by practicing the same drills he will teach you.
Take a photo while wearing Nick's medals, get autographs, and receive a special gift from our sponsors!