Interactive, Online Technique Course

Past Clinic: Elite Performance 2 Week Backstroke Technique Course: Ages 14 & Over

Tue, May, 26 2020 - Sat, Jun, 06 2020

Interactive, Online Technique Course

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Past Clinic


Small Session, Online Backstroke Technique Program – Practice, refine and learn techniques to become a better swimmer without a pool!

*** This online program is designed specifically for only 12 swimmers ages 14 & over!

Work with a NCAA Champion to learn technique to swim more efficiently and for faster racing. Together, you will review examples of techniques done both properly and improperly. Practice the movements in front of a mirror while receiving feedback from your clinician. Learn to harness the power of visualization with your instructor to apply what you learned in the water.

Participants in this program will develop an in-depth understanding of the movements and techniques required to swim fast in this interactive and engaging program.

This course includes:

  • 4 classes over 2 weeks
  • Each class is 30 to 40 minutes long
  • PRIVATE SESSION: Each participant will receive one private one-on-one session for 10 minutes so that you and your instructor can get to know each other better. 
  • Participants will utilize video, out of water exercises, and visualization

Leading this backstroke course is 5-time NCAA Champion John Shebat! John is a very thorough and engaging instructor. He has studied technique her whole life in order to become one of the best in the world. Your swimmer will be able to work with John to get inside his mind and his backstroke to race faster!

This program consists of 4 classes over 2 weeks. The main focus of each class will be on a different component of the stroke:

  1. Body Position and Core
  2. Full Arm Pull
  3. Hips and Kick
  4. Stroke Length and Tempo

Class Schedule:
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM ET
Saturdays at 5:00 PM ET
Class begins on May 26

Suggested Participants

This course will be for swimmers ages 14 and older! Bring a notebook and pen or pencil to take notes. Please also be near a mirror so that your swimmer can practice the movements and watch themselves to build muscle memory.



Each class will focus on a different component of backstroke. Each class will build upon what has been previously reviewed. NCAA Champion John Shebat will work with participants to engage them in an age appropriate and enthusiastic learning environment. Each class will be structured similarly and follow a pattern designed to accelerate learning and build muscle memory outside of the pool. Swimmers who complete this course will be better prepared to swim fast when pools reopen!

  • Introduction: The class will open with a welcome from NCAA Champion John Shebat. He will review a summary of the skill being taught as well as the importance of that skill as it fits into the whole backstroke stroke.
  • Video Examples: John will then show video examples of both good and bad technique for that specific skill. He will point out what makes the demonstration good or bad and why.
  • Drill Videos: Corrective drill videos will then be shown to help swimmers understand what they might be able to do to fix or improve their technique in that specific area of the stroke.
  • Dryland Exercises: Practice both exercises to build muscle memory as well as practice movements in front of a mirror to develop an image of the skills. The movement component is particularly important right now while swimmers need to keep their muscles remembering the movement of swimming with good technique!
  • Visualization: Swimmers will then close their eyes and visualize themselves swimming the technique and the drills to reinforce what they have now watched and mimed. This continues to develop the learning component and build a memory and feeling of each technique.
  • Review, Notes, Other Questions: The class will wrap up with swimmers writing the main points of what was learned in a log book to help them remember what was worked on. Participants are also welcome to ask questions!

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