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Clermont, FL

Explosive Performance & Race Strategy Camp Series

Sat, May, 22 2021 - Sun, Nov, 28 2021

National Training Center
1935 Don Wickham Dr, Clermont, FL 34711

Introduction

Explosive Performance & Race Strategy Camp SeriesSAVE by signing up both days of one camp or multiple days across multiple camps!

This swim camp series consists of two, 2-day camps. Swimmers will take their racing to the next level by focusing on improving both their skills and strategies to drop time in any event!

May 22-23: Explosive Performance: Starts & Turns Camp
November 27-28: Race Strategy Camp: 100’s & 200’s

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!

Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience!

Session Times (All Days):
– Group B: Check in 8:45 AM, Clinic 9-11:30 AM
– Group A: Check in 11:45 AM, Clinic 12-3:00 PM

Suggested Participants

The clinicians will lead two sessions per camp for each group based on your swimmer’s best times.

Group Assignments:
May 22-23: Explosive Performance: Starts & Turns Camp
– Group A: 100 yd Freestyle – 1:03 and faster
– Group B: 100 yd Freestyle – 1:04 and over

November 27: Groups will be based on swimmer’s 200 yd freestyle time
– Group A: 200 yd Freestyle – 2:18 and faster
– Group B: 200 yd Freestyle – 2:19 and over

November 28: Groups will be based on your swimmer’s 100 yd freestyle time
– Group A: 100 yd Freestyle – 1:03 and faster
– Group B: 100 yd Freestyle – 1:04 and over

Curriculum

MAY 22-23: EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE: STARTS & TURNS CAMP

The fastest that swimmers are ever moving through the water is after the start and after every turn! On Saturday, the curriculum will focus on explosive starts, powerful underwater dolphin kicking, and snappy breakouts. Then on Sunday, participants will work on accelerating through every flip turn and open turn into a well-timed finish. This camp will be lead by Olympic Gold Medalist Roland Schoeman and two time Olympian Brett Fraser!

    MAY 22: STARTS & UNDERWATERS

    The start sets up a swimmers race. The more power off the block the better! There are countless intricacies to performing an explosive start, followed by an efficient and dominating underwater. Roland and Brett have spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will work with swimmers on how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

    • STARTS: Roland and Brett will work with swimmers to find their best position on the block as well as how to powerfully launch off into a tight streamline. Swimmers will also discover their optimal reaction time to get off the blocks fast and ahead of their competition.
    • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their underwater. It's the fastest way to move through the water! Understanding the importance of streamlined underwater speed is vital for every level of swimmer.
    • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate to explode into the lap.

    MAY 23: TURNS & FINISHES

    Focusing on having faster turns is an easy way to drop time and win close races. Elite swimmers maintain their momentum through a quick turn and powerfully push off every wall. Brett and Roland will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race.

    • FLIP TURNS: Swimmers will identify and work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will also practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline.
    • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers should not just go through the motions of an open turn; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with their clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn.
    • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will learn how to use their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.
    NOVEMBER 27-28: RACE STRATEGY CAMP: 100’S & 200’S

    "How should I swim my race?" It's a question all swimmers will ask many times throughout their careers. To an outsider, this may sound like a silly question... surely the answer is as simple as "fast'. However, there is so much more to it! In order to be an effective and efficient racer, swimmers must go into every race with a plan as well as a deep understanding of the relationship between all of the elements that make up a great race. This camp is not about any specific stroke; it's all about all of the possible strategies that go into a fast and efficient 100 and 200 race plan so that your swimmer can find the best strategy for them and become a more confident racer!

      NOVEMBER 27: SWIMMING A FAST 200

      Races over 200 yards and meters are some of the most fun to swim and TO watch because of the wide variety of strategies that swimmers can use. Some swimmers will take the race out very fast and hope to hang on at the finish, some will save their energy and finish strong, while others will hit consistent splits to balance those two strategies. Your Elite Clinicians will help participants see which strategy works the best for their swimming as well as how to implement that plan for faster racing.

      • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. On the other side, it may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events.
      • TEMPO: Your swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help your swimmer swim as fast as possible.
      • PACING: Every swimmer strategies their 200 yard races differently, and your clinicians will demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of these main approaches. Whether your swimmer likes to go out hard or finish strong, having a pre-race strategy will help make sure they are ready to swim each race confidently!

      NOVEMBER 28: SWIMMING A FAST 100

      Swimming the 100 freestyle requires a unique strategy and planning for fast racing. Technique is tweaked to provide more power for the event, and taking advantage of the start and streamline off each wall has a larger impact. Trying to find the perfect balance between staying underwater, maintaining speed on the surface, and keeping a strong breathing pattern is difficult, but your Elite Clinicians are some of the best instructors to help teach your swimmer.

      • SPRINTING: Sprinting is all about swimming with “controlled aggression!” Clinicians will demonstrate how to swim with power, while also being relaxed - having too much tension will make your swimmer slip in the water and slow down. Swimmers will observe how to tweak their stroke to make them quick yet efficient - increasing tempo, shortening the breath, and a strong connected kick will lead to an explosive race!
      • PACING: Pacing for races 100 yards or meters can be broken up many ways. Elite Clinicians will present different strategies on how to swim 100s: some swimmers focus on each 50, balancing “front end speed” and “back end speed”. Experimenting and learning new techniques will allow your swimmer to improve their 100!
      • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably, the fastest way to move through the water! Whether you dolphin kick on your stomach, side, or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer!

      ASK QUESTIONS

      At each session of this series, swimmers and parents are invited to ask the Elite Clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

      WATCH THE CLINICIAN

      Observe the clinicians at each session 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 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 with the clinicians, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Collector’s Bag Tag for each day they are at the camp. Collect all 37 and trade with your friends!

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