Concord, NH

Explosive Performance: Starts and Turns

Sat, Oct, 09 2021 - Sun, Oct, 10 2021

YMCA of Concord
15 N State St, Concord, NH 03301


October 9-10, 2021: Explosive Performance- Starts & Turns Camp – Sign up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase a Bundle!

Did you know the fastest parts of every race are the start and turns?  At this Explosive Performance swim camp, participants will work with Elite Clinician and Coach Sarah Dunleavy on the essential skills to start every race off powerfully and carry their speed through every turn! 

-Saturday, October 9: Swimmers will focus on explosive starts, momentum carrying underwaters, and powerful breakouts!
-Sunday, October 10: Swimmers will work on carrying speed into and out of flip turns and open turns as well as swimming hard into race winning finishes!

Scroll down to read more about the curriculum!

Session Times (Both Days)
11 & under: Check in 11:30 AM, Clinic 11:45-2:15 PM
12 & over: Check in 3 PM, Clinic 3:15- 6:15 PM

Suggested Participants

These camps are designed for swimmers with a minimum of one-year of competitive swimming experience all the way up to AAAA times and faster. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not invited without submitting their times or swimming history to Fitter and Faster. 



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 a dominating underwater. Sarah has spent numerous hours practicing and coaching details of starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will work with swimmers on how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

  • STARTS: Sarah will work with swimmers to find the best position on the block, as well as how to launch off with power 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 one of the most crucial components to maintaining speed off the walls! 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 explode into the first stroke and accelerate onward.


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 powerful push off every wall. Sarah Dunleavy will lead participants through a series of drills to build 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 their feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline.
  • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers will learn details of an expertly executed open turn, which involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with our clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn, and learn where to clean up any unnecessary drag.
  • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce 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


Swimmers and parents are invited to ask questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.


Observe clinicians swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.


Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to top speed with one of the best swimmers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

Take a photo with clinicians, get autographs, and a FREE Fitter and Faster Swim Cap!

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