Virginia Beach, VA

Past Clinic: Explosive Performance Camp: Starts & Turns

Sat, Apr, 02 2022 - Sun, Apr, 03 2022

Batten Center at Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

A description of what was covered at this past clinic is below the upcoming clinics.

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Past Clinic


Fitter & Faster is producing a 2-day swim camp on April 2 & 3, 2022 in Virginia Beach! SAVE when you purchase the 2-day "Full Camp Bundle" for your swimmer's age group. 

     –> DAY 1: Explosive Starts, Underwaters & Breakouts
     –> DAY 2: Fast Flip Turns, Open Turns, & Finishes

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!

12 & Under: Check in 9 AM, Camp  9:15-11:45 AM
13 & Over: Check in 12:30 PM, Camp 12:45 -3:45 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.


Explosive Performance: Starts, Turns, Underwaters, Breakouts and Finishes - April 2 & 3, 2022

The momentum generated from an explosive start and turns are the FASTEST that elite swimmers are moving in a race! The more efficient, powerful and hydrodynamic your swimmer is, directly impacts their speed and distance they travel in the water before taking their first stroke!


    The better a swimmer’s technique is off the starting block, the more speed they will carry into the water. Day 1 of this swim camp will help your swimmer improve their start, underwater dolphin kicking and breakouts!

    • BLOCK STARTS: To ensure an explosive start, a swimmer needs to set themselves up properly on the block. The elite clinicians will work with participants on the optimal positioning of your swimmer’s entire body to allow for a quick reaction time and optimal speed.
    • STREAMLINE: The streamline - if done properly - will be the fastest a swimmer travels while in the water. Proper streamlines are even faster than underwater dolphin kicking. Even the most elite swimmers in the world are constantly working on improving their streamline. Your swimmer will get tips to improve their streamline and a better appreciation of what they need to do on every single wall in practice and in races.
    • INITIATING UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: Elite swimmers want to maximize their streamline on every single lap. So, they don’t want to start their underwater dolphin kicking while they’re still achieving maximum speed in their streamline. They also don’t want to start the underwater dolphin kicking after their streamline has begun to slow. Your swimmer is going to learn how to time when to begin their underwater dolphin kicking.
    • POWERFUL UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: There are a few different techniques that swimmers use when underwater dolphin kicking. The common theme of these techniques is that the best swimmers kick up and down with equal power. We will show your swimmer the different techniques that elite swimmers use and teach them how to implement.
    • NUMBER OF UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKS: Figuring out the optimal number of kicks off each wall, for each race, is essential to fast swimming. Elite swimmers want to spend only the absolute necessary amount of time underwater to establish speed with each length. They want to avoid losing their breath and taking weak kicks.
    • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the speed created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to explode into each lap.


    Fast turns and well-timed finishes are crucial elements to fast times and winning close races. Today, we're going to work with your swimmer on taking this crucial part of every race (and practice) to the next level!

    • MOMENTUM: At the elite level of swimming, walls aren’t just used for turning around - they are used to generate speed and momentum going into the next lap. Outside of the elite ranks, most swimmers stop or slow down while going into the wall, which kills their momentum! We will work with participants on the intricacies of approaching every wall at top speed and seamlessly initiating their “turn”.
    • FLIP TURNS: After swimming freestyle and backstroke at full speed into the wall, participants will practice the techniques to quickly and powerfully execute their flipturn.
    • OPEN TURNS: Most swimmers literally stop at the wall for a fraction of a second or more before pushing off to swim their next lap. Not only are they losing time at the wall, but they’re also losing all of the momentum they had from their previous lap! Elite butterfly and breaststroke swimmers are doing more of a pivot. They are utilizing speed from the last lap to create momentum and even more speed at the beginning of the next lap. Participants in this session will work on techniques to achieve this as well.
    • FINISHES: Races are won and lost by hundredths-of-a-second at every swim meet. Many races come down to the last few strokes. At this camp, your swimmer will learn techniques to set themselves up for a well-timed finish about 10 yards from the wall.


    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.


    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 your 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 swim cap!

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