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Portland, OR

Explosive Starts and Turns Camp

Sat, Oct, 02 2021 - Sun, Oct, 03 2021

Parkrose Pool
12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220

Introduction

October 2-3: Explosive Performance Starts and Turns CampSign up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase a Bundle! 

The fastest that your swimmer is ever moving through the water is after the start and after every turn! At this camp, swimmers will work with elite clinician Michael Salazar to explode off of every start and turn. Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience!

Saturday, October 2: Explosive starts, Underwaters & Breakouts
Sunday, October 3: Flip turns, Open turns & Finishes

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!

Session Times – Both Days
12 & Under: Check in 9 AM, Clinic 9:15-11:45 AM
13 & Over: Check in 12:15 PM, Clinic 12:30-3:30 PM

Suggested Participants

This camp is 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 10 years old are not invited without submitting their times or swimming history to Fitter and Faster.

Curriculum

DAY 1 (SATURDAY): STARTS & UNDERWATERS

The start is your swimmer’s opportunity to cover as much ground as possible in a very short period of time with great efficiency and momentum heading into a tight streamline. There are countless intricacies to performing a start, and it will only improve with practice. Michael has spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will show your swimmer how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

  • STARTS: Our clinicians 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 movements in their breakout that create drag and destroy all of the momentum created during their underwater dolphin kicks. Your swimmer will work on staying streamlined and keeping their head down on the first stroke to accelerate into the first few strokes.

DAY 2 (SUNDAY): 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 powerful push off every wall. Michael 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 elite 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.

ASK QUESTIONS

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

WATCH THE CLINICIANS

Observe the clinician 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 & coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

Take a photo with clinicians, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster swim cap for the camp.

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