Past Clinic: Las Vegas, NV Swim Camp

Durango Hills YMCA
3521 N Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89129

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Past Clinic

Introduction

Fitter & Faster is returning to Las Vegas, NV for two, 2-day swim camps on September 17 & 18, 2022! SAVE when you purchase a "Full Camp Bundle" for your swimmer's age group. 

Ages 12 & Under: HIGH PERFORMANCE FREESTYLE & BACKSTROKE CAMP
    DAY 1: Freestyle Day! 
    DAY 2: Backstroke Day! 

  • Due to high demand, we have added BONUS SESSIONS for swimmers ages 9 to 12!

Ages 13 & up: RACE STRATEGY & EXECUTION: 100's & 200's FOR ALL STROKES
    DAY 1: Fast 100's 
    DAY 2: Fast 200's

Leading this swim camp is ELITE Clinician Roland Schoeman. He is a 5-time former world-record holder and 4-time Olympian. Scroll down for more details on the curriculum! Session sizes are limited to only 24 participants to allow for the best learning experience. 

Select a curriculum below

Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp
Ages 9 to 12: FREESTYLE & BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE CAMP - Sept 17 & 18, 2022
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp
Ages 13 & up: RACE STRATEGY AND EXECUTION SWIM CAMP - Sept 17 & 18, 2022
Curriculum
Session TimesSession Times & Groups
Backstroke Comprehensive Racing Camp

Ages 9 to 12: FREESTYLE & BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE CAMP - Sept 17 & 18, 2022

Freestyle and backstroke utilize the same body position, posture, rotation, and an early “catch” to move down the pool with efficiency and speed. They are called the “long axis” strokes because swimmers rotate their hips and torso around their spine. Over two days, your swimmer, no matter their level, will improve their freestyle and backstroke technique, racing and training skills!

  • DAY 1: High Performance Freestyle Technique (Sept 17)
  • DAY 2: High Performance Backstroke Technique (Sept 18)
  • Bodyline: On each day of this camp, participants will learn and practice proper posture and engagement of their core for better technique in freestyle and backstroke. Participants will learn how even the slightest adjustment of the chin, neck, and/or back can make a huge difference in creating more hydrodynamic and efficient strokes - for faster swimming!
  • Rotation: Freestyle and backstroke are fastest and most efficient when a swimmer’s body is “rotating” around their spine with each stroke. This part of swimming both strokes has a big effect on maintaining a proper bodyline. Participants will practice activating their core muscles to form a powerful connection from head to toe with every stroke they take! On Day 1 we will work on rotation skills for Freestyle and on Day 2 rotation skills for backstroke.
  • Kicking: While similar, the kick is different in freestyle and backstroke. In both strokes the kick is the motor behind their races! There are obviously proper and improper ways to kick which we will review on each day of this camp. Just as important, however, is practicing the complexities of how and when swimmers need to “shift gears” in their legs to become stronger and faster racers.
  • Pull: The pull in both freestyle and backstroke keeps a swimmer balanced and accelerating forward. Essentially the best swimmers are creating a paddle with every stroke. On each day of this camp, your clinicians will work with participants to establish an early vertical forearm “the catch”, enabling your swimmer to put immediate pressure back on the water. Properly completing the freestyle and backstroke arm-pull keeps the swimmer moving forward efficiently and fast.
Freestyle Comprehensive Racing Camp

Ages 13 & up: RACE STRATEGY AND EXECUTION SWIM CAMP - Sept 17 & 18, 2022

“How should I swim this race?” How many times have you heard this? Swimmers of all ages and abilities have the same question. There are many different ways to swim a fast 100 and 200 in every stroke. The name of the game is understanding all the different ways to execute the race and seeing what works for you! On Day 1 of this camp the focus will be exclusively on 100’s. On Day 2 the focus will be on the 200's.

  • DAY 1: FAST 100’S! (Sept 17)
  • DAY 2: FAST 200'S! (Sept 18)
  • STRATEGIES: At this camp your swimmer will learn various strategies that elite swimmers have executed with top results. Before your camp you will be emailed links to several elite level races of 100 and/or 200 yards/meters across all strokes, along with a brief summary of each. At the camp we will discuss and practice those strategies.
  • EASY SPEED: Establishing stroke length with the proper tempo after the breakout is essential to setting up a strong 100 and 200 in any stroke. Going as fast as we can with ease is the key to “easy speed”. We don’t want to kick or pull too hard on the first 25 in the 100 or the first 50 in the 200. This will cause early fatigue. Swimmers will work on techniques to swim as fast as they can in all strokes with “easy speed”.
  • CONTROL: Your elite clinician will teach participants how to manipulate their speed and energy at different points in a race.
  • FRONT-END & BACK-END SPEED: The first half (front-end) and second half (back-end) of the 100 and 200 can be “broken up” to ensure an effective plan. Some swimmers go out really fast and hang on, while others control the first part of their race, then try to “back-end” the race at full speed. Testing new strategies at this camp will give your swimmer confidence in their next race.
  • UNDERWATER KICK COUNT: Figuring out the optimal number of kicks off each wall is essential to a fast 100 and 200. Your underwater strategy is likely to be different in the 100's versus 200’s. A swimmer wants to spend only the absolute necessary amount of time underwater to establish speed with each length. We want to avoid losing our breath and/or taking weak kicks.
  • BREATHING PATTERN: Establishing a breathing pattern will help the swimmer stay focused and relaxed on their own swim. It will also help them finish the race with enough oxygen to close the race at full speed.
  • ESTABLISHING A PLAN: A racer should have a plan for the race before it is swum! What’s your plan for front-end and back-end speed? How much time will you spend underwater before your first breath? How often will you breath each length?
  • TEST THE PLAN IN PRACTICE: Now we test it! Swimmers will do a complete short set at the end of the session to practice racing the plan and stroke under race conditions. We’ll get off the blocks and practice some front end swims, push some back end swims, and race some straight 100’s or 200’s depending on the sessions.
  • CONFIDENCE: One of the essential elements to dropping time and swimming fast is being willing to try new strategies when swimming a race. It’s ok to feel nervous and a little bit uncomfortable before your race! Entering a race with a strategy will help your swimmer with their confidence… and that confidence will help propel them to the results they aim to achieve.

SESSION START TIMES

  • Ages 9 to 12: Check in 9 AM, Camp 9:15-11:45 AM
  • Ages 13 & Over: Check in 12:30 PM, Camp 12:45-3:45 PM
  • Bonus session (Ages 9 to 12): Check in 4:15 PM, Camp 4:30-7 PM
Suggested Participants: Our top priority is to provide a world-class learning experience for all participants at all of our camps. This camp has sessions for swimmers ages 9 to 12 and 13 & older. Participants will range from one-year of competitive swimming experience to AAAA times and faster. If you are the parent of a child under the age of 9 and would like for your child to be considered for the younger sessions of this camp, please complete this questionnaire.

ASK QUESTIONS

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.

WATCH THE CLINICIANS

Observe clinicians 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 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 GIFT!

Lead Clinician

Four-Time Olympian Roland Schoeman is a sprint freestyle and butterfly specialist who's passion for swimming fast is only matched by his passion for imparting his knowledge on others! He has several Olympic medals to his name due to his patience in trusting the process and his focus on doing the little things right. Sign up your swimmer to learn his tips and tricks for being more explosive at this camp! (Photo Credit: Steven Lippman)

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

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