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Redwood Shores, CA

Comprehensive Racing Camp Series

Sat, Oct, 16 2021 - Tue, Dec, 28 2021

TWO LOCATIONS
Bay Club in Santa Clara, &, Redwood Shores, CA 94065

Introduction

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This swim camp series consists of two, 2-day swim camps specifically designed for swimmers to develop their skills for faster racing in backstroke and breaststroke! Each camp will be produced at two different gorgeous Bay Club locations! Swimmers of all ages and abilities who sign up for these camps will develop their racing skills and drop time.

October 16-17: Comprehensive Backstroke Racing Camp at Bay Club Santa Clara (3250 Central Expy, Santa Clara, CA 95051)
December 27-28: Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Camp at Bay Club Redwood Shores (200 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065)

Scroll down for more details on the skills covered each day!

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

Session Times:
– Group B: Check in 8:45 AM, Clinic 9 AM-11:30 AM
– Group A: Check in 12:15 PM, Clinic 12:30-3:30 PM

Suggested Participants

Group Assignments:
October 16-17: Comprehensive Backstroke Racing Camp (Bay Club Santa Clara)
– Group A: 100 yd Backstroke – 1:12 and faster
– Group B: 100 yd Backstroke – 1:13 and over

December 27-28: Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Camp (Bay Club Redwood Shores)
– Group A: 100 yd Breaststroke – 1:20 and faster
– Group B: 100 yd Breaststroke – 1:21 and over

Curriculum

OCTOBER 16-17 (AT SANTA CLARA): COMPREHENSIVE BACKSTROKE RACING CAMP

This is a two-day high performance swim camp focused on racing faster in every backstroke race (plus improve in the IM!). The first day will focus on fast and efficient backstroke technique. The second day will cover applied speed and race strategy, as well as backstroke starts. This camp will be led by elite clinician Kim Vandenberg!

    OCTOBER 16: HIGH PERFORMANCE BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE

    Your swimmer understands the core components of backstroke, now begin to master the subtle skills that will help your swimmer compete at a higher level. Participants will practice using their core to create rotation as well as a stable and balanced stroke, build a powerful pull with a strategic use of stroke rate, and use their kick as a dominant propulsive force.

    • BODY POSITION: Participants will work with Elite Clinicians to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
    • ROTATION: The fastest backstrokers in the world use a powerful rotation to create more power and increase their tempo. Learn how much to rotate, when to rotate, and how to use it for maximum speed and power.
    • KICK: Have you ever noticed how many swimmer's knees break the surface when they kick in backstroke. This means that the swimmer is kicking with their knees which is less efficient than kicking from their hip. Clinicians will help swimmers maintain maximum propulsion with the proper kicking technique.
    • PULL: It is very important for swimmers to bend their elbow very early in the pull so that they can get an early catch for an immediate and powerful press back into the water.

    OCTOBER 17: BACKSTROKE APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION

    Take your backstroke racing to the next level by learning different strategies for approaching any race. Elite Clinicians will work to take the solid backstroke foundation developed on day one and teach sprint and distance variations for fast racing specific to any backstroke event. The session will end with a strategically crafted training set to highlight fast and efficient backstroke technique.

    • 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: When racing, many swimmers will prioritize tempo over distance per stroke, which causes them to take a higher number of shorter strokes on each length. This is a very inefficient way to swim and can cause a swimmer to race much slower and fatigue quicker. At this session, the clinicians will help participants refine their stroke count and tempo so that they can utilize their strengths to race faster in any distance!
    • BACKSTROKE STARTS: Getting into the right ready position utilizing the backstroke ledge with a straight back, hips high on the surface of the water, and feet positioned to get maximum power is extremely important to being able to execute a fast and clean backstroke start. Your clinicians will work with swimmers at this session to achieve a beautiful back arch over the water so that they can have an advantage in every backstroke race!
    • TRAINING BACKSTROKE: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by your clinicians and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s backstroke and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!
    DECEMBER 27-28 (AT REDWOOD SHORES): COMPREHENSIVE BREASTSTROKE RACING CAMP

    This comprehensive racing camp is focused on racing faster in every breaststroke event. Monday will cover the fundamentals of strong breaststroke technique. Tuesday will focus on breaststroke specific racing skills as well as strategies for faster racing from the 50 to 200 breaststroke.

      DECEMBER 27: BREASTSTROKE TECHNIQUE

      More than any other stroke, breaststroke is the most varied. Out of the eight finalists at the Olympic Games you might see eight different styles of strokes! Without fail, your swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are both hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. Your swimmer has the foundation, now learn from the expert how to utilize your core and hip drive to create a fluid and more forward driving stroke.

      • BODY POSITION: The best swimmers in the world learn at a young age about the importance of being patient with their stroke and trusting their "glide position". Too many young swimmers rush their stroke, create "drag" (i.e. slow themselves down) and exhaust themselves. Elite Clinicians will work with participants to maintain a better body position for a more efficient breaststroke.
      • KICK: The three parts of the kick are hips, knees, and feet. Clinicians will work with participants to kick with power from their hips while keeping their knees close and feet wide. The kick is about 80% of the power in breaststroke. Get more out of each kick for a faster breaststroke!
      • PULL: Participants in this session will learn drills to encourage them to keep their hands and elbows high on the water throughout the entire pull, thereby minimizing resistance and maintaining speed.
      • TIMING: A fast breaststroke is all about the rhythm! The proper timing will make your stroke fast, smooth and less taxing on your body. Learn how your clinicians time their breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.

      DECEMBER 28: BREASTSTROKE APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION

      After building a solid butterfly stroke on day 1, swimmers will then refine their racing skills and cover different strategies for faster racing. Elite Clinicians will work with swimmers on how to develop a race plan for any breaststroke race, whether a 50, 100, or 200. Participants will focus on swimming breaststroke with speed and efficiency, as well as accelerating in and out of every wall and executing powerful pullouts.

      • 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.
      • 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.
      • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Learn the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout. With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool faster than you could imagine.
      • TRAINING BREASTSTROKE: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by your clinicians and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s breaststroke and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!

      ASK QUESTIONS

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

      WATCH THE CLINICIANS

      Observe your 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 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!