How to get the most out of your swim camp experience

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Be Inquisitive!

Fitter and Faster swim camps are constantly evolving. Some of the most successful professionals in swimming history develop Fitter and Faster Curriculums that deliver results for participants.

Selecting swim camps to attend:

Among the 12,000+ participants in Fitter and Faster swim camps on an annual basis, thousands of these participants attend multiple Fitter and Faster swim camps annually because we have such a wide variety of curriculums and clinicians who have their own way of teaching.

→ Attend swim camps that enhance your strengths and potentially builds on strokes you already excel at.

→ Pick camps that work on weaknesses in your technique.

Most of the swim camps we design are for competitive swimmers between the ages of 10 and 17 with two or more years of organized competitive experience. Our swim clinics and camps are attended by swimmers who swim in the first few heats of local competitions all the way up to Junior National champions, age group record holders and swimmers who have gone on to swim at the NCAA Division 1 level and Olympic Trials. One past attendee even competed at the 2016 Olympics.

What to bring??? Swimmers should bring their swimsuits, caps, goggles, towels, drinking water and a snack.  Equally as important – participants should come to their camp with an open mind, interested in learning new techniques, hear engaging stories, and overall become a faster and smarter swimmer!

Get the most out of the day: Listen to the clinicians and their explanations for each exercise, drill or technique. Understand why they include them in their lesson plan and how they incorporate them into their own training.

Perhaps you already know how to swim really fast. You also may know a few or even all of the drills being reviewed. For elite age group swimmers at the AAAA level, this is your chance to pick up one little thing about the “catch” in breaststroke, for example, that helps improve your propulsion and enables you to drop time.  Learn the reasons your clinician does what he or she does or favors a particular technique or drill.

Ask questions! Remember, the best swimmers in the world are all extremely inquisitive.  They are constantly observing how other athletes swim in order to determine what may or may not work for them.  You should be inquisitive too: your swim camp is your opportunity to ask questions and absorb all the information they have to share.

Make sure you can hear the clinicians!  If you are having trouble hearing, don’t be afraid to ask them to speak up or have them repeat something for you.  We want to make sure you take in as much as possible from each clinician.

When you leave…, be sure to write down the best parts of the day. Include anecdotes  that you heard during the day.  Perhaps you’ll take notes on the drills learned or what to think about during drills.  Document the stories shared and the strategies your clinicians used to become successful.  This will encourage good learning habits and help swimmers become great students of their sport.

Check back often… at FitterandFaster.com to find other swim camps in your area.   As previously mentioned, every clinic is different from the next and the learning is an on-going process!

We hope you enjoy the experience!  We strive to enhance our programs, reach more participants, and improve our service.  Please fill out the survey that is emailed to you following each clinic, so we have feedback that will help us incorporate new ideas as Fitter and Faster Swim Tour continues to improve and grow year after year.