Our Swim Camps and Clinics

Not all swim camps and swim clinics are created equal. At Peak Performance Swim Camp we offer expert coaching and instruction in an upbeat, supportive, and structured environment geared to achieving peak performance. Swimmers and parents alike are often amazed at the degree of improvement upon returning home.

Former Olympic Coach Nick Baker, founder and head coach of Peak Performance Swim Camp is on deck, each and every day, to ensure that his holistic approach to competitive swimming is implemented to the fullest, and that all swimmers get the individual attention and instruction they deserve.

Over the past 18 years, Coach Baker has conducted more than 350 swim camps and clinics and has not missed a single practice. Joining Coach Baker on deck is a host of highly qualified coaches with an average of 25 years coaching experience. We also maintain one of the lowest swimmer-to-coach ratios in the industry. At Peak Performance Swim Camp, no swimmer is left behind.

 swim-camp-menu-PEAK-1PEAK 1, our most challenging camp, is well suited for elite-level age group and/or senior-level competitive swimmers, who commonly train 5,000 yards (or more) per practice. However, this does not mean that swimmers will train that amount at camp. It simply means that the typical PEAK 1 swimmer is comfortable training that amount of yardage. The ultimate amount performed is dependent upon swimmers’ ability to maintain best-form stroke and turn technique over the course of practice.

Parents should exercise caution when selecting the appropriate camp level for their child. While one may think a more challenging camp is always the best option (PEAK 1 versus PEAK 2), it may not be, especially if swimmers are not mentally and/or physically prepared. Swimmers are permitted to move up to PEAK 1, should they find PEAK 2 not challenging enough. Overall, it is much better to move up a camp level than down.

PEAK 1 swimmers must posses the mental, technical, and physical ability to endure the rigors of four hours of in-water training per day, plus dry-land training, and yoga. The in-water training portion consists of 27, 40-minute blocks (17 physical and 10 technical). Although the physical blocks stress aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, proper technical execution is also a top priority. Swimmers are stopped and corrected should their technique deteriorate below an acceptable level. The 10 technical blocks are advanced in nature, providing swimmers with an excellent opportunity to enhance starts, strokes, turns, and finishes.

Contrary to the conventional type of training employed by most swim camps, PEAK 1 in-water training focuses on preparing swimmers for competition. Our swimmers train to race, rather than train to train. Most training sets are speed based, with swimmers challenged to hold near-race pace times for 25’s, 50’s, and 75’s. Benefits of speed based training include:

Note: A 2010 study revealed that speed-based training was a better conditioning tool (for swimmers of all ages) when compared to volume-based training for racing distances 200 and below, and produced better aerobic effects overall. High-intensity training was also shown to produce quicker and better physiological and performance responses in swimmers who had been training longer distances at lower intensities.

The PEAK 1 Package includes:

Mental Skills PLUS Highlights:

Coach Baker is an avid writer and eager to share his perspective on swimming. Following are popular PEAK 1 presentations.

Sports Nutrition information is also presented in Mental Skills PLUS.

In-Water Training Highlights:

Dry-Land Training Highlights:

 swim-camp-menu-PEAK-2PEAK 2 is well suited for medium to advance-level competitive swimmers, who train between 3,000-5,000 yards per practice. However, this does not mean that swimmers will train that amount at camp. It simply means that the typical PEAK 2 swimmer is comfortable training that amount of yardage. The ultimate amount performed depends on swimmers’ ability to maintain best-form stroke and turn technique over the course of practice.

PEAK 2 swimmers must be mentally, technically, and physically able to endure the rigors of four hours of swimming per day, plus dry-land training, and yoga. The in-water training portion consists of 36, 30-minute blocks which place a major emphasis on technical conditioning, and a minor emphasis on physical conditioning.

The PEAK 2 Package includes:

Mental Skills PLUS Highlights:

Coach Baker is an avid writer and eager to share his perspective on swimming. Following are popular PEAK 1 presentations.

Sports Nutrition information is also presented in Mental Skills PLUS.

In-Water Training Highlights:

Dry-Land Training Highlights:

 

swim-camp-menu-PEAK-3PEAK 3 is well suited for competitive swimmers, ages 8-13, who have less than two years of competitive swimming experience, and have not yet qualified for top age group competition. Swimmers must possess the maturity and physical ability to endure three hours of mental, technical, and physical conditioning, and have a basic understanding of the four competitive strokes.

Each PEAK 3 session consist of three basic components, mental conditioning, dry-land training, and start, stroke, and turn progressions. Each component is carefully crafted to take into account swimmers’ age and experience level.

The PEAK 3 Package includes:

Mental Skills PLUS Highlights:

Swimmers’ thoughts (both in and out of the pool) act like internal guidance systems directing them toward or away from the desired goal. Therefore, ongoing mental conditioning geared toward developing essential mental skills is key. All of the mental conditioning material presented was developed with the younger swimmer in mind.

Popular PEAK 3 presentations include:

Sports Nutrition information is also presented in Mental Skills PLUS.

Dry-Land Training Highlights:

No swimmer can achieve peak performance through in-water training alone. While swimming does improve endurance and strength, it does not go far enough in addressing additional strength and flexibility needs. Dry-land training sessions for PEAK 3 swimmers include dynamic and static stretching, body awareness exercises, calisthenics, and core strengthening exercises.

Start, Stroke, and Turn Progression Highlights:

World-class swimmers enjoy a 75% (or greater) technical advantage over the average competitive swimmer. Developing essential technical skills, at a young age, is key to long-term success in the pool. Our unique start, stroke, and turn progressions are swimmer friendly and yield amazing results!

 swim-camp-menu-swim-clinicsOur ever-popular two-day clinics are open to competitive swimmers, ages 8-18, and designed to give swimmers an in-season edge over the competition.

The curriculum is a blend of mental, technical, and physical conditioning designed to significantly boost performance. Mental conditioning includes motivational stories, together with insights on overcoming obstacles, goal setting, visualization, and swimming in the “zone”. Technical conditioning includes basic to advanced start, stroke, and turn progressions. Physical conditioning includes training sets designed to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, as well as dry-land training sessions and yoga sessions designed to improve overall strength and flexibility.

The PEAK Clinic Package includes:

Note: Some clinics also offer SnapShot, an exciting new video addition, where various parts of swimmers’ starts, strokes, or turns are videotaped above and below water, and individually reviewed by one of our master coaches. Snap Shot is a fantastic teaching tool.