Dear Coach Nick, thank you so much for taking the time, effort, and energy to coach me and the other swimmers last week in Orlando. I have learned so much at PEAK about all three sides of The Swimming Triangle, and I will apply it to my swimming and my life. PEAK is more than a swim camp to me. It’s a home. It’s a place where confidence grows and belief is born. Thank you for all that you do. From an inspired swimmer!

B.H., Indiana

Dear PEAK, I have a story to share with you. My son was at a swim competition and accidentally slipped outside, and lacerated his knee on both sides after falling. This was on a day he did not have events. We took him to the ER and he was cleared of broken bones and knee joint instability. I could not believe it when the ER physician looked at him and said “you probably will not be swimming tomorrow.” But the next day was his 50 Breast and his best shot at making finals. I looked at my son and told him to just relax, close his eyes, and see himself swimming tomorrow with a great knee. I told him to think positively that his knee would be better tomorrow. We iced all day once an hour, kept his knee elevated, and kept him on Motrin every 6 hours. He took 3.5 seconds off his 50 Breast! Coach Nick gave him an eagle shirt at the last PEAK camp and he has lived up to that shirt. It’s amazing what positive thinking, visualization, and team support can do. We definitely used the mental skills the kids have learned at camp.

J.D., Connecticut

Dear Coach Nick,
I am so happy!!! I qualified for Zones this weekend and dropped time in all my events. My biggest drops were 14.69 seconds in my 100 butterfly, 5.92 seconds in my 100 breaststroke, 7.55 seconds in my 100 backstroke, and 1.4 seconds in my 50 breaststroke. You would have been very proud of me for holding my technique. The talks we had were so important to me. You are always on my mind giving me the confidence to go on no matter how tired I am. You are the best coach ever. I can’t wait to see you soon at the Boston Summer Camp.

B.R., New Jersey

We are just getting up after our long drive home from the Orlando Spring Camp yesterday. And although there is much to do…I have to stop and give Coach Baker, Coach Gregg, and all the coaches and assistants a huge Thank You! There is nothing like picking your kids up from camp and hearing stories for 6+ hours…basically until they fall asleep. Everything the kids talked about was so positive; camp had way more of an impact than we expected!

Our daughter did most of the talking. While she talked about all her friends she made and the fun things they did, she also told us so much about what she learned and that she is ready to get in the water and put it into place. She has a new level of excitement about swimming.

I was shocked when I arrived at the National Training Center yesterday to pick up my children. My son looked like he had grown a few inches. While I don’t think he grew physically in a few days, I think he is now standing/walking more confidently and looks taller. His technique is not perfect, but in sending him to camp I was really hoping for him to grow mentally, in confidence. In the little conversation he and I have had since picking him up, he seems so much better/stronger mentally and is really focused on things Coach Baker and Coach Gregg talked to him about and tools (videos) they suggested he watch.

We are really looking forward to seeing the kids swim with their PEAK skills and attitude! 🙂

I can’t thank Coach Baker and the coaches/folks at PEAK enough. Such a positive and profound impact on our kids! We are already looking at the PEAK schedule and trying to figure out the best time to get back to another PEAK camp.

Thank you, and see you soon!

L.H., Georgia

Dear Coach Nick,
Thank you for such an empowering camp experience. Throughout the camp, the coaches created a positive environment that served as a catalyst for positive change.
Upon leaving the camp I felt physically stronger, technically better equipped, and most of all, mentally tougher. I had always been, as you put it, a race horse. I went to all the practices, but was always saving my energy for that one killer main set. I was in a survivalistic mindset that kept me in my comfort zone. Through your camp I have realized that staying in my comfort zone will not get me anywhere. As a result of your swim camp, I am mentally equipped and have been welcoming each challenge set back in club practice. I will continue to strive to become a Race-practice horse so as to maximize my gain and minimize my time.
So far in the week of club swimming that I’ve had since the camp, I have made a conscious effort to keep what I learned in camp with me. I still wear the Swim Positive wrist band on my ankle every day. The wrist band really brings your philosophy into tangible form, and it really helps to remind me of everything I have learned.
Each day brings a new challenge and because of your swim camp, I feel ready and happy to face what adversity might come. I will always remember those talks that you had with the Elite group before getting into the water. They really helped me by providing encouragement and hope. Whenever I dislike a set, I remember what you said about thinking about what helps me, rather than what I like. All in all, your swim camp has really changed my outlook on practice and swimming itself. Truly, you have changed my attitude towards the sport, and for that you have my utmost thanks. Thank you for your commitment and level of dedication to the swimmers at your swim camp; I am sure we all appreciate it.

S.H., California

Coach Nick,
Now that the waves have calmed from our short course season and we are just ramping up long course, I want to take the opportunity to thank you and make you aware of the tremendous impact you have had on my son’s swimming. He worked with you last summer in Orlando and at the fall at the Baltimore clinic. In the past, he had been a “middle of the pack” swimmer with times that consistently approached the A standard. After spending a week with you in July, he was a swimmer transformed! Not only did he come back to our club team with more polished technique, he came back with a completely new and confident attitude. He took your lessons of swimming positively to heart and has made every practice since COUNT! This winter, he made our regional JO’s in all of his events and was even named to the sectional Zone team in the 200fly. He is currently transitioning to our “senior ” team ( the only one from his training group) and is working hard to meet this new set of challenges. I believe your stroke analysis, perfectly frank and on point criticisms and sound advice have set him squarely in the proper direction for meeting his future goals.

D.H., Maryland

Thank you for another fantastic camp in Orlando this summer. The programs you put together for your camps and clinics is always challenging and inspirational. This was my daughter’s third year at PEAK Orlando Summer Camp. I initially chose your program after a death in our family and consequently my daughter lost her mental focus and motivation. Your camp was exactly the help she needed to get back on track. I noticed the improvement in her right away and so did her teammates and their parents. I still remember the amazed reactions from the other parents when my daughter swam her first race a week after camp. She was transformed from a steady, dependable swimmer into a racer! Everyone was stunned by her swimming improvement and new mental focus.
A few weeks after the Orlando Camp this summer, my daughter entered in the Speedo Sectionals. She was one of only a handful of 14&U swimmers competing. Without a taper she had her best time, qualified for the C Final, and came in 20th in the 200m Backstroke! A week later when she was tapered, she swam in the Illinois Age Group State Championships. She came in 2nd place in both the 100 and 200 Backstroke and also made finals in the 50 and 100 Free.
Thank you, Coach Baker, for using the Swimming Triangle to give my daughter the mental, technical, and physical skills she needs to compete on a state and national level. I am already trying to figure out how to work your camp into our schedule in the next year!

P.K., Illinois

Our daughter participated in the San Francisco Fall Clinic a few days ago and we want to share with you our positive experience and impressions. We found the clinic truly awesome! The work you did with the swimmers was really amazing. Your expertise, professionalism, guidance, inspiration and last but not least, friendliness, were truly awesome. The whole coaching team was synergetic, consistent, focused and everyone was great! We also truly appreciate Coach Roger and his work with our daughter during her private sessions. He showed great passion when speaking to her and a good sense of humor – he was also patient and provided excellent guidance. The clinic was very productive. Our daughter experienced many new aspects of swim training, the new drills and tricks – ones that are not easy available at her regular swim practice at her club. She feels much more confident with her swimming, which is something she struggled with quite often in the past. The video review is a great idea… During our trip home to Nevada, we started to plan our schedule to participate in the next Peak Performance camp, but this time a longer one. So, we hope our daughter will have a chance to see you and your coaching team soon!

P.W., Nevada

Hey Coach Baker, I wanted to thank you again for all the tips and pointers you gave me at the Seattle Summer Camp. I recently finished my state meet for high school swimming and it went very well for me. I was able to win both the 50 free and the 100 free, and set a new state record in the 100 free with a 44.90! The camp helped me so much and now I am signed with the Louisville Cardinals! It is going to be a great adventure.

A.A., Alaska

Coach Nick, we want to thank you again so much for all you’ve brought to our daughter during the three PEAK camps that she’s attended. She has progressed strongly and is truly passionate about swimming – thanks to a very large extent to what she’s learned with you. It was definitely worth the trip from Belgium! We are booked to come back again to the Orlando camp and look forward to seeing you soon.

V.C., Belgium