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Swim Camp @ Butler University


Start & Turn clinics focus on finetuning swimming skills of racing. Skills such as:


Minimal water resistance while entering the water with powerful spring off the start is critical of successful starts. Swimmers will learn start drills for establishing a body motion through the air thus to allowing for maximum velocity once in the water.


Turns play a critical role in shaving time. One of the most common mistakes in swimming are turns that do not utilize compressing the body into a tight ball and moving through the wall in one fluid motion. Our curriculum teaches hand and leg placement through a turn. We utilize drills that swimmers can work on to shave time.


One of the most important aspect of swimming is the efficiency of a swimmer’s body position under the water as they are moving into their stroke. This is true for both starts and turns. Maximizing your glide, knowing when to start your kick, knowing what position your body needs to be in when beginning your breakout—these play critical factors that shave tenths of a second off your time.


Carrying your speed through to the start of your swim in extremely important in swimming. Swimmers cannot afford to break out of their starts and turn not carrying the momentum gained through a start or turn. Have you ever tried to start swimming from a dead stop? For this reason, explosive breakouts are extremely critical.

When you add all above details up through the course of a race, the time saved becomes very significant. A swimmer cannot afford to miss out on learning these important racing skills. Sign up today!

Can I sign up without doing a swim camp?

Yes. you can sign up for a starts and turn clinic without signing up for the camp. However, all clinic have limited space. We encourage you to contact us early so we can try and reserve a spot for you. We give preference to those who sign up for one of our camps first because the clinic serves as an extension of the camp. To check availability and to see if you can sign up for the clinic, you will need to make a request through our “contact us” page asking to check on availability for the clinic.

Do I need to sign up for the start and turn clinic if I am attending the camp?

No. The starts and turn clinic is “optional” not required to attend the camp. The clinic is an optional extension to the camp but highly recommended. Fast, legal turns for all four competitive strokes and the IM transition turns are detailed and explained. Each athlete will receive individual attention from a staff of expert coaches and swimmers.

Start and Turn Clinic Schedule:

AM Session (7:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.; arrival time will be 7 A.M. each day)

The morning session is design to focus on the fundamental skills for each stroke. These skills are extremely important as the afternoon session will build from the morning session. The morning session will work on critical aspects of each stroke and is designed.

Pool Time (2 hours)

The morning session will be devoted to learning critical fundamental skills for starts and turns. Swimmers will work one-on-one with our professional staff perfecting critical aspect of the skill. These skills are often overlooked during training but important in the overall aspect for a swimmer. Most importantly, the swimmer will learn to build upon these skills in the afternoon session.

Reaction-Time Dryland (45 minutes)

Swimmers will learn fundamental skills for quick reaction and body position. For example, swimmer will learn how to train their body to rapidly turn into a streamline position in the pool. These skills are designed for swimmer to practice daily to improve quick transitions into and through the pool.

Morning Classroom Session (1 hour)

The morning session focuses on understanding why the fundamental starts and turns skills. The head coach will go through basic critical concepts important entry into the water and movement into and through a streamlined position.

Lunch: 11:45 to 1:15 (1.5 hours)

During this period, swimmer will take a break from the morning session and prepare for the afternoon session. During this period, lunch will be provided. On Monday, wwimmers will walk to Butler’s lunch hall where they will be provided a buffet style lunch, relax and take a mental break. If you choose the Saturday session, a catered lunch will be provided at Butler’s Health and Recreation Center (“HRC”) which will flow into the start of the afternoon session.

P.M. Session (1:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.)

The evening session will incorporate more advanced starts and turns skills. Building upon the morning session, swimmers will learn to fine tune those skills while adding other skills to increase hydrodynamics. For this session to be effective, swimmers must understand the fundamental aspects learned in the morning session.

Pool Time (2 hours)

The afternoon session will be devoted to starts-and-turns skills. Swimmers will learn techniques taught to advanced swimmers at the collegiate level. Such skills are implemented from the mastery of basic skills. Swimmers will build form the morning session and learn how to improve from fundamental skills.

Speed, Focus and Concentration (45 minutes)

The afternoon dryland session is dedicated to teaching a swimmer how to intensely focus on skills during a race. Swimmers learn what they need to do in a pool correctly turn at the wall, start from the blocks or finish in a race. For example, in order to time a turn correctly, you must practice and adjust you stroke as you are coming closer to the wall. These are all advanced critical skills swimmers can use to improve their time.

Evening Classroom Session (1 hour)

The evening session focuses on understanding advanced skills. Swimmers will review elite Olympic swimmers and their starts-and-turns dynamics. Unlike the morning session, this session is designed to reveal advanced critical aspects of swimming. Why do these swimmers excel above and beyond most swimmer? This is what will be discussed in the evening session.

This camp is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 yards in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

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