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Swim Camp @ Butler University



A Top Dawg Swim Clinic is a four-day clinic providing one full day of expert instruction for each stroke (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle). Swim clinics (unlike swim camps) are limited to 40 swimmers per clinic. Swimmer numbers are kept minimal, so coaches can work with swimmer’s one-on-one to give more individualized feedback. Typically, four coaches (2 head coaches and two assistant coaches) are on deck working with swimmers one-on-one. Imagine if your child’s school classroom had 4 instructors. How much attention would they get?

Each day, swimmers will spend 4 hours in the pool practicing stroke techniques and drills while being coached by our expert staff. Additionally, swimmers will watch video session and learn advanced skills while reviewing their own deficiencies from a prior video recording session. The number of swimmers is intentionally kept very low as to maximize swimmer feedback from the staff.

A technique clinic is a series of intense stroke work sessions where swimmers practice skills and drills while under the close watch of seasoned coaches. Swim clinics are informative and not means to be fun, like a summer camp. Swimmers will learn advanced swimming skills while being watched by a team of expert coaches making sure the swimmer is performing and swimming optimally.

Once complete, swimmers will walk away having learned advanced skill and drills which translates into faster times in the pool.

How many swimmers can attend the clinic?

Stroke clinics are limited to 40 swimmers. We cannot allow for any more than 40 swimmers. The 40 swimmers are divided into two smaller groups during the clinic (class size of 20) with 4 coaching staff members poolside for all 20 swimmers. This is one high quality coach for every 5 swimmers. Unlike a swim camp, the emphasis is one-on-one attention with a focus on learning and developing advanced skills.

Will I need to purchase anything else for the clinic? ($130)

Yes. The clinic will require you to purchase a pre-clinic video session so that we can record your child’s swimming prior to the clinic. This is done so that our coaching staff can utilize the video session and show your child what they are doing incorrectly in the pool.

The cost of the video recording is $130.00. This is not a simple video record but a multi-camera multi-angled recording detailing your swimmer’s stroke in the pools. This recording is a critical component to your child’s learning.

You will not pay for this at the time of clinic sign-up. Once signed up, we will schedule your pre-clinic video session. At the session, simply bring in cash or a check to cover the cost. This will likely happen the first week of July.

Clinic Overview

Each clinic day is divided into two sessions: a morning and afternoon session. Both session are 4 hours long with a 1.5-hour lunch break between sessions. Most coaching staff comes from out-of-state and each is very experienced coaches. This is not a swim camp with fun in mind. This is a stroke clinic teaching swimmer how to excel to the next level in swimming. If you are looking for a swim camp, this clinic is not for you.


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 each stroke (taught that day). Swimmers will learn fundamental drills important to developing critical stroke skills. 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.

Stroke-Specific Dryland (45 minutes)

Each day the morning session will have out-of-the-pool skills needed to work on each stroke. For example, in backstroke, a swimmer’s turn over speed is critical to time improvement. Swimmers will learn dryland skills to strengthen muscles to perform better and faster. Each stroke is different for a stroke skill set. Each activity respectively will be different for each stroke.

Morning Classroom Session (1 hour)

The morning session focuses on understanding why the fundamental skills are important. These are skills swimmers must know to be successful in a stroke. Whether reinforcing what was learned in the pool earlier or this session being the swimmer’s first part of the A.M. clinic (Group 1 or 2), this session is designed to help the swimmer visualize fundamental stroke-specific swimming skills.

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. Swimmers will walk to Butler’s lunch hall where they will be provided a buffet style lunch, relax and take a mental break. Once completed, swimmers will return to Butler’s Health and Recreation Center (“HRC”) to begin the afternoon session.

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

The evening session will incorporate advanced skills in swimming. Building upon the morning session, swimmers will learn skills to advance to the next level for each stroke. In order to complete this session, swimmers must understand the fundamental aspects of the morning session.

Pool Time (2 hours)

The afternoon session will be devoted to advanced skills of the stroke taught that day. Swimmers will learn techniques taught to advanced swimmers at the collegiate level. Such skills are implemented once mastery of basic skills has been accomplished. Swimmers will build form the morning session and learn how to improve from fundamental skills.

Strength and flexibility session (45 minutes)

This session is designed to teach swimmers important skills related to out-of-the-pool time that is stroke specific. Pool strength often goes hand-in-hand with flexibility in the pool. Maximizing these aspects is extremely important.

Each stroke has critical aspects as the mechanics of each stroke changes. For example, the flexibility in a breaststroker’s legs far differs from that of a backstroker’s flexibility. A breaststroker requires lateral flexibility (“frog kick”) while a backstroker requires ankle flexibility (“dolphin kick”). This session discusses the details of each specific stroke’s unique dryland experiences important to swimming.

Evening Classroom Session (1 hour)

The evening session focuses on understanding advanced skills. Swimmers will review elite Olympic swimmers and their stroke 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 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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