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2013 SWIM CAMP NEWS: We are pleased to announce that UK Schools Games champion & Georgetown University scholarship swimmer Joe Lipworth will be attending our summer camps in July and August. Joe will be working alongside the coaching staff and will be demonstrating the drills that he has learned over the years from International Coach Gary Vandermeulen. Coach Vandermeulen said "this is a great opportunity for the swimmers who are attending this summer to see the drills done by an accomplished swimmer who has been working with me for many years". He also added "I plan on videoing Joe doing all of these drills so that we can use it as a teaching video for our Teaching in Sheppard Swim School and for the coaches in the area, especially the Phoenix Aquatics coaching team".
2013 camps now available to book!
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Our Swim Camps are held at Glenalmond College. For more information on Glenalmond College visit their web site:
Our camps for 2013 will be:
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 2 - 5 APRIL 2013 (CONFIRMED).
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 15 - 19 JULY, 2013(CONFIRMED),
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 22 - 26 JULY (CONFIRMED).
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 29 JULY - 2 AUG, 2013 (no camp this week)
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 5-9 AUG, 2013 (CONFIRMED)
- GLENALMOND COLLEGE: 22 - 26 OCTOBER, 2013 (CONFIRMED)
Our swim camps are designed to have a low coach:swimmer ratios.
For information on our 2012 Swim Camps download our Swim Camps info sheet. To make a booking download and complete our Summer Swim Camps 2013 enrolment form. If you want to look at some more pictures about what a camp is like click here.
Summer and October Camps
Our camps are entering their fifth year. We have had great success with these camps with swimmers attending from not just Scotland but from Ireland, England, Wales, and further afield; France,Czech Republic, Ireland, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Italy, and Malta. The camps run from Monday to Friday and include two swim sessions each day run by Olympic Coach Gary Vandermeulen. The focus is on technique in the morning and then applying those new skills in the afternoon.
One of the main skills learned is how to hold water. This important skill is often forgotten in normal training situations and an interesting an new way of understanding the principle of how to move through the water is taught in a memorable way.
In addition to holding water swimmers are taught how to balance correctly in each swimming stroke and also how to have correct timing. These skills in addition to holding water makes the Sheppard Swim School camps extremely worth while. However that is only the beginning of what we do at our camps. We also use poolside games to introduce training as 'fun'. We have developed the swimmers version of 'snakes & ladders' which we use in our warm-ups and also we use RAPAGA (which is short for RAce PAce GAme). The race pace game forces swimmers to use all the newly learned skills and put them into a tough race-like scenario.
In addition to the pool skills we also teach new dryland skills. In 2008 we taught swimmer pilates exercises and in 2009 we taught swimmer exercises on 'exercise balls'. In 2013 our focus will be on STARTS AND TURNS. We then put those new skills into a circuit training programme each day so that the swimmers get an opportunity to train hard and train new skills. We have had a GP teach shoulder stabization exercises, a World Champion handballer teach stretching and a Reiki Master teach relaxation skills. All of these programmes are recorded into a log book updated by each swimmer each day.
A classroom session with Gary Vandermeulen provides the opportunity to record all of the days skills into the workbook and also a chance to talk about the interesting world of swimming with an Olympian and an Olympic Coach.