Personal Swimming Technique & Training Camps

Coach Michael Collins doing some under water swimming video analysisPersonal Swimming Technique & Training Camps (Three or Five Days)

  • Are you in a rut with your training or improvement?
  • Have you been training very hard but not seeing very good results due to a lack of technique emphasis?
  • Are you a comptitive Masters or Age Group swimmer with poor starts, turns, pacing, or race strategy skills?
  • Are you training for a key event that you would really like to perform at your top level in?
  • Are you a triathlete who is highly inefficient or fearful in dealing with open water?
  • Are you confused by all the technique and training information out there, and don’t know what is REALLY important for you to follow?
  • Are you somewhat “burned-out” from doing things the same way for a long time, and need to add some new ideas to your training to re-kindle your motivation?

If you answered, “Yes,” to one or more these questions then consider signing up for a three or five-day Personal Swim Camp with the Nova Coaching Staff. Camps are coached by Michael Collins, 1990 United States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year.

A Nova Personal Swim Camp includes the following:

  1. Initial interview to discuss training and racing history, upcoming events and goals, and biggest areas of interest for improvement.
  2. Initial Video Technique Evaluation (above and below the surface taping from various angles and speeds including starts and turns for competitive swimmers)
  3. Instructional videos to view to shorten your learning time.
  4. 1-2 daily instructional sessions for technique and training development
  5. 1-2 daily training Sessions with the Nova Masters
  6. End of camp video analysis to see improvment
  7. Wrap-up interview to discuss suggested follow-up actions to meet your performance goals.
  8. One year membership to Nova Satellite Program including monthly training programs ($100 value)
  9. Free Airport Pick-up and drop-off if coming from out of town (to John Wayne, Orange County, CA SNA).

(Other close airports include Long Beach, about 35 miles, and Los Angeles (LAX) about 50 miles, but you will need to secure your own transportation from these airports)

Closest Hotels
La Quinta Inn Irvine Spectrum
14972 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
(800) 531-5900 National Reservations
(949) 551-0909 Direct number to hotel

Candlewood Suites – Irvine/Spectrum

Addtional Items Included in the Five-Day Camp

  • Strength & Flexibility evaluation and suggested exercise routines to address problem areas
  • Nutrtion evalauation and suggestions for optimal training and race day nutrtion

Personal Camp Cost:
Three-Day Camp – $495 for 1. $350 each for 2+ athletes.
Five-Day Camp – $695 for 1. $495 each for 2+ athletes.



Camps can be scheduled during the week or on weekends with adequate notice.  Contact Coach Michael Collins to schedule a Personal Camp.

Swimming Personal Clinic Sample Itinerary

Day 1
7:00-8:00    Swim Training w/ Group
8:00-9:00    Video Taping and analysis
9:00-10:30   Breakfast & Discussion of goals, strengths, weaknesses
12:00-1:00   Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
1:00-2:00    Lunch and discussion of training for key events
2:00-6:30    Free time (Watch instructional videos – optional)
6:30-7:30pm   Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)

Day 2
5:45-7:00      Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
10:00-11:00    Dryland Training
11:00-12:00    Competitive Camp Training w/ Group
12:00-1:00    Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
2:00-6:30      Free time (Watch instructional videos – optional)
6:30-7:30pm    Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)

Day 3
5:45-7:00      Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
9:00-10:00    Watch instructional videos (optional)
11:00-12:00    Starts & Turns practice
12:00-1:00    Swim Training w/ Group
1:00-2:00      Follow-up video analysis
2:00-3:30      Lunch and wrap-up discussion
6:30-7:30pm    Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)

Day 4
5:45-7:00      Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
10:00-12:00    Watch instructional videos (optional)
12:00-1:00    Swim Training w/ Group
2:00-3:30      Functional Movement Screen & Strength Evaluation
6:30-7:30pm    Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)

Day 5
5:45-7:00      Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)
7:15-9:00      Meeting w/ Nutritionist
10:00-12:00    Watch instructional videos (optional)
12:00-1:00    Swim Training w/ Group
6:30-7:30pm    Swim Training w/ Group (Optional)

Instructional Videos to Watch
(Approx 40 minutes each)
Quick Series – Posture, Line, & Balance
Quick Series – Freestyle
Quick Series – Backstroke
Quick Series – Breaststroke
Quick Series – Butterfly
Quick Series – Underwater Travel
Quick Series – Starts
Quick Series – Turns
Open Water Swimming

Dryland Videos
Athletes Peformance – Core Performance Essentails Level 1-4
Matt Wren’s Shoulder Stabilization & Core Strength

Under water video analysis - Breakout
Camp Includes Underwater Video Analysis