June 2016 TBD Peak Performance Swim Camp

June 2016 TBD Peak Performance Swim Camp
June 2016 TBD Peak Performance Swim Camp

Peak Performance is excited to be back in the midwest as we head to Chicago to kick-off our 2015 summer camp schedule. The Chicago Peak Performance Swim Camp takes place at the Lake Forest Academy.

Maximizing swimming potential through a holistic training approach is the mission of Peak Performance Swim Camp. To fulfill our mission, we seek to empower our swimmers through a two-tiered process of teaching and training. The teaching side includes daily chalk talks, video presentations, and ongoing poolside demonstrations. In addition, a targeted teaching strategy focused on swimmers’ individual needs is employed. 

We pride ourselves in offering a balance between physical, technical and mental training. Peak 1 offers a 75/25 blend of physical and technical conditioning while Peak 2 offers a 50/50 blend of physical and technical conditioning. In addition, this camp offers an in-depth mental conditioning curriculum designed to enhance a swimmer's self-esteem, develop focus skills and improve the ability to perform in stressful situations.

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Nick Baker
Camp Director

Nick Baker

Nick Baker cofounded the original Peak Performance Swim Camp in 1996. In 2005 he branched out on his own and founded the present-day version. His vision was to create a holistic camp with a focus on developing the whole swimmer from a mental, technical, and physical perspective.

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Nick Baker has been involved in competitive swimming since 1961. He swam competitively for 11 years (and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 200M Breaststroke), coached club swimming for 21 years, and has exclusively run swim camps for the past 18 years. He started his coaching career in Canada in 1972, and moved to the United States in 1993 to run a competitive swim camp at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The camp’s one-of-a-kind holistic approach and positive coaching style was created by Coach Nick Baker, founder and head coach of Peak Performance Swim Camp. Following is a brief list of his swimming and coaching highlights:

  • Qualified for Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke
  • Twenty-one years as a club coach
  • Coached at the World Junior Olympics in Madrid, Spain in 1991
  • Attended the 1992 Olympics as the personal coach of Olympic Swimmer Lisa Flood
  • Twenty years as an exclusive swim camp/private coach
  • Author of two popular swimming-related books, 101 Winning Ways and The Swimming Triangle
  • A featured writer for Swimming World Magazine
  • Conducted more than 350 swim camps & clinics though out the US and 15 foreign countries
  • More than 900 swimmers, from 40 countries, attended Peak Performance Swim Camp in 2013
  • A featured clinician at numerous coaching clinics throughout the world
  • In the past forty-one years he has had the opportunity to work with many elite-level swimmers, including: World Record Holders, Olympic Medalists, Olympic Finalists, Olympic Trial Qualifiers, NCAA Champions, Senior and Junior National Champions, Zone Champions, State Champions, Junior Olympic Champions, and more
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A number of positive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches will be on deck to assist Coach Baker.

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A number of positive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches will be on deck to assist Coach Baker.

Camp Details

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities (includes local Chicago attractions off-campus)
• Nike & PEAK gift pack

Note: Minimum age is 11 years for overnight campers.

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch • Nike & PEAK gift pack

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PEAK 1:

Open to swimmers ages 11-18 who train 5,000 yards/meters (or greater) per practice.
 
PEAK 1 is our most challenging camp. It is well suited for accomplished senior-level swimmers and elite-level age group swimmers. Participants must be mentally, technically, and physically prepared to endure the rigors of 4.5 hours of in-water training per day plus 1 hour of dry-land training per day. Approximately 75% of the total pool time is dedicated to physical conditioning; however, all sets include significant mental and technical expectations.
 
Rather than offer a series of generic training sets, each practice is created to reflect the group's needs and talent level. In addition, we do not condone garbage yardage or mindless meters. Each lap of practice must have purpose!
 
All-together PEAK 1 includes: 9 challenging in-water training sessions, 4 dry-land training sessions, 2 yoga sessions, and 2-3 mental conditioning sessions.
Note: Peak 1 is not well suited for swimmers with swimming-related injuries.

PEAK 2:

Open to swimmers ages 8-18 who train between 3,000 to 5,000 yards/meters per practice.
 
PEAK 2 offers a 50/50 blend of technical and physical conditioning and well suited for medium to elite-level age group swimmers who have qualified for top age group competition in their state/province. Participants must possess the maturity and discipline to handle 4 hours of in-water training per day plus 1 hour of dry-land training per day. In addition, they must exhibit a high degree of technical competency and physical fitness. Participants must be able to perform all four competitive strokes and turns and the three competitive starts (front, back, relay).
 
Rather than offer a series of generic training sets, each practice is created to reflect the group's needs and talent level. In addition, we do not condone garbage yardage or mindless meters. Each lap of practice must have purpose!
 
All-together PEAK 2 includes: 10 challenging in-water training sessions, 5 dry-land training sessions, 2 yoga sessions, and 2-3 mental conditioning sessions.

Camp Details

Check-in
Check-in will take place at Lake Forest Academy, from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, on June 8.

Camp Finale
Camp concludes at 12:00 PM on June 12. A special Gold Medal Award Ceremony will be held at approximately 11:45 AM. Parents are encouraged to attend.

CAMP EXTRAS

THE PEAK REFRESHER:

This one-of-a-kind video is a tremendous visual aid that compliments the technical components learned in camp and is the perfect refresher for your swimmer year round!

THE PEAK REFRESHER VIDEO: The exclusive PEAK Refresher video is a visual aid tool containing more than 60 key technical tips. Its purpose is to serve as a review for PEAK swimmers upon their return home. The swimmer-friendly video, created by 1992 Olympic Coach Nick Baker and Head Coach of Peak Performance Swim Camp, contains performance enhancing tips from PEAK 1 and PEAK 2 camps. It features the front, back, and relay starts, the four strokes and turns. The video is available online via secure access, and sent to you via email at the conclusion of the camp. The PEAK Refresher video is also recommended for PEAK clinic attendees.

Added Benefits:

  • This unique video is designed to compliment the technical points presented in camp.
  • It is an invaluable tool to help your swimmer remember what they learned. No matter how hard a swimmer tries to remember all of the content presented at PEAK, it’s virtually impossible.
  • The video optimizes the PEAK learning experience and will pay for itself in improved performance.
  • Swimmers can refer to the video throughout the year to keep their performance at its peak.
  • Price: $75
VIDEO ANALYSIS:

Due to popular demand, 4-Stroke Video Analysis and Starts & Turns Video Analysis, sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, we ask that you sign-up at time of registration.

4-STROKE VIDEO ANALYSIS: Video analysis dramatically improves a swimmer’s understanding of how they swim and what needs to be improved upon. It takes stroke correction to a whole new level – great for swimmers at any level! Package Includes:

  • Above and below water videotaping of all 4 strokes
  • 24 video clips in all – including side views (both left and right sides), and frontal views
  • A personal video review conducted onsite by former Olympic Coach Nick Baker
  • A detailed written summary and recommendations for improvement within 4 weeks of camp conclusion
  • Video and written analysis posted online for your review
  • Price: $500.00 (SOLD OUT!)

STARTS & TURNS VIDEO ANALYSIS: Video analysis dramatically improves a swimmer’s understanding of how they start and turn and what needs to be improved upon. It takes start and turn correction to a whole new level – great for swimmers at any level! Package Includes:

  • Above and below water videotaping of the front and back starts, plus start breakouts, and the 4 turns
  • 32 video clips in all – including side view and breakout of all starts, and side view and wall view of turns
  • A personal video review conducted onsite by former Olympic Coach Nick Baker
  • A detailed written summary and recommendations for improvement within 4 weeks of camp conclusion
  • Video and written analysis posted online for your review
  • Price: $550.00 (SOLD OUT!)
PRIVATE SWIM COACHING:

Due to popular demand, both Private Coaching options sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, we ask that you sign-up at time of registration.

PREMIER PRIVATE COACHING: Former Olympic Coach Nick Baker is a master technician. His unique method of teaching and one-of-a-kind drills can transform a swimmer in just 60 minutes. You will be absolutely amazed with the results! Only a few exclusive sessions are available each camp and they often sell out months before camp commences!

PRICE: $225 (SOLD OUT!)

PRIVATE COACHING: A one-hour private session with one our PEAK Senior Assistant Coaches can transform a swimmer in as little as one hour. You will be absolutely amazed with the results! Our talented Senior Assistant Coaches have a minimum of 3 years PEAK experience, and use the same philosophy and teaching approach as Coach Nick Baker. There are limited sessions available and they sell out quickly!

PRICE: $150 (SOLD OUT!)

Books:

IN THE KNOW: A SWIM PARENT'S GUIDE: In The Know: A Swim Parent’s Guide is Coach Baker’s brand new book. It provides parents with essential inside swimming knowledge geared to maximizing the child’s swimming experience. Paperback: 124 pages. Price: $20.00

THE SWIMMING TRIANGLE: Coach Nick Baker's second book is a unique, innovative, and essential guide to achieving superior mental, technical, and physical fitness in one of the world's greatest sports. Whether you're a coach or a swimmer, former Olympic coach Nick Baker's wholly integrated approach can help you maximize your true potential. In this book Coach Baker offers proven, results-oriented methods for gaining—and keeping—a competitive edge! Price: $25.00

101 WINNING WAYS: Written by former Olympic Coach Nick Baker, this book identifies 101 winning attitudes common to all great swimmers - including Michael Phelps. A must read for swimmers of all ages! Price: $15.00

Getting To Camp:

EARLY ARRIVAL OPTION: We highly recommend that Overnight Campers arrive the day prior to camp. Our early arrival package includes accommodations, dinner, breakfast and supervision. (Minimum age is 10 years for overnight campers.) We are unable to receive swimmers at the school prior to 1:00 p.m. on June 7. Price: $150.00

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION: A supervised shuttle service, to and from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, is available. This exclusive service includes meet & greet at baggage claim, and staff escort from the airport to the Lake Forest dormitory via a private chartered shuttle. The service is offered from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of camp (June 7) and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the final day of camp (June 12). Departure flights from Chicago should be scheduled between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Price: $75.00 one-way,$150.00 Roundtrip.

TRAVEL BY AIR: We suggest flying into Chicago O’hare International Airport (ORD).

A DAY AT CAMP (PEAK 1 & PEAK 2)

8:00 a.m. | 9:00 a.m. — Dry-Land
9:00 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. — Swim
11:30 a.m. | 12:00 p.m. — Catered Lunch
12:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. — Yoga or Mental Skills Plus
1:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m. — Swim

CAMP FORMS

The Health & Release Form and Travel Form (if applicable) can be found at - http://swimcamp.com/forms/.

Facilities

CAMP POOL LOCATION

Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

The camp residence will be Ferry Hall Dormitory located on the Lake Forest Academy campus. The camp pool facility, the Charles F. Glore Memorial Gymnasium and Field House, is also located on campus at: 1500 West Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045.

Camper Reviews

Peak Performance Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
I did it!

NICK!!!! - I did it! I made age group provincials in my 200 breast stroke! I have taken off 12 seconds in this since seeing you this summer in Connecticut. Your confidence in me helped my confidence in myself …a lot! Thank you so much (and all the other awesome coaches like Tim ). I can’t wait to come again soon….
 

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Parent of Peak Performance Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Dear Nick & PEAK staff…THANK YOU for all that you have done for our daughter! The all important triangle philosophy has significantly impacted her both in and out of the pool! This past fall was a very rewarding season. She placed first in the 100 Breast at sectionals with a time of 1:06.27…then placed third in the 50 Free with a new school record and state qualifying time of 24.75…and also assisted all 3 relays in qualifying for States, thus qualifying in all 5 events. At States she swam the 100 Breast and captured the 8th place finish in the A Finals.
 
You and your staff’s ability to break the stroke into integral component parts that the swimmer can understand and then build them back up in correct format is fascinating to observe. This method of instruction is concrete and one that swimmers are able to immediately feel results. We have moved into our club season and look forward to working with PEAK in the future!
 

Parent of Peak Performance Swim Camper

  • 4/5.
Can't wait to go back!

Coach Baker …

I am not sure that I can find adequate words to express our appreciation and gratitude to you and your team for the mental, technical, and physical training that you presented to our daughter. WE ARE THRILLED TO INFORM YOU THE SHE MADE NATIONALS IN HER 100 BR WITH THE EXACT QUALIFYING TIME OF 1:08.89! (She is also a math student so the exact time has always been required.)
 
Before her race she visualized you being on deck watching, she cleared her mind, stayed calm, and swam her best with sheer determination.
My husband and I will never forget that chilly morning in Orlando this past December, watching you give my daughter a private lesson. We knew then that she had never had this type of instruction before and that it was critical for her to reach her goals. I then brought her to your Westchester clinic and within 10 minutes in the pool with you, once again, I watched her breaststroke transformed – it has just been amazing to me.
 
After returning from Greensboro, we will take a minute and plan our summer. She has already been asking when she may work with you again as she would love to every week!!!

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.