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Helping competitive swimmers perform at peak levels
has been our top priority for the past 22 years.

Peak Performance is excited to be back in the Midwest as we head to Chicago to kick-off our 2019 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.

Peak Performance Swim Camp introduces two NEW summer camp programs in Chicago! Choose our INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY CAMP for 11 & Over swimmers OR our specially-designed TOP 10 CAMP for 10 & Under swimmers. Refine your stroke technique to swim faster and more efficiently!

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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  • Peak Performance Swim Camp Coaching Staff Bio

    Coach Peak Coaching Staff

    A great camp curriculum means nothing unless you have a team of great coaches to implement it. Our passionate and experienced coaching team is comprised of stroke technicians, teachers, and motivators

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Camp Details

Peak Performance Swim Camp’s mission is to maximize swimming potential through a holistic training approach. The origin of this approach comes from a book entitled, The Swimming Triangle, written by our Founder and Head Coach Nick Baker. Coach Baker believes maximizing swimming potential requires a three-sided approach focused on mental, technical, and physical conditioning. To validate his approach, all one needs to do is list the inherent qualities of any great Olympic or world class athlete. No doubt the list would include a winning mindset, flawless technique, and supreme fitness.

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities (includes exciting off-campus attractions and on-campus team building activities)
• Complimentary T-shirt
• Complimentary Swim Cap
• Gold Medal Award and more!

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch
• Complimentary T-shirt
• Complimentary Swim Cap
• Gold Medal Award and more!

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INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY CAMP

Our 5-day IM Camp covers the entire individual medley from the front start, the four strokes, the three IM turns, plus the ideal racing strategy. It’s the complete package over five days! Training and racing in the IM is a wise choice as it develops all four strokes and makes swimmers more versatile and competitive. Most people think of Michael Phelps as the King of Butterfly, but he’s also the only swimmer in history to win the 200 IM in four consecutive Olympics. PEAK coaches are masters at teaching and training, and our 7-to-1 swimmer-to-coach ratio is the lowest in the industry! Learn from the PEAK pros and get the winning edge!

TOP 10 CAMP

It’s finally here, a swim camp exclusively designed for the 10 & Under swimmer! At PEAK, our mission is to get swimmers off to a fast start by teaching them the skills they need to win! 10 & Under swimmers are a unique group who require extra care, attention, and patience, so we created a swim camp just for them. Our five-day format covers the three starts (front, back, and relay), the four strokes and turns, plus mini swim sets throughout the day. PEAK coaches are masters at teaching state-of-the-art technique, and our 6-to-1 swimmer-to-coach ratio is the lowest in the industry! Due to our low ratio, space is limited. Come to PEAK and get a competitive advantage!

Note: The Top 10 Camp is not a learn-to-swim program, but specifically designed for aspiring young competitive swimmers. Throughout the camp, swimmers perform multiple lengths of each stroke, including the Butterfly.

Camp Info

CHECK-IN
Camp Check-In and Orientation, for both swimmers and parents, will take place at the camp pool facility, the Charles F. Glore Memorial Gymnasium and Field House, located on the Lake Forest Academy campus. Swimmers will start camp immediately following, and should arrive wearing swimsuits underneath their dry-land clothing.

CAMP CHECK-IN: Monday, June 10 • 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

If private coaching was purchased in advance with camp registration, swimmers will be assigned appointed dates/times and the schedule will be posted at Camp Check-In. Please note that Private Coaching sessions are scheduled around the coaches’ availability (between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) and may be subject to change due to weather and/or pool conditions.

CAMP FINALE
Camp concludes at 12:00 PM on June 14. A special Gold Medal Award Ceremony will be held at approximately 11:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to attend.

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

CAMP EXTRAS

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Coach Baker's Instructional Videos:

Olympic Coach Nick Baker has created an outstanding video series for swimmers looking to improve their technical and physical performance. There’s no better teaching tool than visual aides to effectively demonstrate and practice these skills!

YOGA FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE: The more flexible the swimmer, the greater the speed! And yoga is the perfect way for swimmers to increase their flexibility. Greater flexibility in the shoulders, chest, hips, and ankles allows the body to generate more propulsion and flow through the water with minimal drag and greater ease. The Yoga For Peak Performance video, led by professional instructors Theresa and Calvin of College Park Yoga, offers a series of effective yoga postures designed to relax the body and enhance flexibility in as little as 15 minutes a day! Price: $65.00

PEAK OUT! Dry-Land Video: Swimming alone cannot develop the strength, flexibility, agility, or coordination needed to perform at the elite-level. The PEAK OUT! Dry-Land Training Video targets these all-important physical traits – giving swimmers a clear, competitive edge. The five, high-energy training circuits demonstrated in the video can be performed away from the pool and require no equipment. It’s the perfect fit for motivated swimmers on the move! Format: Stream video online. 82 minutes. Price: $85.00

PEAK REFRESHER 2.0: The PEAK Refresher 2.0 video, produced by Olympic Coach Nick Baker, builds on the fundamentals of Refresher 1.0 and introduces many elite-level skills not available on other swimming videos. The multiple and innovative camera angles take learning to a whole new level. The skills presented in this video are guaranteed to boost swimming performance! Format: Stream video online. 59 minutes. Price: $115.00

PEAK REFRESHER 1.0: The PEAK Refresher 1.0 is a state-of-the-art video also produced by Olympic Coach Nick Baker. It vividly illustrates key elements of the front, back, and relay start, along with the four strokes and turns. The step-by-step format greatly enhances learning. Format: Stream video online. 44 minutes.

PEAK REFRESHER COMBO PACKAGE: Purchase the PEAK Refresher 2.0 video AND receive the PEAK Refresher 1.0 at half price ($75 value)! The PEAK Refresher 2.0 builds on the fundamentals of Refresher 1.0, providing comprehensive technical instruction for novice to elite-level competitive swimmers. Price: $150.00

The ULTIMATE PEAK PACKAGE: Purchase all 3 videos–PEAK OUT! Dry-Land Video, PEAK Refresher 2.0 video, and PEAK Refresher 1.0–at an incredible value! PLUS receive a free copy of Coach Nick Baker’s newest book, Un-Limit Yourself! A Must-Read for Serious Swimmers. The Ultimate PEAK Package provides an unparalleled, visual training experience combining the best of in-water technique skills, dry-land strength drills, and tips for a positive mindset. Price: $225.00

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 and review is the absolute best thing you could do for your swimmer. It dramatically improves their understanding of how they swim, what they need to do to improve, and accelerates the learning process. Swimmers of all levels will benefit from our meticulous and in-depth analysis and review. This great product sells out quickly, so act now! 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: $575.00

STARTS & TURNS VIDEO ANALYSIS: Video analysis and review is the absolute best thing you could do for your swimmer. It dramatically improves their understanding of how they start and turn, what they need to do to improve, and accelerates the learning process. Swimmers of all levels will benefit from our meticulous and in-depth analysis and review. This great product sells out quickly, so act now! 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: $600.00
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: Olympic Coach Nick Baker is a master start, stroke, and turn technician. He has written four books on swimming and produced two state-of-the-art videos. His unique teaching style and one-of-a-kind swimming concepts and drills can transform a swimmer overnight. Swimmers and parents are often amazed with the results. Only five exclusive sessions are available each camp and they often sell out months before camp commences!

PRICE: $250 (LIMIT 1 HOUR PER SWIMMER)

DELUXE PRIVATE COACHING: A private session with a PEAK Senior Coach can transform a swimmer in as little as one hour. Our talented and select group of senior coaches have a minimum of 10 years club coaching experience and 5 years PEAK coaching experience. In addition, they teach the same swimming concepts and drills used by 1992 Olympic Coach Nick Baker. There are limited sessions available each camp and they sell out quickly!

PRICE: $200 (LIMIT 1 HOUR PER SWIMMER)

Coach Baker's Books:

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Nick Baker, Founder of Peak Performance Swim Camp and Olympic Coach, provides unparalleled swim knowledge described in each of his books. With over 43 years of coaching experience with thousands of competitive swimmers from novice level to Olympic champions, Coach Baker addresses all-important topics ranging from the power of positive mentality and superior technique to building confidence and ideal strength and flexibility. Coach Baker’s books are perfect gifts to inspire and teach swimmers, coaches, and parents alike!

MIND BODY SKILL, A Journey to Swimming Excellence: Olympic Coach Nick Baker has just released his sixth book – the newest addition in his Swimmer Series collection – titled Mind Body Skill, A Journey to Swimming Excellence. Coach Baker challenges swimmers to create change in a BIG WAY to achieve the results they desire! A swimmer who improves their mental outlook can enhance their level of swimming performance to one degree or another. The same holds true for technique and fitness. But when a swimmer focuses on boosting all three at once, the paradigm shifts and EXCELLENCE happens! Coach Baker states, “To thrive and survive in the demanding sport of swimming, a swimmer must become the ‘driver of their dream’ and push for exponential growth no matter what the circumstances!” Price: $20.00

SWIMMER SERIES COLLECTION: You can purchase all four books in the series. The 4 books: MIND BODY SKILL, ARE YOU WORTH IT?, UN-LIMIT YOURSELF! & 101 WINNING WAYS Price: $50.00

ARE YOU WORTH IT? 45 Ways To Enhance Your Self-Worth In Swimming: NEW in 2018! Olympic Coach Nick Baker has added another gem to his motivational Swimmers' Series. Among all the factors that determine successfully reaching your swimming goals, self-worth is the single most influential. You must first feel important before you can achieve important things in your swimming life. This superb book teaches how to build that feeling and find the inner "magic" that lies within you. Paperback: 132 pages. Price: $20.00

UN-LIMIT YOURSELF! A Must-Read for Serious Swimmers: Olympic Coach Nick Baker is dedicated to serious swimmers striving for peak performance. This tremendous how-to pocket guide identifies 17 limiting factors that handicap swimming performance and how to overcome them. If identified early, these factors are within the swimmer’s power to change! Paperback. 52 pages. Price: $15.00

THE SWIMMING TRIANGLE: Coach Nick Baker’s most popular book is an 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, 1992 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! Paperback. 326 pages. Price: $25.00

101 WINNING WAYS: Written by 1992 Olympic Coach Nick Baker, this motivational book identifies 101 winning attitudes common to all great, world-class swimmers. Each winning attitude is described with an easy-to-remember phrase and simple imagery to enhance visualization. It’s a must-read for swimmers of all ages! Price: $15.00

IN THE KNOW: A SWIM PARENT'S GUIDE: 1992 Olympic Coach Nick Baker shares pearls of wisdom gleaned from coaching for more than forty years and provides parents with essential inside swimming knowledge geared to maximizing their child’s swimming experience. Coach Baker sheds light on many unanswered questions parents have about swimming, and guides them in making the right decisions for their child. Paperback. 124 pages. Price: $20.00

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 9. 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 9) and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the final day of camp (June 14). Departure flights from Chicago should be scheduled between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Price: $75.00 one-way, $150.00 Round trip.

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

CAMP SCHEDULE

Olympic Coach Nick Baker’s unique holistic training approach includes mental, technical, and physical conditioning each day of camp.

Each day’s curriculum includes: 1 hour morning dry-land session, 2 in-water sessions (morning and afternoon), mental skills training, 1 hour yoga session, and catered lunch.

Note: This schedule does not apply to the first or last day of camp. See Camp Check-In and Camp Finale for further information.

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – Day Campers Arrive
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Dry-Land
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Mental Skills PLUS
9:30 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
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Swim
3:00 p.m. – Day Campers Depart Pool
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner & Recreation
9:30 p.m. – Lights Out

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS: Dinner and recreational activities vary each evening. They include fun, offsite activities such as a professional Chicago baseball game and bowling group outing, as well as planned movie and game nights.

Lake Forest Academy

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.

Learn more at the Peak Performance Swim Camp website.

Camp Questions & Answers

WHERE WILL MY OVERNIGHT CAMPER STAY?

Overnight residence will stay at the Ferry Hall Dormitory on the Lake Forest Academy campus. Dinner and recreational activities vary each evening. They include fun, offsite activities such as a professional Chicago baseball game and bowling group outing, as well as planned movie and game nights.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PEAK HEALTH & RELEASE FORM?

In order for a swimmer to participate in the camp, the mandatory Health & Release Form must be completed, signed, and turned in BEFORE the camp commences. The Health & Release Form can be found at - swimcamp.com/forms/.

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HOW ARE SWIMMERS GROUPED AT CAMP?

Lane assignments will be based on your best 100 Free time. We will ask you to email us your best 100 Free time when we send out the registration packet before camp. If you do not submit the correct time, then there is a strong chance that you will be placed in the wrong lane, and will not fully benefit from the clinic training. Thank you for your assistance!

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.75 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Un-limit yourself!

    June 17, 2016: Hello Coach Baker! I just wanted to let you know that I took what you said about the 200 IM, not limiting myself from it and not being afraid, to my latest meet. I had lots of confidence up on the blocks and during the race. I went from a 2:43.69 to a 2:31.41 finals, a sectionals cut! What you said and showed me at the camp has helped me a lot in all strokes, starts, and turns! I am now very confident and I have un-limited myself a lot! Thank you again!

    — Emma C. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I did it!

    June 19, 2015: 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….

    — Amanda L. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Thank you!

    June 18, 2015: 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!

    — Bob F. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Can't wait to go back!

    June 18, 2015: 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!!!

    — Maura B. Parent

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Nick Baker, Camp Director
Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Road

Chicago, Illinois 60045
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Individual Medley Camp
Age Group: 11 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 8:00AM-3:00PM $1,195.00
Availability: Yes

Overnight $1,565.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Top 10 Camp
Age Group: 8 - 10
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 8:00AM-3:00PM $1,195.00
Availability: Limited

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
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