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HELPING COMPETITIVE SWIMMERS PERFORM AT PEAK LEVELS
HAS BEEN OUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE PAST 22 YEARS.

The Los Angeles Peak Performance Swim Camp takes place at California Lutheran University. This popular summer camp location in Southern California in a favorite of our International and U.S.A. swimmers alike. Choose from two training levels, and day or overnight packages.

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. 

At Peak Performance 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.

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

The term “peak performance” is defined as a state in which a person performs to their maximum ability. Swimmers who achieve peak performance in competition exhibit a high level of confidence, technical accuracy, and effortless execution. When asked why he decided to name his swim camp Peak Performance, Founder and Head Coach Nick Baker responded by saying: “It was the best way to convey the camps’ purpose. I wanted the swimming community to know that helping swimmers perform at peak levels was our top priority.”

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities (Zuma Beach Trip, Universal CityWalk, and more)
• 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

Well-suited for advanced age group and senior-level swimmers, ages 11-18, who train 5,000 yards/meters (or greater) per practice.

PEAK 1 is our most challenging swim camp. The camp builds throughout the week in both intensity and expectation. State-of-the-art skill progressions are combined with challenging swim sets. Swimmers are challenged to maintain their newly acquired skills throughout each set. Each day begins with a powerful mental presentation emphasizing the important role that the mind plays in peak swimming performance. The underlying “positive mental message” is repeated throughout the day to heighten its impact and create lasting change. Each day of camp ends on a high note with swimmers feeling mentally, technically, and physically empowered.

In addition to our 8 challenging in-water training sessions, PEAK 1 also includes 4 intense dry-land training sessions, 3 swimming related yoga sessions, and 4 inspiring mental conditioning sessions.

Note: Peak 1 is not well suited for swimmers with swimming-related injuries.

PEAK 2

Ideally suited for developmental, intermediate, and advanced age group swimmers, ages 9-16, who train between 3,000 to 5,000 yards/meters per practice.

PEAK 2 is the lead-up camp to PEAK 1. The daily structure of PEAK 2 is similar to PEAK 1, but the skill progressions and challenging swim sets are adjusted to reflect skill and performance levels. Lane assignments for swimmers are based on ability level rather than age. Like PEAK 1, each day begins with a powerful mental presentation emphasizing the important role that the mind plays in peak swimming performance. The underlying “positive mental message” is repeated throughout the day to heighten its impact and create lasting change. Each day of camp ends on a high note with swimmers feeling mentally, technically, and physically empowered.

In addition to our 8 challenging in-water training sessions, PEAK 2 also includes 4 intense dry-land training sessions, 3 swimming related yoga sessions, and 4 inspiring mental conditioning sessions.

Camp Details

CHECK-IN
Camp Check-in and Orientation, for both swimmers and parents, will be held at the camp pool facility, the Samuelson Aquatic Center, on the campus of California Lutheran University. Swimmers will start camp immediately following, and should arrive wearing swimsuits underneath their clothing. 

PEAK 1 CAMP:  Monday  •  July 30  •  8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

PEAK 2 CAMP:  Monday  •  July 30  •  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
The camp concludes at 12:00 p.m. on August 3. A special Gold Medal Award Ceremony will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to attend.

CAMP FORMS
The Health & Release Form 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 

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 
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 (SOLD OUT!) 

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 Olympic Coach Nick Baker. There are limited sessions available each camp and they sell out quickly!

PRICE: $200 (SOLD OUT!) 

COACH BAKER'S FIVE 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!

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: NEW! The latest book by 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, 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 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: 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 dorms prior to 1:00 p.m. on July 29, the day prior to camp commencement. Price: $150.00

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION: A supervised shuttle service is available, to and from Burbank Airport (or LAX for International flights only). This exclusive service includes meet & greet at baggage claim, and staff escort from the airport to the college 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 (July 29) and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the final day of camp (August 3). Departure flights should be scheduled between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. See Camp Policies for further information. Price: $105.00 One-Way, $210.00 Round trip

TRAVEL BY AIR: We suggest flying into Burbank Airport (BUR) for domestic US travel, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for international flights. 

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 Zuma Beach trip in Malibu, Hard Rock Cafe and Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, as well as planned movie and game nights.

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Camp Pool Location

California Lutheran University
Samuelson Aquatic Center
60 W Olsen Road 
Thousand Oaks, California 91360

Learn more at the Peak Performance Swim Camp website.

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Overall Average Rating 4.75 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Loved it!

    August 7, 2017: My daughter attended your camp in Los Angeles last summer, and she LOVED it. Your camp was far and away the best swim experience she has had and actually the best camp experience too. Can't say enough about how wonderful it was for her. She loves your book too!

    — Nadia L. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Amazing!

    August 7, 2017: The time and attention your coaches spent in teaching and training the PEAK 2 group in Thousand Oaks was unlike anything I have ever seen before. I literally saw my daughter improve session by session. I wish our coaches at home would coach like your staff. We would have a pool full of Olympians!

    — Chris H. Parent

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    • 4/5.
    Thank you!

    August 15, 2016: Coach Baker you and your staff did an amazing job coaching my son at the Thousand Oaks Camp. The weekend after camp he swam in a meet and placed first in every event and won high point! His attitude was fantastic and his strokes looked amazing.

    — Rose W. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Your camp is the best!

    August 11, 2015: Before I came to see you I hadn't come close to my best time in over a year. Although my best time was a 1:06.88, the closest I came was 1:14.52. My coach couldn't figure out what to do. I spent two hours with you and I went 1:05.71 at States!

    — Tim M. Camper

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Samuelson Aquatic Center
60 W Olsen Road

Thousand Oaks, California 91360

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