Featured Camp: 2018 Alabama Rising Tide Swim Camp

2018 Alabama Rising Tide Swim Camp

Boasting a state-of-the-art aquatic facility and top-of-the-line instructors, the Alabama Rising Tide Swim Camp is bound to re-train a swimmer’s brain to overhaul bad habits and cement proper stroke patterns. The camp emphasizes proper technique through drills and a multitude of instructional feedback, eventually becoming a natural part of each swimmer’s stroke “DNA.”

The Rising Tide camps offer advanced technology regarding underwater filming and stroke video analysis to optimize race performance and give world class instruction regarding starts, turns and stroke development. However, the staff also recognizes that the most powerful “computer” is the human brain, and proper coding not only includes technique but also the following: mental preparation, team and character building, motivational speaking, race-day preparation, training and conditioning. Critical thinking is imperative to improvement, and the staff encourages exploring new ways to achieve skills.

The camp has plenty of space and time to accommodate athletes of all levels and will group them accordingly. They cover every stroke discipline and all skills used by our SEC and NCAA Champions to compete at a higher level. In addition, the camp provides workouts for elite athletes to maintain fitness levels while away from their club.

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About Head Coach Denny Pursley

PursleyWith a career that has taken him all over the globe – including stops as the first head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport, the inaugural director of the United States National Team and more recently the head coach of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic squad – Pursley is a proven program builder who has made an immediate and significant impact on every team he has led.

After getting his start as a volunteer coach under Crimson Tide’s legendary Don Gambril, Dennis Pursley’s coaching career is nothing less than extraordinary—one that heralded the honor of being named one of the 25 most influential people in the history of USA Swimming in 2003.

That’s why when Alabama was looking for a head coach to take its program back to the highest levels of collegiate swimming and diving, they turned to Pursley.

About Associate Head Coach Jonty Skinner

Jonty SkinnerFormer world record holder, NCAA Champion and International Hall of Famer Jonty Skinner is currently in his sixth year as an Alabama swimming and diving coach after rejoining the Crimson Tide in the summer of 2012.

“We could not have a more qualified coach than Jonty Skinner,” Pursley said. “As a former world record holder and coach of Olympic gold medalists and national championship teams, Jonty has done it all at the highest levels of national and international competition. He is primarily responsible for our sprint program but all of the swimmers and coaches on the team will benefit from his broad range of experience and expertise.”

After joining the staff as an assistant in the summer of 2012, Skinner was promoted to associate head coach following the 2013 season. In addition to his coaching duties, Skinner serves as the Tide’s technical director, a post he previously held with both USA Swimming and British Swimming.

Upcoming Alabama Rising Tide Swim Camp Dates

Camps are offered each week for four consecutive weeks beginning May 27th and are open to any and all participants age 9 and up. Remember, this is not a “learn to swim program,” so please make sure campers are proficient in all four stroke disciplines. They hope to see you this summer!
Session 1: May 27th-June 1st
Session 2: June 3rd-June 8th
Session 3: June 10th-June 15th
Session 4: June 17th-22nd

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Camper Comments

“It was very helpful. It helped me with my strokes, turns, and starts. The outdoor games were a lot of fun! I liked that we had the opportunity to have a harder practice early in the morning.”

“Everything in this camp showed and taught me more about team work and attitude. I’ve learned to not feel sorry for myself and to push myself the extra mile. I wish this camp lasted longer than a week.”

“What I loved about this camp was that I improved 3x or more in my swimming. I’ve only been swimming for 6-months and this camp has been the single most constructive experience so far. I obtained a new favorite stroke, improved my worse strokes, and learned things I didn’t know before arriving such as open turns and spinal alignment. Thank you for holding this camp to help swimmers improve. You’ve done a fantastic job.”

“Team activities, dorms, pool sessions, food, coachers and councillors, games (really fun), definitely should do camp again.”

“I really enjoyed the pool sessions and the motivational presentations. I feel like I learned a lot of new things that will help me with my swimming mentally and physically. I believe that I have learned many things to help me improve my technique. Also, I believe I learned a lot about confidence and being tough.”

“I miss camp and everyone that was a part of it already!  I just wanted to let you know that I had a home meet yesterday (SCY).  I went around my best times in everything and won 4/5 of my races which won me high point!  I went a 1:06 in my 100 BR and a 54.05 in my 100 FR.  I know it had a lot to do with the camp and I wanted to say thank you!  I hope to drop more and see y’all soon!  Tell everyone else I said thank you too, please!”

“I really enjoyed the camp. Everyone was so nice and helped out a lot. I wish I could spend another week with everyone I’ve learned a lot that will hopefully help me out. Thank you.”

“Before our sessions I really enjoyed the technique sessions. They helped me learn the techniques and gave me a visual and idea about what we needed to do. During the sessions I enjoyed actually doing the techniques and learning things that I haven’t before. I loved all the coaches helping and giving advice. I appreciate the coaches for not giving up on me & everyone else even when we struggled.”

Contact Information:

Phone: 480-206-5983

Email: Maryjo@agonswim.com

Address: The University of Alabama, Box 870387 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Dates: May 27 – June 1, June 3 – June 8, June 10 – June 15, June 17 – June 22

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