It’s been over ten years since my first of many visits to train at The Race Club. Now, more than ever, as a Division 1 Big 10 Collegiate Swimmer at Rutgers University I’m reminded every day just how lucky I am to have a Race Club Stroke foundation in my toolbox. Nothing can prepare you for the demands of training and competing at this level like a foundation with Dr. Gary Hall Sr. And the entire TRC family. In a most recent practice the three styles of freestyle were introduced and many team members hadn’t ever been exposed to them. It takes years of practice and repetition to hone technique and many year round age group programs don’t emphasize stroke development. I’m so happy I got my start early at The Race Club.
I wanted to write and follow up on the swim camp that my daughter attended recently in Islamorada. We were very pleased with it and my daughter learned so much. The camp was very comprehensive with lots of individual focus on each stroke. We also found the talks on nutrition, dry land programs, mental preparation, goal setting, etc all very informative with a lot of new information. he camp was small enough that every swimmer there received a lot of personal feedback on each stroke. My daughter took detailed notes after every session about the things she learned and what she should focus on for improvement. While we were on the way back home, she told me that she felt like she really had the roadmap now on how to make her a better swimmer. Her coach has commented on how he could see immediate improvements in her swimming and on how excited she is at practice. As a parent, we also enjoyed how parents were encouraged to listen and learn all we could from the practices. We learned so much that we can help her also.
Thanks again and we give the camp our highest recommendations
Hello! This email is long overdue. My daughter, Emma had the privilege about 3 years ago to participate in a private swim camp with Coach Richard Hall with a group put together by Jon Zuchowski in Islamorada. Emma was not quite 8 at the time, and Coach Richard was wonderful with her. He worked on her freestyle and butterfly form, and he told her if she kept it up she’d win the gold. Well, last Spring Emma competed in her first National meet, the NCSA Elite Showcase, and took home 8th place in the 500 free and 100 fly in her age group. And this summer, Emma became a 2x Florida Jr Olympics Champion in the 200 and 400 free, breaking a 4 year old team record in the 200 free AND she got silver in the 100 fly and bronze in the 50 fly! She loved her time with Coach Richard at The Race Club and we hope to get back down to you again some time in the next year. Please pass our gratitude to Coach Richard for his part in helping Emma achieve what was once a dream! He is a wonderful coach!
Warmest Regards, Kelly Herrera
Roman had an amazing State Championship Meet weekend. He metaled in 8 events. 5 silver and 3 bronze (one medal not pictured). I thought I would share some of his time improvement. Some times listed below were from the previous weekend where he broke 5 meet records, one pool record, and was the High Point winner for the Boys 8 & Under.
100 FR -1.72 1:20.59 SCM
50 FR -1.06 36.99 SCM
25 FR -.48 17.22 SCM
50 FLY -4.30 44.21 SCM
25 FLY -1.24 19.06 SCM
50 BR -.70 50.60 SCM
50 BK -2.45 44.63 SCM
We love the video analysis.The one correction that Roman really noticed was the breaking of the wrists (feathering) during his Butterfly and Freestyle. We would have never noticed that without the underwater views. He has really started to focus on pointing the palms down. Roman has also been visualizing his events before meets and is now doing his anchor. He is ready to work once he gets on the block! He couldn’t have done it without you and your dad!
Thank you so much! We look forward to visiting the Race Club next summer.
Thanks for the wonderful training opportunity at the Race Club. My daughter at 9 was apprehensive about going to train with a new coach and pool but Gary put her at ease with his wonderfully calm nature within the first 5 minutes of the first session. His ability to connect with young children is amazing.
We were at the pool twice a day for 5 days in a magical week of Olympic Swimming and it was a totally immersive swimming experience for all of us. We love that Gary encourages parents to be on deck and listen to his feedback so that we are another source of information in case our young swimmer forgets the lessons learned. Gary has a unique scientific perspective to swimming which clicked with our daughter who also wants to know the “why” on almost anything she does. Her technique substantially improved over the course of the week in all strokes and when we ended the last session with some races against the clock even she was surprised at what she had achieved. She is now a lot more confident about achieving her swim goals.
Gary also teaches lessons for life that will stand her in good stead across any endeavor. From the most important lesson of never cheating to win, to learning how to set goals, visualization of the event and techniques to focus , all what was explained by Gary is useful to any child (and grown up).
After 10 tiring sessions we thought our daughter would be dying to get back home but her disappointment on the last day of not being in the pool the next day with Gary’s voice in her ear through that remarkable headset was very apparent to us.
We also had Devin as a coach for 2 sessions and he is another amazing coach with young kids . He helped my daughter figure out how to get off the blocks with some interesting techniques rather than fall into the water like she usually does. This was her biggest mental block during training and it took a few days of Gary and Devin working her with part of every session to get her through it.
The Race Club and Islamorada is a fantastic training place for young swimmers (and their parents) and we hope to be able to come back every year.
Nikhil, father of Aryana Deshpande, age 9, from New Jersey
“I wish we didn’t have to stop..” Those were the words of my youngest boy after him and his brother had spent this past weekend being coached by the fabulous and fantastic Amy Hall!
The sessions were intense, exciting, fun and highly informative and the boys could feel the difference in their swimming after a very short time of being coached. Amy’s knowledge and experience were very evident and she could advise the boys every step of the way. However, the her greatest ability and gift that she has is her ability to really relate to her swimmers. Her kindness and friendliness and willingness to listen meant a huge amount and ensured that the boys really enjoyed every moment of the sessions. She is a fantastic coach and a fantastic person and we were privileged to benefit from her knowledge and experience.
Thank you Amy!!
Anthony, Timothy and Tristan Hartman, Cape Town, South Africa
As our first visit with you at The Race Club comes to a close tomorrow, we want to thank you, Abby and your Dad for the superb training that you have provided to our sons, Alex and Cameron.
They have had the time of their lives, and I simply have to share an experience from this afternoon that Mark and I will never ever forget…nor will Alex.
Your dad worked with the kids on breast stroke this afternoon and although it has always been absolutely Alex’s weakest stroke, Coach Hall got him on track and awakened the breast stroker in our son. After years of thinking he just wasn’t ever going to be very good at the stroke, something clicked, and your dad gave Alex the technical skills and confidence to believe in himself; it was a major “aha” moment and Alex is absolutely on a breast stroke high this evening!
For Mark and I to witness this transformation firsthand, we can only say that we are floored, amazed, impressed, and astounded at Coach Hall’s expertise.
I guess that is why we are here, but I just want to let all of you know that you have met and exceeded our expectations and only wish tomorrow morning was not our last session!!!
Before he went to bed, Alex said that Coach Hall changed his life today and that he really learned a lot about himself and his sport.
As swim parents, you are undoubtedly aware how much our lives revolve around the pool (we wouldn’t have it any other way). We dearly love our boys and to see Alex and Cameron so happy, proud and confident with their newly learned skill sets, makes us happy beyond belief…..All that, and they had a great time too!!!
With Respect and Gratitude,
Mark and Trish Craft
Gary and all the Race Club team,
Thank you so much for getting Cade in for a couple quick sessions. He is inspired and hopefully will put the tools you showed him to use. They are in their second week of training for this season and working hard.
Judy and I really enjoyed our short visit and can’t wait to find the time to get back for a full week at the Club. Your hospitality and patience was amazing and we left feeling like part of the family.
You are all passionate and inspiring people and I hope to meet you again soon.
Chris Talley, father of Cade Talley, 16
Our experience at The Race Club swim camp was exceptional in every way. I knew it would be a great swim camp when I read all the swim blogs and viewed the swimisodes on the website, but when I watched my Age Grouper learn and go, go, go at swim camp, I became even more of a fan.
She was inspired to swim better and faster than she has ever swum before. And it transpired into the post-swim camp arena as well. Shortly thereafter, at championships, she dropped 1 second off her 50 meter freestyle, 4 seconds off her 100 meter butterfly and 5 seconds from her 100 meter freestyle. I can’t wait to see what’s next. You not only inspired my young swimmer, you inspired me as well.
The Race Club swim camp experience is high-quality and first-class ~ from the website, to the registration, the swim camp venue, the equipment, the instruction, all the information and expertise, the invoicing, and the yoga. The yoga was such a favorite too. Yoga designed specifically for swimmers and swimmer muscles – young and older, novice and elite. There is knowledge and depth of understanding threaded throughout and it becomes evident in the outcomes. Being with The Race Club now, is like having an additional swim support network for my swimmer. It is one of the most satisfying and solid swim experiences we have ever encountered. One which we are excited to continue.
Good swim camps may inspire swimmers, but great swim camps inspire entire families. This is a great swim camp.
Our sincerest thanks and gratitude! Daphne & Maranda Edwards, Age 10