Swim Camp 2017


Grab your sunscreen and pack your speedo — TNYA’s annual swim camp is here! From March 19 to 25, we’ll be training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Our week at the wonderful facilities of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Complex will give you a chance to build conditioning, hang out with a great bunch of folks, and get a tan that will make your snowbound friends back home seethingly jealous. Online registration is now open. (And once you sign up, please give us your details.)

The Basics

  • Swimmers arrive at the latest by noon on Sunday, March 19th so that they can check-in, and acclimate, before the first workout.
  • The first practice is on Sunday, March 19th at 3pm. Swimmers will have recommended lanes but there may be some shuffling to make sure all swimmers are comfortable with their lane assignments.
  • Monday through Friday will mostly be “two-a-days,” with a practice in the morning and a practice in the early evening. You’ll have time to grab a long lunch and check out the beach, or nap, most days.
  • Social events and swimming skills workshops will be scheduled throughout the week.
  • The morning of Saturday, March 25th will be our final swim and the end of official activities.

What to Expect

  • Camp Is For Everyone Regardless of skill level, there will be a lane and coaching for you. If you want to train to compete, we have a world-class coach (Abi) to give you her guidance. If you’re new or need help with basic techniques, we have 4-5 clinics planned. If you want to have fun, there is a suite of activities planned. Our coaches were selected because of their skill coaching at all levels of skill, and for the significant preparation they have already done in developing amazing workouts.
  • Team Building is a Major Focus Practices and events are built to encourage it. Camp is a great way to really get to know the team (and not just your lane). After practice many people go grab lunch along the beach or head back to their rooms to chow down on groceries they have waiting for them before hanging out at the beach with other swimmers.
  • We Want to Hear About Your Personal Goals Do you want to learn how to swim butterfly? Maybe perfect your breaststroke pull-out? Break a minute 100m freestyle? If you don’t tell us we can’t help you achieve it! Tell us what you’re hoping to get out of your swim camp experience.
  • Our Goal is to Make Sure You Feel Happy That You Came All we ask is that when you’re at a practice, you try your best. Skipping is ok, but do try to make the most of your swim-cation. And if something isn’t working, please talk to us! None of us bite…well, unless asked 😉


To get the most out of your experience we recommend staying near the beach, but walking distance to the pool (1 Hall of Fame Dr, Fort Lauderdale). That said, you’re a grown-up (mostly) and can stay wherever you like. A few solutions that have been popular:

La Casa Del Mar in Fort Lauderdale (954-467-2037) Mention TNYA and receive a 15% discount when you book. Rooms are filling up quickly so if you haven’t booked, please do so now! Individual rooms are ~$180 a night.

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach (1-954-524-8733) This is right across from the pool and is around ~$200 a night.

Airbnb Some folks like to rent out a room or house on airbnb, which can be fun but typically requires a car rental.

This Year’s Coaching Staff

Brian Cairns Brian has been swimming since he was 8 years old. He competed as an age-group swimmer and through college at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, but took a long break before joining TNYA in 2003, and these days he’s predominantly a fitness swimmer. Because of that, he takes seriously his responsibility to design workouts that are balanced for competitors and noncompetitors alike — “so that everyone can get something out of them,” he says.

David Hovey David began his swimming career at the age of 7, swimming with his local school district’s age group swim program in Forty Fort, PA. David went on to compete at the DIII collegiate level at The University of Scranton. While there, David specialized in the breaststroke and individual medley events, earning Landmark Conference Champion titles in the 200 Breaststroke in 2009 and 2012, as well being named Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009. David began swimming with TNYA during his first month in the city, and has participated in IGLA 2015 & 2016 and volunteered as co-coordinator of the OHS. David began coaching for TNYA in April 2016. David’s approach to swim coaching is characterized by his strong belief that to improve ability in one stroke, an individual must practice and improve their abilities in every stroke.

Abi Liu A young prodigy, Abi Liu, was recruited to the Chinese National Team after winning the Junior National Championships at 13 years old. She went on to win the National Championships twice, the 1993 FINA World Cup and became a silver medalist at the 1994 Asian Games. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, She coached the USA Swimming Diversity Camp at the Olympic Training Center and the North American Challenge Cup, assisted the 2008 USA Olympic Team, and coach and directed aquatics for Stanford Campus Recreation Association. Abi Liu has been a recipient of the 2009 Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award and is recognized as an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 coach.