The USAT Southwest Skills Camp is a five-day overnight camp for athletes 13-18 years old (in 2019), held at the University of California - Santa Barbara. The camp is the perfect place to enhance your triathlon skills under the supervision of an expert coaching staff.
Participants will take part in daily swim (including open water in the Pacific Ocean), bike, and run workouts. They will also participate in USA Triathlon benchmark testing. They will receive one-on-one sport-specific instruction, as well as lessons in goal setting, the art of balancing school sports and triathlon training, detailed information on how to move through the USAT athlete development pipeline, available USAT and USAT Southwest age-specific opportunities and race strategy for non-drafting and draft-legal triathlon competition. Emphasis will be placed on developing correct bike handling skills and road safety, open water specific swim skills, proper running form, transition speed as well as many other related skills.
Athletes will enjoy getting to know peers who share a similar interest and passion for the sport of triathlon. This camp is open to all levels of interested youth and junior triathletes. Each athlete will be evaluated and placed in an appropriate age/experience group. Performance data collected at the camp will be shared with USA Triathlon and could result in invitations to participate in subsequent USAT national programs.
Athletes not flying to Santa Barbara are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the camp. Athletes flying to Santa Barbara will have transportation to and from the airport provided at no charge. Please state on the application if you are planning to fly. We will need to have a full itinerary in order to make plans for pick up and drop off. Late pickups (at the end of camp) may incur an additional cost. Minor athletes will not be allowed to wait unattended after camp is finished.