Startline Coaching

I love swim camp. Every year, 20 swimmers and triathletes join Startline Coaching for a 3-day swim camp in beautiful St. Petersburg. Year over year, this “all levels” program improves performance across a broad spectrum of athletes, ages, and skill levels. It’s exciting to have athletes return each year and welcome newcomers.

An immersive experience like swim camp has benefits that cannot be gained in solo, weekly training. It’s a rare opportunity to disconnect and focus on one thing – swimming! Athletes learn about, practice, review video, and incorporate fundamental principles into their open water swim stroke and learn a few Jedi master tricks along the way. Athletes are guided by professional coaches who offer targeted feedback and direction, and are inspired by the energy of the group. For many triathletes, this kind of swim experience simply is not available in their hometowns.

The March 2022 camp was no exception – fins, snorkels, drills, swim sets, a great outdoor pool, and great company. Many thanks to the great crew of triathletes and swimmers who made it such a blast. Coach Earl Walton and I watched with big grins as each swimmer developed a better swim stroke, moved more fluidly in the water, and gained open water confidence. As always it was huge fun and hugely rewarding.

Intrigued? Got a little FOMO? Join us for the upcoming camp from May 13-15, 2022!

Visualize your swim leg. How will it feel?

Too often, the swim portion of a triathlon is viewed as a survival leg. Athletes use brute strength, endurance, and grit to get through it. But if you want faster bike and run legs, then learn to swim without draining your energy and building excess fatigue.

Triathlon swimming is all about:

  • Efficient technique
  • Open water savvy & confidence
  • Pacing control

Our swim camps will get you out of the water ready to race vs. ready to recover:

  • Receive direct instruction from expert triathlon swim coaches
  • See your self and others on video with coach feedback
  • Understand what it is about your freestyle stroke that is holding you back
  • Learn effective drills for you that will help you correct your flaws
  • Develop open water skills & confidence
  • Understand pacing for your workouts

Camp #1 – March 25-27

  • 3 spots left
  • Price: $625 until Feb 28
  • Registration closes March 19

Camp #2 – May 13-15

  • Only 10 spots left
  • Price: $600 initial registration price extended through Feb 28

Join us & transform your swim.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | $600 price increases midnight 1/31 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

We’d love to see you and want to be sure you don’t miss out on registering before the price increases tonight.

Sunshine.  World class pool facility on the water.  Amazing coaching.

All this & more awaits you at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida.  The perfect kick off to your summer and your season and the best way to take your swimming to the next level. 

Join us in St. Petersburg Florida March 25-27th!

Head coaches: Earl Walton & Peter Helling

8 weeks until Swim Camp in Florida! Grab a space before the prices increases on 1/31 at midnight.

Sunshine.  World class pool facility on the water.  Amazing coaching.

All this & more awaits you at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida.  The perfect kick off to your summer and your season and the best way to take your swimming to the next level. 

Join us in St. Petersburg Florida March 25-27th!

Register now for winter group training. Multiple options to choose from:

  • Prepare for early season (June/July) triathlons
  • Prepare for a half marathon
  • Build power on the bike

Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation that will carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels. Come out of the winter ready to reach your goals.

Act now!

Triathlon Training:

Group workouts kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park

Half Marathon Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

Spring and summer 2022 races are open for registration. The off season is behind us and it is time to get ready to race!  Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation to carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels.

Join us! Register today

Spring Triathlon programs – Peak for Spring/Summer races!

  • 22 Wk Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 6/26/22
  • 26 Wk Extended Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 7/24/22

Running programs – Peak for the Brooklyn Half!

  • 13 Wk Half Marathon preparation program – 1/22/22 – 4/24/22

Cycling programs – Develop power!

  • 12 Wk – Indoor cycling FTP builder – 1/18/22 – 4/10/22
Our Approach

Athletes are streamed into training progressions based upon current fitness and capability. All programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners & triathletes, and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Not sure which option is best for your upcoming season? Hit the “Click to Schedule” button to schedule a call with Coach Peter.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camps in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 camps available |
black Friday registration price – $550 available until midnight | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

25 people arrive at a pool – Some want to qualify for the World Championships, some want to race their first triathlon.  Some of those folks were talked into the Swim Camp by a significant other.  All left the pool swimming better, with new friends, a little suntan and a chance to thrive not just survive the first leg of their triathlon. 

Swimming is a life skill and a doorway to fitness and new experiences – we can’t wait to get you in the pool and show you what is possible!

Coaches Peter Helling and Earl Walton have a combined 50 years of coaching between them and look forward to helping you reach your goals this season.

Join us in sunny St. Petersburg Florida for the Startline Coaching Swim Camp and bring your goals. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 Camps available |
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Triathlon racing is back! Kick off your season with us at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida!      

Start your season with a plan for your swimming.  Every athlete will receive individual stroke and training guidance, and coaches will lead season planning sessions to set you up for racing success. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Event Details:

  • Expert coaching
  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Sunshine & all outdoor 50 meter and/or 25 meter pool sessions
  • Technique and training-focused sessions
  • Video stroke analysis
  • Classroom sessions focusing on correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Low athlete:coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • A chance to focus and learn with athletes and friends of every level
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Two Camp Dates:

  • Camp #1: March 25-27, 2022
  • Camp #2:  May 13-15, 2022

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • Single Camp: $550 (regular price $600)
  • 2 Camp series bundle: $950
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots): $150

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks are not required

Register now for a great season of challenges, fitness, and camaraderie. Don’t miss out!

Run Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday morning, October 26, at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

The shortening days and dropping temperatures of fall and winter (did we mention rain and snow?) can make working out on our own a challenge. More importantly, we often do not know how to structure our off-season for the best results – what to do, for how long, in what order, and when. But the off-season offers an opportunity that comes but once-a-year to hone skills, increase strength and stamina, and set a strong foundation for the spring and summer. 

Startline Coaching is once again offering two popular off-season run and bike programs, this year with the option to extend beyond 12-weeks. 

Both programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Winter and/or spring races are included for goal-setting and testing our mettle. 

All levels are welcome: the beginner who’s gotten a taste of racing and wants to improve, the experienced athlete who wants to get back in shape after time away, the competitive age-grouper who wants to set their sights on new goals and challenges – and everyone in between. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Join us!

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Early registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

We are very excited to see you in Florida this year.  To say the least, 2020 has been a challenge. We know you can’t wait to get back to what you love. Our 2021 swim camp has been adapted for safe training during COVID. But, as always, we will focus on improving your swim stroke and water comfort, building your swim fitness, and preparing you to successfully compete in the open water.  

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks are not required
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