LEARN TO SWIM BETTER AND ENJOY IT MORE!

Come to beautiful Flagstaff Arizona and enjoy 3 days of swimming and instruction at one of the most famous altitude-based pools in the world. Quest for Excellence 2017 camps will focus on technique development for adult swimmers.
Your camp will include 1:1 technique instruction with Liz Hobbs and Kathy Gallagher, USMS Level 3 and NAU Masters/Hypo 2 swim coaches. You receive videotaping and analysis and participate in group technique sessions with both coaches. Additional swim workouts with our local masters team are optional.
Camp includes interactive sessions with the performance experts from Hypo2 about Pre-Hab, Dry Land Training, Injury Prevention, Mental Preparation, and Nutrition. Stay in comfort at the Embassy Suites and enjoy group dinners.

Training Venues

Pool sessions are at the world-famous Wall Aquatic Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University, the preferred altitude training pool for the world’s top swimmers. Residential campers will stay at the Embassy Suites, a 10-minute walk from the pool.

Open water swims and training will take place at beautiful Lake Mary, 10 miles south of Flagstaff. Summer water temperatures range from 65 in the early summer, to the high 70’s by mid-late summer.

2016 Quest for Excellence Testimonial

This was an outstanding camp. The coaches were highly attentive, responsive, and full of detailed instruction/teaching techniques. Highly encourage anyone wishing to improve their swim technique to take advantage of the uniquely beneficial high-altitude environment for as long as possible!

Choose your camp option!

Residential Option

Commuter Option

Sample Schedule

Friday August 4

12pm – 1pm  Check-in at the pool

1pm – 2pm Pool session

2pm – 3pm Check-in to hotel + free time

4pm – 6pm  Meet at hotel to drive to Lake Mary + swim session

7pm Dinner and workshop


Saturday August 5

5:30am Leave for Lake Mary

6am – 7am Lake Swim

7:30am Breakfast at hotel and free time/ filming and individual coaching sessions

9am – 10am Workshop

10am – 12pm Pool time

12pm – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 6pm Free time, filming and individual coaching sessions

6pm Dinner and workshop


Sunday August 6

5:30am Leave for Lake Mary

6am – 7am Lake Swim

7:30am Breakfast at hotel and free time

9am – 10am Workshop

10am – 12pm Pool time

12pm – 1pm Lunch and Wrap Up

High Performance Services

Campers have the option to attend a masters swim workout or an open water swim in the mornings before camp starts. Our affiliation with Hypo2 offers campers access to experts in testing, recovery and instruction. Hypo2 offers camp attendees these additional tests/services, which can be scheduled during free time:
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Physiological testing
  • Individual physiotherapy session
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Individual Swim Sessions
  • Mental Performance Consultation
  • Individual Massage session

Camp Directors

Kathy Gallagher

USMS National Champion and Certified USMS Level 3 Coach, Coach of Northern Arizona Masters since 2010

Kathy draws her coaching skills and style from training with coaches who rank as icons of USA Swimming – Pat Hogan, Frank Busch, Skip Kenney, Dennis Pursley, and Bob Gillett. Though she now focuses on teaching and training adult swimmers, Kathy coached state and national level age group swimmers early in her career and has coached high school swimming as well. Her swimmers have won state titles and achieved top ten national rankings. One of Kathy’s basic philosophies is that developing the skills that make swimming joyful leads naturally to excellent technique and group camaraderie. She accommodates different learning styles through instruction that integrates data, self-assessment, visual aids, and language. Once a world-ranked swimmer, Kathy still competes as a US Masters swimmer and holds a Level III US Masters Swimming coaches certification.

Liz Hobbs

USMS National Champion and Certified USMS Level 3 Coach, Coach of Northern Arizona Masters and Volunteer Asst. Coach for Northern Arizona University Swimming and Diving since 2001

Liz was also lucky to swim and learn from such coaching icons as Archie Harris, Jim and Bev Montrella, and Don Gambril. An All American sprinter at Alabama, Liz started coaching right out of college and has never really stopped. She has more than 20 years experience as a college assistant coach, the last 15 of those as a volunteer assistant with NAU Swimming and Diving. She has been head coach for Northern Arizona Masters since 2001. She enjoys helping people improve through learning how to swim more efficiently. Liz has won several USMS National titles in the 50 free, and holds a Level II US Masters Swimming coaches certification.
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