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USAT Southwest Junior Skills Camp


The Southwest Region Triathlon 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.


Each athlete will need to bring:

  • a road style bicycle

    • No bar-end, TT-type shifters, no aero bars

    • cycling clothing is recommended

  • a wetsuit

    • if you do not own a wetsuit, we may be able to loan you one or help you find one for purchase

  • a swimsuit and swim gear

    • including goggles, caps, etc.

  • running shoes and clothing

Each athlete is must be able to:

  • swim 200 yds in a pool comfortably

  • cycle comfortably for 60 minutes

  • run for 15 minutes consistently

A camp itinerary, directions to dorms, and necessary items for camp will be sent by email 2 weeks from the date of camp.


The application form for the 2019 USAT SW Skills Camp can be found here.  The camp will take place at UC Santa Barbara beginning at 1:00 PM Tuesday July 9th and ending at 1:00 PM Saturday July 13th. Check in begins at 12 PM. No lunch will be served that day. Be sure to eat before checking in to camp!

You will need to APPLY by completing this Application/Medical Form and emailing it to Upon approval of your application, you will be required to send the full camp fee along with the signed USAT waiver in order to reserve your place at camp. Payment can be made by check or Paypal (service fee of $22 will apply).


Before March 31   $675                                                   
Before May 31       $725                                                              
May 31-July 8        $775                                                                                   

The camp is limited to the first 25 athletes registered. We will form a waiting list in the order the registration forms are received. The Camp Director will have the final word on who will attend.

Registration fee is per person, double occupancy, and provides room and board, all coaching services, snacks, performance drinks, and goodie bag. Athletes must bring towels and bedding. Feel free to bring “healthy snacks or training foods”, but please no junk food or candy! The food at camp is excellent!  Athletes may wish to bring some money for misc. personal expenses, including laundry.


$275  is non-refundable. 

Full refund up to April 1 (minus $275)

50% refund  April 1-May 31 (minus $275)

No refunds after June 1.

All cancellations must be done by phone to the Camp Director - Alan Abeyta 480-203-4900. 

Sorry, we cannot roll-over your registration to 2020 if you have to cancel.


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.


All Coaches are adults and have background checks along with professional certifications.

There are many opportunities in our region (Southwest) for each of you to participate in a regional talent ID race or one of our regional F1 (draft legal) events. Check out for a list of events.

Meet our Directors and Coaches.