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Located in southern Michigan about 90 miles west of Detroit, the Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique. Through elite technique instruction and challenging in-water training, Hillsdale College's Head Swim Coach, Kurt Kirner and his staff will take your performance to the next level.

The Hillsdale campus with it's state of the art facilities, comfortable residence halls and it's historic buildings makes it a perfect location for a Nike Swim Camp.

This camp is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 meters in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

Highlights Include
  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Videotaping in all four strokes
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
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Camp Coaches

  • Kurt Kirner Hillsdale College

    Camp Director Kurt Kirner

    Kurt Kirner is Hillsdale's Head Swim Coach and a longtime Nike Swim Camp director. 

    View Kurt Kirner's Bio
  • Zoe Hopkins Hillsdale College Nike Swim Camp 2

    Assistant Coach Zoe Hopkins

    The latest addition to the Hillsdale College athletic department is a woman who was highly accomplished in her sport, but now will contribute to many aspects of the department’s day-to-day

    View Zoe Hopkins's Bio
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Camp Details

This summer, Hillsdale is offering one week (Sunday thru Thursday) of overnight and day camp (8:15am-5:00pm) for ages 10-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 1:30PM-8:15PM, MON-WED 8:15AM-5PM, THURS 8:15AM-NOON

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A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Check-in

  • Check-in takes place between 1:00PM-2:00PM on Sunday, July 9th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:15PM and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.

Day Campers

  • Day Campers check-in between 1:30PM-2:00PM on the first day. Arrive dressed and ready to swim. At that time, you will be assigned a counselor and you will be given a complete schedule of all events during the week.

Day Camper Schedule: SUN 1:30PM-8:15PM, MON-WED 8:15AM-5PM, THURS 8:15AM-NOON

Check-out

  • A closing ceremony will take place at the pool at 11:00am on Thursday, July 13th. Day Campers will be picked up at the pool immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight campers check-out from dorm immediately following.

Roommates & Housing

Campers stay 2-per room in The Suites and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. After that, the request can't be guaranteed. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: The Suites
  • Bathrooms: Shared
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes ♦ Dorm has AC - No fan needed
  • Suggested spending money: $40
  • Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

Supervision: Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 am Drill Session 1 (pool)
  • 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Stroke Review (auditorium)
  • 9:30 am Underwater Videotaping (pool)
  • 10:00 am Start and Turn work (pool)
  • 11:00 am Team building exercise (water polo)
  • 11:45 am Campers/Staff walk to lunch together
  • 12:30 pm Mental Toughness Session
  • 1:15 pm Workout time (pool)
  • 2:30 pm Videotape Review with coaches
  • 3:15 pm Team building exercise (land based activity)
  • 4:00 pm Organized Free Time
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 5:45 pm Sports Nutrition Discussion
  • 6:30 pm Drill Session 2 (pool)
  • 8:30 pm Residence Hall
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Hillsdale Bell Tower 2

Jack McAvoy Natatorium

Campers train daily in the John "Jack" McAvoy Natatorium, home of the Chargers Swimming and Diving Team. The pool is a 6-lane, 25-yard x 25-meter race course.

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Camp Reviews

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    • 5/5.

    The camp helped motivate my daughter to focus more on how to improve her strokes and see the fun in swimming.  They were really good about working with each individual personally and also the class room knowledge was great!!

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper '16

    • 5/5.
    Wonderful experience!

    As a parent, my daughter came back after camp willing to make the changes suggested. She grew stronger as a swimmer and a teammate.  this was a wonderful experience for her and her swimming career. 

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper '16

    • 5/5.
    Thanks!

    Thanks for a great swim camp experience. My daughter loved her counselors and coaches. Her technique has improved and she has shaved time off two of her events the first week back from camp. She wants to go back next year- thanks!

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper '16

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    • 5/5.
    Had a blast!

    Our daughter had a blast, she asked to go next year when we picked her up. She received a lot of good advice and still reads over the suggestions before she swims.

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper '15

    • 5/5.
    Thank you!

    Thank you for everything!!! Loved Coach Kirt and his inspirational talks and his wonderful staff!! My son is such a new swimmer and LOVED the camp. He loved the games like "Capture the Flag" and running around with the older more experienced group. It was a really inclusive camp atmosphere all got along well. Really inspiring for him and his friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper '15

    • 5/5.
    So much fun!

    The Nike swim camp was so much fun for both my kids. The first thing my daughter said when I picked her up from camp was "I want to come next year." They both had fun hanging out with friends old and new.

    — Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Campers '15

    • 5/5.
    Great camp!

    The Hillsdale College swim camp was a valuable experience! Swimmers looking to tweak their storkes, get a great workout and meet new people should definitely attend a Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College!

    — Olivia L. Hillsdale Camper '15

    • 5/5.
    Truly amazing!

    The camp was great. I really improved in my strokes. I am now able to use more techniques while swimming. I learned a lot while having fun. The camp was truly amazing.

    — Hillsdale Overnight Camper '15

    • 5/5.
    Great experience!

    It was a very fun experience, and I made lots of new friends. I got a lot of instruction on my strokes and my turns, and all four of my strokes showed great improvement. 

    — Hillsdale Overnight Camper '15

    • 5/5.
    Wonderful instruction on techniques.

    My son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College.  I was very impressed with the personalities and expertise of the camp staff. They were a great influence on my children and provided a fun, positive learning experience.

    — Parent of Hillsdale Camper '14

    • 5/5.
    I'll be back!

    Loved camp and am definitely coming back next year!

    — Hillsdale Overnight Camper '14

    • 5/5.
    Significant Improvement

    It was an awesome camp! I improved my swimming significantly and had fun at the same time. I will definitely be returning next year.

    — Hillsdale Overnight Camper '14

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Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College

Kurt Kirner, Camp Director
Hillsdale College
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242

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