Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College

Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College
Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College

5/19/14 Update: The Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College is completely sold out! We recommend our technique and training camp at Kalamazoo College being offered August 3-6th. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

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. 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.   

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

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

5/19/14 Update: The Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College is completely sold out! We recommend our technique and training camp at Kalamazoo College being offered August 3-6th. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Camp Details

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 at 2:15pm on Sunday, July 6th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
 
Extended Day & Day Campers
Extended Day and Day Campers check-in at 2:15pm 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. Departure each day for Day Campers is around 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for Extended Day Campers.
 
♦ Extended Day Camper Schedule: SUN 2:15PM-9PM, MON-WED 8:15AM-8:15PM, THURS 8:15AM-NOON
♦ Day Camper Schedule: SUN 2:15PM-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 10th. Extended Day and 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 McIntyre Hall 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: McIntyre Hall
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning:  Yes
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
 
Dorm has AC - No fan needed
 
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, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.


More Details

Facilities

Jack McAvoy Natatorium

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

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.

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!

Meet Camp Coaches

Kurt Kirner
Camp Director

Kurt Kirner

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

Read Full Bio

Now entering his seventh season as the Hillsdale College women’s swimming and diving coach, Kurt Kirner has brought the program up to a new level of performance and competitiveness, both in the pool and in the classroom.

Coach Kirner moved to Hillsdale from Lawrence University in WI, where he spent the past 17 years leading their swim program. Coach Kirner was named the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006-07 while leading the Viking women’s swimming team to a second-place finish in the conference. He led his men’s swimming team to two conference titles during his tenure at Lawrence, and coached more than 175 individual conference champions during his 17-year run with the Vikings. His women’s teams never finished lower than fourth place in the Midwest Conference during his career.

Kirner was a member of the swimming team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before beginning his coaching career in 1975. He has coached for several club teams in Wisconsin, and helped lead the Schroeder Swim Team to two YMCA national championships. In addition to his coaching accolades, Kirner was a teacher of exercise science and physical dynamic wellness at Lawrence, and intends to continue teaching at Hillsdale.

Camper Reviews

Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper

  • 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.

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Parent of Hillsdale Overnight Camper

  • 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 Campers

  • 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.

Olivia L.Hillsdale Camper

  • 4/5.
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!

Hillsdale Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
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

  • 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. 

Parent of Hillsdale Camper

  • 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.

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