Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz

Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz
Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz is an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The campus, defined by rolling meadows and towering redwoods, is a perfect environment for a Nike Swim Camp and has always been a camper favorite each summer!

UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall that makes this a camper favorite year after year. 

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session
  • Fun evening activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Kim Musch
Camp Director

Kim Musch

Directing the camp is long time Nike Swim Camp director and UC Santa Cruz Head Swim Coach, Kim Musch. Over the past 11 years, Coach Musch has produced over 100 All Americans, 2 National Champions, an Olympic Trial Qualifier, a Maccabien Games Gold Medalist, 5 PCSC Conference swimmers of the meet, 4 UCSC Athletes of the Year, and 4 NCAA National swimmers of the week. 

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He has also coached over 1000 Nike Swim Campers from around the world and continues to receive email updates from his past campers. As a collegiate swimmer, Musch swam for the University of California, Berkeley from 1973-1977, where as a senior, he was elected Team Captain. After coaching stints with Santa Cruz Aquatics and Chabot College in Hayward, Musch returned to Cal in 1981 as an assistant to Nort Thorton. That same year he formed the Golden Bear Swim Club. Well over a dozen Golden Bear swimmers went on to compete in the Olympic Games for various countries during his time as Head Coach. World records, US Open records, National records and Age-Group National Champions came out of the Golden Bear Swim Team.

After leaving Cal, he worked several years at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville. Although the Blackhawk Swim Team was a small team of only 30-40 year-round swimmers, they went on to have Individual Junior National Event Champions, Senior National finalists, an Olympic Trial Qualifier, High School All-Americans, and numerous National top 16 age group award winners. 

Camp Details

This year, Santa Cruz is offering one session of overnight and day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) 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. 


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


• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

More 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.


• Takes place between 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, June 21st at Stevenson College Circle
• Day Campers will depart the first evening at 9:00pm after the second pool session
• Day Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-12AM 


• Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 24th at Stevenson College Circle​
• Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony


Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new! Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

Dorm: Stevenson College Circle
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: No
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.


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.

♦ UC Santa Cruz is also hosting a Nike Water Polo Camp  — Sunday, June 28th to Wednesday, July 1st.


UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall. Santa Cruz is located at the top of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, just south of San Francisco. Getting here is easy since several major highways run to Santa Cruz and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey International Airports are all nearby.

The Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz 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.

Camper Reviews

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Swimmer

  • 5/5.
Great instruction!

Coach Kim did a very good job of instructing in various ways - verbally, visually, written form so kids could absorb the information in the best way for them and in multiple ways to really get the point of the exercise or information. He also seemed to have a good sense of developing a long-term swimmer and the whole swimmer.

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UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent coaching!

Nike Swim Camp is seriously awesome, and absolutley helps your swimming technique! I give it 2 GIANT thumbs up. - extremely pleased camper

UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great time!

The swim sets were enjoyable while I was learning, yet working hard. Visualization exercises were awesome. Explanations were good and coaches were responsive to questions or re-explaining a concept. Learning about equipment was great and getting to watch films of myself was great.

Parent UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Great camp!

At this particular camp the coaches made all the difference. Our daughter was having issues with false starts (flinching at the start) and was getting DQ'd in some of her races. The coaches picked this up without a mention of it and helped her to fix it.

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing camp!

Definitely worth the time and money! My son has gone to one other camp and he did not improve much then, but this one really helped him. The group size was perfect to give the kids enough one on one time with the coaches. My son's swim team coach and we saw a big difference in just the first two days of camp. He can't for next year's camp.

Parent UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Both of my girls enjoyed the camp very much and felt they gained from the experience. They want to come back next year. 

Alec Z.UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Loved camp!

My Nike Swim Camp experience has been great, and I will definitely sign up for more in the future!

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

The coaches were very tuned in to the swimmers. They were encouraging and positive and also allowed the swimmers to have fun together.

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Swimmer

  • 4/5.
Personal Thanks

I personally wanted to thank the staff for all the efforts to make this camp experience memorable and for the love of swimming brought from this camp. 

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Swimmer

  • 4/5.
Attention to Detail

Thanks for the care that is shown to the campers, in regard to safety, instruction and enjoyment.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $585.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM-4:00PM $385.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.