Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont

Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont
Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont

Located in Burlington, Vermont, the University of Vermont's setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, provides an inspiring location for camp. This location is ideal for all regional swimmers in the New England area with the campus a short trip from Boston, New York and Montreal.

The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont is designed to bring out the very best in every swimmer we coach. We accomplish this by providing ongoing constructive feedback during each pool session. Campers train daily at the Forbush Natatorium, located in the Patrick Gymnasium/Gutterson Fieldhouse Athletic Complex, the home pool of the Vermont women's swimming and diving program.

The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont 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
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
  • Fun evening social activities
  • 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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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Gerry Cournoyer
Camp Director

Gerry Cournoyer

Gerry Cournoyer enters his 17th year at the helm of the Vermont swimming & diving program in 2016-17.

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  • America East Coaching Staff of the Year (2007, 2009, 2016)
  • ECAC Championship Co-Coach of the Year (2008)

Last season, UVM finished third overall at the America East Championships for the fourth straight year. The Catamounts posted a total of eight All-Conference performances and closed the competition with 636.5 points. Cournoyer and his staff were named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time since 2009 and the third time overall. Vermont also claimed its first-ever conference title in the 200 free relay with the team of Courtney Gray, Sarah Mantz, Kira Hancock, and Christa Weaver.

Two years ago, Cournoyer led the Catamounts to their best overall record (8-2) since the 1981-82 season, and guided the team to a third-place finish at the America East Championships with a program-record 662 team points. Three Catamounts collected all-conference honors at the championships, and Andie Blaser and Maggie Preston each collected individual titles in the 100 fly and 3-meter dive, respectively.

In 2013-14, Cournoyer guided Vermont to a 7-7 overall record, which included a first-place finish at the six-team Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University. Cournoyer collected his 100th career victory with the Catamounts following a sweep of a tri-meet with CCSU and Merrimack. At the America East Championships, the Catamounts scored the second-most points in program history (640) and tied for their best-ever finish at the meet with third. Christa Weaver and Ilsa Feierabend collected all-conference honors at the championships.

In 2012-13, Cournoyer led the Catamounts to a 9-5 record and a third place finish at the conference championships, which tied for their best finish at the America East Championships in program history. Christa Weaver was named Most Outstanding Rookie at the meet, becoming just the second Catamount to win the award in the program's history. Chelsea Krisanda and Kailey Gardner also earned all-conference honors at the championships.

Vermont finished with an 8-4 record in 2011-12 and earned a fourth place finish at the America East Championships. During the season, sophomore Claudia Etherington posted one of the top-10 fastest times in the 200 backstroke in the nation.

During the 2010-11 season, the Cats went 9-6 and posted their sixth straight season of nine wins or more. The Catamounts also ended the season receiving votes in the final Mid-Major Dual Meet Poll.

The Cats went 10-6 in 2009-10 as senior Molly MacMillan earned her third straight America East Championship in the 1,650 freestyle, while classmate Colleen Clark won the America East Coaches Award, which goes to the senior student-athlete each year who tallied the most points at the conference championship during their four years. MacMillan was second in the standings, only eight points behind her classmate.

Vermont went 9-4-1 in 2008-09 as the Catamounts had their best finish in school history at the America East Championship, with three individual champions and one relay championship, as well as breaking nearly every school record.

During his time at Vermont, Cournoyer has also coached a handful of athletes who have made their mark on the school’s record books. The Cats have broken all 21 varsity marks and reestablished three conference records at the league championship in the last five years.

Cournoyer took over the swimming program in 2000 and inherited a team that had only three combined wins in the five years prior to his arrival. He's been able to build up a winning tradition at UVM, and since 2003-04, he's led the Catamounts to at least seven wins in each season. Cournoyer is the only coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau with the Catamounts.

A 1990 graduate of Norwich University, Cournoyer has made a name for himself in collegiate swimming as one of the top coaches in the East. Cournoyer came to UVM in the 2000 after serving as head coach of swimming & diving at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for four years. His combined record at Lycoming was 71-42.

In his first year at Lycoming, Cournoyer was named MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year after directing the Warriors to a school-record 13 wins in 14 dual meets as well as the program's first-ever conference title.

Prior to his stint at Lycoming, Cournoyer was head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts for two years. He led the Bridgewater men's team to an 11-0 record in his final season and an 11th-place finish in the 26-team New England Championships. His combined record at Bridgewater State was 33-14.

Cournoyer's final season at Bridgewater was highlighted by the women's team finishing 9-5 to post its first winning record in eight years. Prior to coming to Vermont, Cournoyer posted a combined record of 104-56 in his five seasons as a head coach.

A native of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Cournoyer was a letter winner in swimming at Norwich. He was selected to the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame Class of 2006 and earned his Masters in Education from UVM in 2009.

Camp Details

This summer, Vermont is offering one week 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.


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


• Lunch • Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 2:00PM-6:30PM, MON-WED 9:00AM-4:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM

More Important 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 takes place between 12:45-1:30pm on Sunday, June 25th at Hamilton Hall. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 1:30pm 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 will depart that evening at 6:30 p.m. after orientation, dinner and swimming.


A closing ceremony will take place at 11:30am on Thursday, June 29th. Departure is immediately following. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.

Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2 per room in Simpson Hall 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: Hamilton Hall
  • Bathrooms: shared
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning:  No ♦ Dorm Does NOT have AC - Please bring a fan
  • 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.

Day Campers Schedule

  • Sunday, June 25: 2PM-6:30PM
  • June 26, 27 & 28: 9AM-4PM
  • Thursday, June 29: 9AM-11:30AM


All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch is included for Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.

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.


University of Vermont

Burlington is one of America's most beautiful and liveliest small cities (population: 40,000), and it charms with its proximity to Vermont's idyllic countryside. UVM's setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, provides an idyllic location to host a Nike Camp.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
  • 8:50 am Day Campers arrive, stretch
  • 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
  • 9:15 am Pool Session 1
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Dry Land Exercises
  • 1:30 pm Pool Session 2
  • 4:00 pm Day Campers depart
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 - Starts, Turns, Relay Races
  • 9:00 pm Supervised free time in dorm
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Camper Reviews

S.C.University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

The camp provided my daughter many tools that she can use towards her training, in and out of the pool. She loved how the coaches also taught them about the mental aspect of competitive swimming. The individualized stroke technique/starts/turns instruction was excellent. She enjoyed all of the smiling coaches and positivity they brought to the camp sessions each day. She absolutely loved the town of Burlington and the campus/facilities at UVM. She also connected with new friends from other states.

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L.C.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Loved having a whole new swim experience!

This was the first time my daughter has stayed overnight somewhere for more than one night without my or my husband, and was only willing to stay overnight because her two friends were attending the camp as well. The two other girls' moms and I are very appreciative that the girls were allowed to share a dorm room. Otherwise, they would have not stayed over. So, thank you! My daughter raved about the food and loved how much swimming there was and said her skills definitely improved. She also loved free time, going to the UVM bookstore, and playing games with the counsellors. I asked them if they wanted to attend next summer and they all said, "YES!" So it looks like they'll be back in 2018! Thank you again for a GREAT first overnight camp experience for my daughter. I'm so appreciative.

A.M.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Friendly coaches!

My son appreciated getting personalized written feedback from counselors about each of his strokes. The counselors were very friendly and encouraging, they even fave my son was getting "high fives" as he was leaving the camp. My son enjoyed the organized games every night from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

K.B.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.

Overall it was a great experience. The small problem we had with our daughter's age group was immediately handled and taken care of with professionalism - it is clear that Gerry and the staff want their campers to have a great experience!

F.E.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Welcoming coaches!

Our daughter was terribly homesick the first few days but the counselors helped her succeed and spend every night by camp.  Thank you for being so kind to her and making her feel as welcomed! She came home more confident and with great new friends! 

L.M.University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
SO fun!

A highlight of camp was playing games outside, starts and turns sessions, making friends, and doing drills in the water.  Camp was so much fun! 

S.R.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Loved camp!

My kids loved sleeping in the dorms with a friend, camp counselor coaches, and technique development and tips.  No changed needed for this great program, keep up the good work!

N.T.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great skill refinement!

This was my son's first year and he couldn't believe how much he learned and how much he improved in such a short time. I think concentrating on skill refinement, rather than only building endurance was important.

K.C.Parent University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great opportunity!

Different coaching was greatly needed for a swimmer that has been with the same coach for many years.  Thank you for the great opportunity to gain skills and improve on old ones! 

J.B.University of Vermont Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Awesome fun!

Our son loved staying in the dorms, making new swim friends, and clear teaching of technique.  He loved this camp and will return for sure! Thanks to the camp director Coach Cournoyer!

University of Vermont Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I look forward to it all year!

I have been coming to swim camp at IBM with coach Gerry for several years now and I look forward to it all year. The coaches make it fun while really adjusting your technique with drill work to get your muscle memory involved. I see improvements every year. 

Parent University of Vermont Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great Experience!

My 11 year daughter had a great experience at The Nike Swim Camp. This was her first sleep away camp experience, and it was fun, safe and she learned a great deal. We would highly recommend these camps. She will likely return next year. 

Parent University of Vermont Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Wonderful experience!

Our son looks forward to this camp each year. Each year he gathers another friend or two from his home swim team to go along just by him telling everyone what a great time he has. We travel three hours each way for him to attend because he has such a great time and the coaches are so amazing with him. It is a wonderful experience for him each summer.

Parent University of Vermont Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Camp was great!

The overall instruction was great. The variety of coaches provided a good mix. Definitely filming of the children was excellent feedback.

University of Vermont Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

Thank you very much for the experience! I enjoyed every minute of it. The staff was incredible, they were very nice and had so much passion for swim. I made new friends and I will definitely come back next summer!

University of Vermont Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great time!

It was a great experience. Unlike most camps they improved my technique, and weren't as focused on speed. They did something that can help me for my whole swimming career, not just one weeks workout.

Theo B.University of Vermont Overnight Camper '14

  • 5/5.
I will definitely be back.

I was extremely impressed with the Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont. I have been to other camps in the past and nothing compares to this camp. I will definitely come back next year.

University of Vermont Overnight Camper '14

  • 5/5.

Nike swim camp UVM is awesome! I learned and had fun with the coaches and other swimmers. Swim sessions were great, and evening social time was fun!!

University of Vermont Overnight Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Planning on next year

I enjoyed the swim camp a lot. It was my first experience in a swim camp and I want to repeat it soon. My parents think it was worth the experience and worth the time spent on this activity. We are already making plans to attend this camp next year.

University of Vermont Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Caring and Helpful Staff

The counselors were great. They were very caring and were extremely helpful.

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.