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.

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 wrapped up his 15th year at the helm of the swimming and diving program at the University of Vermont in 2014-15.

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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. The Catamounts went 0-12 in his first year, but their record has climbed steadily, increasing each year along the way.

Last season, 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. 

Vermont finished with an 8-4 record in 2011-12, and earned a fourth place finish at the America East Championships. During the year, 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, posting their sixth straight season of nine wins or more. The Catamounts also ended last season receiving votes in the final Mid-Major Dual Meet Poll.

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 broke all 21 varsity marks and reestablished three conference records at the league championship in the last five years.

A 1990 graduate of Norwich University, Cournoyer has made quite a name for himself in collegiate swimming as one of the bright young coaches in the East. Cournoyer came to UVM in the 2000 after serving as head coach of swimming and diving at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. 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 had 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 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, June 19th at Mason Hall. 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. 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 23rd. 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: Simpson 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 19: 2PM-6:30PM
  • June 20, 21 & 22: 9AM-4PM
  • Thursday, June 23: 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.

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.

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

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. 

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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

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

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