Cal Swim Camp

Cal Swim Camp
Cal Swim Camp

Get better this summer at the California Swim Camp at UC Berkeley. Directed by Head UC Berkeley Coach and Olympic Coach, Teri McKeever and Assistant Coach, Kathie Wickstrand, we offer two weeks of outstanding stroke technique camps on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

Please join Olympians and NCAA All-Americans for a camp that will help you reach the next level in your swimming career. Whether it is hearing from the Head Olympic Coach, Teri McKeever, listening to inspirational talks or watching some of the sport’s finest demonstrate drills, this camp will help you become a more effective and passionate swimmer.

Outside of the pool the camp curriculum will also spend time discovering what it is like to compete at a Division One school while balancing academics. Our workouts are separated by level of swimmer who are interested in improving their skills. 

Cal Swim Camp is open to any and all entrants and limited only by number, age and gender.

Highlights Include

  • For competitive swimmers ages 9-16
  • Camp emphasis on technique and drill instruction covering all four strokes, starts and turns.
  • 10:1 camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Three daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session (except first and last day)
  • Every camper receives a camp t-shirt and swim cap

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Teri McKeever
Camp Director

Teri McKeever

Regarded as one of the best and most accomplished swimming mentors in the United States, if not the world, Teri McKeever is in her 24th season overseeing the University of California women’s swimming & diving program in 2015-16.

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McKeever has guided the Golden Bears to four of the past seven NCAA championships, including a crown this past March when the team set a school record with 513 points and matched the Cal mark with seven event wins. The Bears also captured their fourth Pac-12 crown, and McKeever was named the named both the Pac-12 and NCAA Coach of the Year for her efforts.

Head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic team during the 2012 Games in London, McKeever has guided Golden Bears to the top of the medal stand at virtually every level of the sport, from the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships to the Olympics and World Championships.

Over the course of her career, McKeever has led Cal to four NCAA titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015) and four Pac-12 crowns (2009, 2012, 2014, 2015). Her charges have captured 35 NCAA individual championships and won 16 NCAA relay events. The six-time conference Coach of the Year has tutored the NCAA Swimmer of the Year nine times and the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year on seven occasions.

Among the highlights of the 2014-15 season were an American record by the 800 free relay at the Pac-12 Championships. At the NCAA meet, Missy Franklin captured the 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle (in an American-record time of 1:39.10) and the 200-yard backstroke, while Rachel Bootsma won the second 100 back title of her career. The Bears also prevailed in the 200 and 800 free relay and 200 medley relay.

McKeever, also the 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year, is often regarded in the coaching circle as the sport's influential innovator because of her unique training methods. As head coach of the U.S. women's team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she was the first woman to earn the honor. McKeever was also an assistant coach at the Olympic Games.

The Cal coach is also widely renowned for her impact on the international scene. She was the first woman named to a U.S. Olympic swimming coaching staff and the first woman to be named head coach of the national team at a major international meet (the 2006 Pan Pacific meet in British Columbia). She repeated as Pan Pacs head coach in 2014.

McKeever served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team during World Championship competition in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2015. Other international coaching duties included head coach of the U.S. women at the FINA Short-Course World Championships in 2012 and assistant roles with the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships.

In addition to those historical milestones, McKeever is above all proud to have trained some of the most accomplished swimmers in U.S. history. Among the more than 20 Olympians she has tutored are Natalie Coughlin, who has collected a total of 12 medals – matching the highest number ever for an American woman - Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Caitlin Leverenz, Bootsma and Staciana Stitts.

At the 2012 Olympics, swimmers who have trained under McKeever won a combined 13 medals, a number that rises to 28 since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Prior to making her mark on Cal women's swimming, McKeever had strong ties to the Pac-10 Conference, both as a student-athlete and as a coach. A former All-American herself, she competed in the NCAA Championships meet all four years while at USC and helped the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes. She earned All-America honors in both 1980 and 1981. As a senior in 1983, McKeever was named USC's Outstanding Student-Athlete. She worked as an assistant coach at USC from 1984-87, helping develop several All-Americans.

The Southern California product graduated from USC in 1983 with a B.S. in education with two teaching credentials (multiple subject, secondary life science) and also earned a master’s degree in athletic administration in 1987. McKeever's father, Mike, was an All-American lineman for the Trojans' football team in 1959. McKeever comes from a family of 10 children (she is the oldest), all with varied athletic backgrounds. Sisters Kristi and Kelli Gannon were members of the U.S. national field hockey team.

In 2014, McKeever was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame at the 68th annual San Diego Hall of Champions ceremony, as well as into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Kathie Wickstrand
Assistant Coach

Kathie Wickstrand

Kathie Wickstrand is in her first year as an assistant coach with the University of California women’s swimming & diving program in 2015-16. Wickstrand coached collegiately at...

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Kathie Wickstrand is in her first year as an assistant coach with the University of California women’s swimming & diving program in 2015-16. Wickstrand coached collegiately at Northwestern, Purdue, and Illinois State. Over the years, Wickstrand has served as a mentor and consultant to McKeever. 

"I have known Kathie for 25 years and, perhaps more importantly, she knows our team, as well, having served as a consultant for us focusing on team building and group dynamics for many years," says Head Coach, Teri McKeever. "Kathie, a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier and silver medalist in the 400 free at the Pan Am Games, brings experience as a college head coach at Northwestern, Purdue and Illinois State. Since 1995, she has run her own company, The International Coaching Society, consulting with hundreds of companies, teams and individuals, including numerous Olympians and national team members, on ways to improve their effectiveness and achieve their desired goals. With Kathie on board every day, I feel that we will be in wonderful hands." 

Camp Details

This summer, Cal is offering two sessions of overnight camp for ages 9-16. Participants are expected to have basic swim knowledge. These camps DO NOT teach participants how to swim. Enrollment will be limited to ensure that individuals will receive special attention and maximize their participation. Campers will receive all meals from first day's dinner through last day's breakfast.


• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Camp T-shirt & 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. 


• Check-in between 2:00-3:00 pm (June 22nd & June 26th) at Unit 1 dorms.
• Camp meeting for campers and parents at 3:00 pm.


• A closing ceremony will be held (June 26th & June 30th) at 10:45 am at the pool.
• Check-out immediately following at Unit 1 dorms.

Housing & Roommates

Campers will be housed in single, double and triple occupancy rooms at the Unit 1 Residence Halls 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.

• Unit 1 Dorm is located on 2650 Durant Avenue | Berkeley, CA | 94720 

Dorm: Unit 1 dorms
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Provided - The linen pack includes sheets, blankets, pillows, 2 face towels, and 1 towel for showering
Toiletries: Guests should bring their own toiletries
Air Conditioning:  No
Meals: All meals will be provided in the Crossroads Dining Hall
Suggested spending money: $40
Key Deposit: Not required
Lost Keys: For lost keys you will be responsible for a $50 charge for regular rooms/$75 for suites
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.

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

List of Items to Bring
♦ Swimsuit(s)
♦ Swim Goggles
♦ Swim cap(s)
♦ Towels (2)
♦ T-shirts
♦ Shorts
♦ Backpack to carry items to and from pool
♦ Water Bottle
♦ Running Shoes
♦ Jacket
♦ Sunscreen
♦ Warm clothes for possible fog during morning and evening pool sessions
Note: you will not need fins, boards or other gear


Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance.

There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online.


Phone: (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area) 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800


Phone:  1-800-258-3826


Spieker Aquatics Complex

Campers receive instruction on all four strokes along with starts and turns at UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatics Complex, one of the finest outdoor facilities in the United States. The Spieker Aquatics Complex is located on Bancroft Way, between Dana St. and Ellsworth St. Upon your arrival, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers that have similiar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 2:00 pm Check in at Unit 1
  • 3:00 pm Camp Meeting for Campers and Parents
  • 3:15 pm Depart for Practice
  • 3:30 pm SCY swim practice with camp picture to follow
  • 5:00 pm Guest Speaker
  • 5:45 pm Pizza Party at Unit 1
  • 6:30 pm Evening Activity
  • 9:15 pm Campers back to rooms
  • 9:30 pm Lights out!
  • Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
  • 5:40 am Wake up and depart for pool with suit on
  • 6:00 am Long course work out and dry land
  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Crossroads
  • 9:30 am Rest time at Unit 1
  • 11:30 am Daily camp activity
  • 12:30 pm Lunch in Unit 1
  • 1:00 pm Campus activity
  • 2:00 pm Inspirational video and stroke chalk talk
  • 3:00 pm Short course workout with demonstrations
  • 4:45 pm Special Guest
  • 5:40 pm Station work with dinner at the pool
  • 7:30 pm Evening Activity
  • 9:15 pm Campers back to rooms
  • 9:30 pm Lights out!
  • Day 5
  • 7:00 am Wake up and start packing up your room!
  • 7:15 am Leave for pool - bring stuff for Camp Swim Meet
  • 7:30 am Breakfast, Visualization, Video and Activity
  • 9:30 am Cal Camp Swim Meet (Parents are encouraged to attend)
  • 10:45 am Closing Ceremonies and Awards
  • 11:15 am Check out at Unit 1

Camper Reviews

Parent of Cal Swimmer

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Thank you so much Kristen for the wonderful job that you, Terri and your counselors did for the swimmers. This is her second year attending the camp, and first sleep away camp experience at 12! She was looking forward to the week all year long and was thrilled to meet Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer (2nd year in a row). Natalia looks up to those women and all the collegiate swimmers she met this week.

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K.A. Hong Kong Parent of International Cal Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

When I asked my daughter to sum up what she learned at camp she said, "I learned that I really love swimming!" This camp has encouraged her to keep striving and she was incredibly motivated by meeting Missy Franklin, but she was equally thrilled to be with and learn from her camp cousellors and honored to work with Teri McKeever. The Cal spirit was strong and I have no doubt that she wants to become a Cal Bear one day. She'll be back next year - perhaps even for two weeks. Love, Love Loved it! Thank you!

Parent of Cal Swimmer

  • 5/5.
Get better this summer!

What I love about this camp for my swimmer is it builds confidence; improves their abilities; and gives them a chance to swim with other campers with similiar goals and see what it takes to be on a college team or even shoot for the olympics.

Parent of Cal Swimmer

  • 4/5.
Fantastic time!

My 13-year-old swimmer had a fantastic time at the Cal Swim Camp. He is already a highly competitive swimmer, but he felt that the training techniques were the 'latest' and 'greatest'. He was also impressed by the welcoming atmosphere provided by the staff and other campers. The campus setting, especially the aquatics center were top-notch. My swimmer would love to attend again - and bring friends!

Parent of Cal Swimmer

  • 5/5.
Incredible experience!

This was an incredible experience for my daughter. She was so excited to fill me in on the day’s activities and even more excited to tell us what she was learning. I’ve never heard this type of excitement from my daughter about any camp or activity she has done in the past as we did with this camp. She now has a new spark for swimming and she can’t wait for her fall season to start. She had a blast.

Parent of Cal Swimmers

  • 5/5.
Big Thanks!

Just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU to the staff, coaches and campers! What a wonderful experience for my son and daughter. They have grown in so many ways, I am very pleased with the outcome from camp! Thanks!

Cal Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Program

I loved the camp and hope to go both weeks next summer!

Cal Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
Best camp ever!

Best camp ever! My son was so happy he came home and made many new friends. He loved meeting the Olympic athletes, and thought Terry McGeever and the staff were very kind and excellent coaches. The counselors were fantastic and looked after the kids and made sure they were safe at all times. My son is ready to go back next year!! Many thanks to all!!

Parent of Cal Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
Blown Away!

My son started swimming competitively a year ago. He just turned 11. He came away from Cal's Swim Camp more confident and committed to swimming and can't wait to go back next summer. My husband and I were blown away by the coaches and counselors. They bring a level of seriousness and experience, combined with a positive approach that is inspiring. Cal Swim Camp, according to my son, was one of the best experiences of his life.

Parent of Overnight Cal Swim Camper

  • 5/5.
top level instruction!

This experience gives kids a taste of college life and top level instruction. My daughter has a visual of what college is and will be for her. Seeing the dedication that student athletes must have has been very eye opening for her as well.  Being able to talk with the student athletes has made my daughter more motivated to make better eating habits and be more focused in her school work.  Thank you for kicking her into high gear! 

Parent of an overnight Cal Swim Camper

  • 4/5.
My son still talks about camp!

My son still talks about his time at camp and how much he loved it.  The instruction he received and the talks from Olympic athletes "made his life."  my son is more excited about swiming and is able to correct his mistakes better now. My husband and I have definetly noticed all of his improvements.  The only complaints we heard were about the food and having little options, but other then that this camp was great.  Our son has already asked to come back next year. 

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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