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, Ian Walsh, we offer two weeks of outstanding stroke technique camps on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

Campers will split time training between UC Berkeley's, Spieker Aquatics Complex and the brand new  Legends Aquatics Center, which are some of the finest outdoor facilities in the United States. The main entrance to Legends Aquatic Center is on Bancroft Ave, one block down from Spieker Pool and RSF. Parking is available in the RSF Garage located on Bancroft or metered street parking. 

The Cal Swim Camp is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend all participants have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) with all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

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
  • Every camper receives a camp t-shirt and swim cap
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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 25th season overseeing the University of California women’s swimming & diving program in 2016-17.

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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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Ian Walsh
Assistant Coach

Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh, a former swimmer at Duquesne who has spent the past three years as an assistant at Marshall, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Cal, having joined the Golden Bear...

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Ian Walsh, a former swimmer at Duquesne who has spent the past three years as an assistant at Marshall, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Cal, having joined the Golden Bear program in April 2016.

During his tenure at Marshall, the Thundering Herd broke women’s swimming school records 28 times, finished a program-best third at the 2016 Conference USA Championships and produced four individual conference champions. Walsh primarily worked with the sprinters and middle-distance swimmers and served as the recruiting coordinator at Marshall. In 2015, the program was named one of the top 16 most improved teams at the NCAA Division I level and, in the fall of 2014, sported a fall team GPA of 3.53, which ranked as the fifth-highest in the country among women’s swimming teams.

Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, Walsh was a high school All-American at Pocono Mountain West High School and set numerous club records as a youth swimmer at the Pocono Family YMCA.

Wash received his degree in business administration in 2010 from Duquesne and later earned his master’s degree in business education from Bloomsburg University in 2011.


Current and former Cal Swimmers

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Current and former Cal Swimmers

Camp Details

This summer, Cal is offering one session of day camp (9:00am-3:00pm) and one session 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. 


• Camp T-shirt & Swim Cap


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

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. 

Day Camp (June 11-14)

Check-in between 8:30-9:00 am on Sunday, June 11th.

Check-out will be at 3:00 pm at the pool each day.

List of Items to Bring
•  Swimsuit(s) •  Swim Goggles •  Swim cap(s)
•  Towels (2) •  Lunch each day •  T-shirts
•  Shorts •  Backpack to carry items to and from pool
•  Water Bottle •  Running Shoes •  Jacket
•  Sunscreen •  Warm clothes for possible fog during morning pool sessions

Note: you will not need fins, boards or other gear


The Claremont Hotel
41 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705
Toll Free: 800-551-7266 FREE
Hotel Main: 510-843-3000
Hotel Durant
2600 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Toll Free: 800-238-7268 FREE
Hotel Main: 510-845-8981

Double Tree By Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94710
Toll Free: 855-845-6550 FREE
Hotel Main: 510-548-7920

Overnight Camp (July 7-11)

Limited beds available for the overnight camp. Campers are encouraged to register early! 

ALL CAMPERS check-in Friday, July 7th between 2:00-3:00pm at The Unit 3 Dorm. 

There will be a swim meet starting at 9:30am on Tuesday, July 11th, parents are encouraged to attend. A closing ceremony will be held at 10:45 am. Check-out will be immediately following.  

Housing & Roommates
Campers will be housed in single, double and triple occupancy rooms at the Unit 3 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 separate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: Unit 3 (2400 Durant Avenue)
  • 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 during all field sessions 

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.

All meals are included for overnight campers. 


The camp is 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. Campers are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.


Spieker Aquatics Complex

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.

Legends Aquatics Center

UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center, is the newest and one of the finest outdoor facilities in the United States. The main entrance to Legends Aquatic Center is on Bancroft Ave, one block down from Spieker Pool and RSF. Parking is available in the RSF Garage located on Bancroft or metered street parking. 

Camper Reviews

C.R.Parent of Cal Swim Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Best Swim Camp!

Cal Camp by far is the best swim camp my daughters have attended.  It was an extremely positive experience for my daughters. It was very well organized. My daughters loved every minute - the training, spending time with Cal swimmers, and touring the school. All the swim coaches were personable and inspiring. We saw a massive improvement in my daughters' times after they attended this camp. They hope to attend another Cal camp in the future.

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S.O.Parent of Cal Swim Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Awesome coaches!

My daughter gained some great new skills and techniques from this camp. The energy of the Cal Swim Team Coaches is just infectious. She came home excited to go to Club practice and is swimming with a new fire!

J.R.Parent of Cal Swim Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

My daughter loved camp, and loved her coaches! She enjoysed being challenged while having fun, and she especially loved improving her technique! It helped that she was inspired by her coaches, and the Olympians she met. Thanks for a great experience to put in her bank of memories!

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '17

  • 5/5.
We look forward to being back next year!

My daughter was truly inspired.  She made new friends, learned new techniques and most of all had a lot of fun not to mention she improved her 50 time by 2 seconds in the closing meet.  All your Cal swim counselors did a fantastic job. We look forward to being back next year.

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I recommend it for all levels and ages of swimmers!

One of the best Cal camps my child has ever taken, thanks to her amazing team of student coaches. Where else can my child spend this much time with such amazing swimmers and Coach Teri on the pool deck, but even more importantly: amazing, kind people. There are no better role models than these Cal Coaches and this is what set the camp above all others. One in particular was such a great role model and offered a great deal of personalized, technical feedback to each swimmer on every stroke. He was "right on" for feedback and encouragement. He would be an amazing swim coach if he should ever choose that route. My child came home saying, "If I could have coaching like the camp all the time I'd be a really great swimmer!" Seeing these coaches demonstrate strokes and drills from only a few feet away will be a savored memory. Thank you Cal, Teri, and coaches for putting together a world class camp that my child will not forget anytime soon. This camp had so much value all round (the best cost, the best coaches, the best facility, the best Cal experience, etc) and I recommend it for all levels and ages of swimmers.

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I highly recommend the Nike swim camp for any level of swimmer!

I highly recommend the Nike swim camp for any level of swimmer. The coaches seemed to cater to each swimmers skill level and my daughter learned various skills which I saw her use at her swim meets following the camp. One in particular, which I found to stand out and help her quite a bit, was to " be fierce on the block." Which is how my daughter explained it, even her coaches noticed her improved stance. Lastly and most impressively, at the swim meet she attended just one week after the camp she improved all her 50m times by at least 1.5 seconds!! It was a great experience for her and we definitely plan on attending next summer.

T.T, TXParent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.

Everything at Cal Swim Camp was OUTSTANDING. Could not have been more pleased. My daughter loved it and we are already making plans to return. The instructors were world class swimmers, but you would never know it by the way they treated my child. She had an absolute blast and loved all of the counselors. What a great opportunity to be on deck with Coach McKeever and her coaches. 

P.F.Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Go Bears!

Cal Swim Camp was a fantastic experience! The coaches were knowledgeable and inspiring and really passed on their experience to the campers. We'd definitely do this camp again, it's a must-do for all serious swimmers. Go Bears! 

Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I would go back in a heart beat!

Anyone looking to go to this camp would be wise to attend. The camp is very well run and they have great technique instructions. All of the staff/instructors are not just personable but also very knowledgeable. I would go back in a heart beat!

Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Inspiration to keep swimming!

This camp was great at not only teaching but also showing me so much about swimming, most of infornation that I never heard of before coming. Now that I've attended it, I definitely have gotten more inspiration to keep swimming as well as many more drills to practice!

J.M.Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Most rewarding experience!

Cal Swim Camp is a most rewarding experience for our 12-years-old daughter. Coach Teri McKeever and her whole team not only teach the young swimmers the techniques, but also other aspects on making a swimmer into a competitive athlete. The four-day camp was well organized with hard work and fun. A must experience for any teenage swimmers who desire get better! 

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Very impressive!

Cal swim camp builds up kids' passion of swimming. All of staff are professional and teach kids well. My son even made his new record at 50 Y Freestyle from 38 seconds to 29.84 seconds. Very impressive! Thank you to all of the staff for making swimming more fun. Go Bears!

V.P.Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
I highly recommend this camp!

This camp is very fun. I had a lot of fun with the team cheers and the meet, meeting an olympic swimmer, and improving my times. The staff is very nice. I highly recommend this camp.

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great learning experience!

We really liked the Nike Swim Camp at Berkley! My sons learned a lot of new swimming drills for all 4 types of strokes and turns. I am sure this will help them practice better in the long run. Most important of all, my kids were very inspired by their coaches who had just returned from the Olympic trials. The coaches themselves, were extremely kind and courteous and they made the camp a great learning experience for each of my children.

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Inspiring camp!

Thank you so much for an inspiring camp. It was a great balance of challenging training and having a good time. Now my son is asking how to get to UC Berkeley and swim and I love that he has this added perspective and renewed spirit for the sport. It's all because of the professional and seasoned counsellors, staff that you have assembled. I hope you continue to have these camps.

Parent of Cal Swim Camper '15

  • 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.

K.A. Hong Kong Parent of International Cal Swim Camper '15

  • 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 '15

  • 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 '15

  • 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 '15

  • 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 '15

  • 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 '14

  • 5/5.
Great Program

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

Cal Swim Camper '14

  • 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 '14

  • 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 '14

  • 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 '14

  • 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

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