Cal Winter Swim Clinic
COME JOIN US IN DECEMBER
AT CAL SWIM CAMP!
Derived from Cal’s popular summer swim camp, Cal's coaching staff and current swimmers, are proud to offer an abbreviated winter swim clinic in December on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Directed by UC Berkeley Associate Head Coach, David Marsh, get a mid-season behind-the-scenes look at Cal Swimming. From in water training and dry-land conditioning, to classroom content and discussions, this two day winter clinic will help you become a more effective and passionate swimmer.
All Cal Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you choose a camp that fits your level of development. All events are subject to change based on NCAA and Covid-19 restrictions. Due to high demand and limited capacity, prices are subject to increase as camp exceeds 25%/50%/75% capacity.
- Low 10:1 campers to instructor ratio
- Limited to 100 campers
- Camp Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm
- Midseason behind-the-scenes look at Cal Swimming
- In water training, dry-land conditioning, classroom content and discussions
- All campers receive a Cal swim camp t-shirt and chance to win other prizes
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Camp Director David Marsh
Internationally renowned swimming coach David Marsh is an associate head coach of both the men's and women's programs at Cal.View David Marsh's Bio ⟩
Marsh initially joined Cal's men's program on a interim basis in early February 2022 while then-assistant coach Chase Kreitler was away from the program on paternity leave.
Marsh's arrival in Bear Territory produced instant results, as Cal went on to win its fifth consecutive Pac-12 team championship on March 2-5 before ultimately reaching the collegiate pinnacle with its seventh all-time NCAA championship on March 23-26.
A 2021 International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, Marsh is the founder and director of Team Elite Aquatics, considered to be one of the top professional swimming training groups in the United States. Marsh served as the U.S. Olympic Women's Head Coach in 2016 and was a three-time U.S. Olympic Men's Assistant Coach in 1996, 2000 and 2012.
Marsh was the head coach at Auburn from 1990-2007, leading the Tigers to an unparalleled run of success with seven men's NCAA team championships (1997, '99, 2003, '04, '05, '06, '07) and five women's NCAA team championships (2002, '03, '04, '06, '07). He amassed 17 SEC titles (13 men's, four women's) while at Auburn. Durden was an assistant coach on Marsh's Auburn staff from 2000-05, helping the Tiger men's and women's teams to six national championships during that span.
A native of Miami, Florida, Marsh has coached more than 60 Olympians from 20-plus countries. His swimmers have combined to win 89 individual NCAA titles and 277 individual SEC titles. He was also the head coach at UC San Diego from 2017-19, and most recently led the LA Current of the International Swimming League (ISL) during the 2021 season.
Marsh earned his degree in business administration in 1981 from Auburn, where he was a five-time All-American backstroker.
Co-Director Kristin Marsh
Kristin Marsh swam for Cal in the late 80’s and has coached numerous clubs and high school student athletes over the last 30 years. Kristin was awarded the North Carolina High School (All Divisions) Coach of the Year in 2017. Kristin founded the Pine Lake Preparatory swim teams and quickly won 3 consecutive 1A-2A State NC championships.View Kristin Marsh's Bio ⟩
More recently, Coach Marsh served as an assistant coach for the LA Current of the International Swim League (ISL), the world’s first professional league. Kristin currently serves as Director of the Coronado Team Elite Swim club in San Diego and serves as an assistant coach at Berkeley High School.
Head Coach David Durden
California men’s swimming & diving has established itself as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country under the guidance of head coach David Durden, who will enter his 16th season at the helm in 2022-23. Durden is also currently serving as Cal's Acting Director of Swimming & Diving, overseeing both the men's and women's programs.View David Durden's Bio ⟩
For his efforts, Durden was charged with leading Team USA as the Head Coach for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The American men totaled 12 medals (8 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), including four combined medals by Cal greats Ryan Murphy (silver in the 200m backstroke, bronze in the 100m backstroke, gold & world record 4x100 medley relay) & Tom Shields (gold in the 4x100 medley relay).
Durden's Golden Bears reached the collegiate pinnacle in 2021-22 by hoisting the NCAA team trophy for the fifth time in his Cal tenure. After finding itself in third place following the first two days of the meet, Cal surged into the lead on day three and posted an eventual 51-point victory over the field with 487.5 total points. The Bears won two NCAA individual titles & one relay title; Hugo González set NCAA & U.S. Open records (3:32.88) as he won the 400 IM title, Destin Lasco captured the 200 backstroke crown in 1:37.71 and the quartet of Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Trenton Julian and Björn Seeliger swam to the 400 medley relay title in 3:00.36.
Cal has finished among the top two teams at the NCAA Championships each of the past 12 meets, dating back to 2010. Durden has been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019 and 2022) & earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors 11 times, including five consecutive years dating back to 2018.
The 2020-21 season saw the Bears total a staggering 568 swimming points and earned a runner-up finish at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Standout sprinter Ryan Hoffer took the spotlight with an individual sweep (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly) and two relay titles in the 200 free & 400 free relays.
The 2018-19 campaign was another season of success for the Bears as they stood atop the NCAA Championships podium in March, defeating the reigning champion Texas Longhorns in their home pool. Along with this team win, Cal senior Andrew Seliskar was named NCAA swimmer of the meet for his three individual wins along with his contributions on four relays.
The summer of 2019 was also a busy one for the Bears. Durden served as the Head Coach for Team USA at world championships in Gwangju, South Korea where three Bears came home with seven medals. Across the three major international meets (Worlds, World University Games and Pan Ams), the Bears had a total of 10 athletes earn 24 medals. Cal also placed 10 men on the USA national team.
The summer of 2016 was a historic one for the Bears with six individuals qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games for Team USA. The group brought home an incredible eleven medals, eight of which were gold:
- Ryan Murphy - 100 backstroke (GOLD and a new world record), 200 backstroke (GOLD), 4X100 medley relay (GOLD)
- Anthony Ervin - 50 freestyle (GOLD), 4x100 free relay (GOLD)
- Nathan Adrian - 4x100 free relay (GOLD), 4x100 medley relay (GOLD), 100 freestyle (BRONZE), 50 freestyle (BRONZE)
- Josh Prenot - 200 breaststroke (SILVER)
- Tom Shields - 4x100 medley relay (GOLD)
- Jacob Pebley - 200 backstroke (5th)
For his efforts, Durden was named an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team and was the American Swim Coaches Association 2016 Coach of the Year.
Since taking over the Cal program in the fall of 2007, Durden has produced 34 individual NCAA champions and has seen 17 relays win national crowns. He has also guided Cal swimmers to 91 Pac-12 individual titles and 46 conference relay titles. In 2016-17, Ryan Murphy won both backstroke events at NCAAs for the fourth year in a row, becoming only the fourth male swimmer ever (John Naber, Pablo Morales, Brendan Hansen) to earn a career sweep in both distances of one stroke.
Beyond the collegiate ranks, Cal has assembled one of the most decorated professional groups in the sport. All of the post-grads in Durden’s program swam for the Bears during their college years, which provides a unique connection and mentorship to the undergrad swimmers. Headlining this group are swimming legends Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy and Josh Prenot who account for 15 Olympic medals thus far in their careers.
Snapshot of Durden’s coaching accomplishments while at Cal (2007-present):
- 5 NCAA team championships (2011, 2012, 2014, 2019, 2022)
- 7 NCAA runner-up finishes (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021)
- 6-time NCAA Coach of the Year (2010. 2011. 2012. 2014, 2019, 2022)
- 2016 ASCA Coach of the Year
- 11-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
- 51 NCAA titles (34 individual, 17 relay)
- 137 Pac-12 titles (91 Individual, 46 relay)
- Saw eight Cal swimmers reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for four different countries & guided Team USA's Ryan Murphy (one gold, one silver, one bronze) & Tom Shields (one gold) to the podium
- Coached six Cal swimmers to 11 Olympic medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, including 8 golds and an individual world record by Ryan Murphy in the 100 meter backstroke
- Mentored swimmers to three Olympic medals in 2012, including Nathan Adrian’s individual Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle in London
- Team USA coaching appointments:
- Head Men’s Olympic coach, 2020
- Head Men’s World Championship coach, 2019, 2017, 2015
- Assistant Men’s Olympic coach, 2016
- Assistant Men’s World Championship coach, 2011
Prior to his arrival in Berkeley, Durden guided Maryland's men's and women's swimming and diving from 2005-07. A former assistant at powerhouse Auburn from 2002-05, Durden helped the Tiger men's and women's teams capture a total of six NCAA team championships - the men winning in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
A 1998 graduate of UC Irvine, Durden earned a degree in electrical engineering. He competed on the Anteaters' swim team from 1994-97 and was the 1997 Big West Conference champion in the 200 butterfly. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Moraga with their son, Jack (born January 2009) and daughter, Mia (born March 2010).
Assistant Coach Noah Yanchulis
Noah Yanchulis joined the Cal Berkeley coaching staff in June 2023 and will serve as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs .View Noah's Bio ⟩
Prior to Cal, Noah coached at Oklahoma Christian University since 2018 and most recently served as the program’s Associate Head Coach. He worked with head coach Josh Davis to build the program into a NCAA Division II power, one that placed 10th nationally in 2023 and produced a national champion during the 2021-22 season.
He was a two-time Big East Conference most outstanding swimmer while competing collegiately at Seton Hall from 2014-2018. While there, he won 10 Big East titles, including three each in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. He established himself as arguably the best swimmer in Seton Hall history.
Noah is originally from Annapolis, Maryland and grew up training and competing for the Naval Academy Aquatic Club.
Camp Coordinator Eloise Riley
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This winter, Cal is offering a two day clinic for ages 9-18. The camp curriculum is designed for competitive swimmers to help them attain a higher level of confidence, technical accuracy, and execution to maximize their swimming potential. Enrollment will be limited to ensure that individuals will receive special attention and maximize their participation. This is not a "learn-to-swim" program. 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.
- Dates: December 16-17
- Age Group: 9-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: 9:00am-3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday
- Check-In: Check-in between 8:30-9:00 am on Saturday at UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
- Program: The Stroke Technique program is designed for athletes who are competitive swimmers and provide them with a better understanding of swimming fundamentals. Stroke refinement along with constructive feedback will be the focus of the camp and allows each participant to gain a greater knowledge of proper stroke mechanics and ways to improve themselves individually.
PLEASE NOTE: 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. 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.
Legends Aquatic Center
2214 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Parking is available in the RSF Parking Garage as well as metered street parking. Please be aware of parking restrictions.
Saturday, December 16th & Sunday, December 17th
- Check-in between 8:30-9:00 am on Saturday at UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center.
- Check-out takes place at 3:00 pm each day.
Lunch is NOT provided each day. Please bring a healthy lunch and snacks each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning and afternoon training sessions
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers will receive a Nike Swim Camps t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your water swimsuit, swim cap, googles and towel(s)
- Facility: Legends Aquatic Center & Spieker Aquatic Complex
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Dryland Training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- Warm jacket and sweats (for possible fog during morning training sessions)
- Swim Cap
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/ Flip Flops
- Water Bottle
- Healthy Lunch and Snacks each day
- University of California Release Form (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SWIM CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our swim camps please see our FAQ page.
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Camp Hours: Saturday: 11:00am-3:30pm & Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
• Cal Swim Cap
CAMP LODGING - NO HOUSING PROVIDED
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT BERKELEY
2121 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
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41 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps.
LEGENDS AQUATICS CENTER
Campers receive instruction on all four strokes along with starts and turns at UC Berkeley's Legends Aquatics Center, 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.
Upon your arrival, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers that have similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
Sadie really enjoyed camp, her coaches and worked hard
December 22, 2021: My 11 year old daughter had an incredible time. She loved being able to swim in such an amazing pool in an amazing complex. She was most motivated by the ability to get first hand instructions from world class athletes and coaches and was inspired to hear their stories. We will consider going again for sure. Thank you!
— John H. Parent
Great confidence builder!
December 21, 2019: I truly enjoyed the experience of training with the Cal Women's team even if it was just for a couple of days. It was a great confidence builder for me personally and appreciated the swimmers sharing of their own experiences, successes and even their rough moments with everyone.
— Brent Z. Camper
Best swim camp!
December 20, 2018: Cal Winter Swim Camp was the best swim camp we have attended. We will be participating every year!
— Lydia and Kaden K. Campers
December 19, 2017: My daughter came away from her two days swimming with the CAL team feeling that her body understood strokes that she had been struggling with. She felt more confident about herself as a swimmer!
— Tom W. Parent
December 19, 2016: Cal swim camp is the best! So fun and so great for my swimming!
— Marco R. Camper
December 19, 2016: My 12 year old son just completed his second Cal Camp and loved it! The swim instruction is fantastic and meeting Olympians and hearing their real-life stories made it that much better! My son now has new friends that he sees at swim meets year round.
— Luis P. Parent
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.