Nike Swim Camp at Lewis and Clark College
Improve your stroke and have serious fun at
Nike Swim Camp
Lewis & Clark College, nestled on a quiet wooded hillside six miles from downtown Portland, is the perfect setting for a Nike Swim Camp. Campers train daily in the Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion, an indoor 25-yard x 8-lane pool equipped with a new Daktronics scoreboard and timing system.
Campers will train each day in the Zehntbauer Swim Pavilion which is home to the Pioneer swimming and diving team. Our camp experience includes: stroke technique instruction, excellent facilities, healthy dining options and fun filled evening activities.
Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic: Again in 2018 you also have the option to add the Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic to make your camp experience a 5 night, 6 day camp!
This camp 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.
- 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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Camp Director Chris Fantz
Chris Fantz, the Head Swim Coach at Lewis and Clark College, is in his tenth season for the Pioneers. He was voted the 2011 "Co-Coach of the Year" in the Northwest Conference and the Women’s Swimming “Coach of the Year” for the 2010 season.View Chris Fantz's Bio ⟩
Since Chris’ arrival, Pios swimmers have raced to 57 new school records and numerous NCAA provisional qualifying times. The team has grown in numbers and depth as they build on their foundation of academic and athletic success.
Before joining the Pioneers, Chris served as an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound where the women capped a run of eleven Northwest Conference titles and the men placed consistently in the top two. In his time coaching the Loggers, they sent multiple swimmers to the NCAA Division III National Championships.
While in Tacoma, Chris also coached with Tacoma Swim Club before becoming Head Age Group coach with Metro Aquatics where he oversaw all levels of development within the age group program.
During his swimming career, Chris was an All-American several times and school record holder in butterfly and freestyle races while competing at UPS from 1995-99. He finished as high as second at nationals in the 100 Butterfly and helped his team to two NAIA National Championships and two runner-up team finishes. He also anchored the conference record-setting 200 Freestyle Relay that stood for ten years.
Chris holds a B.A. in English Writing and his M.A. in Psychological and Cultural Studies. He still pursues his writing interests, including recent work published in American Swimming magazine and on SwimSwam.
In addition to leading the swimming programs at Lewis & Clark, Chris serves as Director of Aquatics and an instructor in Physical Education. He lives in Portland with his wife, Heather and their young son and daughter.
Come join Head Swim Coach Chris Fantz and his staff this summer for a great week of swim instruction. This summer, Lewis & Clark is offering one week of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm) for ages 10-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. The camp staff accommodates your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp Hours: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-NOON
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 in the Spring. 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 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday at Ponderosa Hall.
Check-out takes place between 11:00am-12:00pm on Thursday. For campers that are staying for the starts and turns intensive clinic, departure will be on Friday at 12:00pm.
Extended Day Camper Schedule: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-NOON
Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2 per room 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: Ponderosa Hall
Linens: Not provided
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.
Meals: All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
Starts & Turns Clinic
Again in 2018: We are offering a supplemental “starts and turns” clinic this summer. For an additional $160, campers are invited to stay an additional day and night to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 am Extended Day Campers arrive, stretch
- 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 am Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 pm Rest/Supervised Free Time
- 1:30 pm Pool Session 2
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 - Starts, Turns, Relay Races
- 8:30 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 pm Supervised free time on dorm
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion
The Pioneer swimming pavilion houses an eight-lane, 25-yard pool with one and three-meter diving boards.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 17, 2017: Our daughter was able to immediately use what she learned from the camp. Her starts had significantly improved by the time of the "mini-meet" at the end of camp.
— Sam L. Parent
July 15, 2017: My daughter was excited everyday we talked. Learned a lot and made new friends. Thanks for the exciting week!
— Deborah L. Parent
Can't wait for next year!
August 2, 2016: If you have a child that loves to swim and wants to improve their skills, this is a great camp. The instructors are all very patient and work with the kids to help them understand what they could do to swim faster and more efficiently. My camper loved her experience and can't wait for next year!
— Heather D. Parent
Thanks for a great summer!
July 23, 2016: The coaches do a great job of explaining techniques and provide additional coaching and opportunities to learn and improve. They are also very professional, friendly and fun both in and out of practice. They also did a great job of providing equal attention to all campers. Thanks for a great summer!
— Brianna S. Camper
July 18, 2016: I would definitely recommend the camp to anyone that is serious about improving their skills as a competitive swimmer. Coaches do a great job of explaining techniques and provide additional coaching and opportunities to learn and improve. They are also very professional, friendly and fun both in and out of practice. They also did a great job of providing equal attention to all campers.
— Geoff H. Camper
Highlight of the summer!
July 17, 2016: My daughter has the best time at Nike Swim Camp. It is the highlight of her summer. Great staff and very receptive to feedback from the parents. T.K.
— Tim A. Parent
July 13, 2015: We highly recommend the Nike Swim Camps to those who have children enrolled in swim clubs and teams. The registration, sign in and communication with parents were great. Our 12 year old son loved it! He said the instruction was top rate, the accommodations were terrific and fun, the supervision was top notch and made for a fun session of instruction, coaching and camping. The room mate placement was also terrific! Food and dining were nutritious and sufficient. Wholly recommended!
— Caleb J. Camper
See you next year!
July 11, 2015: My daughter was one of the youngest swimmers having just turned 9 also traveling out of state without knowing a single person came away with a wide knowledge of skills to improve her strokes, but also meeting new friends. She immediately went to swim team practice at home and told all her friends about how much fun she had and what she learned. I am happy to see her dive straight out and not flop down when starting off the blocks. Thank you for a wonderful experience. As a mom, knowing she was in such good hands made the drive home easier. see you next year.
— Kirk H. Parent
July 10, 2015: Nike Swim Camps mix activities, swimming, and relaxing time well. Time is well managed and structured for maximum enjoyment. After an exhausting year this is just what my kids needed to get back into the swimming mindset!
— Pete S. Parent
July 10, 2015: Comprehensive stroke technique lessons, competition training, confidence building. My 13 year old daughter also said the food was really good!
— Sarah W. Parent
July 9, 2015: Good organization, flexible, good balance between dryland and in water practice. My kids came home after camp excited about swiming! Thank you!
— Jake C. Camper
July 7, 2015: My daughter attended Nike Swim Camp for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed herself. She made new friends and enjoyed life on the Lewis and Clark campus. The instructors were professional, the dorms were clean and safe, and the meals were awesome according to my 13 year old! Thanks for providing my child with a positive experience.
— Candice P. Parent
June 29, 2015: I was extremely impressed with the Nike Swim Camp at Lewis and Clark. It helps the kids advance with their skill level and positive attitudes help the swimmers both physically and mentally.
— Melissa G. Parent
July 3, 2014: It was a good opportunity to experience a different approach to training and to swim with swimmers from other teams, and it was fun.
— Nina K. Camper
Absolutely loved this camp!
July 1, 2014: I absolutely loved this camp! As an overnight camper, I had a lot of fun participating in the activities. The instructors were great, kind, very helpful and motivating. Thanks!
— Dalton S. Camper
June 27, 2014: All of the coaches were wonderful and I feel like I really improved! I will definitely recommend this camp to all of my friends! Thank you for a great experience!
— Raquel B. Camper