Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz
Improve your stroke and have serious fun at
Nike Swim Camp
UC Santa Cruz is an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The campus, defined by rolling meadows and towering redwoods, is a perfect environment for a Nike Swim Camp and has always been a camper favorite each summer!
UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall that makes this a camper favorite year after year.
The Nike Swim Camp at UC Santa Cruz 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.
- For competitive swimmers ages 9-17
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- *NEW* Underwater film review/analysis of all four strokes- Take home your video
- Up to four daily water sessions
- Fun evening activities
- Camp focuses on technique and drill instruction covering all four strokes, starts and turns
- 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 Gadi Shamah
Directing camp this summer is Gadi Shamah, Head Swim Team Coach at San Domenico School.View Gadi Shamah's Bio ⟩
Gadi received a Bachelors of Arts from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. A native of Marin County, Gadi has strong connections to the swimming community in the area. Gadi swam with the Marin Pirates, Marin Water Polo and at Terra Linda High School.
After serving in the US Marine Corps, Gadi returned to swimming as a coach and mentor. Gadi has over twelve years of coaching experience and an ASCA Level 4/3 certification. He is rated in the top 15% of coaches nationally. Gadi has spent the majority of his professional career coaching multiple levels, including Learn-to-Swim programs, Head Coaching Summer League programs, Head Coaching for Drake High School (4th place at NCS 2006), two years coaching U.S. National Qualifiers at Marin Pirates, interning with Australian National and Olympic Trials Qualifiers (with Coach Rick Curl), Head Coach at the Presidio Aquatic Club, Head Coach of Piranha Swimming a year round USA Swim Team.
Gadi was most recently the Director of Aquatics and Manager of a premier swim and tennis club in San Francisco. Gadi lives in Kentfield with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Nicos and Teodor.
Coach Mehrad Zarrehparvar
Mehrad Zarrehparvar began his coaching career in 1997 working as an assistant coach with the Marin Pirates age-group program in Kentfield, California. In 1998 he became the Head Coach of theView Mehrad Zarrehparvar's Bio ⟩
Mehrad Zarrehparvar began his coaching career in 1997 working as an assistant coach with the Marin Pirates age-group program in Kentfield, California. In 1998 he became the Head Coach of the Strawberry Seals. He continued with the Seals until 2004 when he left coaching to pursue other interests. In 2010 he returned to coaching joining the Marin Pirates as an assistant to the Senior Program Head Coach until 2012. During this time with the Pirates he had the fortune of coaching and learning from many National level swimmers. In 2011, he also began working with the Seals again with a focus on the youth swimming program. In 2013 resumed the role as head coach of the program.
Mehrad believes age-group swimming programs are the foundation of swimming excellence in the United States of America and is passionate about promoting swimming as a means to develop confident, healthy, fit, and happy children. He is advocate of the philosophy that the “quality” of work rather than the “quantity” of work at practice is the best approach to produce excellent swimmers while maintaining healthy injury-free bodies.
Mehrad is a member coach of USA Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association. In 2001 he was name the Marin Swim League Coach of the Year. He holds a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University achieving a Distinguished Scholar Award within his department. He also holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School and was granted an endowed fellowship while he studied at RBS.
Coach Richard Nicholls
Richard has over 20 years of experience as a swim coach. Originally from the UK, he has spent time coaching in England and the last 11 years as an elite age group coach and masters/Tri swim coach inView Richard Nicholls's Bio ⟩
Richard has over 20 years of experience as a swim coach. Originally from the UK, he has spent time coaching in England and the last 11 years as an elite age group coach and masters/Tri swim coach in Sweden. His athletes have gained district, national and international merits at all distances. He has just finished the Swedish season in July and with great results for his swimmers, with a record number from his club making cuts for district, age group, junior and senior nationals as well as two swimmers being picked for International duty.
Coach Marica Strazmester
2x Olympian in Swimming, competing in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing. With over 15 years in coaching in Serbia, Spain, France and Thailand I movedView Marica Strazmester's Bio ⟩
2x Olympian in Swimming, competing in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing. With over 15 years in coaching in Serbia, Spain, France and Thailand I moved to USA and become a USA Swimming Federation certified Swimming Coach -American Swimming Coaches Association coach Level 3.
Staff Video Coach
We will be shooting video and the swimmers can take home all video footage on a USB thumb drive.View Video Coach's Bio ⟩
We will be shooting video and the swimmers can take home all video footage on a USB thumb drive.
This summer, Santa Cruz is offering one session of overnight with a day camp option (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.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 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-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-12AM
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.
- Takes place between 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, June 24th at Cowell College Circle
- Day Campers will depart the first evening at 9:00pm after the second pool session
- Day Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-12AM
- Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 27th at Cowell College Circle
- Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony
Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-4 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: Cowell College Res Hall Beard
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: No - 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.
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 Pool Session 1
- 11:30 AM Lunch
- 12:30 PM Discussion/Stretching
- 1:30 PM Dry-Land Training
- 2:15 PM Pool Session 2
- 4:00 PM Dry-Land Game
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 7:00 PM Evening Activities
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 PM Supervised free time in Dorm
- 10:00 PM Lights out!
UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz offers an Olympic-sized pool with an ocean view, comfortable dormitories, and an excellent dining hall. Santa Cruz is located at the top of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, just south of San Francisco. Getting here is easy since several major highways run to Santa Cruz and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey International Airports are all nearby.
Water Polo Camp at UCSC
UC Santa Cruz is also hosting a Nike Water Polo Camp - Wednesday, June 27th to Saturday, June 30th.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 8, 2017: Our daughter liked the extra/optional training at the end of the day when coaches worked with her individually. She loved the food! She loved her dorm and how independent she was there.
— Rachel O. Parent
July 6, 2017: I really enjoyed the water sessions after dinner because it was super relaxing and fun. I also enjoyed free time at night because my friends would come to my dorm and do lip sync battles and other fun stuff. Everything was so much fun and I am definitely doing it next year!
— Kim M. Camper
June 30, 2017: Our daughter said she loved the coaches and how much they were helping her. She doesn't get that on her swim team!
— Diane S. Parent
Already seeing improvement!
July 1, 2016: The coaches attention to detail was amazing. They would give everyone something to work on to make sure that we were improving our individual strengths. I was told to focus on kicking and I am already seeing improvement! Also the food was so good.
— Jake G. Camper
June 29, 2016: This was an awesome experience for my daughter and she got a lot out of it! She is already ready for next year! She loved it and everyone was friendly!
— Tabitha B. Parent
June 28, 2016: My son returned from camp so excited to return to his swim team. That night we came home to a meet and he not only popped all his times, he made county in two strokes! The next swim meet he continued on this path and popped four events again. He already loved swimming but this helped him see what little changes could do to make him faster in the water. Plus he loved spending the night away from home! Thanks again!
— Sam T. Parent
July 10, 2015: I am glad that I signed up for the UC Santa Cruz Nike Swim Camp! My Teammates have attended other Nike Swim Camps and have complained about the lack of pool and lane space as well as one on one instructor time. UC Santa Cruz pool was incredible and we had plenty of Lane space. It was great fun meeting others swimmers from different clubs! There is even a group of us that plan to meet up and do it again next year!
— Alexi H. Camper
A chance to see swimming from a different perspective!
July 7, 2015: This camp gave me the chance to see swimming from a different perspective. As a competitive swimmer who is considering continuing this sport in college I can say that I benefited from my time at UCSC. The Nike Swim Camp Staff answered all my questions about swimming at the collegiate level. It was a great experience for me, both learning new ways to improve my stroke and meeting new people.
— Lindsey D. Camper
July 7, 2015: Nike Swim Camp is seriously awesome, and absolutely helps your swimming technique! I give it 2 GIANT thumbs up. - extremely pleased camper!
— Haley H. Camper
July 5, 2015: The swim sets were enjoyable while I was learning, yet working hard. Visualization exercises were awesome. Explanations were good and coaches were responsive to questions or re-explaining a concept. Learning about equipment was great and getting to watch films of myself was great.
— Preston M. Camper
This camp was worth the time and money!
July 2, 2015: At this particular camp the coaches made all the difference. Our daughter was having issues with false starts (flinching at the start) and was getting DQ'd in some of her races. The coaches picked this up without a mention of it and helped her to fix it. This camp was worth the time and money!
— Valerie C. Parent
July 2, 2015: Definitely worth the time and money! My son has gone to one other camp and he did not improve much then, but this one really helped him. The group size was perfect to give the kids enough one on one time with the coaches. My son's swim team coach and we saw a big difference in just the first two days of camp. He can't for next year's camp.
— Gianna G. Parent
June 29, 2015: Both of my girls enjoyed the camp very much and felt they gained from the experience. They want to come back next year.
— Autumn S. Parent
See you next summer!
June 29, 2015: My Nike Swim Camp experience has been great, and I will definitely sign up for more in the future! See you next summer!
— Alec Z. Camper
July 8, 2014: The coaches were very tuned in to the swimmers. They were encouraging and positive and also allowed the swimmers to have fun together.
— Patricia V. Parent
July 7, 2014: I personally wanted to thank the staff for all the efforts to make this camp experience memorable and for the love of swimming brought from this camp.
— Nina C. Parent
Attention to Detail
July 6, 2014: Thanks for the care that is shown to the campers, in regard to safety, instruction and enjoyment.
— Maddy N. Parent