Cal Swim Camp
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Cal Swim Camp at UC Berkeley.
Directed by Head UC Berkeley Coach and Olympic Coach, Teri McKeever, 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 and limited only by number, age and gender. For the 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.
- 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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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 26th season overseeing the University of California women’s swimming & diving program in 2017-18.View Teri McKeever's Bio ⟩
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.
Assistant Coach Sarah Dunleavy
Sarah Dunleavy, a former swimmer at Purdue who spent last season at Pitt and the previous three years at Kentucky, joined the Cal staff as an assistant women’s swimming coach in August 2017.View Sarah Dunleavy's Bio ⟩
A collegiate swimmer at Purdue, Dunleavy’s coaching career has taken her to Illinois State, Kentucky and Pitt, with all three teams setting numerous school records during her tenure.
A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Dunleavy most recently served as director of women’s recruiting and assistant coach at Pitt for the 2016-17 season. During her one campaign, she primarily oversaw workouts for the men’s and women’s breaststrokers. The swimmers broke school records six times and produced an All-American with the highest finish by a Pitt swimmer in a sprint event in 14 years.
Dunleavy spent the previous three seasons at Kentucky as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator where she worked with the breaststroke and individual medley group, which produced seven school records, five NCAA qualifiers and five Olympic Trials qualifiers. Overall, the Wildcats finished among the top 20 at the NCAA Championships three times and placed two swimmers on the U.S. National team.
At Illinois State from 2012-13, Dunleavy assisted with the sprint and IM groups, and helped the squad set 16 school records and two conference marks.
In addition, Dunleavy served as a volunteer assistant at Purdue in the spring of 2012, as a camps counselor at Purdue for three summers and as an athlete representative with Allegheny Mountain Swimming LSC from 2006-08.
While at both Pitt and Kentucky, Dunleavy was the liaison with the team’s academic advisor. Kentucky produced the highest GPA among all Division I women’s swimming teams in the spring of 2014 (3.72) and Danielle Galyer received the NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA among all participants at the 2016 NCAA Championships. In 2016-17, the Pitt team GPA ranked among the top 20 nationally at 3.35.
As a competitive swimmer, Dunleavy was a team captain and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection at Purdue from 2008-12. She received the athletic department’s John Wooden Leadership Award as a senior, as well as the swim team’s Cathy Wright-Eger Educational Excellence Award. In high school, Dunleavy competed at various national-level meets and was a 15-time all-state selection.
Dunleavy graduated from Purdue in 2012 with her degree in public relations and rhetorical advocacy, minoring in sociology and law & society.
This summer, Cal is offering two sessions of day camp (9:00am-3:00pm) 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.
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
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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.
Session I Day Camp
- CHECK-IN: Check-in between 8:30-9:00 am on Thursday, June 28th.
- CHECK-OUT: Check-out will be at 3:00 pm at the pool each day.
- DAY CAMP: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Session II Day Camp
- CHECK-IN: Check-in between 8:30-9:00 am on Thursday, July 5th.
- CHECK-OUT: Check-out will be at 3:00 pm at the pool each day.
- DAY CAMP: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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 and warm clothes for possible fog during morning pool sessions.
Note: you will not need fins, boards or other gear
CAMP LODGING - NO HOUSING PROVIDED
THE CLAREMONT HOTEL
41 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705
Toll Free: 800-551-7266 FREE
Hotel Main: 510-843-3000
2600 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Hotel Main: 510-845-8981
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200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Hotel Main: 510-548-7920
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.
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Best Swim Camp!
July 14, 2017: 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.
— Claire R. Parent
July 12, 2017: 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!
— Sandra O. Parent
July 12, 2017: My daughter loved camp, and loved her coaches! She enjoyed 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!
— Jason R. Parent
We look forward to being back next year!
June 21, 2017: 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.
— Faith B. Parent
I recommend it for all levels and ages of swimmers!
July 24, 2016: 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.
— Hannah H. Parent
I highly recommend the Nike swim camp for any level of swimmer!
July 22, 2016: 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.
— Marcella N. Parent
July 22, 2016: 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.
— Taylor T. Parent
July 16, 2016: 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!
— Pam F. Parent
I would go back in a heart beat!
July 14, 2016: 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!
— Delia S. Camper
Inspiration to keep swimming!
July 14, 2016: This camp was great at not only teaching but also showing me so much about swimming, most of information 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!
— Kennedy L. Camper
Most rewarding experience!
July 13, 2016: 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!
— Jane M. Parent
July 12, 2016: 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!
— Tony R. Parent
I highly recommend this camp!
July 11, 2016: 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.
— Valerie P. Camper
Great learning experience!
July 11, 2016: We really liked the Nike Swim Camp at Berkeley! 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.
— Donald S. Parent
July 11, 2016: 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 counselors, staff that you have assembled. I hope you continue to have these camps.
— Devin H. Parent
July 7, 2015: 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.
— Brenda W. Parent
July 6, 2015: 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 counselors 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!
— Katie A. Parent
Get better this summer!
July 3, 2015: 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 similar goals and see what it takes to be on a college team or even shoot for the olympics.
— Avery L. Parent
July 1, 2015: 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!
— Alexis E. Parent
June 30, 2015: 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.
— Bruno C. Parent
June 30, 2015: 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!
— Ian P. Parent
July 8, 2014: I loved the camp and hope to go both weeks next summer!
— Jeremy P. Camper
Best camp ever!
July 8, 2014: 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!!
— Meg R. Camper
July 7, 2014: 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.
— Gigi C. Parent
top level instruction!
July 7, 2014: 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!
— Sue N. Parent
My son still talks about camp!
July 6, 2014: 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 swimming and is able to correct his mistakes better now. My husband and I have definitely 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.
— Katie P. Parent
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