Nike Swim Camp at Kalamazoo College
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Kalamazoo College, located in a quiet residential section of Kalamazoo in scenic southwest Michigan, offers a beautiful hilltop campus, top-notch facilities and is a ideal location for camp. Kalamazoo is located approximately 35 miles from Lake Michigan and 140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago on Interstate 94.
Instruction will take place at Kalamazoo Central High School this summer due to construction at Kalamazoo College Natatorium.
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.
- Pre-season Training Emphasis (75/25 physical to technical conditioning)
- Stroke Technique Emphasis (75/25 technical to physical conditioning)
- Instruction will take place at Kalamazoo Central High School
- Low camper to staff ratio
- 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 Jay Daniels
Directing camp this summer at Kalamazoo College, is Head Swim Coach, Jay Daniels.View Jay Daniels's Bio ⟩
Jay Daniels was named Kalamazoo College's head swimming and diving coach on April 24, 2017 following a national search. Daniels was interim coach for the 2016-17 season after serving one year as an assistant in 2015-16.
As interim head coach in 2016-17, Daniels coached seven All-MIAA selections and one All-America performance. The men's and women's teams were recognized as Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of American during the fall of 2016. As an assistant coach in 2015-16 the program produced seven All-MIAA selections and earned honorable mention All-America honors in two events.
A 2013 Kalamazoo College graduate and a swim team captain for the 2012-13 season, Daniels served two seasons (2013-15) as the assistant swimming coach at SUNY New Paltz, a nationally competitive program at the Division III level. During his time at New Paltz, Daniels assisted with all aspects of the program including meet preparation, event management and fundraising and recruiting, and was influential in the successful recruitment of 37 student-athletes during his two seasons.
In addition to his coaching experience at SUNY New Paltz and Kalamazoo, Daniels served as a coach at New Paltz Swim Camp, Hartwick College Swim Camp and Kalamazoo College Swim Camp. He also oversees Kalamazoo College's intramural sports program.
This summer, Kalamazoo is offering one session of overnight with a day camp (9:00am-5:00pm) option for ages 10-18. Designed for competitive swimmers to improve and refine their stroke technique the Nike Swim Camp at Kalamazoo College will give you the edge and self-confidence you need to compete at the next level.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 1:00PM-9:00PM, MON-TUES 9:00AM-5:00PM, WED 9:00AM-11:00AM
• Pre-Season Training Emphasis
• Stroke Technique Emphasis
Please click "More Details" below for more information on each program. At camp our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.Show Less See More Camp Details
Pre-season Training Emphasis
Offers a 75/25 blend of physical and technical conditioning. The higher intensity of training is perfect for club swimmers, high school swimmers, and those that are interested in swimming in college. Campers receive advanced technical instruction in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts and turns. Each camper is instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers also receive individual video analysis of their technique.
Stroke Technique Emphasis
Offers a 75/25 blend of technical and physical conditioning. In this complete stroke technique camp swimmers will receive detailed instruction on technique in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts and turns. Each camper will be instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors.
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.
Check-in takes place between 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, July 28th at Harmon Hall. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
A closing ceremony will be held at 11:00am in the pool area, immediately following the swim meet on Wednesday, July 31st. Overnight Campers must check out of Harmon Hall by 12:00pm.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay in suites that include two double rooms a lounge and a bathroom. Roommates are assigned first by request and then by age and gender. Boys and girls are housed on separate floors with gender specific counselors on them.
- DORM: Harmon Hall
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Not provided
- AIR CONDITIONING: No - Dorm DOES NOT have AC - Please bring a portable fan.
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
- SUNDAY: Commuter Campers stay until 8:30pm; Dinner is provided
- MONDAY-TUESDAY: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00am-5:00pm; Lunch is provided
- WEDNESDAY: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00-11:00am; Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony
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 and rest
- 1:30 pm Pool Session 2 & Dry land exercises
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Evening Activities (Water Polo, Capture the Flag, Movie, etc.)
- 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
Kalamazoo College Campus
The hilltop campus covers nearly 60 acres. Campers train each day at the Kalamazoo College Natatorium and will reside in Crissey Hall which is an upper class living community and located on the north-east end of campus. Crissey offers suite-style living with an open community feel and is conveniently located right next to the Natatorium.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Kalamazoo, 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Coaches were friendly, supportive and helpful. They were patient and started from the fundamentals. Evening activities and structure was highly enjoyable. Food was good and the dorm experience was really nice. Covered all aspects of stroke technique, starts and turns and mental focus. Overall, it was a good experience.
— Matthew L., Camper
August 12, 2017: This camp was an excellent experience for me. I made a few good friends and also learned a lot about college swimming from the counselors that swim for Kalamazoo. The technique work was wonderful and the way that the coaches explained the drills was very easy to understand. Their explanations for why the certain techniques made you swim faster also made perfect sense, which proved why you should do them and that they really knew what they were talking about. All in all, it was a great camp that is definitely worth looking into.
— Stephanie S. Camper
August 24, 2016: My daughter did the high school training camp right before her season started. She loved the small size, the individualized instruction and being grouped with people of not only the same skill level, but the same age. She felt it was a great way to go into her fall high school season.
— Grace M. Parent
See you next year!
August 15, 2016: Our grand-daughter loves to swim and started swimming almost 2 years ago. She attended the Nike Camp at Kalamazoo College and stated she learned so much. She learned how to improve her butterfly as well as other strokes. She wants to attend again next year - and yes! we will pay for her to go again!
— Barbara & Tom M. Grandparents
Loved the camper to coach ratio.
August 2, 2015: We loved the smaller camp size and camper to coach ratio. We've looked at camps that house up to 175 swimmers per session and can't imagine getting any individual attention from that.
— Kim R. Parent
Best Camp Ever!
August 23, 2014: Best camp my son has ever attended. The individual coaching and instruction were superior.
— Megan E. Parent
I'll Be Back
August 17, 2014: I had a great time at camp. I look forward to going next year.
— Laura S. Camper