Nike Swim Camp at Kalamazoo College
Improve your stroke and have serious fun at
Nike Swim Camp
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.
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. 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.
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)
- 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 Jay Daniels
Directing camp this summer at Kalamazoo College, is Head Swim Coach, Jay Daniels.View Jay Daniels's Bio ⟩
Jay Daniels became the assistant swimming and diving coach at Kalamazoo College during the summer of 2015. He was named interim head coach during the summer of 2016.
A 2013 Kalamazoo College graduate and a swim team captain for the 2012-13 season, Daniels brings a combination of familiarity with the Hornet swimming program and a resume of previous coaching success at the Division III level. Before joining Kalamazoo as an assistant, he served as the assistant swimming coach at SUNY New Paltz, a nationally competitive program at the Division III level.
Daniels assisted with all aspects of the program at New Paltz, including meet preparation, event management, fundraising and recruiting. Daniels assisted the program for two seasons, and was influential in the successful recruitment of 37 student-athletes during that time.
In addition to his coaching experience at SUNY New Paltz, Daniels served as a coach at New Paltz Swim Camp, Hartwick College Swim Camp and Kalamazoo College Swim Camp. He currently resides in Kalamazoo.
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 swimmmers 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.
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
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 29th 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, August 1st. 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 seperate 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.
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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