Nike Swim Camp at University of New Hampshire
2024 Dates & Prices Coming Soon!
Come join UNH Head Swimming Coach, Josh Willman, for an exciting week of camp where swimmers are challenged to improve their stroke technique through mental, technical, and physical training. Camp will be held at the University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful part of New England. The UNH campus is only an hour from Boston and is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains and pristine Lakes Region.
The Nike Swim Camp at the University of New Hampshire is designed to help competitive swimmers gain the edge they need to get ready for the season and compete at the next level.
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.
- 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 Josh Willman
Josh Willman is entering his 30th season at the helm of the University of New Hampshire swimming & diving program in 2022-23.View Josh Willman's Bio & Swim Tips ⟩
The Wildcats won their ninth America East Championship in program history in April of 2021, which are the most in conference history. UNH won 15 of 18 events and Willman and his staff were named America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Wildcats won 15 of the 20 events and captured the championship by 116.5 points. Willman was named the America East Coach of the Year for a record 14th time.
Also in the 2019-20 season, Willman coached sophomore Anna Metzler to a NCAA qualifying time of 4:07.20 in the 400 IM at the ECAC Championships. It was the 19th fastest time in the nation and set an America East, ECAC Championships and school record. Metzler was the only swimmer in the top 20 not from a power five school. Metzler was named an All-American, while she was also the ECAC and America East Most Outstanding Swimmer, and the America East Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Willman began his coaching career just after graduating from Miami when he coached at the YMCA and U.S.A. Swimming level. He entered the collegiate coaching arena as the assistant coach for New Hampshire in 1991, taking over the program the following season when he earned his first coaching honor as the Men’s Coach of the Year in 1992-1993.
Willman has led the program to great success during his tenure at UNH. The Wildcats have won the America East Championship in 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2020 and 2021. The nine championships are the most by a program in conference history. The Wildcats have also earned two ECAC Team Championships (2003 and 2011).
15-TIME AMERICA EAST COACH OF THE YEAR:
Willman is the America East Conference’s most highly decorated coach. He has been selected America East Coach of the Year a league-record 15 times (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2020 and 2021) and ECAC Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2011, 2013 and 2014).
Eleven times Willman has coached an athlete that qualified for the Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Willman produced UNH’s first-ever NCAA Division I qualifier in 1995 when Denise Leckenby reached the NCAA Championships. She also qualified in 1996 and 1998. She earned All-America honors in 1996, placing eighth in the 200-freestyle and 11th in the 100-freestyle. UNH went on to finish 27th in the nation at the 1996 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Leckenby also was named an All-American in 1998. Shannon Daly (2006), Kary Goodman (2006), Jenni Roberts (2013), Katie Mann (2013, 2014 and 2015) and Anna Metzler (2020 and 2021) also qualified for the NCAA Championships.
AMERICA EAST & ECAC SUCCESS:
New Hampshire swimmers are the most highly honored student-athletes in the America East, winning 49 major conference awards including 26 Swimmers of the Year (18 America East and seven ECAC), eight America East Scholar-Athletes of the Year, nine Rookies of the Year and six Dave Alexander Coaches Awards. During Willman's tenure, 397 swimmers have been crowned America East champions and 113 have won ECAC championships. Also three times Willman has coached a swimmer to a gold medal at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships. Wildcat swimmers have broken over 258 school records, 110 America East records and 29 ECAC records.
Another major milestone that Willman led UNH to was on Feb. 21, 2013 as the national polls were released by CollegeSwimming.com, the Wildcats earned the 19th spot in the rankings. It was the first time UNH was ranked in the top 20 in the Division I Poll. Then on Feb. 18, 2014, the Wildcats were the ranked 14th overall in the CollegeSwimming.com Division I national poll, their highest ranking in program history. Among the top-five schools were the University of Georgia (1), Stanford University (2), University of Southern California (3), University of California (4) and University of Florida (5).
Willman led the program to another major first when he coached New Hampshire native and breaststroke standout Kristen Zeimetz who was a finalist at the 2000 U.S. Open and participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic team trials. UNH has then gone onto consistently have swimmers compete at the elite level representing not only the United States but more recently in the international arena with Wildcat swimmers competing at Senior Nationals and the Olympic Trials for their home countries including Canada, South Africa and Denmark.
New Hampshire is consistently an Academic All-America team and swimmers have earned NCAA Academic All-American honors, post-graduate scholarship awards and ranked as high as sixth nationally for grade point average. Willman is a certified ASCA Level IV coach and has been a recipient of the ASCA Coaching Excellence Award.
Swim Tips by Josh Willman:
Assistant Coach Caleb Potvin
Caleb Potvin is entering his first season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats.View Caleb Potvin's Bio ⟩
Potvin has spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Stonehill Skyhawks women's swimming program. He led the formation of the college's inaugural swimming program and coached the team to a 6-3 inaugural dual meet record. Potvin guided the team to place the highest out of all non-division I teams at the 2021 ECAC winter championships. He coached 22 finalists, including 12 A-finalists, with six top-five finishers and a conference champion in their first conference championship. His inaugural recruiting class had a cumulative GPA of 3.85 through their first three semesters, while the Skyhawks received CSCAA All-Academic distinction every semester.
Prior to Stonehill, Potvin was a senior level assistant coach for Aggie Swim Club in College Station, Texas, where he had regular involvement training swimmers who qualified for USA national circuit meets such as sectionals, futures and winter junior nationals. He is a current USA Swimming coach member and earned American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 3 certification.
Potvin got his start in coaching as head coach of The EDGE Swim Club outside of Burlington, Vermont, for five years. He received the Champlain Valley Swim League Coaching Excellence Award and served as primary coach for senior level swimmers. Potvin, his wife Olivia and children Atlas and Ivy are thrilled to be moving back to the area and becoming part of the community.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. Come join Head Coach Josh Willman and his staff in July and get ready for an intensive pre-season stroke technique camp. This summer, New Hampshire is offering one week of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-8:30pm) for ages 11-18 and a day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for campers 10 and up.
- Dates: July 30-Aug 2
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Overnight (Ages 11-18), Extended Day (commuter), & Day (commuter)
- Check-in: Overnight Campers: check-in between 1:00-2:00pm at Sawyer Hall. Extended Day and Day Campers check-in at 1:45pm at Sawyer Hall.
- Check-out: There will be a closing ceremony at 12:00pm. Campers check-out immediately following the closing ceremony.
- Extended Day Schedule: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-NOON **Times subject to change
- Day Schedule: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-5PM, WED 9AM-NOON **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers. Dinner (first night) and lunch provided for all Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: The Stroke Technique program is designed to provide competitive swimmers with a better understanding of swimming fundamentals. Stroke refinement along with constructive feedback will be the focus of the camp and allows each participant to gain a greater knowledge of proper stroke mechanics and ways to improve themselves individually.
University of New Hampshire
7 Garrison Ave
Durham, NH 03824
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Sunday, July 30th
- OVERNIGHT CAMPERS: check-in between 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday at Sawyer Hall.
- EXTENDED DAY & DAY CAMPERS: check-in at 1:45pm on Sunday at Sawyer Hall.
- There will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:00pm.
Wednesday, August 2nd
- There will be a closing ceremony at 12:00pm on Wednesday. Campers will check out immediately following the closing ceremony. The Director will provide more information on the first day of camp.
- Dorm: Sawyer Hall
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. 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!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: NO A/C - Please bring a portable fan
The staff reside 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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Day campers: Dinner provided on Sunday; Lunch is provided Monday and Tuesday.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a Nike Swim Camps t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your water swimsuit, swim cap, googles and towel(s)
- Facility: Henry C. Swasey Pool
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Checklist of things to bring:
- Weather appropriate clothing for 3 nights/4 days
- Dryland training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- 2-3 Swimsuits
- Swim Cap(s)
- Water bottle
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/flip flops
- Spending Money ($25-50)
- Linens (twin XL sheets & blankets or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase)
- Bath Towel
- Fan - dorms do not have AC
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
- UNH Camp Release and Waiver Form (from needs to be printed and turned in at camp)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Extended Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, towel, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, sandals, water bottle, dry land gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt) and any other appropriate clothing for that day’s activities which will be described to you on the first day of camp.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Sunday: Extended Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to swim. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Extended Day Campers stay until 8:30pm. Dinner is provided.
- Monday-Tuesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-8:30pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, towel, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, sandals, water bottle, dry land gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt) and any other appropriate clothing for that day’s activities which will be described to you on the first day of camp.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Sunday: Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to swim. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 8:30pm. Dinner is provided.
- Monday-Tuesday: Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-5:00pm. Lunch is provided.
- Wednesday: Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SWIM CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our swim camps please see our FAQ page.
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-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-NOON
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch • Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-5PM, WED 9AM-NOON
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (overnighters)
- 9:00 AM Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 AM Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM Supervised Free Time
- 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.)
- 9:30 PM Supervised free time in dorm
- 10:00 PM Lights out!
Henry C. Swasey Pool
Campers train each day at the Henry C. Swasey Pool which is the home of the New Hampshire Wildcats swimming and diving team. Located in UNH's Field House, the 25-yard pool has six lanes for competitive use with and attached 13-foot deep diving well that includes one and three meter duraflex boards. Completeing the facility is a 650 seat balcony for spectator seating at New Hampshire home meets.
Camp Questions & Answers
How is my swimmer grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at UNH, 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.
staff members are fantastic
Constructive and Empowering!
August 16, 2019: My daughter mentioned that they had introductions to multiple practices in a day, learned about nutrition and respecting the need to eat enough to swim well, stayed in a dorm where she got to meet new people. In doing all these things on her own, it really helped improve her confidence and empower her to do more. Having coaches challenging her and giving her constructive feedback was something new and appreciated.
— Heather B. Parent
recommended the camp to our whole team!
August 6, 2019: This is my daughter's second year attending this camp. She chose to return to this camp because she felt she made significant technical improvements and had a lot of fun! She felt the nutrition talk was even better this year. She loves the coaching staff and feels very comfortable with them. She will definitely be returning next year and we have recommended the camp to our whole team!
— Doug S. Parent
Can't Wait For Next Year!
August 6, 2019: This is my daughter's second year attending this camp. She chose to return to this camp because she felt she made significant technical improvements and had a lot of fun. She felt the nutrition talk was better this year. She also said the dorm they were in last year was more conducive to socializing between and after swim sessions. She loves the coaching staff and feels very comfortable with them. She will definitely be returning next year and we have recommended the camp to our whole team.
— Doug S. Parent
5th Year of Camp! Loved It!
August 2, 2018: My daughter has been going to this UNH camp for 5 years. She thoroughly enjoys herself each year and learns new skills she can use throughout the year!
— Madison W., Parent
Great quality camp
August 17, 2016: Hey Josh, I wanted to thank you again for all the tips and pointers you gave me at the New Hampshire Summer Camp. It was a fantastic experience for me to have worked with you and although you were tough on me, I enjoyed my sessions with you and actually had fun. I have seen progress in my swimming.
— Julianna L. Camper
August 16, 2016: I'll be recommending the UNH Nike Swim Camp to other members of my high school team. I've been a competitive swimmer for 8 years but still learned a lot.
— Rudy A. Camper
August 12, 2015: It was the ideal atmosphere for our son to hone and learn new stroke techniques. He learned a lot and had a GREAT time!! We found the staff to be very friendly, experienced and helpful.
— Jill F. Parent
Definitely be back!
August 11, 2015: My daughter attended camp last week and she had a wonderful time! The camp counselors were so helpful and accommodating. The coaches were amazing. They really helped her strokes. This was our second time at the camp. We will definitely be back!
— Chris B. Camper
Learn new skills
August 11, 2015: The Nike swim camp at the University of New Hampshire really improved my stroke technique. The drills we did and the tips we were given by the coaches really clicked for me. Thanks so much!
— Drew M. Camper
August 13, 2014: The camp was very well organized and professionally run. Quality instructors with meaningful feedback at the end. An excellent camp that I will definitely be sending my son to in the future.
— Kyle G. Parent
Highlight of the summer
August 13, 2014: This was my daughter's 2nd year to attend Nike Swim Camp camp at New Hampshire. It has now become something she looks forward to every year. She enjoys every aspect of the camp!
— Lisa V. Parent
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.