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The Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at the University of California, Santa Cruz is designed to provide youth and high school water polo players with the fundamentals, latest drills, in-water scrimmages and position specific training (Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense) essential for improvement. Come join USA Water Polo Olympian Genai Kerr and get better this summer!

UC Santa Cruz is an easy drive from the Bay Area and beyond. The campus, defined by rolling meadows and towering redwoods, is a perfect environment for the Nike Water Polo Camp and has always been a camper favorite! Instruction will take place each day at the UC Santa Cruz pool.

Highlights Include
  • Position Specific Training for Divers, Shooters, Goalies and 2 Meter Offense & Defense
  • Directed by USA Olympians and College Coaches
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session
  • Fun evening activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt
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Camp Coaches

  • Genai Kerr

    Camp Director Genai Kerr

    Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.

    View Genai Kerr's Bio & Water Polo Tips
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    Camp Director Blair MacDougall

    Blair MacDougall enters his second season at Mercyhurst and his first as the head coach. He was previously the graduate assistant for the 2021-22 season before taking on the role of interim head coaching and helping lead the Women's Water Polo team to a record of 7-15.

    View Blair MacDougall's Bio
  • Petar momcilovic water polo

    Staff Petar Momcilovic

    On staff is Petar Momcilovic who will be the assistant coach for a NCAA Division I program from fall 2023. He was previously the Head Coach of Mercyhurst University. He is a Serbian native who began his coaching career in the United Kingdom.

    View Petar Momcilovic's Bio

Camp Details

Please Note: This camp SOLD OUT in 2023. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. 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 players 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.
  • Dates: July 31-August 3
  • Gender: Coed
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Day (commuter)
  • Check-In: Overnight and Day Campers check in at 9:00am at the Stevenson College Dorms **Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours**
  • Check-out: Camp concludes at 4:00pm at Stevenson College Dorms **Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours**
  • Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch is provided for all Day (commuter) campers
  • Program: The Skills Camp program is designed for youth and high school players (Ages 10-18). This program focuses on advanced skills, position specific training for divers, shooters, goalies and 2 meter offense & defense, team concepts and an overall intense level of competition. Campers also have the opportunity to compete daily in games against each other.

**Due to unforeseen circumstances at the UC Santa Cruz Pool, our in-water sessions will be taking place down the hill at the Santa Cruz High School Pool. Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours and check-in location.****

UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Check-in Monday, July 31st
Overnight and Day Campers check in at 9:00am at the Stevenson College Dorms **Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours**

Check-out Thursday, August 3rd
Camp concludes at 4:00pm at Stevenson College Dorms **Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours**

  • Dorm: Stevenson College Residence 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 - dorms do not have A/C

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.

  • Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
  • Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
  • Day campers: Lunch is provided.
  • 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 Water Polo Camps t-shirt and prizes.
  • Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
  • Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
  • Equipment Needed: Please bring your water polo suit, swim cap, and towel(s)
  • Facility: UC Santa Cruz 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.

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)
  • Backpack
  • 2-3 Water Polo Suits
  • Swim Cap(s)
  • Towels
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Spending Money ($50)
  • Linens (twin sheets & blankets or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase)
  • Pajamas
  • Bath Towel
  • Toiletries
  • 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)

Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: water polo suit, 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 **Please refer to Reminder Email sent on 7/27 for your camper's specific hours**:

  • Monday: Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 4:00pm. Lunch is provided.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch is provided.
  • Thursday: Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-4:00pm. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes. Lunch is provided

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.

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• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt


• Nike Camp T-shirt

Discounts Available

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
  • 8:45 AM Extended Day and Day Campers Arrive
  • 9:00 AM Camp Meeting
  • 9:15 AM Dynamic Water Polo Dryland Warm Up
  • 9:45 AM Pool Session 1
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:45 PM Pool Session 2
  • 4:00 PM Day Campers Depart
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM Pool Session 3 or Optional Grass Field Games
  • 7:30 PM Extended Day Camers Depart
  • 8:00 PM Supervised free time in Dorm
  • 10:00 PM Lights out!

Uc Santa Cruz Pool Faciltiy Nike Swim Camp

UC Santa Cruz

Campers will train each day at the UC Santa Cruz pool and reside on one of the most beautiful college campus in the country with it's ocean views, 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.

Camp Reviews

Overall Average Rating 5.00 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.

    July 29, 2022: My daughter loved the coaches- particularly their patience. She also made fantastic friends that supported one another.

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    July 29, 2022: the diversity of families traveling from many places and my son expressing he felt more confident at the end of camp

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    July 29, 2022: My child had a lot of fun. The counselors were friendly and helpful. He learned a lot of fundamental skills.

    — Anonymous

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    • 5/5.

    August 6, 2023: Genai! My kids loved learning from him, both because of his skills and because he made it fun.

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    July 29, 2022: hahaha for my son it was the lunch but he did have a great time

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    August 6, 2023: skill development by qualified coaches and my camper had fun had with new buddies

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    July 30, 2022: Son improved on offense, he came home explaining what he learned

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    July 29, 2022: She had a lot of fun, made new friends and learned new skills.

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    August 4, 2023: Learning new skills and making new friends.

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    August 4, 2023: Learning new skills.

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    August 4, 2023: Genai was awesome!

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.
    My son loved this camp!

    — Anonymous

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at UC Santa Cruz

Genai Kerr, Camp Director
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St

Santa Cruz, California 95064
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm PST


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.

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