Swim Camps

Session 1:  June 10–14, 2018
Session 2:  June 17–21, 2018
Session 3:  June 24–28, 2018

Excellence has become a trademark of the St. Olaf Swim Camps in the more than 30 years that Bob and Dave Hauck have been directing them. Our coaches provide a team-oriented learning environment that is exciting, fun, and challenging:

St. Olaf swim camps including Stroke Technique and High-Performance  are designed for swimmers who have been swimming competitively in associations or school programs and have yet to complete their senior year.  Pool time and other training activities are balanced with recreational activities supervised by camp coaches and counselors.

These camps provide a complete experience on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.

Sessions, Fees, and Registration 

Stroke Technique Swim Camp: $490
Session 1: June 10-14
Session 2: June 17-21
Session 3: June 24-28

For boys and girls ages 10-17
A systematic teaching approach gives swimmers an understanding of stroke development, as well as repetitive skill rehearsal throughout the week. Attention is also paid to starts, turns and streamlining. Swimmers work on core-body exercises to increase body strength and flexibility through a variety of dry-land exercises. Classroom activities include video instruction from current world-class swimmers and coaches, plus individual video review and analysis throughout the week. Group sessions cover topics ranging from nutrition and goal setting to team-building exercises and race/ training strategies.

High-Performance Swim Camp: $525
Session 1:  June 10-14
Session 2:  June 17-21

For boys and girls ages 13-17
This camp is designed for experienced swimmers who are ready to learn and implement conditioning principles, more effective training components, and technical skill development. Swimmers work on core-body exercises to increase body strength and flexibility through a variety of dry-land exercises. The camp also focuses on goal setting, psychological skills training, race and training strategies, nutrition, and team building principles that will lead to consistent, successful performance.

Swimmers are challenged daily with three workouts: one that focuses on conditioning, one technical workout on a particular stroke and one video recorded workout. To maximize the benefits of this training, each camper should be in excellent condition at the beginning of swim camp.

Camps Feature:

  • Professional, individualized coaching
  • Low athlete-to-coach ratio
  • Team-building principles
  • Three daily pool sessions
  • Underwater recording with one-on-one review
  • Written analysis of strokes, starts, and turns
  • Dry-land training
  • Small group discussions
  • Final swim meet
  • Supervised recreational activities
  • Digital video recording for each swimmer
  • More details here

Roommates:
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.

Camp fee includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt.  Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls.  Bedding and bath towel are provided. Coaches and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision.  St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Register Today:
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached.  When completing the online form please see options below.

Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information.  Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window.  The registration form is still saved and submitted.  Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your swimmer’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day.  Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

If the desired session is full please email the camp office to be waitlisted.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Meet the Coaches 

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Bob Hauck ’87
has coached the men’s and women’s swim teams at St. Olaf for 29 years. Hauck has led St. Olaf teams to 20 conference championships, and in 2009 he and his father Dave Hauck were both named the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming co-Coaches of the Year. Bob was a 23-time All-American and NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year in 1987; he won seven national titles, set three national records, and was a world-ranked backstroker

Nathan Linscheid ’94 has spent the past 21 summers coaching at the St. Olaf Swim Camp. He swam for St. Olaf and the Haucks during his college career. Nate has coached high school swimming for the past 24 seasons. Currently, he coaches the Bloomington Jefferson boy’s team (18 years) and the Convent of the Visitation High School (24 years). In the past twelve years, the Visitation team has won eight state titles and Nate has been named Class A State Girls Coach of the Year five times in his career.

Joey Clapp has six years of St. Olaf Swim Camp experience (3 as a former camper and 3 as a coach). At UWSP, Joey was a 14 time All-American and a 20-time conference champion.  Currently, Joey is the head coach of the high school girls and boys swim teams in Albert Lea.

 

Camp Schedule 

Campers are divided into two groups, Oles & Saints, which depend on age, experience and/or camp. Schedule subject to change.

Oles – High Performance
Saints – Stroke Technique  

OLES

Sunday
12:00 p.m. Check-in
1:00 p.m. Introductions
2:30 p.m. Video/Lecture
3:10 p.m. Pool Instruction
4:30 p.m. Dry Land
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Group Session
7:30 p.m. Free-time/Get Acquainted
10:00 p.m. In Rooms
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
Monday – Thursday
6:20 a.m. Wake-up
6:30 a.m. Leave for Pool
6:40 a.m. Pool Instruction
8:15 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Group Session
11:00 a.m. Pool (Video Sessions)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Individual Video Review, Free 2:15 p.m. – Stroke Lecture
3:00 p.m. Pool Instruction
4:45 p.m. Dry Land
5:45 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Free-time (Activities)
10:00 p.m. In Rooms
10:15 p.m. Lights Out
Thursday PM
1:00 p.m. Clean Rooms/Turn in Keys
2:00 p.m. Dry Land Training
3:00 p.m. Swim Meet (Family/Friends)
4:00 p.m. Meet the Coaches
5:00 p.m. Depart

SAINTS

Sunday
12:00 p.m. Check-in
1:00 p.m. Introductions
2:45 p.m. Video/Lecture
3:45 p.m. Dry Land
4:30 p.m. Pool Instruction
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Group Session
7:30 p.m. Free-time/Get Acquainted
10:00 p.m. In Rooms
10:15 p.m. Lights Out
Monday – Thursday
7:10 a.m. Wake-up
7:25 a.m. Leave for Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Pool Instruction
9:45 a.m. Pool (Video, Starts, & Turns)
11:00 a.m. Individual Video Review
12:00 p.m. Lunch, Free-time
2:15 p.m. Group Session
2:45 p.m. Stroke Lecture
3:30 p.m. Dry Land
4:30 p.m. Pool Instruction
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Free-time (Activities)
10:00 p.m. In Rooms
10:15 p.m. Lights Out
Thursday PM
1:00 p.m. Clean Rooms/Turn in Keys
2:00 p.m. Dry Land Training
3:00 p.m. Swim Meet (Family/Friends)
4:00 p.m. Meet the Coaches
5:00 p.m. Depart
Events
Sunday Ice Cream
Monday Bonfire and S’mores
Tuesday Pizza and Movie
Wednesday Camp Dance

Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall 

Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station.  There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs.  However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.

Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do you get on our mailing list to receive open registration updates and brochure?
E-mail us to get added to our list.

What is the difference between the Stroke Technique swim camp and the High-Performance swim camp? 
Both camps concentrate on the fundamentals: strokes, starts, and turns.  High Performance campers will work on weight training and develop more into the strategies of competition, psychology, and team building.

Which camp is best for my child? 
The median age for Stroke Technique Swim Camp is 12.  If your swimmer is 14+ you should consider High Performance Swim Camp.

How many swimmers are in each session?
Stroke camp will have up to 42 swimmers and High Performance will have up to 30. 

Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone? 
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.

What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy? 
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.

If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want? 
No, at check in the drivers’ keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp.  If they wish to leave, a note must be provided from their guardian in advance.

Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can he still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

What if my child is on medication?
Although camp counselors can hold the medication in a locked room, counselors cannot administer the medication to the camper.
All campers must be able to administer their own medications.

May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online.
No. In order to meet regulations, we can only take credit cards using our online form.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

What if you need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted.  Once received and confirmed,  refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent.  Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.

Where is St. Olaf College located at?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and/or refer to our website for further information.

St. Olaf Swim Camps – Minnesota. “Our goal is to provide each swimmer with the necessary tools to become the best swimmer he or she can be — today, next week, and in the years to come.”
—Coach Bob Hauck