Featured Camp: Bolles School Swim Camp

Turn on the Jets at Bolles Swim Camps

Under the direction of Jon Sakovich, swim coach of the Bolles School swim team, the Bolles School Swim Camps are developmental camps designed to provide quality instruction and training to swimmers of all abilities. All training and instruction will take place on The Bolles School’s San Jose Campus, located on the St. Johns River in Florida.  Campers will reside in The Bolles School’s air conditioned dormitory rooms with 24-hour supervision and meals provided three times a day.

One Week Camps are intended for swimmers ages 9-13, representing all ability levels.  The typical daily schedule will include 50-meter and 25-yard training, stroke technique and classroom lecture sessions, video taping, starts and turns, and a fun daytime activity. One week camps will be limited to 25 swimmers per week.

The Elite Camp is designed for experienced swimmers ages 13-18. Elite campers will train like members of the Bolles Sharks swimming program including national high school champions, Florida high school state champions, high school All-Americans, and Olympians.

One Week Camp

Session 1: June 10th – June 15th

Session 2: June 16th – June 21st

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What to Expect

A Swimming Education: From the workouts in the water to the video lectures on land, the Bolles 13&under Camp is as much an educational experience as it is a chance to become a better swimmer. That is because improving as a swimmer is not limited to how one moves through the water; it is imperative that swimmers understand why they are being asked to move a certain way. The coaches’ biggest goal at 13&under Camp is to educate the swimmers.  We want them to understand that if they consistently make small improvements, those improvements will benefit them when it comes time to race.

Fun with Friends: Swimming is, and should be, fun. Sure, tough practices may not always feel fun, but being with friends is fun. Racing is fun. Cheering is fun. Playing games is fun. The Bolles 13&under Camp will bring the fun into swimming through racing, cheering, and playing the occasional game. All of these activities are designed not only to provide the periodic mental break, but also to facilitate bonds between the campers. That’s why it is important for swimmers not only to learn a new skill but also to experience the positive reinforcement that comes with demonstrating that newly found skill. Swimmers will have a chance to prove what they’ve learned through written and practical “tests.” After completing these tests, they will leave with the knowledge that they achieved their weekend goals. These achievements can go a long way towards helping them reach their long term swimming goals.

What to Bring

A Fun Attitude and Desire to Improve: That’s all one really needs before coming to Bolles Swimming’s 13&under Camp. Because swimming should be fun and anyone who competes should want to get better. And that’s where the idea of the 13&under Camp originated. The 13&under Camp is designed for kids who want to do simple things to improve and potentially move on to the next level of swimming, whether that means competing at a season championship, beginning to swim year-round, or just making one or two more practices per week. It all starts with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. With those key ingredients anyone can achieve a level of swimming success. So bring your questions and leave your reservations at home. The 13&under Camp is not a weekend of hard core training, but rather a weekend of thoughtful, skillful swimming combined with a good time with friends your age.

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Photo Courtesy: Wayne Joseph

Elite Swim Camp

The highest level of swim camp offered at Bolles, The Elite Camp will challenge swimmers mentally and physically as they train like the Bolles School Sharks swimmers in an intense, competitive team atmosphere.

Session 1: June 10th – 16th

Session 2: June 17th – 23rd

Session 3: June 24th – 30th

Session 4: July 1st – 7th

Session 5: July 8th – 14th

Session 6: July 15th – 21st

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What to Expect

The type of training that has propelled the Bolles School High School Team and The Bolles School Sharks to one of the top high schools and USS Swim Programs in the Nation. The training is intense and demanding as we prepare all our athletes to perform at their best.

Be prepared to work hard at every training session. Each practice has a purpose, whether it is working on endurance, speed, power or your best stroke. You will be asked each day to challenge and push yourself beyond your normal limitations.

Swimming: The practices will average between 6,500 – 8,500 meters per practice depending on the emphasis of the session. We will have 11 practices a week with Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday off. Thursday  practices will be recovery with a technical focus.

The Elite Campers will train like our year round swimmers each day. The swimmers are broken into 2 groups based on age and ability. The total amount of meters swum per session will vary depending on the emphasis of the day and the training group they swim with. Each week we will work on technique, starts, turns, endurance, speed, IM’s, and main strokes.

Dry-land: Each day we will do 45 minutes to an hour of dry-land training. This will consist of body weight exercises, running, stadiums, medicine balls, plyometrics, abdominals as well as dry-land tubing. Running shoes and workout clothes are a must.

Purpose: The purpose of our Elite swim camp is to provide an opportunity for swimmers to train with one of the top swim programs in the nation. They will have the opportunity to experience the type of training that has propelled Bolles to its successes. Bolles has continually been at the top of the swimming charts for over 20 years on the national and international scene.

The campers will experience first hand what it takes by training side by side with our own swimmers here at Bolles. They will see first hand the swimming and dry-land training that we have designed to improve the strength, speed and endurance of the swimmer both in and out of the water. The practices sessions have been created to utilize strength and power gained through dry-land training and implement it into the swimming practices.


Contact Information

Camp Director: Jon Sakovich

Phone: 904-256-5216

E-mail: sakovichj@bolles.org

Twitter: @gatorsak

Team Website: www.Bollesswimming.org

Contact Address: 7400 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217


 

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Author: Kristy Kinzer

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Kristy Kinzer is a 2014 graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and served two years as an assistant coach and aquatics director for the Calvin Knights. She made the All-American academic honors list in 2013 and was a captain of the women's team her senior year. She is pursuing a master's degree at Western Michigan with an exercise physiology concentration. She aspires to start a varsity women's triathlon team upon finishing her degree.

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