Under the direction of Jon Sakovich, swim coach of The Bolles School swimming program, 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.
The Bolles Sharks is very proud of it’s team’s accomplishments since its inception in 1977. In its 39 years of existence, the Bolles Sharks has proven itself as the top team in the state of Florida by winning District, State, Southeastern, Regional, and National competitions as well as setting National Age Group. Junior National, Senior National, International and World Records. The Bolles Sharks program has developed individual and relay champions at every level of competitive swimming.
The Bolles Sharks has also made a significant impact on the national and international swimming scene. The Bolles Sharks had its first national finalist in 1980. Since that time the Bolles Sharks swimmers have captured 23 individual national championships and 16 relay championships as well as 34 team championships. Bolles Sharks swimmers have won at the World Championships, Asian games, Pam Am Games, Southeast Asian Games, World University Games, and the Olympic Games, as well as many other international meets. Over 100 members of the Bolles Sharks family have represented the United States and other countries in international competition traveling to Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Canada,China, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, East Germany, France, Guam, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Holland, Israel, Laos, Mexico, The Philippines, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Thailand and West Germany. The Bolles Sharks tradition in excellance serves as a foundation upon which to build for even greater success in the future. We look forward to seeing our swimmers continue their dominance at the local level and further their achievements at the regional, national and international levels.
The Bolles Sharks is also very proud of the academic achievements of our swimmers. The club has sent swimmers to most of the major college programs in the country including the Ivy League, Pac 12, Big East, SEC, ACC, A-10, Big 12, Big 10, CAA, MAAC, Sun Belt, and WAC Conferences as well as many other independents.
In addition to the success of our swimmers, the club has also developed a tradition of hosting great swim meets throughout the years. The Bolles Sharks hosted their first meet in 1979. We currently hold 4 major invitationals a year. Our June invitational has attracted many Olympians from all over the world to compete over the years.
May the continued success of the past with Tradition in Excellence continue through the future…
One Week Camp
One week camps are intended for swimmers ages nine to thirteen, 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 Bolles One Week Camp is a technique oriented camp that incorporates the Bolles training method and philosophy. At the One Week Camp swimmers will be challenged physically while learning to improve both their technical and mental approaches to swimming.
Work with the World Class Bolles Coaching Staff and swimmers
Designed for competitive swimmers age 9 – 13 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
Session 1: June 11 – 16, 2017 (Sunday – Friday)
Session 2: June 17 – 22, 2017 (Saturday – Thursday)
This is a brief overview of what to expect from our One Week Swim Camp.
The Evening Practice
What to expect:
Each practice will last 90 minutes. The practices are instructional with the emphasis on stroke mechanics. We will focus on one stroke per day with starts, turns, and finishes on Thursday evening. This practice is usually about 1500 to 1700 yards and is swum in our 25 yard pool.
This session is designed to work on proper body position and stroke mechanics for each stroke. The distances are short the rest is plentiful and a lot of time and energy is spent on learning the most efficient way to swim each stroke. We use drills to help the swimmers to learn each component of the stroke and then tie it all together to swim in the most efficient manner possible.
What to expect
Each morning after breakfast we will have a 30-40 minute dry land session. This will consist of running laps on the track, running the stadium steps, pull ups, dips, pushups, and other body weight exercises, and abdominal work. Proper running shoes and work out clothes are needed.
To teach the swimmers the importance of dryland training and how a strong regimen will help the swimmers achieve their goals. We will put them through a routine similar to what we do with our own swimmers. This will help improve their strength, fitness, athleticism, and core body strength.
The Morning Practice
What to expect
This practice session will be swum in our 50 meter pool. This work out is 2,700m to 5,000m in length. The distance of the practice will depend on the age and ability of the swimmer and also the emphasis of the workout. The practice will place emphasis on the stroke they worked on the previous evening.
This practice session has two purposes. The first is to challenge the swimmer in an actual training session to think about stroke changes and techniques that were made the night before. Anyone can swim an easy 25yards and hold good stroke technique, to do so for an entire race or set in practice is a challenge. The practice will start off with a review of all the drills they worked on the night before and give them a chance to refresh their memories. Then we will proceed into the main set. The second purpose is to maintain the level of conditioning they have when coming into our camp so they are ready to continue their training when they get back home.
These sessions will cover a variety of topics from nutrition to goal setting. We will help the swimmers in learn how to set goals for their meets, seasons, and even day to day practices. They will also learn about nutrition and the importance of proper hydration, as well as tips on mental preparations for hard practices and swim meets. The swimmers will also have an opportunity to talk to and hear about Sergio Lopez’s (Bronze Medalist) quest for Olympic medals as well as hear from some of our swimmers here at Bolles and their experiences at Olympic Trials, being on National Record Relays, and their day to day experiences with swimming what is has done for them.
Each day swimmers will watch a video pertaining to the stroke of the day. This video will have a famous American swimmer performing the stroke. The swimmers themselves will be video taped on each of their strokes with voice over analysis from our professional coaching staff. These videos will be provided to each swimmer upon leaving camp.
Photo Courtesy: Wayne Joseph
The elite camp is designed for experienced swimmers ages 13 years or older. Elite campers will train similar to the Bolles Sharks swimming program that produced national high school champions, Florida high school state champions, high school All-Americans, and Olympians.
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.
Choose to stay for 1 to 6 weeks
Train like the Bolles School Sharks Team
For swimmers age 13 – 18 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
Dates – June 11 – July 22, 2017 (Campers can stay 1-6 weeks)
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.
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 having 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.
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.
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 success’. 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 an implement it into the swimming practices.
The Bolles School Swimming:
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Bolles Swimming is synonymous with tradition, excellence, and passion. Our coaching staff is committed to helping every swimmer realize his or her dreams. Whether your child is new to competitive swimming or is one of the country’s elite athletes we have the drive and ability to take them where they want to go.