COVID-19 Update: All sessions of Pete Hovland's Competitive Swim Camp have been cancelled for Summer 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience but are looking forward to providing a safe, fun, and educational experience in the future.

About the Program

By enrolling in Pete Hovland’s Competitive Swim Camps, you will be participating in one of the nation’s finest programs. As a Division II school, the OU men never finished lower than seventh and the men’s team won national championships in 1980, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. The women’s team won national championships in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994, and only finished out of the top five nationally on 3 occasions during a 20-year stretch. Since 1999, OU has competed in Division I of the NCAA as part of the National Independent Conference, the Summit League, and most recently the Horizon League. Over the past 17 years, Oakland has continued its tradition of athletic excellence at this level by winning the NIC title 4 times, claiming the Summit League title 14 consecutive seasons, and dominating the Horizon League 6 years running.

Camp Features

Pete Hovland’s Competitive Swim Camp program is designed to teach and refine competitive swimming skills. In addition to a series of lectures teaching proper biomechanics of the four competitive strokes and starts and turns, five to six hours will be spent studying the best films of current world champions. Talk sessions concerning diet and strength training will also be included.

  • Instructional program designed to serve all levels of competitive swimmers
  • Small camper-to-coach ratio, not to exceed 10:1, ensures personal instruction and attention
  • A minimum of six hours of lectures, demonstrations, and drills per day
  • Each swimmer’s strokes, turns, and starts videotaped in color above and below the surface on a daily basis
  • Motion pictures of current world record-holders shown daily
  • A unique dry-land exercise program to be introduced
  • Supervised evening recreational activities
  • Swim meet on Thursday evening; meet starts at 4:00 p.m., check-out is at 5:30 p.m.
  • Awards presentation and swimmer evaluations follow swim meet