How do I register for camp?    top

Are there any other optional fees I need to know about?

What are the refund procedures?

What should I do if I find out I cannot attend my camp session?

What is Coach Warner’s role in the camp?

Who makes up the staff?

What is a typical day like?

How are campers grouped?

What are the water sessions like?

What is the ratio of campers to coaches?

What equipment do campers need to bring?

What if a camper has a pre-existing injury?

What about medications?

Will we need to bring linens and toiletries? Anything else?

What about cell phones?

Will my child be supervised at all times?

What if I lose my room key during camp?

How much spending money should I send with my camper?

What is the difference between a double room and a suite?

What about roommate requests?

What if a camper gets homesick while at camp?

 How do I register for camp? The only way to secure a spot in camp is to Register Online (Instructions Here)! Online registration locks in your spot instantly upon receipt of payment! Once registered, you receive confirmation instantly via e-mail. Required forms are included in the on-line process of registering. Be certain you bring your the Consent for Treatment and Liability Release with you and submit at camp registration.


What will hold a spot for my camper? Camp space is secured by registering online or sending in the application form and NON-REFUNDABLE deposit ($175-200) per session. Campers registering online will receive immediate confirmation of enrollment. Final camp fees are due by a May 1. Once full payment  your spot in camp is secure. Your credit card will be billed for the balance on May 1 . Insurance forms, medical release, consent for treatment forms, must be brought to registration and submitted on the first day.


How soon should I register? As soon as possible! Camp sessions have closed earlier and earlier since 1998. Online registration for starts on December 1 . We have sold out the most available sessions every year for fourteen years.

How soon will I receive confirmation of my session? Campers who register online receive an e-mail confirmation immediately!

Be sure your e-mail address is correct, and enable any spam/junk e-mail blockers to accept email from and  You receive confirmation e-mails and statements, as well as any future news or updates regarding camp sessions thru e-mail. 


Do you keep wait lists in case of cancelations? Yes. You may request to be placed on a wait list on-line.

Cancelations are rare, but do happen, and sometimes occur at the last minute. It is impossible for us to predict who will get in off of the lists, and when that might occur. Our camp typically sells out fast, but we sometimes have cancelations. We understand that summer plans are made well in advance, but if your schedule is flexible, wait listing may be an option for you. 


Are there any other optional fees I need to know about? Yes:* If your camper is flying in or out of Newark-Liberty Airport, the camp charges $25 for one-way and $35 for round-trip airport ground transportation.



What are the refund procedures? The $175-200 deposit is non-refundable for any reason at any time. Cancelations prior to May 1 receive a full refund of the camp fee less the $175-200 deposit. There are no refunds or credits of any portion of the camp fee after May 1 for reasons other than documented injuries that would prevent a camper from participating.

What should I do if I find out I cannot attend my camp session? As a courtesy, please notify the camp immediately if you are unable to attend. We do keep waiting lists, and this can allow someone else to attend camp. Sorry, the camp cannot issue credit toward the next year's camp. top

If I cannot attend camp, can I try to fill my spot with a friend or teammate? No. The space belongs to the Camp and cannot be switched out with another person. We do maintain wait lists for those trying to attend, and this is camp procedure. It's also the fairest method, as switching with someone is similar to cutting in line. top


Does my swimmer really need to have competitive experience to attend? The camp provides a fun, but challenging atmosphere. We highly recommend that every camper coming into the Arete Swim Camp has some form of competitive experience prior to attending, but it is not required. However, the instruction offered by Arete is not geared toward beginning swimmers, nor is it learn to swim. Campers get the most from the camp if they have been involved in a competitive swimming program of some kind - summer league, high school, YMCA, USA Swimming, etc. If you have any questions about whether you believe the program is right for your swimmer, e-mail:

What is Coach Warner’s role in the camp? Coach Warner is involved in every aspect of the camp instruction and often at meals and the dorm as well. He has used his 40 years of experience, role as a USA National team coach, and passion for competitive swimming to design our teaching steps and develop our unique approach to mental training. Coach Warner provides instruction is fully engaged as the lead instructor at every camp.     top

Who makes up the staff? Our staff is made up of passionate and experienced swimming coaches and collegiate swimmers. Many of our staff has been with us for several years. We pride ourselves in teaching from a positive perspective and catching kids doing things right!

We always have staff with CPR/First Aid skills with our campers. There are typically three to five staff members living on each camp floor at the dorm. It is our goal to provide a safe, fun, and exciting environment where campers can learn and be excited about their sport, while meeting people from all over the New Jersey and often from the country and sometimes abroad.

What is a typical day like? Typical days are listed under each site’s information. We have varying schedules at different sites. But each day includes ‘mental training’ which is a series of games that have a message to them. There is some sort of goal setting discussion and every day, a video lecture and instruction of the stroke of the day. Our stroke drill progression is shown to the swimmers prior to using them in the water.

What is the role of video-taping in the camp? The role of video-taping is critical to our teaching. We video each swimmer in all four strokes underwater. We use this with a workbook so that each individual can study their positives and their things to work on.

Do the campers receive a copy of the video for home use? Yes.

Do the campers take their workbook home? Yes

How are campers grouped? Campers are grouped based on their age at camp, and their submitted 50-yard freestyle time. While we understand that not everyone is a 50 freestyler, it is the "common ground" that allows us to group swimmers on the first night of camp. We make changes if warranted, but we must also maintain manageable groups within the camp. Campers must give their assigned group a try on Monday morning. This also gives them their schedule for the first full day of camp. top

What are the water sessions like? We spend about three hours in the pool each day. We conduct a drill progression that takes children from floating and body position, all the way through a drill progression that builds technique from the inside out. For most swimmers this time spent is plenty. But an additional early morning training session is often available but depends upon each site. For more information check the site specific information or email HERE. top

What is the ratio of campers to coaches? What is the coach to swimmer ratio? At the pool we have a coach to swimmer ratio of approximately 1:9. In the dorms and around campus the counselor to swimmer ratio is about 1:12.

What equipment do campers need to bring? Campers must bring suits, towels, WATER BOTTLE, and goggles for water sessions. Training equipment from home (kickboard, fins, etc.) should not be brought. For dry-land and weight room sessions, shorts, t-shirt, and sturdy athletic shoes are required. A backpack works well for bringing things to and from the pool. Due to locker space and user groups campers may not leave their belongings in a locker.

What if a camper has a pre-existing injury? Camp is a physically demanding and challenging week, and campers should be in good physical condition prior to arrival. Please notify the Director prior to check-in if the injury has happened after the medical forms have been submitted. It is very important that we know any and all medical conditions a camper may have, or special situations that parents feel we should know about. We can substitute exercises or training sets to an extent to fit the situation as long as we are informed in advance, but in some cases, it is better to focus on recovery, and stay home. If a camper cannot participate in the full camp schedule, they should not be at camp. These are handled on a case by case basis. Please help us to help your camper.

What about medications? Medications must be given to the camp athletics trainer at check-in in a zip-loc bag with medication, dosage directions, dosage amounts and times, and parent contact information. If a camper is age appropriate, and responsible enough to self-administer, they may keep it in their room with permission from the Director (depending on type of medication). Inhalers may be brought out on deck during all training sessions..


Will we need to bring linens and toiletries? Anything else? Yes. All campers will need bed linens for an extra-long twin bed as well as a pillow. A sleeping bag also works well. You will also need to send toiletries and two to four towels with your camper. Many campers bring appropriate games, cards, personal music players, snacks, and drinks to make their stay more comfortable. The camp is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please leave expensive and/or sentimental items at home. Camp is not the place for them.

Anything campers cannot bring? Televisions, microwaves, laptops, and excessive amounts of cash are not allowed. Contraband items that have no place at camp: matches, lighters, knives, firearms, alcoholic beverages, rope, razor blades, tobacco products, illegal drugs, candles, fireworks, incense, etc. If it requires a second thought or question about whether it belongs at camp or not - it doesn't! Please contact the camp director with any questions on this.

What about cell phones? Cell phones are permitted at camp, but must stay at the dorm. However, we caution sending them with your camper. If a camper becomes homesick, they can hinder more than help in the camp experience. Many campers will also call home first instead of receiving immediate help from a staff member, which lengthens the response time. Cell phones are ONLY to be used in the campers room, and are not allowed in the main lobby of the dorm, activities, or on walks to/from the pool. The Camp reserves the right to confiscate cell phones from campers who do not follow this policy. If you feel a cell phone may be abused while at camp, please do not send one with your camper.

Will my child be supervised at all times? YES! Every camper is assigned to a group overseen by one to two counselors, and there are also several staff members living on each camp floor. The institution also has its own security staff.  Campers are always supervised at the dorm, walks to/from the pool, all pool, mental training sessions, and in the evenings. Campers are to be in their rooms at 9:30 p.m., with room checks performed at 10:00 p.m. We take the care and supervision of your child very seriously.

What if I lose my room key during camp? There is a $50 fee for a lost key. This can be paid to the Director, or if the camper does not have the money, billed to the parents. If a key is lost, it should be reported right away, as making a new key does take time. There are no refunds for lost keys (even if they are found upon arrival at home - the new one has already been made).

How much spending money should I send with my camper? Most campers bring between $50-100. All meals are provided, but they want to buy an extra snack or buy a souvenir from the camp or university store. Camp provides a bank to hold campers’ money for them during the week. It is open from Noon–1 p.m. during lunch. Any money not used is returned during checkout on Friday. The camp is not responsible for the loss of money not in the camp bank, nor do we police the spending habits of campers.

What is the difference between a double room and a suite? A double room holds two campers, while a suite may have two or three double rooms linked by a living area. top

What about roommate requests? The camp welcomes roommate and suite mate requests, but does not guarantee them. All requests must match and be complete. Roommates/suite mates should not be more than two years apart in age. Rooming assignments are done at least two weeks prior to the session. If in a suite, two people would room together, and the third would take potluck. If not in a suite, every effort will be made to place campers as close together as possible. It is recommended that roommates and suite mates send in their applications at the same time. Don’t wait too long though, as your session may close. Siblings that are more than two years apart and wish to room together are encouraged to try rooming apart as this is part of the camp experience. Requests that do not match will not be honored.

What if a camper gets homesick while at camp? It is completely normal for someone to feel this way especially if it’s their first time away at camp. The most helpful solution is to STAY BUSY during the down time at the dorm. This situation is where a cell phone is not helpful. Hanging out with friends, signing up for activities, etc. helps, but hanging out in the room and doing nothing only intensifies the homesick feeling. We recommend that campers only call home one to two times during the week, as calling home can also intensify the homesick feeling. Counselors can help in this situation, and we encourage the campers, and parents, to make it thru to the end of the week. It is highly recommended that your child have experience being away from home prior to attending camp. We have had kids come to camp a cry when their parents leave and then cry the last day because they don’t want to go home. It’s great to be a mom and dad!