Mark Bernardino

Coach Bernardino

Virginia Swim Camps

Retired Swim Coach
University of Virginia

  • 40th Year Directing Virginia Swim Camps
  • Coached nationally prominent University of Virginia men's and women's teams 1978-2013
  • Coach of five 2012 Olympians, including Gold Medalists Matt McClean Lauren Purdue and Coach of four 2000 Olympians including Gold and Silver Medalist Ed Moses.
  • 31-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year
  • Has coached over 100 NCAA All-Americans
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Camp Dates

Session I - June 15 - June 19, 2014 - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Session II - June 22 - June 26, 2014 - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Session III - June 29 - July 3, 2014 - FILLED TO CAPACITY

at Fork Union Military Academy

All Sessions have filled to capacity. We have established wait lists for all sessions. To be placed on the wait list for any session, please call (434) 964-1235

Dear Swimmer:

Join us for an exciting experience at the Virginia Swim Camp. It's educational, it's fun, it's spirited, and it's rewarding! We eagerly look forward to hosting hundreds of swimmers from across the nation at our new site, Fork Union Military Academy, in Fork Union, VA.

The coaches of the Virginia Swim Camp will continue to provide the most innovative and contemporary swimming experience possible. Session enrollment will be limited to ensure quality instruction with small coach-to-swimmer ratio.

Our staff is truly unique in its qualification and commitment to young men and women. Our coaches are proven professionals, each of whom possess the ability to teach, to demonstrate, and to positively motivate swimmers of all ages. While each staff member brings skills unique to his or her personality, all eagerly look forward to teaching, educating, and guiding the swimmer in his or her development as a person and athlete. Any success experienced by a swimmer is a very special moment for our staff.

During each week of camp, a pronounced emphasis will be placed on stroke, start and turn techniques, and mechanics. Daily video sessions with immediate playback will serve as an invaluable aid in diagnosing and dissecting each stroke. Further, an explanation of the scientific principles involved with swimming, strength training, nutrition, and physiology will be offered in seminar discussions. We will try to leave no stone unturned. We want to offer the best, most complete and comprehensive swimming experience available anywhere.

Our camp includes among its graduates five Olympic Gold Medal winners including 2012 Olympians, Matt McLean and Charlie Houchin. Additionally, multiple NCAA champions, numerous NCAA and High School All-Americans, and several world record holders have attended the Virginia Swim Camp. We hope to again enjoy the pleasure of special visits with former Olympians or USA National Team members.

Don't miss out on this great experience. Expand the limits of your abilities, have lots of fun and enjoy making new friends. Remember, all sessions fill to capacity, so please submit your applications and payment as soon as possible. Wishing you fast swims and fun times!


Mark Bernardino
Camp Director