Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illinois University

Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illinois University
Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illinois University

Come join us this summer at the Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illinois University, located just two hours southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, near downtown Carbondale. From Giant City State Park to The Garden of the Gods at Shawnee National Forest the Southern Illinois region is absolutely gorgeous and a great location for camp!

Campers will train each day in the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium, a 10-lane, 50-meter indoor pool featuring two eight lane 25-yard courses. Overnight campers are housed comfortably on the SIU campus in air-conditioned dormitories.  


New in 2017 you also have the option to add the Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic to make your camp experience a 5 night, 6 day camp! Price: $125

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Optional Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic Available
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
  • Fun evening social activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Rick Walker

Rick Walker

Leading instruction is SIU Head Coach Rick Walker. 

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Rick Walker begins his 29th year overall as the Southern Illinois University swimming coach in 2015-16. Walker has earned 13 Coach of the Year honors and is a three-time Eastern Independent Championships Coach of the Year (1993-95), two-time National Independent Championships Coach of the Year (1996, 97), four-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 96, 98, 2002), two-time MVC Invitational Coach of the Year (2004, 05) and two-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 15).

Walker has won eight conference championships in his tenure. He has coached SIU swimmers to 225 individual and relay conference titles. Under his watch, Walker has coached Saluki swimmers to three MVC Swimmer of the Year honors, 187 first-team All-Conference selections and eight Olympic berths. Most recently, Till Pallman was named MAC Swimmer of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

He was named head coach of the Egyptian Olympic swimming team for the 2012 London Olympics. He was a 14-time member of the USA Swimming Olympic Committee and a five-year chairman on the USA Swimming Open Water Committee. He has been on 13 staffs for USA Swimming at World Championships. In 2009, he was honored as the America Continental Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

A former National Junior College Swimmer of the Year and Five Time National Record, Coach Walker’s 1000 free record still stands at Texas A&M. Coach Walker was the USA National Team Head Coach for Distance Swimming for the years 1999-2005. In addition, Rick served as Head Coach of the most successful USA finish at the 1998 World Championships. A member of the USA Olympic Committee, Rick has coached numerous National and Olympic Team swimmers. 

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Jeff Goelz

Jeff Goelz

Coordinating the camp is Jeff Goelz, the former Head Women’s Coach at Southern Illinois University. Goelz, a five-time All American for the Saluki’s, concluded his swimming career by sharing the school record for best times in the 200 free relay and the 200-medley relay.   

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As a coach, he assisted in leading the SIU Men’s team to five consecutive conference crowns and the Women’s team to two conference championships. Jeff has coached numerous events around the world including the US Open Water National Team at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Japan, the Pre-World Championships in Hawaii, and the 2003 World Championship in Barcelona.

Camp Details

This summer, SIU is offering one session of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm). The Nike Swim Camp at SIU Carbondale is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique so they can take the next step to developing into positive, focused, and determined swimmers with the self-confidence to compete at the next level. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve. 


• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Optional Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic 
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap


• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp Hours: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 8AM-9PM, THURS 8AM-12PM
• Optional Starts & Turns Clinic THURS 12-9PM and FRIDAY 8AM-12PM
More Important Camp Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

  • Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday at Mae Smith Hall.
  • Check-out takes place at 12:00pm on Thursday at Mae Smith Hall.

Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2‐per room in Mae Smith Hall and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. After that, the request can't be guaranteed. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: Schnieder Hall
  • Bathrooms: shared
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning: Yes | Dorm has AC - No Fan Needed
  • Suggested spending money: $40
  • Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Activities are an integral part of the total camp experience and we encourage campers to participate in them, although it is not mandatory. Activities and camp items can be purchased at check-in on Sunday.

  • CAMP GROUP PHOTO: $10.00
  • UNDERWATER DVD: $30.00 

Prices subject to change. These activities and items are optional and may be purchased and paid for at camp check-in. Payment must be made by check and/or cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted at camp check-in.


New in 2017 you also have the option to add the Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic to make your camp experience a 5 night, 6 day camp! Price: $125

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.


Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium

The Olympic-sized pool, features a 10-lane, 50-meter long course, and two eight-lane, 25-yard short courses. The pool is also equipped with the latest in aquatic technology including underwater speakers and three viewing windows to record and analyze the athlete's underwater stroke performance.

The Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illinois University is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 meters in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
  • 8:50 am Extended Day Campers arrive, stretch
  • 9:00 am Morning Pool Session
  • 10:00 am Videotaping
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Classroom Session
  • 2:00 pm Afternoon Pool Session/Video Review
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Evening Session/Activity
  • 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Camper Reviews

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Highly Recommend!

Four consecutive years (the camps my daughter has attended), Coach Rick and his staff have conducted a wonderful camp in Carbondale, IL. They create a respectful, fun and educational environment that all level of swimmers can benefit from. I highly recommend their camp.

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Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Very happy!

Our child came home very happy and raved about the quality of the camp and the coaches enthusiasm. He will definitely attend another camp.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

I was nervous about sending my son away to swim camp. Boy - was I wrong. He had a great time training, staying in the dorms, and enjoyed various group evening activities. He really was impressed with Coach Rick and the counselors. He had a great experience, and looks forward to next year.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend!

I would highly recommend SIU Nike Swim Camp. The camp was very well organized. My daughter recevied instruction to help her improve her stroke technique. The coaches and counselors were very motivational.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Very impressed!

My nine year old attended the Nike Swim Camp at Southern Illlinois University. She learned a ton and had an AMAZING time! She will most definitely be returning next year!! I was highly impressed with the coach, the staff, and the camp overall! The DVD was awesome. The coach was incredibly knowledgeable and EXCELLENT with the kids. The camp GREATLY exceeded my expectations!

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

Great experience. My son could not wait to get there each morning. We will definitely be attending next year!

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year!

My 9 year old attended her first Nike Swim camp this year at SIU Carbondale. She had a blast and can't wait for next year. She made many new friends and is still keeping in contact with them. The training was good but the camp setting and extra activities out of the pool was also a fun experience for her. She did make a regional time this year. As a parent I am extremely happy with the experience and the coaches were excellent and knowledgable. Coach Rick and Jeff went out of their way to answer any questions and assist parents with their children and swimming. The staff was also knowledgable regarding local attractions and places parents can visit if staying in the area during the week.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Absolutely loves it!

My son has attended Nike Swim Camp at SIUC for 4 years. He absolutley loves it! My son is not the top swimmer, nor is he the bottom swimmer on his team. He is just a kid who loves the water and loves the sport of swimming. He looks forward every year to camp, and always returns having learned or improved on something. I asked him after this year's camp if he wanted to try a camp somewhere else, and he said "NO WAY!!!" As a parent I have always felt that my swimmer is in a very safe place and is gaining a wonderful experience. We will be back! 

Parent of Southern Illinois Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Very impressed!

My daughter received alot of one to one attention, and was excited to come home and show others what changes she had made in her strokes. She loved the planned activities with the group, and of course the social times are very important to this age group! As a parent, I was very impressed with the video of her swimming, and am encouraging her to watch it again and remember the advise that was given on it.

Kristy H.Southern Illinois Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Wonderful experience!

This was the most wonderful experience that I ever had, I can't wait to go back next year.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Improve your technique.

My daughter has been on a swim team for one year. She was looking to improve in all strokes. She loves the video of her technique and views it often as a reminder of how to improve her strokes. Her swim coach noticed an improvement in all of her strokes immediately after returning home from camp.

Parent of Southern Illinois Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Great camp!

I would definitely send my son again. He received excellent tips/training and had a wonderful time. It was worth every penny!

Parent of Southern Illinois Overnight Camper '14

  • 5/5.
We will be back!

As a parent of a preteen, I was a bit anxious the first time my daughter attended the Nike Camp. It was several hours away from home. Every time I would talk to her, she was so excited about advise she had been given, and how her strokes had been changing due to this. My daughter begins planning "next year" as soon as camp is over! I feel like this is an important step in getting my daughter to that "next level" of competitive swimming. The staff were wonderful, and very welcoming, and willing to listen to any concerns, comments etc. My daughter loved the social times, planned activities and said the food was incredible. Keep up the good work Nike and SIU. We will be back!! 

Parent of Southern Illinois Overnight Camper '13

  • 4/5.
First Time Success

My daughter really loved the camp and this was a first time for her. Many thanks and she will come back next year. She had fun (very important) and her technique and interest increased greatly. 

Parent of Southern Illinois Overnight Campers '13

  • 5/5.
Super Staff

Both of my children really enjoyed the camp. The staff was terrific at teaching them as well as in their supervision and handling of the kids.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Camp runs Sunday afternoon through Thursday at noon. Purchase the Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic for $125 and stay through Friday at noon.
Overnight $515.00
Availability: Wait List

Extended 9:00AM-9:00PM $415.00
Availability: Wait List

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camps. See "Camp Details" above for more specific information.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.