Thank you for making this first season so easy for us. It can be a little intimidating at first, but you’re always so gracious. You guys really have built a wonderful place and we are so happy to be a part of it!

- Flute Family

Cleveland Sports Institute:  We Build Athletes

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Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Thank you for checking out the CSI Swim Team.  Swimming is a sport for all and it's a sport for life, whether you are 1 or 101 years old.  There are countless benefits of swimming, including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to treat success and failure as two sides of the same coin, while becoming healthy and physically fit, getting fast, meeting friends and having fun. Swimming also makes you smarter, as swim team kids perform better in school!

CSI’s training philosophy is quite simple, yet surprisingly rare in the sport of swimming: CSI Builds Athletes. Our unique commitment to prioritizing athletic development has resulted in the development of state and national champion swimmers. This approach to training has proven to provide our swimmers an athletic foundation in which specific swimming skills can be greatly maximized. Sadly, most sports in the US, including swimming, tend to focus mostly on swimming skills. This short-term success model of developing an over-skilled, under-athletic swimmer leads to minimal long-term success in the sport of swimming while increasing the risk of overuse injuries and emotional burnout.

While some organizations have begun to understand that skill development should follow athletic development, few teams are truly doing anything to reverse this trend. CSI is clearly the exception. CSI Swimming has invested in coaches that are trained and committed to athletic development.  The training takes place on-site, in our state of the art Sports Performance, strength training facility.  “We Build Athletes” is more than a slogan; it is a lifestyle for our entire CSI family.

Our coaching staff has grown and developed many great athletes and state and national champions.  We are excited to continue that tradition in the coming year.  I look forward to working with you to help you and your swimmer reach their peak potential.  



John S. Collis III, Ph.D. CSCS

CSI Swimming Head Coach



Team Mission:  CSI Swimming is a competitive swim club whose mission is to teach children and young adults hard work, dedication and sportsmanship through a positive, supportive yet highly competitive team environment.

Team Vision Cleveland Swim Institute will help our athletes strive for excellence while also learning the importance of setting up proper fundamentals to ensure long-term success.  Beyond being a premier competitive swimming establishment, we will also be an organization that will prepare our athletes for life beyond the pool and serves the greater Cleveland community.

The Cleveland Swim Institute is dedicated to maintaining a culture of ownership, leadership, and team unity that can be seen across all areas of the program.  The club is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment for athletes.  We thrive on openness and transparency in all team operations and will ask our members to embrace this philosophy as well.  

CSI is a competitive swim program. Therefore, we expect a high level of commitment from our athletes and families.  Our staff believes that success both academically and athletically is achievable and we are dedicated to helping athletes excel in both areas. 



  • CSI coaches will clearly present the standards and requirements for workouts/training sets for athletes to see.

  • Our coaches are committed to creating the most effective training programs in an environment where both the coach and athlete will work together and have ownership in the process.

  • Our swimmers will not just swim with their bodies, but more importantly their minds.

    • Our swimmers will display ownership of their swimming by having the integrity to do all tasks and skills asked of them as described, or by asking for further explanation.

    • CSI swimmers will show that they are dedicated to the details and the process from the time they walk in the door to the time they leave.

  • Our swimmers will have exemplary time management skills that will allow them to be successful outside of swimming as well as in practice.



  • Our swimmers will display respect towards all teammates, coaches, parents, competition, officials, and aquatics staff.

  • Our swimmers will actively take on partnership roles with other athletes on the team by mentoring, teaching, and supporting.

  • Our coaches will always display a high level of professionalism, communication, and dedication.  We will act as leaders within the team and the community.  

  • Our coaches will take on leadership roles within the team, the Local Swim Committee and USA Swimming.



  • Swimmers will proudly represent the Cleveland Swim Institute by wearing team gear and team caps when at practice and competitions

  • Our coaches are open to discussing any aspect of our training plans/club procedures with parents, except during practice and/or competitions.

  • Our coaches will always wear appropriate coaching attire, or team-issued gear.

  • Our parents will support the integrity of the program by handling all situations in a professional manner directly with the staff.