Springboard and Platform Diving/Springboard Diving Training


Hi, I'm a teenager and live in Gloucester Township, NJ. My school's swimming and diving program is only winter, so I don't have anywhere to go for spring or summer. Is there anywhere near here that can enroll in spring and summer for springboard diving lessons, dry land training, etc. that isn't too expensive? I'm not exactly a beginner, because I know how to swim and do a front flip and back dive (just not polished and perfect!) Thank you!

Hi Rhianna -

In looking where you live, you are going to find programs in Philly closer to you than other teams in Jersey. There are programs in your state, but they are further south so it looks like teams in PA are the ones to look into. There are teams for kids your age at Drexel and La Salle Universities. I would Google their athletic departments to find out how to get a hold of the diving coaches there. As far as costs go, I do not know how much they charge for new divers. All I can tell you is that club diving in general is not cheap because of the costs of equipment and pool rental that the coach provides.

Here are some websites to go to to help you in you search:

www.usadiving.org. Click on Join USA Diving and then Find A Club. Enter NJ or PA and a list of teams will come up.You may have to join this organization in order to start diving

www.aaudiving.org - Another site to find a team.Info on the home page.You also may have to join this group to start. You will not have to join both organizations (USA Diving/AAU Diving), only one, but I do not know which one they will require.

www.divemeets.com - Click on Find and then Pool. A list of pools will come up that have hosted big meets.Look for ones near you.Pools listed here means there is a coach at these pools with a team. Click on the pools name for more info. Also at Find, click on Teams and a huge list will come up. Click on the teams name under AAU or USA Diving or NCAA teams for more info. You can also click on Coaches and there they are listed alphabetically. For the Drexel coach, click on 'M' and look for Lawrence May.He is a successful coach.

www.diving.about.com - Site that explains the sport. Lots of good articles are found here to help you understand club diving better.

Good luck in your search.

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I can answer any questions pertaining to all levels of springboard and platform diving including : beginner lessons, intermediate, advanced, high school, Junior Olympic, AAU, Masters (Adult), Collegiate and Senior diving. Questions about training, technique, competitions, dryland training including trampoline and dry board.I can answer questions about how to judge/referee diving events.Also questions about how run, direct and administrate all different types of diving meets from novice events through Olympic Trials.I am also available as a consultant and expert witness for legal cases involving diving. I cannot answer questions about swimming (how to dive off a starting block) or SCUBA diving.


3 time U.S. Diving National Team Coach. Coached World, International and National Junior Olympic individual and team champions. Collegiate level experience (Junior College and Division I).Chairman, U. S. Diving Region 10 and Northern California Diving Associations. Professional diving referee, judge and meet director including U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, National Qualifying events and Division I collegiate events including the 2010 Men's NCAA Division I Diving Championships. Head Referee for the Big 12 and ACC Conference Diving Championships.Competition Director for past NCAA Men's Division I Nationals and numerous Pac 10 Conference Championships.In 2010, attended the FINA Junior Olympic World Diving Championships to take the International Judging Certification Class which was successfull completed.

U.S. Diving. AAU Diving. Professional Diving Coaches Association. FINA.

B.S. in Recreation and California Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Aquatics. U.S. Diving Safety Certified Coach.

Awards and Honors
U.S. Diving National Award of Excellence. Northern California Diving Association Coach of the Year. U.S. Diving Region 10 Coach of the Year

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