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Hi!  Im 16 years old and for a while now I have been interested in diving.  I have a friend who does it and she has been talking to me about it.  I am just nervous that I will be the oldest, or to old to do it. I don't have much of a gymnastics background but I am on the highschool swim team.  I have always had a hard time with sports because I am so short (only 4'11 1/2").  I think it might be fun as a hobby but I am nervous because of my age
-Beth

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Hi Beth -

You are not too old to start diving but do not wait any longer. Your size could be to your advantage if your weight is proportionate to your height. Diving is easier for shorter people than for someone who is over 6 feet, is your age and new to the sport.

You should plan on attending your friends practices to get an idea about what to expect. Then ask if you can try out a lesson or two to see if you like it. You have nothing to lose so after your high school season is over, go attend some practices with your friend or watch a lesson group that you would be placed in.

Try this website for more info:

www.diving.about.com - Type in 'Lessons' or 'Learn to Dive' in the search box and read some articles about your new sport.

Good luck and get started soon.

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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.

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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.

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

Education/Credentials
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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