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Good afternoon.  My son just finished his first year of diving for the East Lyme HS swim/dive team and it was great experience.  He currently goes to the pool twice a week at night to train with a former high school diver turned coach but we need more board time.  Are there any programs you know of locally in South Eastern Ct?  I heard Wessleyan in Middletown and Trinity in Hartford might have some programs.  Looking for something closer, perhaps Connecticut College in New London.  Please let me know.  Kevin Sullivan

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Kevin -

Since I have never been to your state, I am unfamiliar with what programs are closest to you. Here are some websites to go to and find a team that suits your son geographically:

www.usadiving.org - Click on Join USA Diving and then Find A Club. Enter CT and a list of teams will come up.

www.aaudiving.org - This is another national governing body for diving where you can find a team but it is a little harder to navigate. He may have to become a member of AAU in order to dive for a new program.

www.divemeets.com - Click on Find and then Teams. A very long list come up. Under AAU Diving, scroll down looking at the third column for teams in CT. Click on the teams name for contact info. Scroll down farther to find teams under USA Diving. Also at this site under Find, click on Pools. Look for pools in CT. Click on the Pools name for location. This means that the pool hosted a big meet and most likely has a diving program.

www.swimmersguide.com - Navigate your way to finding pools near you with diving boards.

You might also consider having him go to a summer camp for diving. Good ones are found at the University of Indiana (Bloomington), University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and University of Texas (Austin).

Good luck. I am sure you will find a team he likes.

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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.

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

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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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