Springboard and Platform Diving/Beginner to Diving


My daughter is 12 years old and wishes to learn how to dive. I am having difficulty finding schools where she can learn how to dive. Where can I find a list of schools/centers/organizations wherein she can learn how to dive. I am in the San Francisco bay area.

Thanks in advance.

You live in a metro area where diving is very popular, quite large and has excellent programs. You should have no problem finding one but may have to drive out of your home town to get to one.

Go to www.usadiving.org. Click on Join USA Diving (there will be no fee involved to look for a team). Click on Find A Club. At the next page there is a short paragraph that ends in the word "here". Click on that word and it will take you to a page where you just enter CA on the drop down menu.

A large list of teams will come up that all offer lessons. In the north bay, there is Napa Valley and SOMA. In the south bay there is Stanford Diving and Santa Clara Diving. In the east bay there is All Valley Divers, Sherman Divers and the Cal Diving club.

I am sure you will find something she likes. I would act now as lesson fills up quickly in the upcoming months.

Go to www.diving.about.com and in the search box, enter 'lessons' or 'learn to dive'. Have her read articles about diving so she knows what to expect.

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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