Springboard and Platform Diving/diving in DC


Hi!  My family will be relocating to the Washington DC area from the West Coast. Looking for year round competitive diving for my children. Ideally at a facility with platforms and springboards, but a minimum for year round would be 1 and 3m springboards. Also looking for a summer dive team, either through a swim club or through a neighborhood pool hoa team/facility. (Prefer both 3m and 1m, but 1m is good too).
Have completed searches on the usa and aau websites and found year round teams in Oakton, Arlington and Alexandria.  Any teams that I am missing in the greater DC/Northern Va area (Maryland in not an option).  Particularly looking for something in Herndon/Reston, Ashburn, Woodbridge/Springfield.  Or any new pools being completed in Northern Va?
Anyway to conduct a search for diving boards/teams in HOA neighborhoods, or country/summer clubs  by area? or park and rec centers?
Any search tool for finding neighborhood/ summer club teams?

You will be moving to a metro area where diving is very large in numbers and has excellent national level coaches so should not have a problem finding a program you like. You may have to drive farther than you want to find the best facilities though. You mention that Maryland is not an option but unfortunately, that is where the best pools are.

The only two facilities I know of that have the best springboards and all the platform heights are found in the Bethesda/Rockville area (Montgomery Aquatic Center) and in Germantown. All the rest of the pools in D.C., North VA and Maryland have only springboards.

Your best place to start is with the Montgomery Dive Club run by Doug Beavers. He is the most experienced coach in that area. Contact him and tell him where you are moving to and what is the closest pool to you. I am sure he will know.

Summer league diving is very big in that area but I do not know much about it. Doug will know I am sure.

Here are ways to find pools and clubs, some of which you know already but a few you may not:

www.usadiving.org - Click on join USA Diving and then Find A Club. Enter Maryland or VA and a list of teams will come up. The only one listed in Maryland is Dougs program.

www.aaudiving.org. -  Harder to navigate to find teams since it lists all sports.

www.divemeets.com - Click on Find and then Pools. The pools are listed by state are ones that host major meets and will have a team. Also click on Teams and huge list of programs will come up. Look first under AAU Diving for teams by state. Click on the teams name for contact info. Scroll way down to USA Diving teams and do the same thing. If your kids want to compete in diving, you will need to become familiar with this site as it is the most popular in the US for registering for events.

www.swimmersguide.com. - Easy to use website that identifies pools world wide. Just enter the info and look for pools in your neighborhood. It will say if the pool has diving boards or not. This site is mainly for people looking for pools to do lap swimming and not for diving programs but is a good source for finding a pool near you.

If you start with Doug Beavers for information, I am sure he will send you in the right direction.

Good luck in your search. Hope all this helps.

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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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