you get to know the sport of diving there are several opportunities
to learn how to work with your diver, as well as the coaches. The
following is intended to help the NOVICE parent understand the
challenges of the sport from the sidelines.
and platform diving is an individual sport; however, learning to
dive is a team effort. The support of family and team members makes
a difference in building the strength and confidence required to
eventually throw one's body off of a 10 meter platform, and
expecting to rip it for 10's.... or the courage to dive in your
first high school 1 meter competition.
comes from building on experiences (both good and bad), and learning
how to face each new dive with confidence that it can be mastered
with effort and determination.
answer to commonly asked questions by parents:
I watch practice?
parents can watch.
We allow parents to watch practice but due to safety reasons we
encourage parents not to interact with your diver until their
practice period is complete.This
enables the coach and the diver to stay focused.
do we pay Booster Club fees, AAU and SPA fees?
are used to update our facilities, buy new equipment such as
trampolines, dry boards and more.AAU fees andSPA
Fee are ALMOST one-in-the-same. The 2 National Governing
Bodies (NGB) in the United States, the AAU and USDiving, have similar local
associations names for the So. Cal area. The Southern Pacific Assoc.
(SPA) governs, sanctions meets, provides insurance coverage for the
athletes and coaches, and helps local clubs with some monetary
support for equipment and travel, as well as keeping coaches and
athletes in line with standards approved by both NGB's.
do we rotate practice between two pools?
use two pools because we are utilizing public facilities.These pools are property of the city and must share the time
with other water sports offered throughout the year.
we compete in the rain?
we dive in the rain. Though
we have the privilege to practice indoors most of our meets are held
at “outdoor” pools.Since
the divers are already wet.... only the spectators/parents &
coaches suffer during the rain.If the rain is too intense or if windy conditions exist which
affect diving safely, meets will be stopped. NOTE:
If there is lightning, the pool is always closed.
can I get a team suit?
be purchased at Competitive Aquatic Supply (CAS) in Huntington Beach
or download the order form from our Members section.
will my child move from Novice to JO?
to J.O.is not predicated
on time spent at diving but by the ability to execute the required
number of dives for JO for their particular age group.Please talk to your child’s coach for specific guidelines.
can I increase the time spent at diving?
a decision that will be decided collaboratively between the diver,
parent and coach.Coaches
love to see children excited about diving but don’t want them to
burn out.Some children
are ready to increase the time at the pool at a young age where
others are better to keep the time down to a minimal.Talk to your coach for more specific guidelines.
should I expect at a dive meet?
you arrive the diver (and parent) will be asked to confirm all dives
prior to final registration.It
will be important for your diver (and you) to know the dives that
will be executed for that meet.Registration will be done for each board separately,
therefore if you diver is going to dive both 1 and 3 meter you will
register for each board.Parents
will find a location to sit and watch the fun and the diver should
touch base with his/her coach immediately.There are warm up dives early in the morning and practice is
also available prior to each event.After an event takes place the scores and placement of each
diver is done immediately after the event.For example, if your diver is scheduled for 9am event for 1
meter: you will probably arrive around ,
register, practice ,
compete 9am and be at the awards presentation by .This is only an example and times are effected by the number
of divers registered for each event.
should I bring to a dive meet?
dive meets have seating and food available but not all.It is good to talk to other parents that have been to that
location in the past.To
be safe it is always good to bring chairs, about two towels for each
event, warm clothes to change after events, showers are usually
available, sunscreen, food that is familiar and easily digestible
for your diver, leave early for the event, and notify your coach if
you cannot attend the meet.