Boston Area Diving, New England’s Most Successful Diving Program

About Us

Boston Area Diving also known as "BAD" was established in 1979 and has produced more State and National champions than any other springboard diving program in New England. We provide an upbeat, positive and accelerated learning opportunity for young divers, whether they are just beginning or have Olympic aspirations. We offer lessons and team to divers age 5-18.

Diving Lessons are a great place to start for beginners, for those who don't want to commit to the team, and especially for high school divers who want learn a few new dives. This year, lessons will be held at the Beede Center in Concord, and MIT in Cambridge.

BAD Team Members receive excellent training from national level coaches. Divers learn solid basic skills to build upon throughout their diving career. Team members train between one and four times per week, depending on their age and skill level. All BAD team members will compete in AAU ad USA Diving sanctioned meets held throughout New England (primarily in Massachusetts and Connecticut). As divers progress, they will be invited to attend other competitions throughout the northeast and on the National level, including regional and national championships hosted by United States Diving. Last season, team members competed in meets from Florida to Montreal.

During the school year, our Diving Practices are held at the Beede Center in Concord and MIT in Cambridge. Check out the practice schedule anddirections for more information. We have an open practice policy - in other words, divers do not have to commit to particular days, but may adjust those days as their own schedules require. During the summer months, practices are at the Beede Center and intensive-level training camps in Florida and other locations.

Key Features

  • College-Level Coaches (or better)
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Lessons for Divers of all Levels
  • Three Locations
  • National and International Competitions
  • A Future and College Diving

At Boston area diving you can start lessons anytime. Our program is nationally recognized, With many of our divers leaving to become top College divers.

State & National Level Champions

Team History

BAD has a proud Team History, as one of the most dominant New England Junior Team for the past three decades - amassing many New England Championship titles. Members of the team regularly qualify for the AAU Nationals and U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, and several have gone on to compete internationally. BAD Divers have great success getting into and diving in college.

The BAD Coaches

The BAD coaches Joe Chirico and Jim Brainerd, each have at least 30 years of age group and college coaching experience. In addition to their time on the deck, both Joe and Jim have received the following training and certifications: United States Diving Safety Certification, First Aid, Deep Water Rescue and Back Board Safety Training, and CPR. All coaches are coach members of AAU ( Amateur Athletic Union) Joe is also an EMT.

Our Website

Our Website,, is designed to help parents and divers understand what our diving program is all about and it contains everything you need to know about the team: news, program descriptions, practice and meet schedules, rules and regulations and lots of useful articles. We will update it regularly with schedule changes, meet entry information, results, team photos and articles of interest.