Q and A for Springboard Diving
WHERE DO WE START? Email is our preferred method of communication. Send email to joe@goBAD.com with a requested date for a tryout or evaluation. Leave your name, phone number and the age of your diver. We will get back to you and let you know if there is room available on the date requested or provide an alternate start date. Our phone number is 617-233-4837.
HOW DO I ARRANGE A TRYOUT/EVALUATION? Tryouts are for athletes with previous diving experience or a gymnastics or dance background who are interested in joining the team. To arrange a tryout and evaluation, either call 617-233-4837 or email joe@USAdiver.com and we will arrange a mutually convenient date.
MY CHILD IS AN INJURED GYMNAST; CAN HE OR SHE DIVE? Many former and current gymnasts are switching to diving. Some gymnasts start diving because they have injuries that prevent them from continuing to do gymnastics but do not preclude them from diving. Other gymnasts take up diving once they realize that they can progress further in diving (i.e. qualifying for nationals or receiving college scholarships). For every hundred gymnasts, there are only a handful of divers, and there are many more opportunities to dive in college (every college with a swim team has a diving team).
I THINK MY CHILD HAS POTENTIAL. Arrange an evaluation for your child by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will assess the talent level and physical ability of your child and recommend a program best suited for your child. That recommendation may be lessons or an invitation to join the team; the evaluation may change over time based on your child’s readiness progress.
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING TO LESSONS OR TRYOUTS? The diver should bring a swim suit and towel to practice. There are locker rooms and showers adjacent to the pool.
DO I NEED FORMS? Yes, parents will be asked to fill out and sign a release form prior to their child participating in a lesson or practice. This form is available on this website; you may print it out and bring it to the pool. Divers also need to join AAU diving and purchase a membership with extended benefits ($16).
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT ON SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS? If you are unable to make a particular lesson on a Saturday or Sunday, we may be able to arrange for the diver to train with the team on weeknights during BAD’s regularly scheduled practice. This will be done on a case-by-case basis when necessary to accommodate a diver’s schedule. The fee of this service will be higher than the lesson fee.
WHAT IF I CAN’T GO TO 5 SUNDAYS IN A ROW? You are not required to make consecutive practices, but you must make 5 practices within the 8 practices offered.
MY CHILD HASN’T HAD PRACTICE OR LESSONS FOR A LONG TIME. A lot of divers worry that they won’t be good enough or ready for a practice. Don’t worry, we realize that not everyone has had much opportunity to practice. We have had a lot of experience with young divers over the years and know that they get back into the swing of things quickly, despite feeling nervous or hesitant.
CAN PARENTS STAY AND WATCH? Yes. Parents are welcome to watch. There is a viewing area one floor above the pool at Concord and MIT. We encourage parents to stay off the pool deck.
IS DIVING SAFE? Yes. Supervised diving training is a very safe sport. Most often, “diving accidents” occur when someone is diving in four feet of water or less.
All divers must obtain membership with the AAU which costs $16.00. (Click here) A diver’s membership in AAU includes accident insurance and allows divers to compete in competitions. Memberships are good until Aug. 31st 2018. You may join for three years at a time.This may be done on line. Click Here then choose “Youth Sports” the sport of “Diving”, “Added Benefits”. Our club name is “Boston Area Diving” our club code is “WYW4WW“. You must take the “added benefits.” Please print out a copy of your AAU membership card.
All divers must complete the BAD Release Form by clicking here. Please bring this form to your first lesson.