SSDC practices are 1.5 to 2 hours, with 30 minutes of conditioning before each class.
Most of our divers start out with one practice per week, and progress to multiple practices, depending upon their level of commitment, drive, ability, and coach approval. SSDC coaches are highly trained professionals who use hand spotting and a TiVo video recording systems to help divers perfect the fundamentals and nuances of a dive. Most importantly, our coaches are focused on the safety and development of your diver.
REEVISION Trampoline Training is conducted at the University Sports Complex in Hanover. We call it REEVISION? We call it REEVISION with two "e's" because the word revision is another word that means and needs correction. It is a reminder to all the divers that train, in diving, that we all have something we can work on and that can, and should, be corrected.
SSDC has trained harness and rope spotters the "PULL" divers on the ropes over the trampoline in an effort to learn new dives or to perfect existing ones. When working on the trampoline, each session is 20 minutes with set up and having just one session is as effective as having 6 practices in one training!
Each year SSDC holds an intensive training program at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex in Coral Springs, FL. This program is offered to anyone who wants to learn high-level techniques, utilize state-of-the-art equipment and gain advanced instruction from some of diving’s best coaches. In past years we've host 5 time Olympic Coach, Dick Kimball and Allan Spreen, 1996 Olympic Diving Coach to Melissa Moses.
Every year this is an exhilarating, exhausting, incredible experience that our divers will remember for a lifetime. Divers who participate have told us again, and again, how RIPDIVE Training was a turning point in their 'diving' lives.
SSDC will continue its pre-nationals dive training trip in 2018 with hard work and fun in beautiful Coral Springs, Florida. RIPDIVE will be at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex from June 25th to 28th, 2018, divers will challenge themselves on the 1 and 3-meter boards, and 3, 5, 7, and 10-meter platforms. With will have a guest coach attend and in past years we've had Tomahawk Diving Coach, John Lynch and in previous years we've had Olympic Diving Coaches Allan Spreen and Dick Kimball attend. The 2018 RIPDIVE looks to be the most challenging and rewarding RIPDIVE yet! We all can't wait for 2018!!!!
Once a NOVICE diver has developed the skills, ability and self-confidence, they can move into our competitive program. Depending on their own abilities and goals, they can dive in local, regional and even qualify for national diving events. Team membership starts right away, but to be competitive, divers will need to practice at least 3 times per week and up to 5 days for some of our National divers.
Like any sport there are turning points in divers’ careers when they find themselves ready to spend more time training and take on the increased physical and mental demands of higher levels of competition. This team is made up of divers who have made that commitment, competed in National Diving Championships, as well as ambitious divers who have their sights set on future goals, including achieving a top ranking at Diving Nationals and/or want to dive in college.
We think diving is just about the perfect sport. Yes, it’s hard work, but it’s fun, with a big payout.
All that, AND it’s awfully fun to move that board, float through the air, and execute that perfect dive!
Many parents express concern about the safety of diving. However, for an athlete who is properly trained by a safety certified coach, diving is an extremely safe sport.
“Diving Safety, A Position Paper” published by United States Diving reports on a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which found that there were fewer accidents related to diving and diving boards than to golf, bowling or bleachers. A study conducted by the National Spinal Cord Injury Data Research Center found that half of all diving injuries occurred in rivers, lakes and oceans and that most diving injuries “result from horseplay and injudicious behavior.”
As former Olympic Coach Ron O’Brien has explained: "The sport of diving has suffered a poor image through association with accidents involving a dive into water, but having no connection to the sport of diving itself."These accidents occur in the shallow end of the pool, not the deep end, and they usually involve people who are not divers, have received little instruction and whose activities are not properly supervised."
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was formed in 1888 to serve as a forum for athletic competition among young men and women. The AAU is the largest nonprofit, volunteer-based, sports organization in the United States. It supports over 500,000 athletes in 34 sports on the local, regional, and national level with more than 250 national championships. It was designed for all who share a passion for athletics. The AAU has helped to mold and shape our young athletes to become faster, stronger, and smarter. There are currently 17,000 AAU Diving members.
USA Diving, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the U.S.Olympic Committee as the sport’s national governing body. USA Diving teams range from Junior Divers to the National Team and the US Olympic Team. USA Diving conducts meets each dive season that culminate in USA Diving Nationals. To learn more, visit www.usadiving.org.
DD stands for degree of difficulty.
Each dive has an assigned DD. DD goes up with the difficulty of a dive. For example, a 103C (forward 1 1/2 tuck) has a DD of 1.6. If it's done in a pike position (103B), the DD is 1.7. At diving competitions, the DD is multiplied by the scores the judges award the diver for the dive. These numbers are added up to determine the diver's final score in the competition.
Click here for DD Table
Competition levels are divided into the following age groups:
9 & under,
10 to 11,
12 to 13,
14 to 15,
and 16 to 18.
A diver's 'age' is determined by the actual age of the diver on or before December 31st of the current year. For example: If a diver is 11, but will turn 12 by December 31st - that diver will dive in the 12 to 13 age group.