How old does my son or daughter need to be before taking diving lessons?
Your child must be 5 before they can start taking lessons with the Blue Wave Ripples program. They must also be able to swim on their own and be able to listen to and take instructions.
Why does my child practice beginner dives even after they have learned them?
A dive is performed in 7 tenths of a second so you have less time than it take to say "one Mississippi" to get the dive right in competition. In that amount the diver really only has time to react, so they rely more on muscle memory. The way we teach dives involves a lot of drills, skills and sequential progressions to instill good movement patterns so that when the diver reacts the mechanics are correct. Throughout the year as we focus more on the new skills and a little less on the basic skills those good movement patters break down a little. When that happens, we go back to the basics for a short period of time to reinforce those good movement patterns again.
My child loves diving but is afraid sometimes. What should I say to them?
Every diver in the world deals with fear. Going back to that 7 tenths of a second to get it right, the diver is also hitting the water at 30MPH in some cases. A mistake is painful enough to instill fear into any athlete. Some athletes never get past the fear. Typically the ones that deal with fear the best are the ones that "make it" in the sport of diving. The best you can do for your child is help them manage their fear and make sure they communicate their fears to their coaches. The coach should give them to tools to help manage their fear.
How many Blue Wave divers go on to compete in college or earn scholarships?
There are many opportunities for Blue Wave Divers to receive scholarships. It really depends more on the diver and what they want. Every Blue Wave diver that chose to practice and compete year round that also wanted an athletic scholarship, received one. In 2015 alone 5 of our athletes accepted DI athletic scholarships. There have been others in the past that had offers but chose a path other than DI or DII schools. DI and DII are the only schools that are aloud to offer athletic scholarships.
I don't think my child is doing very well. What should I do?
The number one reason children choose sports is for the "fun" of it! Are they having fun? Do they want to go to practice? If the answer is "yes" to those two things, do nothing. Let them have fun and enjoy the sport. The coaches want their athletes to succeed, we certainly do! We may be trying something new in hopes of a better outcome. Be patient, the skills will come. If the answer is "no" to those two questions, talk to us ASAP so that we can maybe help figure out what's going on.
My child wants to advance to the next level. What should I do?
We would never hold a child back from progressing to the next level. We would also never push them forward until they were ready. The coaches will determine when the athletes are ready to move to the next level. If you would like to know how your child is progressing or you have specific questions about what we're looking for, feel free contact us by phone or email. You may also speak to us before or after practice and we'd be happy to update you.
What if my child loves diving but doesn't want to compete?
We would like every athlete to compete for us but there is absolutely no requirement to do so.
How often are meets? If we join Blue Wave, are we expected to compete in all of them?
We try to attend a meet every other month or so. We encourage our divers to compete but we do not require them to.
What is the difference between diving for a club team and diving for a school team? Can my child do both?
Big difference! Club is year round training and we focus a lot more on proper mechanics, techniques and sequential progressions. High school is 10 - 12 weeks long and a diver has to prepare 11 dives in order to compete in their championship season. For an inexperienced diver, there is no time to learn things correctly so they pick up some awful bad habits. If a diver is experienced and/or has had some club training, there are certainly benefits to being a part of a high school team and representing your school. So, yes, a diver can do both and we allow that but we do recommend some training prior to High School for inexperienced divers.
Are private lessons available?
Absolutely! They are by appointment only and they are $50 per hour. Contact Shawn Austin for details.
Can/Should my child also compete in other sports?
The answer to this comes down to the athlete's goals. If the athlete has picked diving as the sport they want to excel at and potentially be a national caliber athletes or get a college scholarship, I would say playing another sport is probably not the best idea. The risk of injury is high and the time commitment may be to much. If the athlete enjoys diving but has other interests they can certainly make time to do more than one sport and there is not a whole of risk.
Is my child required to wear team suits at meets?
We always encourage our athletes to wear Blue Wave apparel to all meets but we don't require them at local or district competitions. However, we do require team apparel (Warm ups and suits) to AAU and USA Diving Regional, Zone and National competitions.
How do the divers advance to the next level in our program?
Advancing is a very simple process at Blue Wave Diving. Most of our divers begin in our Ripples program. Once our divers have acquired the skills necessary to compete on 1M or 3M springboard at the AAU age group (or FINA) level they may move into our Rogues program.
When are the divers ready for competition?
Competitions are setup to allow for divers to compete after only a few lessons. The skills (depending on age group) required to compete are also the foundations to diving and we start teaching these skills at the diver's first few lessons. Athletes with the required skills and display the work ethic and drive to succeed in this sport will be invited to join Riptide Team. For a list of requirements and example lists click here.
How should I communicate with my with my child's coaches?
For answers to this question and many other questions, check out our parent handbook!
The best time to approach the coach in person is before or after a practice or meet, not during the event. It is helpful to remember that a coach is most likely concerned with long-term goals and may have a different perspective than the parent. Also, remember that a coach is concerned with the best interest of the team, as well as those of your individual child. For immediate questions outside of practice or competition feel free to text or call Shawn at (585) 245-3438. For questions that don't require an immediate response, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where should I sit during practice? Are parents required to stay at the pool during practice?
If you would like to attend your child's practice please have a seat in the bleachers. Parents are not aloud to be on deck with the athletes during practices. Parents are not requires to stay during practices but please be sure to pick up your diver on time. Thank you :)
How safe is the sport of diving? How often do divers hit the board?
When taught by experienced coaches, Springboard Diving is an extremely safe sport! We take our time teaching correct board work and body mechanics to ensure that a diver is safe before trying any new skills. As with any sport there are risks, hitting the board is certainly one of those risks. Most often it's a foot or a hand that makes contact with the board. Injuries like this happen a Blue Wave a couple times per year (to give you a number) but they typically only require a little bandage and then the athlete is "back in the game". We've never had a diving injury worse than that (knock on wood). However, I've been in the sport for 20 years, I've seen a few scary things but rest assured, I've never seen anyone break a bone or even a career ending accident (mentally or physically). I would say that's a pretty good record for a contact sport. ~ Coach Austin
What should my child do the night before a meet and the day of the meet?
I have created a page titled "Details for Peak Performance." This will give the athletes an idea of what they should do to put themselves in the best position to be successful at competitions.