FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


New to Diving

Q: My child wants to try diving, but we are just starting and I have no idea what to do next.

Montgomery Dive Club is a registered AAU and USA Diving program. We run four sessions of diving classes each year - Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. These diving sessions start in mid September, late November, early March and mid June. About a month before the session begins, the online registration for the upcoming session opens. See the checklist below directions on how to navigate that process. Click HERE to see our Google Calendar for registration class start and class end dates.

Kids who are brand new to the sport will start out in one of the following four classes: Human Springs Level One, Human Springs Level Two, High School, or Homeschool Diving. Mostly it depends on how old the child is, and also if you are homeschooling.

  • Download the “Class List & Codes” for the upcoming session from the front page

  • Select the classes that meet your child’s ability and fit your schedule

  • Go to http://activemontgomery.org/

  • Type the code number for the classes you want into the front page search field

  • Follow the prompts on the ActiveMontgomery site to register

  • Return to www.montgomerydiveclub.org

  • Go to the Team Fees page

  • Pay the team fee for the session


Choosing the Right Class

Q: My child is a beginner. Should I pick Human Springs Level One or Two?

A: Human Springs Lessons are 45-minute classes recommended for beginners who are comfortable in deep water and can dive in head first from the side of the pool or the one-meter board. If your child is not comfortable swimming in deep water or cannot dive in head first from the side, we recommend you start with swimming lessons.

Human Springs Team is recommended for: most kids with an interest in diving, willingness to learn, who are ready to practice for more than 45 minutes at a time. These classes are a perfect fit for summer league or country club divers. Also appropriate for kids with background in gymnastics, trampoline, dance or tumbling. Start with Level Two classes. Once the diver has learned an inward dive and a front 1 1/2  you can sign up for Level Three next session.

 

Q: My child just completed a session of Level One - do we move up to level Two now?

A: We find that most kids spend two or three sessions in Level One. These basic skills are so important, and young kids tend to get cold during 90 minute classes, and that makes them unhappy. Use Google Document HERE to Check with your coach.  

 

Q: What level or class should I pick?

Level One
For beginner divers age 6-10. These 45-minute classes focus on the fundamental skills of our sport in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Classes will use tumbling mats, 1-meter, 3-meter, mats into the water, and skills from the side of the pool. Participants must be comfortable swimming in deep water without goggles.

 

Level Two
For beginner divers age 10-18. These 90-minute classes are for beginner to advanced beginner divers. Classes focus on teaching basic skills and basic dives on 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. Participants must be comfortable swimming in deep water without goggles. Participants must be able to dive in head first from the side into deep water.  

 

Level Three
For intermediate - advanced divers age 10-18. Must at minimum be able to perform front 11/2 somersault tuck and inward dive tuck from the 1-meter board. Divers will learn skills and dives from the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. Skills will also be taught on the side of the pool, dryland, low platforms, and mini-trampoline as appropriate.

 

High School
For beginner - advanced divers age 13-18. Will focus on one-meter springboard, but will also use mini-trampoline, platform and 3-meter springboard as needed for drills.

 

Homeschool
For beginner - advanced divers age 6-18. Divers will learn skills and dives from the 1-meter, 3-meter springboard. Skills will also be taught on the side of the pool, dryland, low platforms, and mini-trampoline as appropriate.


AAU National Development

By invitation only. This training group is for high potential divers age 8-12 who are interested in diving on the AAU or USAD National Team in the future. They train for 90 minutes a week at MLK in Silver Spring, as well as 90 minutes a week in the Dryland Training Center in Rockville.  

 

AAU National Team

By invitation only. This training group is for high potential divers age 13-18 who are wish to         compete in AAU Competitions around the region. This is an excellent way to build a list of dives for collegiate diving. AAU National Team trains for 6 hours a week at MLK in Silver Spring.


USAD National Development

By invitation only. This training group is for exceptionally high potential divers age 8-12 who are     interested in becoming elite competitive divers in the future. They train for 8 hours a week at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center in Rockville.  

    

USAD National Team

By invitation only. This training group is for exceptionally high potential divers age 8-12 who have demonstrated the aptitude and commitment to compete at a National level in USA Diving. USAD NT members train for up to 18 hours a week at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center in Rockville.


Q: How do divers get promoted to “invitation only” programs?

A: From time to time we have openings in our invitation only programs. Our National Team coaches are constantly observing Human Springs classes for potential competitive diving talent and talking with our developmental coaches about how to best develop these skills. We will contact families when we have openings and talented, coachable athletes are identified. If you would like, you can send video of yourself diving to any one of our National Team Coaches for review.


What will they do at Practice?

Q: What skills will be taught in Human Springs Team?

A: In the interest of safety, all divers must demonstrate competence with fundamental skills such as jumps, dryland modeling and line-up dives. Diving is a sport where complex skills are built on top of simpler skills. A diver successfully performing a front 3 1/2 somersault from 10-meter is the culmination of years of repetitive training, and the dive itself is essentially the final assembly of tens or perhaps hundreds of simple skills. We stand not the end of the board and fall in the water over and over and over. All the while we are refining the details, honing the components. Successful divers focus on improving the simplest forms and pieces of a dive. Experienced divers understand that this is the only way to master any dive. Focus on a component, improve that element until you don't know how to do it any other way,  and begin with front, back inward and reverse dive tuck from one-meter and three meter springboard and move on through a systematic progression to more advanced skills as they improve their technique. All skills are presented as developmentally appropriate depending upon skill and willingness of participants.  All divers work their way through the a standardized progression designed MDC and USA Diving to challenge divers to continually improve and push themselves.

 

Q: What skills will be taught in High School Diving

A: High School divers focus on one-meter springboard, but occasionally use three-meter springboard and platform as training aids.

All divers work their way through the Human Springs Progression System, a 12 level progression designed to challenge divers to continually improve and push themselves. As diver reach various milestones they are rewarded with certificates in recognition of their accomplishments.  

 

Q:  My kid is doing nothing but front jumps, back jumps and fall-in dives - When is she going to do fancy dives?

A: In order to safely enjoy the sport of diving, certain fundamental skills must be taught to beginning divers. Even as those divers improve and excel, they continue to revisit and refine those basic skills. Jumps and basic entries are critical to learning more complex skills, and every diver must demonstrate competence in this area before they can move on to more advanced skills. The better you learn your jumps and entries, the better those harder dives will be later!

 

Q: What if I need to miss practice?

A: We try to be accommodating when it comes to changes in schedule. Contact your coach in advance of missing a practice and we will try to coordinate a make-up.  You can find your coach’s email address HERE.


How to Register

General Info:

We run four sessions of diving classes each year - Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. These diving sessions start in mid September, late November, early March and mid June. About a month before the session begins, the online registration for the upcoming session opens. See the checklists below for directions on how to navigate that process.

Registering for our Dryland Diving Classes is separate and different from our In-Water Diving Classes. We make sure that the online registration date is the same for both to reduce confusion. In-Water Registration generally opens around 6:30 am. Email reservations for Dryland Classes begins at 9 am the same day.

 

In-Water Registration Steps:

  • Download the “Class List & Codes” for the upcoming session from the front page

  • Select the classes that meet your child’s ability and fit your schedule

  • Go to http://activemontgomery.org/  

  • Type the code number for the classes you want into the front page search field

  • Follow the prompts on the ActiveMontgomery site to register

  • Return to www.montgomerydiveclub.org

  • Go to the Team Fees page

  • Pay the team fee for the session

 

Dryland Registration Steps:


Communication

Q: How do I find out what’s going on?

We do the majority of our communication via an online newsletter. The newsletter is sent to all subscribers on or about the 15th of each month. We have a Facebook page, where we generally post fun stuff -  interesting articles, photos and links. Our Twitter Account is @MDC_Tweets, and our Instagram is MDCDiving.

 

Q: How do I sign up for the team newsletter?

In the middle of each month we send out our MDC Newsletter. The newsletter keeps you up to date on schedule changes, upcoming special events, and new developments. The newsletter is the primary way that the coaching staff keeps in touch with you. Please sign up. Go to http://montgomerydiveclub.org and click Newsletter in the top menu. Then input your email address.

 

Q: Is there an MDC calendar I can access that would show me events and schedule changes?

Yes - you can access our Google Calendar HERE.

 

Q: Should I have gotten a welcome packet or something?

Go to www.montgomerydiveclub.org to get a Welcome Packet. LINK

 

Q: It’s snowing - how do I know if practice is canceled?

A: Check the team Web site, www.montgomerydiveclub.org. We will also post on Facebook, Twitter and Email Newsletter Update. We will strive to make any class cancellation decisions by noon that day, but weather is unpredictable.


How do I contact a coach?

Access MDC Coach E-mail list HERE.


Dryland Diving Classes

Q: What are the dryland diving classes all about?

A: These classes are held at the MDC Dryland Training Center, which sits on the same property as the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville. We use trampoline, tumbling mats, and dry diving boards to train critical take off and somersaulting skills. Our Dryland Diving Coaches are experienced trampoline and diving instructors who strive to make these classes fun and challenging.


Fall, Winter and Spring Session Class Times, Fees & Descriptions:

Our 90-minute class is tailored for divers 11& older, with more emphasis on strength, conditioning, and flexibility required for our sport. Our older divers love the format - it is challenging and lots of fun. Our 60-minute class is completely focused on our 10 & younger divers.

Watch a Video about the MDC Dryland Center

 

10 & Under Group

  • 60-minute class designed for divers aged 10 & younger

  • Essential tumbling, trampoline and dry diving board skills

  • Saturday 9-10 am, or Sunday 1 - 2 pm

  • Cost for the session will be $200

 

11 & Up Group

  • 90-minute class for diver’s aged 11 & older

  • Work on trampoline, tumbling, dry-board, strength and flexibility skills

  • Saturdays from 10-11:30, and on Sundays from 2 - 3:30 pm  

  • Cost for the session will be $300

 

Q: If we are taking an in-water class are we also required to take a dryland class as well?

No. Our Dryland Diving Classes are highly recommended, but optional.

 

Q: How do I sign up for dryland classes?

Click HERE to access the How To Register Page

 

Q: Do you offer financial aid?

Montgomery County Recreation Department does offer Financial Aid - go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/how/financial.html


Diving Meets

Q: My kid just started - should we even be in this meet?

A: Human Springs: Yes - most kids will be fine to at least participate in the 1-meter event at any of our end of session meets. National Team: consult with your coach.

 

Q: Do we have to go to every meet?

A: All meets are optional for Human Springs, but we encourage you to join us. These meets offer a great opportunity for the kids to show their stuff and make new friends. National Team: Some meets are required. Consult your coach.

 

Q: What dives should my kid do in the meet?

A: For most kids the simplest list of dives to use our End of Session Meets is:

  • Front jump straight (100A)

  • Front jump tuck (100C)

  • Back jump straight (200A)

  • Back jump tuck (200C)

  • Front lineup pike (001B)

 

Other dives we hope the competitors will demonstrate if they have learned them:

  • Front dive tuck (101C)

  • Back line-up straight (002A)

  • Inward dive tuck (401C)

  • Back dive tuck (201C)

  • Front somersault full twist (5122D)

  • Front 11/2 somersault tuck (103C)


Consult your coach by using the coach contact document HERE

Q: How do I sign up for the End of Session Meet?

A: Go to www.MDCBoosters.org one week before the Autumn Invite, Spring Smash or Frosty Flip meet.

Pay the discounted online registration rate (secure payment via PayPal)

Input your dive list - you may want to consult with your coach about what dives are suitable.

 

Q: How long will the End of Session meet take?

A: End of Session Meets such as the Autumn Invite, Frosty Flip and Spring Smash start at 7 am. We are usually completely finished no later than 1 pm.

 

Q: Should I bring anything special to the meet?

A: Mostly the same stuff you would bring to practice. If you want to get an MDC swimsuit you can. Bring a towel, a healthy snack, and something to do during down-time, such as cards or music.

 

Q: Do we need a team suit for the meet?

A: Team Suits are recommended but not required. You can get the MDC suit at Aardvark Swim and Sport in Rockville.

 

Q: How much travel will we do for meets?

A: We have varying degrees of travel commitment for each group in our program. All of our Human Springs compete here at home (Germantown, Rockville or Silver Spring). Keep an eye on our email newsletters HERE - if we see nearby opportunities for extra meets we will let you know. All of these meets are optional.

 

AAU National Team divers compete regionally, traveling to meets in New Jersey and Virginia each year. Some of these meets are required.

 

Masters Divers compete regionally, nationally and some even Internationally. All of these meets are optional.

 

USA Diving National Team divers travel extensively. Locations vary annually. Highly competitive divers may travel internationally. Some of these meets are required.

 

Q: Do we have to buy the team outfitting?

A: Human Springs do not have to buy team outfitting. You can contact Aardvark Swim and sport to purchase the current Human Springs Team suit - they can even put the MDC logo on it if you like!

 

Q: Will I have to dive 3-meter and platform?

A: We teach diving from the one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and platform as part of our curriculum in Human Springs and Masters. High School is more focused on the 1-meter but does perform critical drills and skills from 3-meter and platform.   

 

Q: Are parents expected to volunteer?

A: We host several competitions a year. These events are critical as they help to pay for coach travel, new equipment and insurance expenses. Hosting a meet is a large undertaking, and it requires the coordinated efforts of all MDC families. Parents of all divers are encouraged to donate a few hours to each meet. National Team Divers are required to provide 6 hours of support. Aside from helping out the organization, you’ll get an inside look at how these events are run, and you’ll likely get the best seat in the house for the competition.


BOOSTER CLUB

Q: Should I join the MDC Boosters?

A: MDC Boosters is a 501C3 Non-profit organization based in Montgomery County. The organization is made up of local diving parents and volunteers. Their mission is to advance amateur diving in Montgomery County Maryland, and they have been very generous in their support of the athletes and coaching staff at Montgomery Dive Club. While it is not required, we strongly recommend that you join the MDC Boosters. Much of the equipment we use for training was paid for in part by the Boosters. They are instrumental in the success of our athletes, and we think they deserve your time and support.

 

Q: How do I join the MDC Boosters?

A: Contact Shelby.Bidwell@gmail.com. She’s our current Booster Board President.


My child is bored/terrified/confused/upset…

Q: I think my child is ready to do more difficult dives. Will you teach them to her?

A: The coaching staff has a wealth of experience to draw from. We will move each diver to the next stage of a skill at his or her own speed. We like to know that kids and parents are interested in trying new things, but we may choose to slow development in certain areas for the long-term benefit of the diver. Please talk to your coach.  You can find your coach’s email address HERE.

 

Q: I can’t get my kid to come to practice – what do I do?

A: If your diver is reluctant to come to practice, please talk to your coach or contact the program director at MDCBeavers@gmail.com.  You can find your coach’s email address HERE.  With adequate communication we can generally work these things out.

 

Q: My child is terrified of a dive – what do I do?

A: Diving can be stressful at times, especially when kids are dealing with new or difficult dives. If your child seems unusually anxious about diving, please contact his or her coach or the program director at MDCBeavers@gmail.com.  You can find your coach’s email address HERE

 

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