Frequently Asked Questions

Team Registration

Q1. I want to join Elite Diving, how do I register?


To sign up, please complete the following documents: Release and Registration forms. Please bring these completed forms and the first month’s payment for the first practice you’d like to attend. If you are planning to come to practice, please notify the coaching staff by email divingelite@gmail.com.

Q2. Can I join the Elite Diving in the middle of a month?


Yes! Please contact Coach Kim for prorated rates. However, If you plan on taking a break from diving with Elite Diving, it is best to wait until the end of a month since monthly fees are paid at the beginning of each month.

Q3. Does Elite Diving offer a trial Class?


These things can possibly be arranged however; it would be at coaches’ discretion. All athletes must be registered with AAU Diving and provide the registration and waiver form before being allowed on to the equipment or in the water.

Q4. Can we make up a missed class?


Since all programs run off of a frequency schedule, any missed classes during the month should not to be carried over into the next month. If you miss class, you can ask to attend an additional class or stay longer during a practice session. If you plan to attend a different class or wish to stay longer, please notify Coach Kim.

Q5. Do I have to register for AAU? Why?


Every participant must have a current AAU Membership number on file. This is the only way we can provide the insurance coverage for the athletes.

Q6. Do we have to buy the team outfitting?


We ask that every travel team diver purchase a suit, backpack, and team sweats. We recommend that you also purchase a t-shirt and shorts. Divers attending meets are required to wear team outfitting on the award stand. The cost of the outfitting is generally around $300. Please visit our team site for team outfitting, www.swimoutlet.com/elite_diving.

How to be prepared

Q1. What does my child need to become a diver?


The key items needed for any of our program levels are: ability to swim comfortably in deep water, ability to dive in head first from the side of the pool and a willingness to try new things.

Q2. What should I bring to practice?


Bring a swimsuit, a dry towel, hair ties if you have long hair and a swim cap if you like. A swimsuit for girls can be found at any local sporting goods store; please be sure to buy/use a one-piece swimsuit. For boys, a speedo brief is highly recommended. Many divers use a small towel called a sammy to dry off. Goggles are not allowed during diving practice.

Q3. Which program is right for my child?


In order to help your athlete get the most enjoyment out of their diving experience, it is important that the coaching staff knows their goals to ensure the athlete is signing up for a program best suited to achieve their goals. Please review the ‘Program Levels’ for additional details about the different program options.

Parent Involvement

Q1. Can parents be on the pool deck?


Parents are allowed on deck during practice, however it is very important to leave the coaching of the athletes to the coaches. Interfering with your athlete’s practice session can result in being asked to leave by the coaching staff.

Q2. My child is so scared of a dive that s/he doesn't want to go to practice. What do I do?


The fear in diving is real and wiping out is not fun and it hurts! The possibility of having another incident can be anxiety producing. If you find your child stressed out, keep the coaches in the loop! If diving and other outside stressors are wearing on your child, small adjustments to their workouts and conversations between coaches can work wonders! Keeping the lines of communication open is a key to a healthy coach-diver relationship.

Q3. Will my child have to dive off of the 3-meter?


Unless you have a documented medical condition that prohibits you from diving on 3-meter, selected team members are expected to learn competitive lists on 3-meter. We will, however, take each diver at his or her own pace. We will not allow divers to perform a skill if they do not consistently demonstrate safe technique.

Q4. My child is doing nothing but front jumps, back jumps and fall-in dives – Why is that?


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 these basic skills. Jumps and basic entries are critical to learning more complex skills and every diver must demonstrate competency in this area before they can move on to more advanced skills. Jumps, entries and line-ups are foundational building blocks of diving. The more you are able to successfully demonstrate your ability to perform the basics, the better and easier the harder dives will be later.

Q5. What can parents do at home to help child improve more quickly?


The best parent/athlete relationships are based on unconditional support. Let the coach motivate and discuss technique. Do not punish poor performance - that's the coach's job. Let the athlete dictate how much "homework" they want to do. If it is coming from the diver, that is a good sign. Many kids work on flexibility and conditioning at home. Some even search YouTube for diving videos to study. Just make sure that you are being a parent and not a coach. Mixing those two roles can be problematic.

Q6. How much are parents expected to volunteer?


We may be hosting multiple meets during any given year. Hosting a meet is a large undertaking and requires the coordinated efforts of all Elite Diving families. All Parents are expected to donate a few hours each day of the meet. If you won’t be in town, please sign up for a job that can be done before the meet.

Practice & Scheduling

Q1. When should I change or cancel my athlete’s program level?


Any cancellations or reductions to a program level can be made any time before the start of the next month. The changes/cancelations to the athletes schedule will begin at the start of the start of the next month. Please notify the coaching staff by emailing divingelite@gmail.com.

Q2. Can we make up missed classes?


Since all programs run off of a frequency schedule, any missed classes during the month are not to be carried over into the next month. If you miss class, you can ask to attend an additional class or stay longer during a practice session. If you plan to attend a different class or wish to stay longer, please notify the coaching staff.

Q3. The weather is terrible. Is practice cancelled?


We make our own decision regarding inclement weather decisions. If the facility is closed, we cannot hold practice; but if schools are closed, do not assume that practice is cancelled. We make our decision by noon for each day. We will post an announcement on the front page of our Web site, send out a tweet @EliteDivingCT, and email all members who are registered on www.divingelite.com.

Q4. It's a holiday. Is practice cancelled?


We cancel practice for the following holidays: New Years Eve & Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the period between Christmas Eve and New Years Day. Be sure to always check the team website calendar for cancelations and practice updates.

Q5. How do I get info on schedule changes, event announcements, program updates and news?


Make sure you are registered with our email list to receive regular updates, event announcements, and news.

Q6. If my child dives for their high school team can they still practice with Elite Diving?


Yes! Please keep in mind; however, there are certain provisions and guidelines that must be followed in accordance with the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference). Please ask either Coach Kim or your high school Head Coach for further details.

Competition Information

Q1. How does a diving meet work?


Diving competition consists of several athletes competing against each other by trying to earn the most points. Depending on the kind of meet, divers may be required to perform between six and eleven dives. The dives completed in a meet are called a ‘Diving List.’ Each dive that is performed has a corresponding degree of difficulty, or DD. This DD is vital in calculating the number of points an athlete can earn on a dive. The more difficult the dive, the higher the DD. Once all dives are performed, each diver will receive a diving total that will determine the places. More information about meets will be provided at least a week before a meet starts. If you have additional questions about how meets are done, please see one of the coaches.

Q2. How much travel will we do?


Typically a travel meet may happen each month from December through August. While summers can be intense when you reach higher levels, the amount of meets we go to depend on how far athletes’ progress. We will go to as many meets as the team’s schedule and athletes allow.

Q3. Do we have to go to every meet?


All meets are optional, but we encourage you to join us. These meets offer a great opportunity for the kids to show their stuff and make new friends.

Q4. How do I register for Divemeets.com?


  1. Go to www.divemeets.com
  2. Hover over login on the top right corner and click “Get a DiveMeets ID” 
    • If you have forgotten your DiveMeets login ID you can search for your number under ‘Find’ 
    • Under the ‘Find’ tab, choose ‘Diver, coach, or Judge’ 
    • Enter Athlete’s name 
  3. Fill out all required information in blank fields 
  4. Check athlete boxes for Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA diving 
  5. Select Team Affiliation for AAU and USA diving (Elite Diving) 
  6. Select Coach (Devon O’Nalty): 
    • Regardless of the athlete’s primary coach and location, Coach Devon will be the coach you select for competitions 
    • If Coach Devon does not attend the meet, you can select one of the Elite Diving coaches in attendance while registering. 
  7. For AAU 
    • Enter Club Code (WWAB63) 
    • Enter Athlete code 
  8. For USA Diving (does not yet apply) 
    • Enter USA diving ID

      This allows you to register for meets within both governing bodies and will show meets in which you are current members of. If your membership is not up to date, you will not see meets for the governing body on Divemeets.com.
  9. Click continue, review information. 
  10. Click continue. 

Your done with you divemeets.com registration. Remember to write down your password. Although the ID is easy to track down, if you know your password, registering for future meets will not be an issue.

This profile will follow the athletes for as long as they are diving. Please make sure you keep this information up to date and do not lose your password. These profiles may be used during the college recruiting process.

Q5. How do I sign up for a meet on Divemeets.com?


Signing up for a meet on divemeets.com is a very simple process.

  1. Login to Divemeets.com with your Divemeets ID 
  2. Scroll down and select the meet you would like to register for. 
    • Notice: If your profile is not up to date or if you are not an active member of the governing body hosting the meet, you will not be able to sign up for that meet. 
  3. Select divers name from drop down list. 
  4. Select event the athlete wish to participate in 
  5. Enter the dives/skills given to you by your coach or dives you would like to compete 
  6. Click submit 
  7. Check dive ‘sheet,’ check continue box and then click submit 
  8. Select the coach that will be attending the meet with you. Enter email for receipt
  9. Enter payment information. 
  10. Click submit 

Q6. I have a Divemeets ID but I don't remember what it is? Should I just make a new one?


No. Having a unique Divemeets ID will have all of your past meet information. If you plan to dive in college, college coaches may look at your profile during the recruiting process. If you forget your ID, please remember the following steps: To find your Divemeets ID 

  1. Go to Divemeets.com 
  2. Hover over "Find" then click "Diver, Coach, or Judge" 
  3. Type in your name 
  4. Click your name 
  5. Your ID number can be found in your profile that will pop up in a new window.

Q7. I have a question. Who do I contact?


First, have a look at the questions and answers on this FAQ page. If you do not find the answer and you wish to contact a specific staff member, please visit our Coaches’ page.