What is GC Divers all about?
GC Divers is a nationally ranked competitive team. We have
all levels of divers including novice, junior Olympic and
national team divers. As a team, we placed 1st at the Spring
Junior Olympic Nationals the past four years, first in our
association and in our region. We
train out of 3 different pools in order to have enough pool
time for the divers. Our classes are kept small so that each
diver receives a lot of individual attention.
Is my son/daughter good enough to be
on a competitive team?
If your diver passed level 3 in the GCD lesson program, you
should be very proud. The skill levels in the lesson program
are not only designed to show the correct progression of
learning dives, they are also designed to show us those
divers with exceptional talent. We
move the divers along at a good pace, but we make sure they
are using good techniques and are doing the dives safely
before moving on to the next skill.
How often do the divers compete?
GC Divers novice team divers are required to attend the home
invitational meets. There are approximately three home meets
each season. Junior Olympic divers are required to attend
the local meets and the regional and national meets when
they qualify for them. Other invitational meets will be
offered about every other month throughout the year. These
are optional meets, but a lot of fun. A schedule will be
posted in October.
How often do the divers practice?
New team divers and novice divers usually practice 2x a week
for 1.5 hours in the evenings. Junior Olympic divers train
3x a week and national team divers practice 4-6x a week.
What is the cost?
Team fees are $110/month for 2x a week. Regional
Championship divers must register with US Diving 1x a year.
Novice and J.O. divers will register with AAU for
insurance coverage. We have an annual fundraiser to cover
the cost of equipment, supplies and coaches’ meet travel
expenses. Team divers will also need to purchase a team
t-shirt and team suit. Warm-ups are optional.
What if seasonal sports like soccer
conflict with practice?
We do our best to work the schedule around seasonal sports
whenever possible so that a diver misses as few practices as
What if my son is worried about
wearing a speedo bathing suit?
Divers can wear any suit to practice. Boys who are worried
about the speedo style can order jammers which are longer
and look like bike shorts.
What if my son/daughter doesn’t make
the novice team at tryouts?
Divers who are ready for team diving, but need some extra
time before competing, will be placed in the pre-competition
team and will be working on their competition dives. We also
offer pre-team classes. In the event that we obtain more
pool time, pre-team divers may be added to the team during
the year. Lessons are also offered throughout the school
year in eight class sessions.
Once we are on the team, do we need
to tryout every year?
Not usually. Most divers progress to junior Olympic level
near the end of the season. If a diver has been absent for
many of his/her classes and hasn’t moved up, tryouts may be