Welcome to New Divers

Auckland Diving provides professionally run classes from learn to Dive through to competitive training at Olympic level.  Classes are suitable for people from five years through to adult; provided participants can comfortably swim 15m in deep water.  

If you want to be more confident in the water, love the thrill of diving off things and want to try a new sport then join a class today. Auckland Diving also runs a quality Dive Skills in Schools programme for Schools. 

Diving is a fun, dynamic and unique sport which helps develop agility, strength, co-ordination and deep water confidence.  

New Divers come from varied backgrounds including former gymnasts, cheerleaders, rugby players, kids who enjoy jumping off wharf's/pool sides and those that just love to be in the water.

Come and give it a go, we know you'll LOVE it!

Diving Levels and Squads


Diving is divided into 2 Key Areas: LEARN TO DIVE (LTD) & COMPETITIVE

Each stage has a different level of training commitment and Competitive stages are by invitation only. Our Elite Divers compete internationally achieve great results at this level. We have many children who just want to dive for fun and Recreational/Learn to Dive is the perfect choice.

Learn to Dive

  • Train 1 – 2x/week minimum
  • First level of pure diving
  • 30 minute classes
  • Able to swim at least 15m unassisted
  • Optional holiday camp training
  • Working to complete grades 1 & 2
  • Great for water confidence

  • Train 1 - 2x/week minimum
  • Completed grades 1 and 2 in Beginner 1
  • 60 min classes
  • Optional holiday camp training
  • Working to complete grades 3 & 4

  • Train 1-2x/week
  • Have completed grades 3 and 4 in Beginner 2
  • 60 minute classes
  • Optional holiday camp training
  • Working to complete grades 5 & 6
  • Training 1 - 2 x per week
  • No diving experience required
  • Masters is for anyone 17 & over who wants to participate in diving at either a recreational or competitive level. This allows adults to take part in diving in a fun environment
  • Optional competitions available

We also offer a 60 min class for divers aged 12+ who just want to learn diving skills without the focus on achieving grades.

This class is fantastic for building confidence in deep water and lays the perfect foundation for new skill acquisition in a fun environment.

Competitive Squads

  • Coached by Steve and Cordelia
  • Train at least 4x/week
  • 3+ hr sessions
  • More intensive dry land training
  • Divers that have acquired or are learning the skills to compete at age group, or open, national and international events
  • By invitation of coaching team
  • Holiday camp training



    • Coached by Steve and Cordelia
    • Ideally train 2x/week
    • 2 hr sessions
    • Young divers that are showing earlier skill acquisition, physicality and commitment to competitive diving
    • Skills testing events and competitions are compulsory at this level
    • By invitation of coaching team
    • Holiday camp training
    • Working towards competing in regional and national competitions
    • Coached by Lindsay, Carmen and Blake
    • Ideally train 2 - 3x/week
    • 2 hr sessions
    • More intensive dry land training
    • Moving toward competitive diving, competitions optional at this level
    • Have the skills or potential to learn the skills that enable participation in skills testing events
    • By invitation of coaching team
    • Working to complete DNZ Levels and participating at National skills events
    • Optional holiday camp training

    Understanding Diving

    There are five categories of dives, designated by the type of flight, used in all events. A sixth category, armstand, is used in platform diving only.

    1. Forward – diver's body facing the water with rotation away from the board
    2. Backward – diver's back to the water with rotation away from the board
    3. Reverse – diver's body facing the water with rotation back toward the board
    4. Inward – diver's back to the water with rotation back toward the board
    5. Twisting – any dive with a twist, whether forward, backward, reverse or inward
    6. Armstand – the diver begins from a motionless handstand on the edge of the platform

    There are four positions a diver can take while in the air:
    1. Straight – body remains straight with feet together and toes pointed
    2. Pike – body bent at the waist with legs straight, feet together and toes pointed
    3. Tuck – body is bent at the waist with thighs and knees held together and drawn to the chest, heels kept close to the buttocks
    4. Free – not an actual body position; a combination of straight, pike or tuck, used only in twisting dives
    A degree of difficulty for each dive is assigned, based on a mathematical formula that takes into account the number of somersaults, number of twists, flight position and entry position.

    Scoring

    Scores are awarded per dive on a scale of 0 to 10 in half or whole points as follows:

    • Completely failed 0
    • Unsatisfactory 0.5 to 2.0
    • Deficient 2.5 to 4.5
    • Satisfactory 5.0 to 6.5
    • Good 7.0 to 8.0
    • Very good 8.5 to 9.5
    • Excellent 10
     

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