Q: Does my child have to wear a Speedo?
A: This is one of the most asked questions from parents who have boys. The answer is no, Speedo's are not required. However, it is important that the boy's Togs be above the knee and the girl's Tog's be a one-piece.
Q: I (Or my child) have never dived before – is this o.k.?
A: Of course! Our Diving New Zealand Certified coaches know how to progress a diver from absolute beginner to advanced and competitive levels; and have a lot of experience doing so.
Q: Do I (or my child) have to jump off the high board?
A: No, we will only ask the diver to go off the high(er) boards when we (Coaches) have determined that they are ready to do so. However, no one is required to jump from the high board if they don't want to.
Q: How old does the child have to be to join diving?
A: We have divers as young as 5 years of age in our programs We recommend that they can swim 15m and be comfortable in deep water.
Q: What's the height of the tallest tower?
A: 10 metres! Our facility consists of diving boards from 1 metre, 3 metres, 5 metres, 7.5 metres and 10 metres.
Q: When can my child move up in levels?
A: Diving is a highly technical sport with many challenges like coordinating your arms and legs while jumping off a moving object (the board); falling through the air and trying to land within a close distance (1 meter) to the board - and staying in control through the whole skill. This is a lot of information for a child to take in and master.
Although you, the parent and external observer, may not see many changes each day, often the best change is observant to the coach on the most simple of skills - the front and back jump. Creating the proper movement patterns and foundation is essential to being able to move on to more difficult dives, decreasing the incidence of injury.
It is common for a child to stay in each level 2 - 4 times as there are many skills to achieve in each level. This could mean that they could stay in each level for a year. Diving teaches children agility, coordination flexibility, jumping and respect for the technical environment. Diving will challenge a participant to achieve and experience skills they couldn't imagine.
Simply put, we keep your child safe and help them progress successfully through the levels.