Team Members Sumi and Shiogo Allen demonstrate an easy Warm-Up, which you can do at home. Add additional video workouts (above- Stretch and Work Out buttons). We will be posting additional videos, so keep checking back, and please keep working out over the break. Additional park workouts will begin as soon as allowed.
Learn to Dive Lessons(5-18)
Regional Competition Group
National Competition Group
H.S. & College Diving Prep
Elite Training & Home School Programs
A Positive Road to Excellence
Every child has a sport or activity that will fit their personality, and help them build esteem and confidence. The trick, for a parent, is to expose and encourage athletics, (at the right time in each child's development), which, if successful, will lead to a positive athletic experience for life..
Diving is a very unique sport.
An athlete must overcome fear on every attempt. Therefore, a very interesting and select group tends to migrate to this sport. Some common traits Diving improves are:
Ability to Focus
Social Group Interaction
Self-Image & Self-Confidence
Most importantly, Diving is a long-term commitment, where an athlete will see year over year improvement, and set the stage for University Athletics, if that becomes their goal. University participation in sport is a major achievement in today's competitive environment, and yet, we find that almost every athlete, who sticks with diving and it's demands, will find a program at the college level that meets their needs (with Diving ALWAYS helping in the admissions process).
Specifically, because FEAR is the #1 obstacle to improvement in Diving, our Club uses specific techniques in working with athletes to better handle fear through simple tools such as positive reinforcement, concentration, humor, commonality, problem solving, repetition, approach. In addition, we teach well know tools to athletes to help them better function and control their fear. (see fear section).
Work Hard & stay focused
THE 10 THINGS
that require no talent, but win in Life!
#1. Being on Time
#2. Work Ethic
#4. Positive Body Language
#8. Wanting to Be Coached
#9. Doing Extra
#10. Being prepared
#11. (bonus) Setting Goals
...time is fleeting
It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become
PROFICIENT at any activity
In Diving, it takes about 50,000 Dives
So, a WEEKLY COMMITMENT OF:
2 hours (1 Day Week,40 dives) = A HOBBY
4-6 hours (2 Days Week) = Maintenance
5-9 Hours (3 Days Week) = High School Goal
8-12 Hours(4 Days Week) = Club Track
12-20 Hours (5-6 Days Week) = Elite Track
It ain't 1918
Ah! Those easy days going out for a sport in primary (elementary school), Middle School (Junior High School), or Upper School (High School), working hard for a few weeks at an activity, and then moving on to the next sport or activity. Ya, that was great. A few schools still retain that care-free, well rounded approach, and that's really super nice of them.
HOWEVER... It still ain't 1918!
No, no no. These days, every able bodied kid needs to position themselves to be a competitive candidate for H.S.Sports or College, (and that is the goal here at Valley Dive). The activity can be a sport, an instrument, an interest, volunteering, or anything that requires time investment, and interest. In common speak, the sooner, the better is the rule here, which can demonstrate proficiency. We begin training athletes at 6 (in an age appropriate manner). If you (athlete or parent) are putting off an athletic, activity, or academic commitment to save time or money, and you imagine that you might just start up in the middle of high school with a goal of a H.S. Team, or university scholarship (ANY ACTIVITY), & a sport enhanced University application is a potential, after joining - let's say, Swim Team as a Junior in High School, the REALITY IS THAT:
1. Unless Athlete is currently on Club Team, no way.
2. NO TIME to develop basic skills, sorry.
3. NO TIME to understand the sport, sorry.
4. NO TIME to join the sport community, sorry.
SOME INTERESTING QUESTIONS TO PONDER...
Does Valley Dive promote 20 hours commitment?
Depends upon what age an athlete wishes to become an Athlete.
Will it be inexpensive?
Nope, most Club Sports and Activities require the outlay. Diving is in the middle of cost. About $200 Beginner, $300 mo. middle, $400 mo Advanced, depending upon frequency, (ex. competitions). Generally, the better they do, the more you pay.
Can you find it cheaper?
Yes, indeed! As a diving parent attempted (some years ago), started a club for her kids, and paid for the pool time with a couple of other kids fees. Great idea?
Result: Dismal. Don't Coach your kids.
"But... what is the BEST program?, you know, so they will be the best, because I want value for my money, and I want my kids to be the best!"
There is no "Best". As there are different Athletes, Parents, Coaches, so there are also different programs. Diving is a long-term sport, not a weekend fling. If a child stays with diving, they will have friends for life. Find a group and a coach that is comfortable & interested in your child.. Anyone promoting their club as the "best" should be scrutinized carefully. Egos aside, endless training(work), will not fix an athlete that has underlying technique, fear or performance issues (usually either acerbates or freezes the problem). Ideally, find a program that will focus on the holistic development of your athlete.
Keep in mind, Being Very Good at one thing is important, AND
Being OK at many things is mostly a distraction and irrelevant
in today's University Acceptance. (Caveat: Alternative Learning)
Special Learning Universities like:
Ananda College of Living Wisdom, located in Laurelwood, Oregon.
Antioch College, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Berea College, located in Berea, Kentucky
Bennington College, located in Bennington, Vermont.
California Institute of Integral Studies, located in San Francisco, CA.
(no diving at these schools - sorry)
So, dear friends,
not to be a rock in your boot,
but notice has been made:
it is a different world, and planning must be addressed far earlier, than ever before. Whatever your predilection, get on it...NOW.
WHY VALLEY DIVE IS UNIQUE
Valley Dive is also a community outreach branch of Givnet.org, with a specific mission of diverting and offering at-risk, and minority youth, a life-building, positive athletic participation alternative. A secondary mission of elite sports development and competitive excellence. As part of our multi-sport mission,
scholarship and grants are made available to youth that have income challenges, that meet criteria for assistance.
Valley Dive Philosophy is to introduce Diving into the greater San Fernando Valley area, stretching out to Ventura County, (as well as other targeted communities within the Los Angeles area), as a long-term goal for fitness and health and a window to high school participation and university scholarships. We teach with a positive reinforcement technique that works. While not every child will become an Olympic diver, what a Diving commitment, specifically, can promise over time, is improved:
Time Management Skills
Attention and Listening
Body Fitness, Flexibility, Strength
Goal Identification & Goal Setting
Open Doors for University Entrance
Help Support our mission of motivating at-risk children to become involved in sports where all donations are steered to Athletic Scholarships/Grants, Athlete Outreach, Upkeep of facilities/equipment and staff.