Let's get Ready for Zones
OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT WEEK!
A fond farewell to Jack & James, who have elected to pursue other avenues of athletic endeavor! You will be missed by all at Valley Dive.
Re: Lessons. Moving forward, we will have a minimum threshold of numbers to hold a particular class. Generally, If 3 or less are registered for a class, we may cancel a particular class (Semi's excepted). We encourage all to engage in New Jam Gym, as fits into your schedule. Gym is necessary for development.
05 JUL 2021
We will have a coach available for both AAU and USADiving nationals this month. Please inform us immediately, should you plan to attend either or both. If you have qualified to USADiving nationals and plan NOT TO ATTEND, you must also notify us immediately, as this will open up a spot for another athlete to attend. Thank you for your consideration.
04 JUL 2021
Happy 4th to all!
Today USA diving Zones wraps up in Mission Viejo, with qualifiers moving on the the National Meet in Indianapolis at the end of July.
So Far, excellent results, with Valley Dive qualifiers, below. More at the conclusion of the meet.
Shiogo PL (3rd), 3M (6th) 1M (4th)
Sumiye PL (5th), 3M (10th)
Dylan PL (4th), 1M (10th) 3M (8th)
Jack PL (1st), 1M (6th), 3M (4th)
James PL (4th), 3M (5th), 1M (7th)
Congratulations to all Valley Dive members who attended this weekends Zone Championships. Job well done.
Immediately notify us as to your plans to attend either AAU nationals in West Virginia, and/or USADiving nationals in Indianapolis. We are planning to have coaches available for those wishing to attend, and these meets are very important to attend for athletes. Please refer to updated Calendar For modified classes. We are asking all divers and their families to send in their practice requests for the week. We have added a new class for gym MWF for those turning 13 this year, and highly recommend adding the Jam gym workouts to your schedule, as you are able.
All schedule notifications should be via Valley Dive Text, which will allow for quick additions to Calendar for practices, and fast response times.
01 JUL 2021
Jam Gym existing advanced group will continue daily M-F from 12-1:30pm. Beginning next Wednesday, a Club gym workout now added to our Jam Gym Schedule Every Wednesday, Friday and Monday for those currently 13 years and up @ 1:15-2:30pm. For those club athletes not yet 13, Jam Gym currently has only Sunday slotted for your age (more to come). Sundays from 12-1:30pm. An additional Beginner Intermediate Class will be available every Saturday at Junior Gym from 4:00-5:00pm.
Based on availability and your schedule, please attend gym as often as possible, as it will assist you greatly in development, and technique advancement.
All gyms $30 per class per day.
Have held off on NEWS update, as we have been waiting for information that is substantiated.
1. As of today, ALL payments for services will be via Zelle (an electronic bank to bank transfer via your online bank), or via check. Venmo (a PayPal company) has rescinded its 0% fees for transfers, and is now charging 1.9% - buh-bye Venmo).
2. VNSO / Sherman Oaks facility, along with all other city facilities, are not offering any clubs, organizations, or non-city coaches on their premises, and we do not anticipate this changing thru the end of sumer.
3. As of Monday, July 5, 2021, we will offer two work-outs at El Monte. A select (by invitation) group @ $50 per workout 4:00-5:30pm, and a Club workout @ $35 per person 5:00-7:00pm. All Simi workouts will be @ $30 per workout (SATURDAY and SUNDAY). RB & (MV Sunday only)) workouts will continue Saturday and Sunday (as available) @ $50 per workout. All Gym Workouts will be $30 per work-out. All Park Workouts $20 per workout.
All club fees are currently suspended until further notice. If you have paid a club fee for July, it will be refunded immediately.
ALL Workouts will be on a per work-out basis until further notice.
If this system is untenable for your family, we will be happy to recommend another club, however, this problem is not unique to our club, and the only available options (with a reliable schedule in coming weeks) for club workouts at this time are USC and PDA and Mission Viejo. We will be happy to assist, if this is your choice.
25 JUN 2021
As post-covid pool access continues to morph and universities/cities attempt to re-open pools, we have now been told that there is a lifeguard shortage. (?). AND, that city permits to use pools are cancelled, in favor of pool programming until they remedy (only open 2-6pm at Sherman Oaks Pool), with only minimum wage, new hire lifeguards to monitor the diving well during a 1 hour open swim time.
The city of Los Angeles has failed, as an organization, and has been paying their full-time employees FULL SALARIES for the past year and one half with no plan (changes from week to week). In that time, they have rewarded the public parks and recreation with restrictions, and no preparation for timetable or operation of facilities. Who suffers? The public. Who pays? The public. Recourse? Try calling the office downtown. A different story on EVERY call. Yes, I am sooooooooo happy.
My advice is to write letters to your city council representatives, and demand pools to re-open for full public access, and for permitted organizations (of which we are one). We are now living in the land of the absurd.
To complicate matters, the Rose Bowl has suspended serving outside groups. We were allowed to practice this weekend, however, an employee at the RB has informed us that ALL OUTSIDE GROUPS will be suspended as of July 1. To be clear, I am in contact with the director, and we will find a solution, however, not for a minimum of two weeks.
Simi Valley will accommodate some, as arranged with Coaches.
We are now trying to increase frequency of both El Monte and Mission Viejo pools.
Other opportunities are in the works.
From this point forward, please avoid telling us where you plan to go, and instead, plan with coaches how to best facilitate training for your divers.
We will continue to do our best to provide training, however, the only Clubs that are un-affected by these restrictions are Rose Bowl and Mission Viejo.
As a footnote, the JAM GYM is now operational, and we are testing rotations. Beginning the Week after zones, we will have a designated time for your athletes to train at a facility that will better serve training, and allow your athletes to functionally improve. The notion of pool time only, as a training regimen, will not best serve any Diver.
Posted practice times for Zone Divers on Wed/Thurs this week. We will be posting a more detailed timeline shortly.
17 JUN 2021
Meet Times for Lee Brennan Memorial meet are posted under "MEETS" button. Please be at pool @7:30 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday for Open workout @ 8:00am
SIMI POOL PRACTICES CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND, due to meet.
Please attend pool practices this weekend, as available @ RB and MV
There is practice tonight (Thursday) @ El Monte, as listed.
For one Qualifiers.
If you have not signed up, please do so immediately. $100 late fee begins this weekend.
16 JUN 2021
Some fine movin around this week in the pools. We have a limited number of Athletes competing in the weekend meet in Crown Valley. Always a fun and relaxed meet, and an expellent way to try out new dives in the works.
We are adjusting our Calendar, as pool times become available.
IMPORTANT! In an effort to help specific corrections proceed more quickly, we will begin a Friday, Saturday, Sunday program aimed at accelerated technique for specific athletes. As per schedule changes, we will work on a first come-first served basis, and a limit of one practice per week, unless otherwise advised.
14 JUN 2021
Hello, and welcome to an amazing week of Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, in which top athletes will earn spots for upcoming 2020 Olympics (a bit late, of course). Hope you all are watching. Your favorites, and learning a bit on the complexities and added needs of COMPETITION, which, ultimately determines your success in diving… and beyond.
For now, however, we have needed to make changes due to last minute cancellation of days.
TODAYS EL MONTE has been cancelled
SATURDAYS ROSE BOWL has been cancelled
We will add a Saturday Afternoon gym practice at Junior Gym, as noted, in the afternoon.
Please let us know of any additional questions or suggestions.
Next week begins preparation for the Lee Brennan Diving Meet.
Please let us know if you are going by tomorrow.
31 MAY 2021
Congratulations to Valley Dive Divers who made a very good showing
at this past AAU Memorial Day’s Meet in Mission Viejo. A very nice meet to
get the summer season started.
The Lee Brennen Memorial Meet has just been announced, and our Club will be participating in both the JO competition, as well as the NOVICE competition, for our new dive club members. Please attend, if available, as this is a great meet to try out newly learned dives, and to build your competition confidence.
Our June Schedule is beginning at the end of next week, meaning that we will have daily pool time at the Simi and El Monte pool, and will also have additional hours at the Rose Bowl pool until such time the Van Nuys pool is available.
26 MAY 2021
RWB meet @ MV this weekend.
Good Luck Divers!
Timeline for participants!
Dylan and James - 1st event - Please meet at the pool by 6:30am - warm-up starts at 7:30 am
- please return to the pool by 9am for your event warm-up (event will start at 10am)
Dylan and James - 2nd event - please make sure you are back at the pool by 2pm - your event warm-up will start at 3pm (event will start at 3:45pm)
James/Shiogo - 1st event - please be at the pool by 8am - in the water at 9am (your event will start at 11am)
Charli/Alina/Sumi - Please meet at the pool by 11:55am - your event warm-up will start at 12:55pm (event wills tart at 1:55pm)
James/Shiogo - 1st event - please be at the pool by 7:30am - in the water at 8am, please return at 9:30 am (your event will start at 10:30am)
Charli/Alina - 1st event - please be at the pool by 8am - in the water at 9am (your event will start at 10:30am)
Sumi - 2nd event - please meet at the pool by 11:20am in the water at 12:20 for our event warm-up your event will start at 1:20pm
Charli/Alina - 1st event - please be at the pool by 7:30am - in the water at 8am, please return at 9:30 am (your event will start at 10am)
Chk Calendar for practice availability. NO SIMI this weekend.
18 MAY 2021
There have been a few changes to the diving calendar.
Please review, when you can.
Park Practices added on Saturday Mornings 9-11A
Semi Pool SATURDAY practices Added
Rose Bowl Saturday BEGINNER practices Added
GYM JAM gym workout added Sundays @ noon (recommended)
We will have schedule up on Calendar ASAP
Please let us know which workouts you plan to attend, for scheduling purposes.
Minimum 3 per workout required.
15 MAY 2021
Well Done, Ladies & Gents, for those who attended your first national competition, and highest regards for those who have moved on to their Zone Qualifier for Nationals later this summer. Competing is a far cry from going to practice, and working hard (an obvious requirement for success). As we strive to explain on our website, and in our coaching, your 1st order of business is fitness, then learning good technique, then remembering good technique, and finally, learning the gift of competing - which, ultimately, is (by far) the most important component in diving. We can give you hints, and we can give you some of the secrets, but it will be you, the athlete, who will be responsible for blending all of the ingredients together, therefore, for your results, and that just takes time, (and a resolute soul), to accomplish your goals. It is a long road in diving, and you all had mixed results the last two days. THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON from this meet is to think about how to improve your performance. You all have the ability to become better divers, and we will help you along that road. Let's get to work!
12 MAY 2021
Regional Practice Times for Valley Dive begin this Friday. Plan to arrive at pool a minimum 30 min prior.
Please come prepared with multiple towels, adequate water, snacks, and food, and remain comfortable and in the shade before, during and after competition. Protocol for your competition is to relax between dives, stretch before coming to visit your coach before each dive, and remain focused on the correction your coach gives you before each dive.
14-15 Girls Only- 630-730AM (Charlotte, Fiona, Sumi)
16-18 Girls Only- 730-930AM
Open 930-950AM (Charlotte, Fiona, Sumi)
11 and Under Boys (Dylan, Jack) , 12-13 Boys and Girls (Alina, Ariel, Charli Jack, Olivia, Shiogo) - Please arrive at the pool by 11:15, you event warm up will start once the 1st event finishes at approximately 12:15 PM
16-18 Girls Only- 630-830AM
14-15 Girls Only- 830-930AM (Charlotte, Fiona, Sumi)
Open 930-950AM (Charlotte, Fiona, Sumi)
11 and Under Boys (Dylan, Jack) , 12-13 Boys and Girls (Alina, Ariel, Charli Jack, Olivia, Shiogo) - Please arrive at the pool by 11:15, you event warm up will start once the 1st event finishes at approximately 12:15 PM
Let us know if you have any questions.
RB practices cancelled this weekend, however Simi Valley practice continues on SUNDAY
10 MAY 2021
All have been working exceptionally hard, and you are preparing well for the meet this week. Stay focused,
and we only ask that you stay relaxed and Do Your Best!
Please let us know which practices you intend to attend this week, prior to regionals.
This is a busy time, so please refer to Calendar for updated practices, confirmations which, are not always timely. That is, please chk often. We are pretty set-up now for week, and space is limited.
Today and tomorrow practices at RB and EM are confirmed, so please plan accordingly.
We expect to have information on Friday and Saturday Mission Viejo practices today. Very sorry for delay,
however, it is a challenge with the last minute nature of this meet. We will notify you ASAP
07 MAY 2021
Our Athlete Profiles are now visible on your valleydive.com login as an attachment. We will begin the process of the first Meet evaluation at the conclusion of next weekends Regional Meet.
All Meet Registrations should be complete. If you plan to attend the Meet, but have not registered for USADiving, please do so now. If you plan to attend the Meet, but have not paid your yearly club membership, please do so now. If you plan to attend the Meet, but have not paid your May monthly fee for the Club, please do so now.
Meet Coach fees are due prior to Meet, and because we have 11 attending both Friday and Saturday next week, the Coach Fee will be $50 per day attending. Please make coach payment by next Thursday.
An AAU meet is scheduled for:
Please register at Cleanentries.com, and notify of your confirmed registration, and which day you plan on
attending. This is a good practice meet, but NOT mandatory.
Club pricing will continue to change, based directly on our costs associated with pools. By July, things will have normalized. We will have an added M-F workout (summer program) option providing double workouts, but as yet, cannot provide specific schedule.
Keep in mind that daily conditioning (M-F) will move to 1 Hour prior to Pool Time, once school lets out.
El Monte pool is a great option, if you can manage the drive. Please note that next Wednesday & Thursday there will be no Rose Bowl Practice. Book ahead for El Monte, as limited availability remains.
02 MAY 2021
ATTEN: Dates and Times have been modified for the Calendar, and is now available for viewing.
We have added back El Monte Workouts M-Th with 5-6 spots available. Very limited, so book early.
Begins tomorrow 03 MAY @ 5:30pm
Directions may be found under "Locations" above.
If you have not already done so, as we near our Regional competition, please be aware that it is necessary to pay for both annual Yearly club member ship (price under CLUB DIVING above), and your Monthly Fee for each diver. (rather than monthly fee, you may opt to continue a per workout rate).
29 APR 2021
Due to circumstances beyond our control, our El Monte Days have been reduced for the next few weeks.
We are attempting to add spots for MONDAYs at the RB. Will advise when confirmed.
Chk calendar for updated times/days. Thank you.
As Simi Valley opens this Sunday, it would be a great idea to begin using this new facility, especially as it will be much closer for many of you, and offer more personalized attention.
28 APR 2021
El Monte Schedule is now set. 5:30-7:00p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
VNSO has tentative start 1st (or 2nd) week of June.
We will Continue Rose Bowl, until summer programming Begins (Tuesday only).
Our new Login portal will begin operations later this week, and Assessments, Custom Athlete Program, and Billing will be available.
Our Summer program should become available once Sherman Oaks pool confirms times.
IMPORTANT! You will receive assigned pools moving forward, so please let us know if you will need to change a particular w/o, and we will be happy to fit in, where available.
IMPORTANT! If you are planning a Regional Appearance at the upcoming meet, we advise to please register for Valley Dive Club (reminder), and register with Divemeets.com (reminder) if you haven't already done.
Club Yearly fee is now due. Club Fees are Due Monthly on the first of the month (beginning 01 May). Please let us know if you have any questions.
We offer a 10% Discount for all Sibling families on the Club Fee.
You will be billed for Coach Fees during this Regional Meet at published rate.
We realize that this is alot coming at you all at once, and we have been trying to ease you all into the rhythm of the Diving season. Suffice to say, it is here.
If you have any questions as to how, why we charge a "Club Fee", it is on the website, and the purpose is to specifically pay for the yearly City Fees, Equipment, Coach & Club Fees/Memberships, Clothing/Suits, and Misc expenses associated with keeping this Club Non-Profit functioning.
27 APR 2021
We continue to augment our schedule, with latest addition being JAM GYM, jumping in on Saturdays 12-2pm, start week after Regionals. If improvement is your game, highly recommended for tower take-offs (foam pit) and introduction to weights. We will try to retain as many Thursday privates as is possible until June Summer Camps begin at RB. During the summer months we will be migrating to pre-Pool PARK 1 Hour Conditioning workouts at VNSO followed by our M-F Pool Time. Our Goal is to offer a "Summer" program for those wishing double workouts, which will be discussed as pool times are confirmed.
Don't forget to Register for Valley Dive Club, and send in Yearly Fee. Our Team Suits and Shirts should be delivered prior to Regionals.
24 APR 2021
Another week, and as we end our Covid Schedule, please find updates on Calendar (access via website) for both general information/times/coaches, but also to watch for new pool access. Next week Simi opens, and we expect Club Members to begin utilizing, as schedule permits. El Monte follows 03May for weekday workouts, Simi Weekday workouts starting 01 June, and VNSO "hopes" to open 01Jun. As soon as we receive guarantee on VNSO open date and times, we will open a double workout schedule for those wishing to participate in our "Summer Camp" program, which may require some parent carpooling, but will included a 6 hour program, and, hopefully, some fun side trips as well. We would like to welcome back Coach Ahmed, who will be returning to help with practices at Rose Bowl and El Monte for our summer program, and for those of you who have not met Veronica or Anna yet, they will soon be joining in at Pool workouts, as their schedule provides. While I am sure you all have elevated your opinions of Park workouts this past year, due to the every decaying grass (dirt) situation at VNSO, and in anticipation of additional pool workouts for our busy summer, we will be phasing out CLUB park workouts until the fall, with the exception being Beginner daily M-F, and a Saturday morning (not hot). We will instead revert back to our 30 minute strenuous conditioning prior to pool workouts, along with mandatory gym twice weekly. Note: I am preparing a weight workout, which will appear on the Club Page on this website (you can already view the icon, so pretty sure it will be done soon). Weights will be accomodate via twice weekly classes at JAM Gym (weighting :o for start date), along with conditioning and tower lead-ups in pit. This may be used in place of Gym days for Club Members.
19 APR 2021
Lot's of changes happening quickly.
CLUB RESUMES 01MAY
1. Join Valleydive Club for Reduced pricing - Yearly Fee
2. Sign-up for monthly Club Level @ Valleydive.com
3. We provide AAU membership, but for those diving @ Regionals, please, if you have not done so already, sign-up with USA Diving
4. If planning to attend USADiving Regionals in Mid-March, please sign up (FREE) with www.divemeets.com
which allows you to Register for this meet, and all upcoming meets.
5. Once you have registered with www.divemeets.com, contact us to confirm your dive list. If you need help the first time, do not hesitate to contact us.
Because VNSO/Sherman Oaks has NOT confirmed a start date yet, we are providing alternate pools. Therefore, if you live in the West Valley, take advantage of the Simi pool. If you live in San Gabriel Valley, take advantage of the El Monte Pool, the idea here is to provide choices for a daily (or twice daily in summer) practice schedule. As we approach Regional competition, it is imperative that athletes add days.
Re: pricing, please find updated pricing both on calendar and on the Club page on the website.
We realize that Diving is an expense that must be reckoned with, so please let us know how we can help.
We intend offer specific fundraising alternatives to supplement costs associated with diving outlays, as the summer progresses. There are also Scholarship assists that are available
17 APR 2021
Saturday morning, and all is well.
Club Fees will be due May 1st. Please read through Club Diving (click thru above).
Summer Program will include Simi Valley Pool (7 days weekly), Rose Bowl Pool (3 days weekly), Mission Viejo Pool (1 day weekly), Irvine Pool (2 Days Weekly), and Sherman Oaks Pool (7 Days weekly) AT THIS TIME. We are also looking for additional pool availability.
Major development this week, our new Login for Members is now active, and you should have received your invitation for access to our members only area. This will allow for Specific Workout/Diving assignments, Annual Report, Monthly assessment, Notes, Billing, and a variety of other features, as we progress. Please let us know if any corrections need to be made to your account.
Please set up a meeting time with our coaches to generally discuss meet goals, and/or member level you wish to participate in, as to Club and Summer moving forward.
Simi Valley Pool will be open on May 01, on a limited basis, and June 01 daily. Please inquire as to what pool assignments will work best for your family.
13 APR 2021
Classes have now been updated on Calendar, which is accessible on Calendar via web/mobile.
Please also refer to updated pricing.
Club Dues & Required Membership Fees are Available and due prior to May 01. You may also continue on a per diem Use, however Club Membership Required for all participants moving forward, (other than introductory beginner lessons).
Simi Pool open for Valley Dive Saturdays and Sundays in MAY
Simi Pool open for Valley Dive DAILY in JUNE-AUGUST.
05 APR 2021
Spring Break about done now. So is our attempt at a Google universe of ease. We have jettisoned a noble idea in favor of a practical solution.
1. Live Chat on Desktop/Mobile www.valleydive.com
(quickly reach one of us with questions, unless in Class)
Live Chat also offers a secure way to send specific info/docs to a Parent/Athlete
2. Group Text (for communication to Groups or within Groups)
3. Emails, should any documents need to be sent you. (less likely for us to respond quickly)
Calendar has been re-vamped and simplified, as we approach Pool Re-Openings.
One Calendar Resumes.
We have modified some practices, and combined others in an attempt to integrate upcoming pool re-openings. Our 2-hour park has resumed for Black Club. 30 minute warm-up will continue prior to all pool practices, with actual pool work-out times listed on Calendar.
Our intent is to run larger practices with more coaches. This means that younger Clubs (Blue-1-1.5 hour workouts and Green 1-1.25 hour workouts) will be dismissed earlier. This combined approach is also a preparation for Summer Double workouts, with 2 water practices availability will be goal.
At www.valleydive.com > File Share View and download Documents that specify Exercise Regimen for our Athletes
Highly recommend, as we will add documents for Athletes and Parents here.
27 MAR 2021
SPRING BREAK! Here at last.
We will have added weekend workouts for the next two weeks
As Covid continues to relax, we must continue to follow guidelines re: out of state travel.
These guidelines may change by the time your return, so please do research :& update as needed.
After You Travel Recommendations
Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
From county of Los Angeles - Non-Essential Travel
No Mention of testing is included with this advisory
nor mention of previous exposure, etc.
Los Angeles County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles from their place of residence, unless they are traveling for essential purposes. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains that are now present in California. "Non-essential travel" includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. "Essential travel" is travel associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or otherwise required or expressly authorized by law (including other applicable state and local public health directives), including work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
All non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering the County of Los Angeles and need to self-quarantine as set forth in Paragraph 3.
All persons arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders solely for the purpose of essential travel.
If you do travel into Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and must limit your interactions to people in your household/people with whom you live. If you travel into Los Angeles County solely for essential work purposes, you need to still self-quarantine outside of your work for 10 days and ensure you do not mix with others outside of those necessary to conduct your essential work.
Please note that we continue to modify our schedule, based on anticipated demand, and facility availability. Please be sure to follow our calendar online, and download the new google chat app for centralized alerts, schedule, and information.
26 MAR 2021
Our Calendar is now for viewing only and will be updated as we begin to add additional classes and pool workouts (no editing or reserving, editing, changes on Calendar moving forward). We are now setting up our Google Workspace and Chat features, and we would like you all to send us your favored gmail account and download the google chat app to your mobile, as we integrate google chat, and various features into a more streamlined anc compatible system to communicate. We anticipate many of the recent schedule changes will fit with our future pool workouts. Please do keep an eye on schedule, as our plan is to increase frequency for park/gym workouts for each level in coming weeks.
As you know, we are constrained by the city of Los Angeles, and our aim is to have as many pools available, as practically possible, as soon as possible. We will keep you updated.
24 MAR 2021
The Regional Meet has been re-assigned to the weekend of the 14-16 at Mission Viejo Pool
This is a good thing, as much closer, and should not be too much of a conflict with school days.
Attention: We will be moving over to a Google CHAT app for all Valley Dive text, chat,call interactions, allowing for easy group access, and sharing of documents, chat rooms, and individual workout/goals for each family. This a superior solution, and will allow for easy access, and more immediate responses to club members, as we move towards Club Re-Establishment in May. We will require all to confirm a gmail account for this purpose (or create one, if lacking). Download the app at your convenience, and as soon as we receive confirmation of the gmail you wish to use, we will begin sending out invitations.
There are no longer reservations required for attendance.
As we adjust to new schedule (put in place for assumed pool re-openings), please be sure to attend as your schedule permits. Our goal is to prepare Athletes (those ready) for the spring and summer meets season. Let us know if you have questions.
22 MAR 2021
Re: Practices. It is good to see Athletes working hard. We understand how frustrating it has been, and how exciting it is to get back in pool. Let me stress that basics are the most important single step in progression. If your basics are faulty, your diving will follow. Therefore, as frustrating as it may seem, when you are at a park, gym or pool practice and a Coach asks you to do something more simple, like a front jump (which can sound a bit silly), please be sure that they are trying to correct a fault in your basics. The Coaches want you to look great on your dives, so the difficulty of the Dives, while exciting, will never replace an easier dive done well. EXAMPLE: The Women's platform event at NCAA was just won by Tarrin Gilliland, performing a 301b from 10m. She got 8's and won the event by 7 points.
As we wind down the month of March, convoluted progress continues on the Calendar, or shall I say I was a bit optimistic on what a google calendar can and can not do. Suffice, all emails have been stripped out, and you will not receive notices from the calendar, henceforth...
FOR NOW, please send a quick text to : 8188350377 (our valley dive text#) and let us know at the beginning of each week your general plans for attendance are. This is a better start.
We are headed to an automated system, and the Calendar was not the right first step, however, is working now for its purpose, to tell you when where and for which groups, all as a precursor to Sherman Oaks and Simi pool openings in Late April/May. Go to the website and either go to club or for beginners to park/gym buttons to find your calendar.
Coming Soon: We will be using Google Chat for all communications, club groups, club rooms, and coach interaction. Please download app when you have a moment, onto your device, and we will invite you, as soon as ready.
We will have two meets the end of May. They have NOT been confirmed or listed on the Divemeets.com website, and the Regional meet is still being decided (consideration this week on whether to move meet from Las Vegas to Mission Viejo), but will be held end of May.
18 MAR 2021
Email Problem is hopefully solved now. Please let us know of other problems for access you may be having. Also, know that we would like your input, as we slowly move toward CLUB DIVING in coming weeks. Our Target Date is 01MAY for a Monthly Pricing for our Club Members. The Membership Fee (waived this past year) will also be due at that time (For those planning to compete, and for those joining club, this fee covers Insurance, which we have pre-paid for all participants, Club Garments, AAU Membership, Club & Coach Education and Registration Fees, and Other Requirements).
We should be able to provide you with a heads up on pricing in the coming week (tiered to the number of days your Athlete is participating), and we will also list individual price for individual workouts on Calendar. (should you decide not to participate in Club). Expect Club Pricing to appear at CLUB DIVING on website.
We provide a FLEXIBLE system for our Club Divers, as many have conflicts that come up, traffic & work considerations, and School Obligations (family & free time? what's that :] ). For those who wish us to suggest exact days and workouts for your Athlete, we will be happy to accommodate a recommended schedule for you, relative to our view of your athlete's needs, and the time of year. Please do not expect weekly correspondence on scheduling, other than Private Lesson requests.
Speaking of which, you may request private lessons as time moves forward. We provide this additional service, usually based on 2 Athletes in the water per lesson. Once pools are reopened, specific information will be available, with primary Pool for Privates at VNSO.
As we look forward to adding pools in May, we will be adjusting schedule to include these
new and closer options. We will retain our RB and Mission Viejo Workouts, but in a less available fashion. Expected Times for Simi Valley will be 2x week until School is out, and then 4 x week during summer months 12-1:30p. For VNSO (home pool, expected availability 6-8 m-f, 2-5 s-su.
Obviously, as we move back more towards a normal (?) schedule, many of you have never participated in a diving program, much less competed. We will answer all of your questions, and we expect that you will be surprised and content with our program, as it unfolds. For those who were in a previous program, Valley Dive has a focus on development both physically, but also emotionally and having a positive attitude for approaching competition. This is why we have included FEAR, causes and remedy, on our website. If you unclear on this approach, please feel free to contact us at any time.
17 MAR 2021 ** Happy St. Patricks Day **
We are continuing to modify our schedule, so please do check with your group
Calendar daily, and contact us with questions.
Our first official practice (at Park) last night (overlapping groups Black/Blue) went
well, and we will soon be adding basic warm-up, conditioning, work-out outline to
the information listed on each event (within the Google Calendar) for each practice.
You will also see that general coach assignments have been added as well.
Why are we making changes? As we approach General Opening of Pools, this
new schedule will better be a able to accommodate all Athletes and their Families.
Attention: a few people (3) have reported problems with accessing the new
Calendars on the Valley Dive Website.
These are the reported Problems, thus far with accessing Calendars.
-Google Calendar not installed on mobile, not opened on desktop.
Remedy: Install Google Calendar on Mobile or open Google Calendar First on Desktop
and then connect / open Valley Dive Calendar.
-Not seeing anything when opening Calendars from Valley Dive
The email you are using to open Calendar may be different from the one you gave
us for Emailing you. We need the correct email.
-No Google Account and/or email
You may need to install a Chrome browser, and/or attach the Email we have on
file, to it.
We are available after practice, to help you with questions and troubleshooting.
Additionally, please let us know if you have any issues with groupings. While many
of you are already used to the diving world, and the necessity of group progressions, both
for development training and for competitions, for those of you who feel strongly about
groups, and their purpose for your Athlete(s), rest assured that we will consider any
additional information that you can give us, and we are happy to explain reasoning
for the placement of your Athlete.
CLUB LEVEL GROUPS
Athletes, Parents, Coaches
We have made a transition to a web-based system for
Information, news, workouts (via club level calendar).
Try to open calendar after first opening google chrome and opening www.valleydive.com
For Club Info, Click on Club Diving
There are three Club Level Groups.
For workout access & practices, availability can be viewed
via a color coded Google Calendar on the Club Diving Page (see Groups below)
Please go to www.valleydive.com for all future daily information.
For daily updates, please click on News at top of page.
Find Appropriate Level for Your Athlete below. Corresponding Calendar
We have split athletes into levels, for better targeted workouts.
This will improve bonding, and be more age and/or ability oriented,
While providing a better pathway for competition preparation.
If an Athlete or Parent feels that a different Level might be better
For a particular Athlete, we will strive to accommodate siblings and
Specific needs for a particular, however, this is what we imagine as a
starting point for competition club levels, for structured progress.
We have four daily systems for communications.
NEWS on the www.valleydive.com website
GROUP TEXT for your specific group.
GROUP EMAIL for your specific group.
Private Meeting after Class (to schedule a meeting or ask a specific question)
This is a time where the daily phone calls have been phased out, in favor of group
Communication, which normally will answer questions not only for you, but
For other parents in your group as well.
Obviously, this is an abrupt transition, and has occurred in order that we can
Serve our Athletes in a superior fashion. Summer is coming, competitions are
Coming, and it is better to transition now, rather than in the middle of the
Note: Specific Coaches for Specific tasks is important. For instance, Bobbie is highly
efficient at Conditioning, Development, and Pool Coaching, Mikaela and Tracy were both competitive gymnasts and high-level divers, (and great pool coaches), Tom is a great development and competition coach with much national experience. We do have Guest Coaches that will participate in practices from time to time, and these Guest Coaches are all highly qualified. If you have an additional Specific goal in mind for your Athlete, of if you feel one specific coach is going to help your child progress in a superior fashion, please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know your concerns.
If you have any additional suggestions, as we make this transition, please feel free
To contact us at email@example.com
15 MAR, 2021
Each Athlete will be assigned a Group to participate in for Valley Dive Club, allowing for
more specific instruction, according to age and ability.
You will be notified by email by the evening.
Each group now has a Calendar allowing for intended Classes (park/gym/pool).
Open Calendar, locate an event, insert a + before your name (means you want to come)
You will see a green CHECK BOX next to your name, once you have been confirmed.
Today's Park practice cancelled. Most likely tomorrow Park also cancelled. YOUR CLUB
WILL NOW BE ASSIGNED SPECIFIC DAYS FOR WORK-OUT. Please review your Club Level,
and your Calendar. Daily Park workouts will no longer be available. as we move forward,
each Club Level will be designed to enhance work-outs, and ready each athlete for competition.
As Covid restrictions ease, our Club focused approach for improvement for athletes means that prices on a per work-out will rise (for the Park and Gym). However, we have created a monthly option, that retains an affordable Monthly pricing for our Club members.
Refer to Club Pages for specific information, and to Calendar for Class Information, which should be available later this evening.
Please feel free to Contact Coaches with specific questions via Group Email, or Group Text. We will no longer accept phone calls or individual texts, other than in urgent situations.
We are happy to answer questions by Email or Text, and, you may also set-up an appointment to meet with coaches on an appointment basis (soon to be automated), after class.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions or suggestions.
12 MAR, 2021
The rain appears to have passed, for the moment, and sunny days ahead for RB diving Tonight, Sat, and Sun. Bring warm-ups and a jacket, as will be a bit chilly when exiting the pool.
As we prepare for our exit from the Covid laden past year, it would be a good time to re-visit our website, either on your computer or mobile, as we have begun the transition to a much more visible way to keep updated, and will be resuming our Calendar, (based on your grouping) where you will be interacting in real-time, based on your GROUP, and based on a monthly FEE, not a per practice. We have already begun a convenient $200 monthly fee for gym and park, based on 13 classes per month. Our drop-in rate to either gym or park is now $20 per work-out. Please make a note of it. Monthly rate remains a bargain.
POOL FEES remain the same, until such time that RB and MV reduce rates. Additionally, a new pool has been confirmed to open in Simi Valley in May, so May is our anticipated switch to monthly CLUB FEE re-instatement. Our New Calendar system for reserving space will be operational within the next week, and we will no longer be using the spreadsheet (instead you will simply click a button on the calendar to let us know you are coming. We are hoping to get our automated reminders working as well within the next two weeks.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions