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Come As You Are Dive Meet

Our first CAYA dive meet (and high school dive invitational) of the year is March 25th!! On deck registrations open at 8AM at Alga Norte Aquatic Complex. Warm-up is from 8-9AM. Event 1 starts at 9AM. All Divers 13 and Under boys and girls, 14 and Up boys and girls: JO, Novice, and High School CIF Sanction. If you have any questions call me 760-201-9242. See you on the diving board...

Adapted Physical Education: APE Aquatics is Here in San Diego County!

By now Club Dive San Diego is known for having the best springboard diving coaches under the leadership of Marnie Young. But now the diving community has something else to be proud of—a very special adapted physical education solution based on the magic of play within the confines of aquatic sports. We are thrilled to introduce you to Adapted Child’s Play (ACP) and the Come as You Are program, an exhilarating alternative to traditional physical education that allows children with various disabilities to learn and grow within a framework that presents challenges and facilitates learning within a custom framework that is right for them. Adapted physical education (APE) in springboard diving and other aquatic sports is beneficial to students who face physical challenges for many reasons, including these: Enhances their fine motor skills Increased sensory motor skills Boosts confidence and self-esteem Enhances perceptual motor skills Helps develop social skills Provides a measurable platform for achieving goals Kids become more optimistic by nature It’s just buckets full of fun! Not only is ACP and its Come as You Are program therapeutic; when your kids participate in our programs the credits are transferable to their general education! Are Adapted Physical Education Services Right for my Child? Give us a call; a highly-trained adapted physical education specialist can evaluate your child and design a program that is perfect for his or her needs. If your child has been diagnosed with a disability that impacts motor skills or that creates forms of social anxiety, traditional physical education programs may be counterproductive and even harmful. Let our certified specialists meet your child, and determine...

Springboard Diving San Diego: How to Be a Successful Sports Parent

Being a parent of a child athlete poses a number of challenges. Coaches from the best springboard diving San Diego club (you got it, Dive San Diego) understand that parents not only experience challenges in helping their child learn how to cope with the ups and downs in competitive sports, but they also know that moms and dads often grapple with their own coping skills. Whether your kids are enrolled in San Diego springboard diving lessons at a beginner’s level, or they are competing in dive meets and various competitions, learning how to manage parental emotions can be just as tough as doing a backwards twist off the platform. When Loving Your Child Can Backfire You love your child, but sometimes love can lead to behavior that may harm your son or daughter. When you push your child athlete to succeed, you may be fostering the inclination to be selfish. Here are some tips that may help you support your special diver in a healthy and nurturing manner: Being a dreamer – Loving parents have big dreams for their kids. It is only normal you want the best for their future. Just make sure you and your child are on the same page. All too often a child may want to develop diving skills simply for fun and making new friends, while parents have Olympic dreams and see gold medals ahead. Not all student divers want to compete at this level. Identifying with your child – Parents who have close relationships with their kids clearly identify with them. Just make sure you are not neglecting your child’s feelings by...

How Young Springboard Divers Can Deal With Failure

Springboard diving in San Diego is a popular sport with kids and parents alike because it promotes fun, confidence, and leadership skills. So what is the best way for kids to face failure in their athletic activities? First of all, Dive San Diego doesn’t view a diver’s inability to achieve a goal as a traditional failure. Whether a student diver hits his goals or falls short, it is a learning experience that will lay the tracks to success, and if it takes some a little longer to reach that destination, that’s okay. The best San Diego springboard diving coach offers lessons that are catered to each individual’s learning styles and special needs. The word “failure” has no meaning so long as the team supports itself, strives for improvement, and has fun while building valuable skills along the way. However, we are all human, and when kids don’t hit their mark the first or second time, they may feel less motivated or insecure. Here are some things to consider. Failure in Springboard Diving Has Early Roots Difficult to See Student and competition springboard divers have expectations: they imagine winning the meet, and they imagine successfully executing a difficult dive they practiced 100 times. When they don’t meet these expectations they can become very hard on themselves, lose confidence, and enter a slump that has direct consequences on performance. This is why Coach Marnie Young is widely celebrated for being the best San Diego springboard diving coach, let alone one of the best in the sport at a nationwide level. Her background in applied athletics and child psychology and development equips...

San Diego Springboard Diving: Turning Kids Into Leaders

Just ask any good parent what they want for their kids, and they will say they want them to be happy, healthy, and successful in life. When kids enroll in San Diego springboard diving and work with Coach Marnie Young, not only do they learn the essential skills required to be skilled divers; kids also learn the valuable social skills and gain the confidence they need to be leaders both on and off the diving board.  Communication Skills Build Leaders The best leaders in sports and in the world of business must learn to communicate their ideas and instructions with crystal clarity. When it comes to springboard diving lessons communication skills are taught as early as divers taking instructions from their coach. Springboard diving involves the ability to focus and concentrate, it relies on intricate and technical accouterments, and it demands emotional and psychological maturity in the face of both victory and defeat. Students who enroll in San Diego springboard diving lessons under the mentorship of Coach Marnie learn to listen and take direction, and sometimes this means doing things that they would rather do their own way. Once students follow Coach Marnie’s instructions and develop as skilled divers through her proven methods and leaderships, they take a lot away from the experience and lead by example while doing things the right way as opposed to a method that appears to have shortcuts. This in turn grants confidence, listening skills, and a belief in one’s self. Disappointment Leads to Joy Disappointment is a part of all sports, including springboard diving. A student diver might be having a bad day;...

San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons: The Perfect Summer Activity for Kids!

Summer officially started last week, and it proves it’s going to be a hot one! Parents are advised to keep a close watch on their kids for signs of heat exhaustion and are told to keep them hydrated. So why not enroll your kids in a safe and fun outdoor activity that builds confidence, leadership skills, and keep them cool? This summer Dive San Diego headed by Coach Marnie Young is offering affordable San Diego springboard diving lessons to kids of all ages and abilities, and it will provide a memorable experience for kids and parents where new skills will be learned, and amazing friendships will develop. Is Springboard Diving Safe for Kids? San Diego springboard diving lessons are one of the safest activities for kids, and the sport has an amazing safety record. In fact a large number of kids nationwide are crossing over from gymnastics to diving due to the high-impact injuries from landing on hard surfaces, and the strain gymnastics causes on the knees. In springboard diving kids land in soft water with virtual zero impact while still being able to perform a variety of somersaults. Like gymnastics, it is a sport kids can enjoy on many levels from club meets to national contests. Coach Marnie Young’s San Diego springboard diving lessons also provide the training required for kids to safely participate in meets that drawn Olympic celebrities like Greg Louganis pictured here with a young DSD diver. Coach Marnie has been safely conducting San Diego springboard diving lessons for over 20 years, and as a champion diver herself, she has the experience of competing at...

San Diego Springboard Diving: Conquering the Fear of Heights

Most likely, you have heard people say that “real life” and what is projected in movies rarely provides a viable match. But if you ever watch the 1990 film ‘Diving In’, you will be confronted with a common theme in springboard diving: the fear of heights. In this film a high school diver fights his fear of heights to get onto the diving team only to learn he must perform the high dive in order to compete. The film is, of course, layered with drama for the purpose of storytelling, and presents an unlikely and terrible twist personified in the team’s coach who calls the high school diver a loser. Our San Diego springboard diving club prides itself on the finest coaches who not only provide the best technical training, but who also emotionally support divers with love, praise, and never-ending encouragement. With the best support available anywhere in San Diego springboard diving comes understanding and facing various challenges that can come in the guide of both physical and psychological obstacles. The fear of heights is what we will focus on here. How High is Too High? When divers participate in the sport they love with a fear of heights, the discomfort can set in at a height of nine feet and at fifty feet and equally pack the same fear intensity. Nine feet may not seem too high, but once you are standing on the board looking down, it can feel intimidating for some. Having been a former member of the Great American High Diving Team, San Diego springboard diving coach Marnie Young understands first hand that height...

Springboard Diving VS Gymnastics: What is the Parental Buzz?

Let’s face it, springboard diving and gymnastics share some common ground, however they are entirely different—just ask a parent! Recently our San Diego springboard diving coach Marnie Young sent questionnaires to parents to gain insight and feedback regarding the club and the perception of this amazing sport. The response was overwhelmingly positive and eye opening, especially in the feedback parents gave when asked how springboard diving compares to other sports their kids were involved in. It came to no surprise that gymnastics was the common comparison made by parents, so we decided to explore this topical juxtaposition. Springboard Diving is Safer, Right? Indeed springboard diving is a much safer sport than gymnastics because the risk of injury is significantly lower. When it comes to determining the safety of springboard diving Dr. Wes Zimmerman collected a bibliography on competitive diving, as well as articles and medical records dating back to 1985 and determined that, due to the low rate of injuries, springboard diving is a safe sport if a qualified coach is involved. San Diego springboard diving lessons promote safety and fun above anything else. With a perfect safety record the coaching staff continues to protect students and educate divers in injury prevention ranging from dryland training with trampolines and harnesses, to the takeoff and various somersaults that compose a perfect and safe dive. Although springboard diving is considered a collision sport due to the impact divers make with water on entry, it is much safer because water is softer that the hard ground. Gymnastics and springboard diving both require prime fitness, core strength, spotting skills, tumbling, balance, and a...

Springboard Diving San Diego: Why Diving Helps Kids get Better Grades

Springboard diving doesn’t just build confidence and leadership skills, according to Pennsylvania State University and the University of South Carolina, kids who are active participants in club sports like springboard diving in San Diego prove to get better grades.  These two universities studied data from9,700 students aged 14-18 from urban, suburban, and rural areas and looked at those who participated in extracurricular activities like the springboard diving offered through Club Dive San Diego, and they also looked at students immersed in academic, vocational, and performing arts clubs. These studies scrutinized the correlations between the types of after-school activities and the student’s grades as well as their likeliness to progress on to higher education. They found that students who lived in rural areas or in the countryside were more likely to participate in extra curricular activities. The most interesting finding however was that according to the Times Educational Supplement team sports was the only extracurricular activity that saw significant and consistent positive effects on student’s grades throughout all schools both public and private. So why is springboard diving such a great option as a fun way to help a student perform with continuous good grades? Why Springboard Diving San Diego is Good for Academics Coach Marnie Young is the best springboard diving coach in San Diego for many reasons. Aside from being loved by kids and parents for the loving way she trains her students whom she regards as family, she also trains in a way to help students perform better in school when they are off the diving board. The Director of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers...

Springboard Diving San Diego: Going Forward in 2015

Happy New Year, and welcome to Dive San Diego, the best springboard diving lessons and training club in San Diego County! 2014 was an amazing year that saw the development of many of our divers through our many programs, and the outlook for 2015 looks to be even better! Our 2015 focus is to continue the successful path we have created for our students through the best springboard diving lessons in San Diego, and through amazing leadership and mentoring. We are training our high school divers for college, our intermediate divers for high school diving, and when it comes to our beginner divers we focus on the FUNdamentals of diving: the building blocks to learning harder dives and having FUN while doing it! Our head San Diego diving coach Marnie Young has established a new San Diego Dive league to help foster the sport of diving with our valued community members. We believe this will help us drive the sport of diving into the awareness of our various communities and present kids, parents, special needs athletes, and all others with a challenging and rewarding sport that is fun and can help develop other areas of one’s life. One of our biggest changes has been in facilities. While we still use our team training location at Monroe St. Carlsbad for San Diego springboard diving lessons, we are excited to announce that Dive San Diego has expanded to a new pool. The Alga Norte Aquatic Complex in Carlsbad offers springboard diving students and diving coaches an incredible learning environment to perfect our student divers and help the meet their goals. This...

Interview with San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons Coach Marnie Young

The world of diving is an amazing landscape that opens many opportunities up to people and kids of all age range, abilities, and backgrounds. This is why taking San Diego springboard diving lessons from our locally based Dive San Diego club is so magical and rewarding for kids. When parents look for San Diego springboard diving lessons one of the first criteria they place the most emphasis on is the coach. When it comes to coaching a successful student diver will need the following from a good San Diego springboard diving coach: Experience Education Passion Genuine care on and off the board A ton of heart Coach Marnie Young possesses all of these attributes, and so much more. If you are considering San Diego springboard diving lessons for your son or daughter, please read the following interview with Coach Marnie, and then pay her and her students a visit, attend a training session, watch a meet, and behold the magic unfold between coach and students in this incredible sport that builds good health, agility, and confidence in young people. Interviewer: What drew you to diving? Coach Marnie: I had dived when I was young at our community pool in Whittier through a recreational program. It wasn’t until I was in Jr College when I was in a gymnastics class that I was told they were dropping the gymnastics program and would I like to dive. I had been on a swim team from 7-14 so was excited to try diving. I fell in love with it and was determined to become a college diver. My Jr. college Mt. Sac...

San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons: Where Cliff Diving Plays a Role

Did you know that the finest platform diving institutions like Dive San Diego have origins that trace back to ancient customers that were designed to demonstrate courage? As a competitive entity the first recordings of organized diving under the canopy of competition stem form the Hawaiian cliff divers in 1770. Located on Lanai between the islands of Maui and Molokai, warriors hurled themselves from cliffs into turbulent seas to demonstrate their courage, earn respect from elders, and gain the admiration of local women. Today when you participate in your springboard diving lessons and you engage in spotting exercises you are actually carrying on a tradition set by native Hawaiians from hundreds of years ago, as they would find a spot to focus on for placement purposes. Therefore, the exciting world of springboard diving in San Diego County and in places all over the world stem from an extreme sport that fuels the drive of young people today! Cliff Diving Inspiration Unless a San Diego springboard diving student or coach has actually done it, it is impossible to understand how cliff diving has a certain degree of soul to it that, while all formed of diving are soulful, this one is in a league of its own. The spiritual connection to nature penetrates the core a little differently from diver to dive. But just ask anyone who has participated in the extreme sport of cliff diving and you will hear that it fosters a special bond with Mother Nature and the elements. In fact some San Diego springboard diving coaches have either tried it, or you have those rare ones...

Getting Your Kids Into Springboard Diving Lessons

So you are interested in signing your kids up for springboard diving lessons through Dive San Diego under the skills and care of the award-winning Coach Marnie Young? Perhaps you saw your son or daughter flipping off the diving board at that last pool party, or you saw how much fun your kids were having bouncing and tumbling on the trampoline. As parents we want nothing more to see our kids mature into good, hard-working people while staying safe and happy. By following some simple guidelines you can get your kids participating in some exciting and fun-filled San Diego springboard diving lessons in no time and ready to compete with pride in honor in their very first meet! Who is the best Springboard Diving Coach in San Diego? The best springboard diving coach in San Diego will be someone with the education, experience and passion for the sport of diving and for the welfare of children. She will be diverse in her skillset, educational background and curriculum. It goes without saying that a good coach will be able to teach a forward 2 ½ somersault, but locating a springboard diving coach who maintains a flawless safety record and who has the passion and drive to see kids succeed on and off the board is essential to the DNA of the perfect coach. Here are some things to look our for: Certifications and licenses Educational experience with children Diverse resume Always promoting safety A skilled communicator Recommended by pools and school district Having a springboard diving coach with all the certifications and licenses is a no brainer, but ask yourself...

San Diego Springboard Diving Lessons: How Parents can Help Kids be more Confident

Kids these days already have a degree of confidence. Whether it means going to a new school, getting up in front of their class and speaking, or taking a test, kids all have levels of confidence. But their confidence can always be increased to help them succeed both academically, socially, and help them prepare to be successful, happy adults. As parents we want to help our kids be strong, confident people, and there are a number of things you can do to foster this from within. For over 20 years Dive San Diego has been helping kids with their confidence, and showing parents how they can help play a greater role in their children’s overall outlook on life. All good parents drive in that “can-do-attitude” to help their kids understand that through hard work and a positive mindset they can accomplish anything, Here are some tips that have proven to be successful. Focus on Results Telling your kids that they are great is important, and of course all kids love to hear it. But true self-confidence surfaces from a concrete connection with competence. Kids truly develop their confidence not because they are told they are awesome, but because they do awesome things and find achievement. When this happens is can unleash a domino effect in which they strive to find success on other avenues and outlets. For example, if your son aces a history exam it will likely encourage him to study harder for the science project that is due next month. If your daughter is a fast swimmer and beats friends and family in friendly competitive races, she...

Springboard Diving San Diego Lessons: Drills and Why We do Them

Drills are a vital part of sports, and when you sign up with Coach Marnie Young and Dive San Diego you will be working with one of the best springboard diving coaches in the country.  An exceptional springboard diving coach is always cognizant of every aspect that matters in the development of a student diver regardless of their experience or age. When you take springboard diving San Diego lessons you will be introduced to a number of elements vital to the success of your progression in the sport, including diving drills. When examining the face of springboard diving, most coaches and students are unable to understand the importance of drills. Structured repetitive exercises conflict with the “ off the shelf” and “ready-to-go” philosophy that so many embrace in the sport of springboard diving. But our springboard diving lessons embrace drills because Coach Marnie understands that muscle memory and attention to detail can win meets and develop divers to the levels they aspire to reach. One of the biggest challenges that springboard diving coaches face is that teens and young divers in our current generation are only motivated by that which can be obtained quickly and with little effort.  But the fact of the matter is that springboard diving students who really want to excel in the sport must work hard to embark on that road, and drills that students typically face in springboard diving lessons offered by the top coaches will experience this, and improve greatly. The following are some drills that makeup the best part of springboard Diving San Diego lessons in the entire county: Kick Out Drills...

As it is our mission to provide the greatest atmosphere for divers and parents by offering exceptional training workshops and springboard diving lessons, we are also passionately determined to help educate our divers and parents from the comfort of home by presenting a blog. Our blog strives to help divers with a plethora of issues that revolve around the sport of diving that they can use in their springboard diving lessons, at school, and at home. We also strive to create content that parents can use as resources. We invite you to leave comments, offer suggestions and help enrich our online community.  Thank you!