NEWS


POSTED - TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2021

UPDATED SCHEDULE for the remainder of 2021


Friday, November 26 at VC - 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 27 at WC – 1:30 TO 3:30 pm

Friday, December 3 at VC - 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Saturday, December 4 at WC - NO PRACTICE

Friday, December 10 at VC - 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Saturday, December 11 at WC – 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, December 17 at VC - 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Saturday, December 18 at WC1:30 TO 3:30 pm



ALSO

I have created a new VIDEO page!

This will include National and Olympic Qualifiers, etc., (including Greg Luganis) performing dives you are performing, and will be learning!

They also reflect technique I teach in practice: so I suggest reviewing them often!

More will be added as I continue to add to the list!




POSTED - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021


Soooooo, As some of you might recall the Vaughn Center (VC) in Aurora had committed to renting their boards to us on Saturday's and Sunday's and 9-10 pm on weekday's until unexpected repairs on their indoor/outdoor slide in the kiddy pool area has cause their boards to become unavailable indefinitely.

During this time we maintained our contract with Wheaton College (WC) from 6-8 pm on Saturday's

A handful of you took advantage of these practices.


Last week the VC offered us Friday's from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. I jumped all over it, and signed a contract last Thursday!!

This is great news!!

Still not exactly perfect, but moving in the right direction!


As a result - the following information for the structure of our program is now in effect.....

starting this Friday Nov. 19th


Team practices are 2 hours long

Friday at VC - 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Saturdays at WC - 6 to 8 pm


If you are an existing or a new club team member please go to our CLUB TEAM page

to view the current registration and fees schedule

You will see November and December are prorated


If you are interested in our lessons please go to our LEARN TO DIVE page

to view registration and fees for our first session since the summer of 2021

Session 1 is 11 lessons long / full 12 lesson sessions will go into effect in January


Lessons are 1 hour long

4:30 to 5:30 pm at VC

6 to 7 pm at WC



All club and lesson divers must be registered with the AAU to be covered with insurance

before getting on a board

Our current club code is on our HOME page ($16-AB)


A 2021-22 meet schedule was also released last week! This is the first competition schedule since Covid started! Please see the MEET SCHEDULE page.






POSTED - TUESDAY, SEPT. 21,2021


Hello Everyone!, If you will be taking advantage of practices at Wheaton College

starting this Saturday, Sept. 25th, 6-8 PM

please review the required information below.....


No fees at this time ---- fees for Wheaton practices are inclusive in our monthly dues which will be established when we start up at the Vaughn Center in a few weeks

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THIS IS NOT A FUNCTION OF WHEATON COLLEGE

(PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COLLEGE FOR INFORMATION)

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Our contracted time includes 15 minutes before and after scheduled practices

Divers must wait in the lobby for the coach before entering the pool

We will enter the pool via a door in the same corner as the dive boards

Divers will have no access to any other areas of the facility but the pool and pool restrooms



CURRENT COVID MANDATES FOR THE COLLEGE

  • No locker room usage for the time being, come and go in your suits. Locker rooms may be used as rest rooms during practice but not for changing.

  • No parents/spectators allowed in the building

  • Hot tub is not available

  • All participants and coaches must be masked indoors at all times except while actually diving. Since divers could be waiting on deck between dives, they should maintain social distancing.



POSTED - FRIDAY, SEPT. 10


UPDATE ON POOL TIME FOR THIS FALL


We were on track to go on Saturday's and Sunday's at the Vaughan Center

and, I was going to post this yesterday........

Then, I was contacted yesterday and notified they will be starting construction this weekend on the diving board side of the pool. This work will close their boards Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays for the next 4 or 5 weeks (maybe less)! This work was always planned by the Park District and the decision to start this weekend was spur of the moment. The pool director just heard yesterday herself, at which time she contacted me. We cannot seem to catch a break! Vaughan did maintain their commitment to a long term annual contract with us once the construction is completed.

So, quickly scrambling, I went with our next option at Wheaton College for Saturday evenings from 6 - 8 PM from now through December. I will be signing that contract today, to start tomorrow. Thanks to the College for reacting so quickly on our behalf. They are truly a friend to the DDA!

Wheaton's facility includes (1) one meter and (1) three meter board

(please review their current Covid mandates below)


I realize this is not ideal, but gives us an opportunity to meet at least once a week during the construction period. Please do not worry about fees at this time, I just wanted to get this info out quickly before updating the website.

I apologize for any inconvenience and the last minute changes.

I do hope you all choose to stay with the DDA during this limited pool time period!

These are the contracted dates at Wheaton:


  • Sept 11, 25

  • Oct 2, 23 (12:45-2:45 p.m.), 30

  • Nov 6, 20, 27**

  • Dec 11, 18**



CURRENT COVID MANDATES FOR THE COLLEGE

  • No locker room usage for the time being, come and go in your suits. Locker rooms may be used as rest rooms during practice but not for changing.

  • No parents/spectators allowed in the building

  • Hot tub is not available

  • All participants and coaches must be masked indoors at all times except while actually diving. Since divers could be waiting on deck between dives, they should maintain social distancing.



PLEASE SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW


POSTED - WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1


NEW 2022 AAU CLUB CODE - W34YA8



RENTAL UPDATES

The Downers Grove North & South pools are not available for the 2022 school year

no time available

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Still waiting to hear back from Naperville North HS

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As before - The Vaughn Center is still an option



POSTED - THURSDAY, AUG 19


AERIAL TRAINING

WE CAN COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING DATES AS WE CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER

SUNDAY--------------AUGUST 29------------10:30 TO 11:30 AM

SATURDAY-----------SEPT. 4-----------------10:30 TO 11:30 AM

SUNDAY---------------SEPT. 5-----------------10:30 TO 11:30 AM


Please check the RESPONSE spreadsheet before choosing a slot



POSTED - SATURDAY, AUG 14


AS DISCUSSED - WE ARE ADDING ONE MORE SESSION TO CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER!

IT IS LABELED - END OF SUMMER

WE WILL STAY WITH OUR CURRENT TIME SLOT OF 8:30 TO 10 AM

AT THE AURORA COUNTRY CLUB (ACC)


SATURDAY ----------AUGUST 21----------8:30 TO 10 AM

SUNDAY--------------AUGUST 22-----------8:30 TO 10 AM

SATURDAY----------AUGUST 28------------8:30 TO 10 AM

SUNDAY--------------AUGUST 29------------8:30 TO 10 AM

SATURDAY-----------SEPT. 4-----------------8:30 TO 10 AM

SUNDAY---------------SEPT. 5-----------------8:30 TO 10 AM

$135.00

COACH TIM AND I HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT CONTINUING WITH AERIAL TRAINING THROUGH THIS LAST SESSION AND INTO THE FALL (WEATHER PERMITTING)

(PART OF THAT DISCUSSION WILL ENTAIL MAINTAINING THE CONVENIENCE OF THOSE SESSIONS BEING ON THE SAME DAYS AS POOL PRACTICE, AND POSSIBLE ALTERNATE DATES DEPENDING ON HIS SCHEDULE)

WHEN WE HAVE A SCHEDULE, I WILL LET YOU KNOW AND POST THAT INFORMATION

$5 CASH PER SESSION WILL CONTINUE

PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW IN THE PREVIOUS POST (July 18) TO VIEW AND REGISTER


ON ANOTHER NOTE


UPDATE ON POOL RENTALS FOR THE FALL


  • First, as of now I have a conformation from the Vaughan Center in Aurora for a schedule that is not the best hours, but it is available to us. They are offering Monday through Thursday from 9-10 PM / Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm / Sundays at any time. This is a permanent year round situation!

  • Second, Wheaton College is offering our same schedule with us as in past years of Saturdays' from 6-8 PM. This, we have primarily used for 3meter practices as this is only one of a few locations near us that have an indoor 3 meter board. A draw back is that Wheaton College still has strict covid mandates - masks indoors except when diving/no locker room usage/no parents allowed in the building.

  • Naperville North HS - I am waiting to here back from them.

  • Also investigating - the IMSA pool, the Downers Grove HS pools, the Oswego HS pool



POSTED - SUNDAY, JULY 18


REMINDER - NO PRACTICE MONDAY - NEXT PRACTICE WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 -

PRACTICES MOVE FROM 7:30 TO 9:00 AM TO (8:30 TO 10:00 AM)


ALSO


I'm happy to offer some aerial training on a trampoline with a spotting rig


This will be for Divers who want extra help with spinning, twisting, spotting, hurdles, or new dives, etc.


How is this happening?


I am bringing on an Assistant Coach as we look to the future expansion of the DDA!

His name is Tim Kane and he is a fellow Alum of Marmion military Academy

and, currently coaches the West Aurora HS Boys Dive Team

Last year--wanting to provide off season training for his Divers --Tim purchased a trampoline with a spotting rig and installed it in his backyard

and, he lives directly across the street from the entrance to the ACC!


So - here is my idea......

Starting next Wednesday, July 21, we will offer 15 minute time slots from 10:30 to 11:30 AM

on the days we have practice for $5 cash (on the spot) per 15 min. slot.

Below you will see links to register for these slots


Divers should bring a sweatshirt (and) shorts or pants to protect themselves

Enthusiastic Divers may sign up for multiple slots if they desire extra help and slots are available

These will be high powered sessions working on as much as possible within the 15 min. slot


Please check the 'response form' link below, before choosing a slot to see what spots are available

so we don't have overlap - this is a "view only" page


RESPONSE FORM


REGISTER


Please let me know if you have questions




POSTED - FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021

So - here is the schedule for the remainder of the summer of 2021 at the Aurora CC!

We will start this coming Monday, June 28

If you are a NEW lesson diver please plan on starting on July 2

Please read the note from the ACC manager below

I HAVE NOTICED SOME HAVE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE AAU,

YOU MUST DO THIS IN ORDER TO DIVE!

diveaau.org


Our 2021 AAU club code is WYE4TY

A map to the ACC is on the home page

Note - on July 21 the schedule will change from the 7:30 to the 8:30 schedule

1. MONDAY-------------JUNE ----28 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

2. WEDNESDAY-------JUNE ----30 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

3. FRIDAY---------------JULY ------2 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

4. WEDNESDAY-------JULY ------7 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

5. FRIDAY---------------JULY ------9 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

6. MONDAY-------------JULY -----12 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

7. WEDNESDAY------ JULY -----14 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

8. FRIDAY---------------JULY -----16 ---7:30 TO 9:00 AM

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9. WEDNESDAY-------JULY -----21 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

10. FRIDAY---------------JULY -----23 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

11. MONDAY-------------JULY -----26 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

12. WEDNESDAY-------JULY -----28 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

13. FRIDAY---------------JULY -----30 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

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14. MONDAY-------------AUGUST ---2 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

15. WEDNESDAY-------AUGUST ---4 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

16. FRIDAY---------------AUGUST ---6 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

17. MONDAY-------------AUGUST ---9 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM

18. WEDNESDAY-------AUGUST --11----8:30 TO 10:00 AM

19. FRIDAY---------------AUGUST --13 ---8:30 TO 10:00 AM


NOTE FROM THE MANAGER OF THE AURORA COUNTRY CLUB!


We do have a gate at our main entrance which is locked overnight. Our golf course superintendent opens the gate each morning around 4am. We typically have cleaning crews working in the club house by 5am. We do have a course dog (Bud) that runs the course in the mornings. We ask that as the divers drive up the entrance road, that they watch their speed and keep a watchful eye out for the maintenance crew and Bud. If for any reason a diver were to leave a car in the lot, it is important to understand that the car might end up locked in the lot overnight if it is left on site after closing time.



POSTED - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021


If you are new to this summer make sure you read the May 21 post below also!


Practices are from 5 - to - 7:00 PM Mon. thru Thurs.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday set-ups are negotiable (minimum of 5 divers per practice needed on weekends)



Contrary to what I mentioned below, We will probably not experience any capacity limits, so we should be able to get in any days we want for the entire summer! Club members will practice between 1 1/2 to 2 hours and lesson members for 1 to 1/2 hours. That being said, all divers can stay longer if they choose to do so. I will be there from 5 - 7:30 every practice. Temperatures tend to drop off after 6:30 so bring extra towels if you wish.


Remember - when you sign up for a particular day on the Swanson registration, please click the PRACTICE DATES link on the DDA Home page and mark those dates. It Goes to a google form so I know how many divers will be at practice on those days.


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POSTED - MAY 21, 2021


SWANSON POOL at Potawatomi Park in St. Charles is open this summer for diving access!!!


We used this facility at the end of last summer on a limited basis. It is a park district facility so they do cater to residents first and have registrations for use on a daily basis. The difference this summer is they will not have time slots, when you register it is for the day; and there is no mask mandate (!!!). This means we would be able to register for a particular day and then choose the time for practice!



So, here is my plan……


My goal for the summer was to try to secure a Monday through Thursday practice schedule. This would leave you unrestricted (from diving) family time for the weekends.


I will be available from 5 to 7:30 PM practice time. Attendance is absolutely up to you for practice. Again, with the pool staffing issues and numbers per day registration for these days might be hit and miss. If and when you ever sign up for a particular day on the Swanson registration, please click the PRACTICE DATES link on the DDA Home page and mark those dates. It Goes to a google form so I know how many divers will be at practice on those days.


If you look at my most recent email, the current club number is 13 and the waiting list is lengthy to say the least. Please know I am willing to accept any and all interested divers and try to make it work!! It has been a long year and kids need to get moving again!!


I would like to get started as early as Monday, May 31st.



---PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR ANY DAYS UNTIL I FINALIZE THINGS NEXT WEEK---




If you are interested, do this first……..


-Current Club members - Please update your AAU memberships

-New Club members - go to diveaau.org and register for the (youth membership Extended (AB)- $16)

-Lessons - same as new club members.


our 2021 club code is WYE4TY


------PRINT YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD AND CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES------




Once you do this a diver is covered with insurance at any pool or meet anywhere in the world.


No insurance - No practice


-Please go to our website and register for the club or lessons - just follow the directions. Club members, at this time - do not pay the annual coaches fee. Monthly dues are still in play.


How to register for days at Swanson pool:


  1. Go to - swansonpool.org

  2. Choose - purchase tickets

  3. Choose - Swanson pool general admission

  4. Choose - date (green is available)

  5. Choose - 11:00 AM

  6. Choose - # of people on top row - Gen. Adm. $11

  7. Complete contact info

  8. Agree to waiver

  9. Enter credit card info

  10. Complete processing



Let me know if you need help…..




If you are in a position of not wanting to be involved with the DDA this summer, please let me know and I will remove you from further emails. Thanks.




I will contact you all next week when I hear back from the STC Park District. At that time we can decide on the best time slot for practices on the choice days.