The KW Diving Club offers many opportunities for
EVERY LEVEL OF DIVING!
Since its inception in 1989, The KW Diving Club, (KWDC) has taken on many forms, from a roaming dive club moving from location to location with volunteer coaches to a more stable environment. In 1989, the club settled at the Waterloo YMCA and operated with volunteer help and monetary donations along with bingo nights organized by parent and coach volunteers. At this point in time the club had approximately ten young Learn to Dive Athletes.
With founding coach, Roland Lipki, at the helm, the club moved again in 1994, to its new home at the Waterloo Recreation Center. Just one year before making the Waterloo Recreation Center home, KWDC and Roland took their first diver to a Junior National Competition. This was the first of many accomplishments, both for Roland and his divers. Rebecca Barras trained with the club for a number of years and moved on to become one of the most decorated female athletes for the University of New Mexico. Rebecca became all American in her final year and eventually moved on to compete at the senior national level, competing in the University Games that same year. At the Common Wealth Games in March of 2006 Rebecca earned a bronze medal in synchro.
With a grant from the Communities in Action Fund, and two subsequent grants from the Trillium Foundation, KWDC created a premier dryland training centre on Manitou Drive in Kitchener, Ontario. This training center is surpassed by none in the Province of Ontario! The training center has 2 Olympic size trampolines, 2 dry diving boards, (where divers, under coach supervision, land on mats instead of water), a dry platform, and much more. This new training facility has taken KWDC to the next level in performance achievements!
In 2006 KWDC brought on renowned National Coach, Rob Wells. Rob parleyed the National program from a team of 4 divers in 2007 to the currently burgeoning team of 12 divers. His divers continually make national standards, continually medal at nationals and continually make the Junior National Team.
At the same time as the National program was taking shape, the Provincial program was also growing. From 2006 to 2013 the Provincial team of divers tripled in size and now boasts over 30 divers who are training at the Provincial level.
In 2013, KWDC received a grant from the Quest for Gold program, to hire a full-time coach for the Provincial team. Terri Breen, one of KWDC’s accomplished part-time coaches, took over that position. The Provincial program is well led by Terri. Under Terri’s guidance, the club has seen new classes, new strategies, and new dives from everyone.
KW Diving Club coaches are former divers, who know what it feels like to make that leap into the air. They work hard to ensure that you meet whatever goals you have set.