Junior Athlete Development

Junior Athlete Development Programs (JAD)

The Junior Athlete Development Program (JAD) consists of four levels, each with different goals and requirements. JAD provides a stepping stone for divers eager to move up into competitive diving and as a recreational level for divers who simply want to enjoy the sport.

For levels 1-3, dryland classes are not required, but strongly encouraged to promote steady progression. Entrance into all Junior Athlete Development levels is by invitation.

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There are four levels of Junior Athlete Development:

JAD Level 1

This level introduces more advanced skills built on the foundations acquired in Learn to Dive. Divers will be expected to challenge themselves as they improve their technique. Level 1 divers will be invited to compete at club level competitions. Classes at pool and dryland are 1.5 hours/week. Divers are welcome to sign up for multiple pool classes if they wish to dive more often.

  • Two of:
    Front dive tuck (101c)
    Front somersault tuck (102c)
    Back dive straight (201a)
    Inward dive (401c)
  • Pool time:  1 ½ hours a week
  • Dryland: Strongly encouraged – 1 ½ hours a week
  • Competition: in house competitions only

JAD Level 2

At this level divers continue learning new skills and improve technique. Pool and Dryland classes are 2 or 2.5 hours/week. Level 2 divers will be invited to compete at club level competitions, and may choose to compete regionally once they have mastered the required dives. For those who are planning on staying a recreational diver, this is an ideal class.

  • 101C Front dive tuck
  • 102C Front somersault tuck
  • 201A Back dive straight (with or without arm-swing)
  • 401C Inward dive tuck
  • Pool time: 2 hours/week
  • Dryland: 2 hours/week (strongly encouraged)
  • Competition: Not mandatory but strongly recommended (in house and regionally)

JAD Level 3

This level is aimed at divers who are committed to diving more frequently with the goal of joining a competitive team, however may not be ready to commit to the structure and requirements of our competitive programs. These divers train at the pool twice/week, and dryland is strongly encouraged at least once/week. Classes are 2 or 2.5 hours long. Divers at this level are invited to compete at club level competitions, or if they have the required skills, at provincial level competitions.

  • Level III dive list on 1m & 3m
  • Pool Time: 4 hours/week
  • Dryland: 2 hours/week
  • Competition: In house or regional competitions

Junior Provincial Team

This level is an age and ability based program for young divers who require more intensive training and aspires to dive at a competitive level. In order to be invited to this program divers must: listen to coaches and show an ability to make skill corrections; be 10 or younger; and demonstrate an eagerness to learn. Divers at this level will be invited to club level competitions and, if they have the required skills, provincial-level competitions.

  • 10 years old or younger
  • Demonstrated the willingness to learn
  • Aspire to eventually move into competitive program
  • Pool Time: 3 hours/week
  • Dryland: 3 hours/week
  • Competition: In house competitions for experience, then provincially once ready

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Some athletes come from a previous athletic discipline and may already meet the requirements needed to join our JAD or competitive team. These disciplines include, but are not limited to Gymnastics, Dance or Figure Skating.  Please send us an email to request a complete assessment.