About Tuckahoe Dive

Tuckahoe offers instructional and team opportunities for our youth members (18 and under) to dive competitively. Our Dive Team competes in the NVSL during the summer, and we offer the Tuckahoe Winter Dive program to allow our athletes to improve their skills and strength during the winter months between seasons.

Tuckahoe Dive Progression

Registration Skills for Level I Suggested Skills to Move onto Level II
  • Beginner
  • Can swim 15 meters
  • Unafraid of deep water
  • Able to jump into pool from raised level
  • One-step hurdle
  • Forward dive tuck
  • Back dive
  • Forward somersault
  • Emerging inward dive
  • Watermelons

Registration Skills for Level II Suggested Skills to Move onto Level III
  • Full hurdle
  • Full Press Back jumps
  • Full Press Back dives
  • Forward dive tuck
  • Forward somersault
  • Proficient Mummy jumps from diving board
  • Watermelons from side of pool
  • One-step hurdle
  • Forward dive tuck
  • Back dive
  • Forward somersault
  • Emerging inward dive
  • Lemon-drops

Registration Skills for Level III
  • Forward Dive in Tuck and Pike
  • Forward 1 ½ ss
  • Back Dive Tuck
  • Back 1 ss
  • Inward dive
  • Emerging Reverse dive
  • Forward 1 somersault 1 twist

DIVE COACHES AND TEAM REPS

Coaches: 

Our Dive Team is led by Tor Strom and the Tuckahoe Winter Dive Program is led by Shannon Eagan.

Dive Team Reps:

Dive Team Representatives are member volunteers, who love and support the TRC Dive Team! We are grateful to Saira Smith for her dedication to the coaches and team.

Want to join the Flying Tigers and experience what it’s like to dive through the air and splash into the water? No experience necessary! Please reach out to our team rep at dive@tuckahoe.club .

When does registration begin?

Registration for the 2022 Summer season will open in the spring. Registration for Tuckahoe Winter Dive will open 8/29.

When does dive season start and end?

Dive season typically runs from around Memorial Day until the end of July with daily practices during the week and meets occurring in late June and through July.

Can my child be on the dive team and other Tuckahoe teams like swim and tennis?

Yes!  We have a number of divers who are on multiple teams.

Are there “Try Outs” for the dive team?

No tryouts are necessary!  We welcome divers – even those with no experience. We have excellent coaches that help divers at all levels. We want to make this a fun summer and winter experience for the kids!

General requirements for joining the Tuckahoe Dive Team are as follows:

  • Divers must be members of Tuckahoe Recreation Club in good standing
  • Divers must be between the ages of five and eighteen as of June 1st (exceptions made at Coaches discretion)
  • Kids must be able to jump off the board and swim to the side of the pool unassisted

What suit should divers wear?

For practice, divers may wear any suit they wish to, however, we encourage a one-piece suit that fits snugly with little drag. We will not participate in NVSL meets this year so divers are not required to wear Tuckahoe team suits.

Do all divers need a cap?

No. Caps are not recommended.

Does an adult need to remain at Tuckahoe during practice?

We do not have a set rule regarding dropping off a child at practice but it is not uncommon for our youngest divers to have an issue during practice that requires parental help. Our coaches and volunteers are not in a position to leave practice to care for a diver in such event. We therefore strongly encourage that all of our 8 and under divers have an adult at TRC that may assist the child should they be unable to complete practice.

If you intend to have another individual stay with your children during practice, please note that Tuckahoe By-laws require all visitors to be members or pay a guest fee each day they visit including when attending a Dive practice. You will need to make the appropriate arrangements with our front desk staff in advance. For our older divers, in most situations, it is reasonable to “drop off” assuming you intend to return before practice ends.

Are Coaches available for Private Lessons?

No private lessons are available at this time

When is an appropriate time to speak to Coaches?

Questions can be addressed after practice or at other times around the dive well. Coaches are also available to answer questions via email but please recognize that their jobs do not allow them the ability to check email routinely throughout the day. Feel free to communicate with the Dive Team Reps regarding ancillary team issues, not related to coaching or dive development.

Our Coaches and divers work best together when they are able to concentrate on each other during practice. While our coaches like to be available to parents, please do not disturb a coach during practice to ask questions, and please also try to avoid “hovering” over the practice. Anyone not participating in an ongoing practice is asked to stay a reasonable distance away from our dive well so as to not disturb the coaching staff or distract the divers. Only if necessary, our Coaches and Team Reps may ask people to leave the practice area so the divers can concentrate.

What is my volunteer commitment?

The dive team is a small but tight community that relies on volunteers.  We ask that you remain open to assist as needed. 

What are the Tuckahoe-only Black and Gold and “Black and Old” Meets?

The Black and Gold meet is an opportunity for both divers and volunteers to participate in a “practice” meet.  It is also a great opportunity to hang out with other dive families at the beginning of the season.

The “Black and Old” meet is our end-of-season meet where the kids’ judge and the parents dive.  Get your cannonballs ready! Trophies will be awarded at this event.

How will I receive news and information?

We communicate mostly through email.  You can contact a Dive Team Rep at dive@tuckahoe.club with any questions or concerns.

What is the weather policy?

The outdoor dive well will remain open even if it’s raining but will close if there is thunder and lightning, along with the outdoor pool. If it is raining hard enough, practice may be suspended just like if there is thunder and lightning. In both cases, if the rain/storm is not letting up, we may cancel practice. At this time we only have plans to use the outdoor pool. 

If we have to cancel practice either before it starts or once it has started, we will send out an e-mail, so please check for that in case of inclement weather.  Sometimes it will obviously be at the last minute. In addition, we plan to not only make sure that pool management is included in our cancellation e-mail, but we will also give the front desk a call to inform them directly.

We love our volunteers – because they are the heart of our dive team!  Dive Team Reps will reach out via email to let families know of any volunteer opportunities.

If you still have questions regarding Dive, please email aquatics@tuckahoe.net.