Happy and Healthy Upstate Divers
Why Are Our Upstate Youth Divers so Happy and Healthy?
There are so many reasons – it’s hard to list them all. Here are the top 22:
Upstate Diving is fun. Jumping off a diving board into a big pool is a great fun! It’s activity that kids have enjoyed for decades.
Upstate Diving is Safe. Divers jump off a safe, well maintained diving boards into deep, clean water at the RIT pool. The staff is well trained in teaching correct fundamentals and making sure divers are staying safe. Diving has flexible springboards that do not pound the joints like other tumbling sports.
Upstate Diving is healthy exercise. Diving exercises are focused on core strength and overall fitness. Diving body control and getting out of the pool 50-60 times per practice is great for keeping kids moving and strong.
Upstate Diving is a social sport. Divers have downtime between each dive or skill to talk, dance and spend time with other kids that love to dive.
Upstate Diving teaches mental focus. Our experienced coaches help structure the practices to increase focus and helps kids focus on the details that help them improve.
Upstate Diving teaches mental toughness. As divers learn more, they are challenged to progress to more difficult dives. This constant challenge teaches them mental toughness they will need to overcome obstacles they will face outside the pool.
Upstate Diving helps flexibility. Every practice divers stretch and work on their flexibility. This helps muscles and joints to keep full range of motion and develop correctly.
Upstate Divers develop self-confidence. Divers learn a unique skill. When dives are performed with grace, poise and skill they are amazing to watch. Divers gain great self-confidence when they are able create something beautiful in the air.
Upstate Diving develops strength. The trampoline action of the diving board as well as the body weight exercises divers perform, help divers develop lean, strong bodies.
Upstate Divers learn how to set goals. Diving is not an easy sport to master. By learning how take large challenges and break them down to small achievable goals, kids find success in the goal setting process.
Upstate Divers learn self-discipline. By working on skills that require focus, determination and hard work, kids learn they are able master their thoughts and actions. These lessons are key components to kids achieving self-discipline.
Upstate Diving teaches healthy body awareness. Divers come in all shapes and sizes. We teach that healthy body image is created by exercise, eating right and not comparing yourself to anyone else.
Upstate Diving teaches poise. At upstate diving we teach and that winning is great and you should give all your efforts to try to win. Be a gracious and humble winner. But, if you come up short, you should lose with grace and dignity. Being composed and conducting yourself with poise at all times is an important principle for upstate divers.
Upstate Diving teaches respect. Coaches instill a sense of respect by treating the divers with the respect they deserve as young adults and teaching them to respect the rules of the game, other divers, officials, and coaches.
Upstate Diving teaches learning patterns. Upstate Diving has a systematic approach to learning new skills. This system of a strong foundation of fundamental skills and an organized pattern of skill development helps divers “learn to learn”. It is an efficient and effective way to learn and process information.
Upstate Diving teaches visualization. Upstate Diving teaches visualization in many parts of its instructional process. Visualization of three-dimensional rotating bodies and visualization for competition are regular components of upstate diving training.
Upstate Diving teaches leadership. Upstate divers have opportunities to lead in group exercises and diving rotations. Upstate divers also have the chance to teach younger divers basic skills and develop their leadership skills.
Upstate Diving builds character. Simple activities that are carried out each day in practice help build the individual character of each one of our divers. Picking up our practice area, setting up training equipment, such as our bubbler system, and cleaning our dryland facility help divers understand ownership and build character while taking care of the maintenance of our diving club.
Upstate Diving teaches sportsmanship. Upstate divers are taught to follow the rules of competition, respect their opponents and dive with class.
Upstate Diving Teaches Hard Work. Although we always love to have fun at upstate diving, we make sure that we have a healthy amount of hard work at every practice. Hard work drives our success and helps us to accomplish our goals.
Upstate Diving teaches personal accountability. During practice, divers are held accountable for the dives they do and the quality of their effort. During diving competitions divers compete individually. They are the only ones up on the diving board. Their performance is their own and they are responsible to themselves. Divers understand this and many divers relish the fact that they can succeed on their own. Of course they have the support of their coaches and family, but during the competition it is just one diver, the board and the judges. They do not need to rely on any other team member to be successful when it is their time to showcase their skills and do their individual dives.
Upstate Diving teaches skill mastery. There is nothing quite like mastering a skill. Being able to perform a complex skill with ease and beauty is a disappearing art-form. Divers at upstate diving are able to master the skills in diving because of a unique combination of elements. Upstate Diving has highly trained coaches, generous practice time, exceptional facilities, and state-of-the-art training equipment. Skill mastery is the pinnacle of achievement for our divers. They are able to showcase this mastery in competitions all over the country all the way up to the Olympic trials. Skill mastery is what they strive for. Skill mastery is the hallmark of an Upstate Diver.