Children ages 5-18 are welcome to participate on the Knights Dive Team, although younger child participation is based on their ability to swim from the board to the side of the pool. We welcome newcomers to try it out for a few practices before committing to the team.
Diving is a safe, fun, and exciting sport and divers can learn new skills at every practice. Your child can learn new skills in a safe environment and develop a positive self-image; gain grace, balance, and strength; and improve sportsmanship and leadership skills. And they will learn the difference between horseplay and having fun.
There are four levels in which to compete:
Level Age Dives Required
Freshman 10 & Under 3 Juniors 11-12 4 Intermediate 13-14 5 Seniors 15-18 6
The Dive Team participates in “A” meets during the season. In addition to these meets, divers may have the opportunity to participate in a 3-meter meet and the Crackerjack meet for our beginning divers, depending on availability of parent volunteers.
Q: Why summer dive?
Plain and simple - it is fun. Even the littlest ones enjoy jumping off the diving boards and that is a great place to start. Summer dive provides a unique opportunity for your child to develop as a diver, make friends, and be a part of a community team with kids of all ages. The team includes divers at all levels and ages - those who are fairly new to the sport, returning summer divers, and year-round competitive divers. Let the fun begin!
Q: How does it work?
Daily after-school practices start right after Memorial Day and move to mornings and/or afternoon practices the first day of summer break. (see schedule) The competition season includes five dual team meets held on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. All meets follow standards and rules set by the NVSL.
Q: What is the NVSL?
The NVSL - Northern Virginia Swimming League - was founded in 1956 to sponsor competitive swimming and diving events and activities among community swimming pools in Northern Virginia and to develop in the children participating in this program – A love for the sport, advanced aquatic skills, teamwork and the principles of good sportsmanship. Today, NVSL dive is comprised of 47 teams competing in 8 divisions. Camelot will participate in Division 4 this year – providing a great balance between competitiveness and fun!
Q: My child doesn't yet know how to dive – can she be on the team?
If your child has enough water safety skills to swim from the diving board to the ladder comfortably and the enthusiasm to try then the answer is yes. To compete in a meet, those in the Freshman group (age 10 and under) only have to do a pencil jump, a front entry (otherwise known as a "fall in") and a back entry (or back "fall in"). In practice, coaches can even assist a new member on the board until he can comfortably do it on his own.
Q: Will my child participate in meets?
We are able to send 32 divers to each meet which often means we can send the whole team if they would like to participate and are able to perform their required dives safely. Meets are great fun with the whole team cheering everyone on.
Q: As a parent are there things I can do to volunteer?
We absolutely need everyone to pitch in. All meets are staffed by volunteers. We need judges, referees, table workers to help calculated scores, and for home meets, we need volunteers to run concessions. Most of our social events are done jointly with the Knights Swim team. As such, in addition to meets, we are looking for parents to help with social outings, team bagel breakfasts, pep rallies, and parties!