The Longhorn Aquatics Diving program offers quality instruction in Olympic-style diving for ages six and up at all skill levels. Our members range from beginners to National and Olympic caliber divers. All diving groups have access to two overhead spotting stations, a bubble machine (sparging system), dry diving board, and two trampolines.
Entry into any of the diving programs described below requires an onsite try-out and an invitation from the head diving coach.
The Future Longhorns group is where the team’s newest divers learn the fundamental skills of the sport of diving while developing a comfort and familiarity with the springboards and platforms. They attend two to four practices per week and incorporate light stretching and dry land activities into their training. Once members attain the minimum dive requirements, they will attend some AAU and USA Diving meets. The primary goal of this group is to develop greater physical fitness and coordination while fostering an interest in and enjoyment of the sport of diving. Members will progress towards upper-level groups.
- Future Longhorns 2 (FL2) is for new and current athletes who are interested in learning the most basic diving fundamentals in a fun and safe atmosphere. Divers will be assigned to a group based on a try-out and evaluation by the coach. The FL2 group practices twice a week.
- Future Longhorns 3 (FL3) is for divers progressing through the Future Longhorn program who demonstrate the necessary fundamental, directional skills on both 1m/3m springboard to compete at the Novice/JO meets. FL3 members are encouraged to participate at local club meets if dive lists are ready. Workouts are 3 times per week.
- Future Longhorns 4 (FL4) is the most advanced beginning diving group. Enrollment in FL4 requires a coach’s recommendation based on merit from past FL stages. Members progress towards a competitive Junior Olympic list with a strong foundation of basic skills on 1m, 3m & Platform. Must possess desire to compete at all local meets. Workouts are four times per week.
This group is for divers ages 9 – 18 years old that are interested in advancing their skills from Future Longhorn to the JO (Junior Olympic) level. Although they already have the minimum requirements to compete at either the Novice or Junior Olympic level, these divers are working toward learning more difficult optional dives in all directions. They strive to achieve a greater consistency in the execution of their dives, both in practice and during competition, and they incorporate assigned improvement techniques into their activities away from the pool. Intermediate Longhorns practice 3 days per week. The divers also possess the desire and ability to complete any conditioning and dryboard/trampoline sets assigned during practice. This group is expected to train for both the US Diving championship meets and AAU Nationals (as appropriate). Members attend some meets during the year and will be expected to attend USA Diving Regionals and any qualified meets after. Membership is by coach’s invite only.
Elite Longhorn and Podium Longhorn
Elite and Podium Longhorns are the most advanced diving groups in Longhorn Aquatics. Enrollment is open to ages 9-18 years old and is by coach’s invite only. Membership requires registration with both AAU and USA Diving. In addition to attending all team practices, members make an effort to improve their diving when not at the pool by incorporating stretching, weight training, mental preparation, and general fitness augmentation strategies into their daily routines. Moreover, they are leaders of the team and act at all times with the decorum becoming of a member of Longhorn Aquatics and compel others to do the same.
- Podium Longhorns are national caliber divers who have qualified for the US Diving National Championships and/or International competition. Committed to attending all US Diving meets unless prequalified. Expected to practice 5-6 per week.
- Elite Longhorns is for divers who have yet to qualify for the US Diving National Championships but possess comparative skills to the Podium group. Committed to attend all US Diving meets qualified for. Expected to attend 5 practices weekly.
High School Training (September-February Only)
A specialized group for high school divers ages 13-19 years old. Geared towards 1m springboard only, focused on developing 6 and 11 dive lists for High School diving season. Must be in high school to join. Participants are not required to attend local club diving meets.
Join Diving Checklist
Schedule a Try-Out*
Provide proof of AAU and/or USA Diving membership**
Submit a physical completed in the past 24 months, or a signed physician’s authorization form
*Try-outs must be scheduled with Jim Zagaria
**All divers must register with AAU before attending first practice (AAU Club Code from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016 is WW689Y). Elite and Podium Divers must also register with USA Diving in addition to AAU. A copy of your current membership card(s) must be submitted within 30 days of joining the team.