2017-2018 Policies & Procedures
How to Enroll with Duke Diving
A parent must register at www.dukediving.com, pay tuition and register with USA Diving and AAU for insurance purposes. Please notify the office of any changes to your contact information.
To Cancel Enrollment
A parent must complete and e-mail a withdrawal card no later than 30 calendar days prior to the end of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a student attends classes within any given month, tuition is due for the entire month. Duke Diving does not pro-rate for students who withdraw mid-month.
September – June Tuition is based on an average of four weeks per month. No additional charges will incur for those months with extra class days. Conversely credit will not be given for those months with less class days due to holidays. Please refer to our calendar of events for a complete list of holidays. Credit will not be given due to missed classes. Please see our absence policy.
June-August Tuition will be based on an average of four weeks per month. Practice times change considerably during the summer; therefore, summer tuition fees will apply.
Lessons- Summer League rates apply
Competitive Teams- Additional training hours rates apply
Tuition is due before the first day of each month, after which a $10.00 processing charge will incur. Bills are only sent to overdue accounts. Students will be automatically dropped from their classes if accounts become one month past due.
Duke Diving only accepts monthly credit card withdrawals. Please, no cash, checks, or money orders.
Credit will not be given due to missed classes; however, make-ups can be scheduled through Duke Diving. Make-ups can be scheduled in advance in specific make-up classes or the week of the make-up in a same level class with openings. Make-ups once scheduled cannot be re-scheduled for any reason. If a student misses class due to an injury and is under a doctor's care, please contact the administration staff to discuss options for holding your child's place in class without charge. However, we must have a doctor's note for your child to return to class.
Students more than 10 minutes late to class may be asked to reschedule the lesson. It can be both disruptive and dangerous for a child to enter class late and miss the warm-up activities. We agree to supervise your children during their scheduled class times, but we do not have the staffing to supervise your children outside of these scheduled times. Therefore, children who are dropped off more than 10 minutes before class or picked up more than 10 minutes after class will be charged a fee. This fee is $10 for the first 10 minutes and $1 for each minute after that.
It is recommended that girls wear a one-piece suit. Zippers, buckles, or buttons on the students' clothing should be avoided. Long hair needs to be secured back out of the student's
face. No rings or other jewelry should be worn while in class. Duke Diving is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Children must be escorted into and out of the gym by an adult, and must be accompanied by a coach when on any equipment.
Duke Diving reserves the right to remove students from the gym area if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, arising from disobedient, defiant, or disrespectful behavior.
Children must be supervised at all times when in the pool, no diver may enter the pool until instructed to do so by a coach.
Skills Week occurs every other month and is designed to provide feedback and motivation as divers move through the program. Learn to Dive athletes will be assessed and awarded certificates for the skills they have mastered. For the Skill levels please see Duke Diving Skill Levels.
When your child is ready to advance, the coach will e-mail you with move up instructions. Please understand that if a space is not available in the next level at a workable time, you may put your child's name on a waiting list. Your child is then encouraged to continue attending their current class until we notify you of an available space. Please see a summary of the levels below:
Open to all ages (5-18) and divers will work through levels 1-6. For more information on levels please see the Teams tab.
Diver will be invited to join this group at the discretion of the Coaches.
Divers will be invited to join this group when they have mastered Level 6.
Divers in development and Elite Mini will be invited into this group at the discretion of the Coaches. All divers must have mastered level 6.
Divers in Elite will be invited into this group at the discretion of the Head Coaches.
Please be aware our full time coaches work 6 days a week, mainly in the evening so their personal time is extremely valuable. Please respect their time and keep all contact during the day. Coaches will not have meetings, accept calls or answer texts in the evenings or during their day off. Please email coaches and they will reply on their next working day. However we do appreciate emergencies may occur and in this circumstance, we coaches will reach out to the diver and or parent for medical updates.
Parents Practice Procedures
During the gym sessions, parents are asked to sit by the door and back walls of the gym out of the way of the equipment. Parents and divers are asked not to sit on any equipment, including the pole vaulting matting. No divers or parents are permitted on any equipment other than during class. Parents are asked not to coach, yell or scream to their child. During any practice session in the pool, the parents or guardians will not be permitted on deck. The parents may watch practice in the stands.
Parents are also asked not to coach, yell or scream down from the stands to their child, or anyone else’s child. Our coaches are specifically trained and are working with your child to make them the best athlete possible. Coaching them during sessions or after may provide conflicting information and inhibit your childs learning process.
No divers or parents are permitted to use the fire exit doors on deck.
Videoing at Dive Practice
We ask that parents refrain from videoing at dive practice. We understand that you may want to celebrate a new dive by videoing it so divers can show their friends and family, which is acceptable. However videoing regular practice for later analysis by the parent is prohibited as this may provide conflicting information and again inhibit the divers progress.
When preparing recruiting videos please contact your coach via email so they can plan sessions around video sessions in advance to enable the best video possible.
When Duke Diving Club takes the team to a competition, they are expected to behave in a way that executes good sportsmanship. This means that they do not get overly upset and yell, cry, or scream when they do a bad dive, or when someone else beats them in an event. Divers are also required to stay and cheer for their teammates while they compete, unless otherwise specified by your coach. Please do not leave a dive meet site without letting a coach know.
During a competition, the divers are required to wear their Duke Diving Club apparel, and represent Duke Diving Club proudly.
Divers must communicate with their Coaches prior to booking training camps at alternative teams or programs. Our coaching staff will then review that divers current training plan and schedule and whether any alternative training camps are in the best interest for the athletes training and competition.