Here are some answers for a few of the more common questions we have heard about joining the dive program at Phantom Lake Club.
 

 

How do I register my child for dive team?  What does it cost?

You must first be a member of Phantom Lake Pool or a member of another Midlakes pool that does not already have a dive team.

Click on the Registration link in the site navigation, then select the Dive Team link.

Dive Team is $150 per diver for the 2021 summer dive season. This includes your diver's registration fee for dive season championships.
 

Can my child try out dive team before committing to the whole season?

We encourage curious swimmers to come check out Dive Team.  Two options exist for potential divers before they join.

    Trial class

  • Your athlete can attend one trial practice without paying for the full season if his/her forms are completed and extended insurance is purchased ($16) from AAU.
  • In order to attend the trial practice, please register for Dive Team through the website and simply indicate payment by check.  All forms must be filled out - Lystedt Concussion and Risk of Injury. 
  • Bring completed forms and also proof of your purchase of extended (AB) insurance coverage from AAU.  Directions can be found in the Dive Team registration page.
  • If your child loves the trial practice and wants to sign up, just bring the check for payment of the season fees along with the forms you turned in.

    Private lesson

  • An alternate method is to schedule a private dive lesson with our coach.  Coach details are on the Dive Coach page.
  • If your child enjoys the lesson and wants to sign up for dive team, he/she can join part way into the season.  Please register for Dive Team through the website.  All forms must be filled out - Lystedt Concussion and Risk of Injury. 
  • Bring completed forms and also proof of your purchase of extended (AB) insurance coverage from AAU to the next practic.  Directions can be found in the Dive Team registration page.
     

Does my diver need to buy a Phantom Lake Club team swimsuit?

  • Purchasing a Phantom Lake Club team swimsuit is not mandatory.  Many of our divers purchase one because they also belong to the Phantom Lake Club Swim Team. Team swimsuits will be available for purchase in 2021.
  • If your child would like to feel more coordinated with the rest of the team, he or she can wear a purple or black colored swimsuit if you don't purchase a team swimsuit.  
     

 

Does our family have to be a member at Phantom Lake Bath and Tennis Club in order to join the Dive Team?

    If you are not members here at Phantom Lake, you may still qualify to join our Dive Team.

 

Does my child need to be a great swimmer in order to join Dive Team?

  • Your child must feel confident in the water.  We recommend that he or she be able to tread water and swim half the length of the pool.  
  • You can schedule a private lesson with a swim or dive coach to help gain confidence before joining Dive Team.
     

My child does not feel comfortable going headfirst into the water yet?  Will Dive Team help with this?

  • We recommend that your child feel confident in the water before joining Dive Team.  Have him or her join us at a practice to watch and see if it feels like something he or she can do. 
  • You can schedule a private lesson with a swim or dive coach to help gain confidence before joining Dive Team.
     

How do I arrange a private dive lesson?  Does my child need to belong to Dive Team in order to have a lesson?

  • You can schedule a private lesson with a swim or dive coach to help gain confidence in the water before joining Dive Team or just for fun and learning.
  • Dive lessons can be arranged directly with the dive coach.  Lessons cost $20/half hour and $40/hour similar to other lessons for swim and tennis.  Payment is made in advance to the pool office.  Email [email protected] for information on purchasing lessons.

 

Do I have to volunteer if my child is on the dive team?

It is expected that all parents volunteer at a dive meet at least once and preferably twice.  You can either judge or work at the scoring table.  Announcing for the meet is another option.  We understand that everyone is busy and some are able to help more often than others. Please make every effort to help since we cannot host meets without volunteers.

 

I'm not clear on how to be a judge for a dive meet.

Judging can be fun!  You learn so much more by judging as you watch each dive more closely than you might normally.  To be a judge, you mainly evaluate three parts of each dive - the approach/hurdle, the flight, and the entry.  Each family should send a parent to the initial season dive meeting where judge training takes place.  If you missed it, then you can still help.  Talk to other parents who have helped judge at practices or during a meet and then you can help at the next meet.  Judging the younger divers is usually easier since their dives are more simple.

 

What is involved in working at the scoring table?

There are three or four volunteers needed for the scoring table at home meets.  The scoring jobs are a fairly straightforward and can be learned in the course of the meet without prior training.  This is a great first volunteer job.

  1. The recorder writes down the judges' scores on the diver's record sheet and strikes out the high and the low score. 
  2. The calculator then adds the remaining three scores and multiplies the result by the degree of difficulty (already listed on the dive sheet). 
  3. The verifier reviews and confirms or corrects the calculator's math and passes the dive sheet back to the announcer.
  4. The awards person takes all dive sheets at the end of the dive series for the age group and sorts them by score (after dividing into girls and boys as well as B and A divers).  Then determines which divers were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. and records the scores on the meet score sheet and completes the labels and provides them to the announcer.  The awards role can be done by the entire scoring team.