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Tom Trapp


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I can answer any questions pertaining to all levels of springboard and platform diving including : beginner lessons, intermediate, advanced, high school, Junior Olympic, AAU, Masters (Adult), Collegiate and Senior diving. Questions about training, technique, competitions, dryland training including trampoline and dry board.I can answer questions about how to judge/referee diving events.Also questions about how run, direct and administrate all different types of diving meets from novice events through Olympic Trials.I am also available as a consultant and expert witness for legal cases involving diving. I cannot answer questions about swimming (how to dive off a starting block) or SCUBA diving.

Experience in the area

3 time U.S. Diving National Team Coach. Coached World, International and National Junior Olympic individual and team champions. Collegiate level experience (Junior College and Division I).Chairman, U. S. Diving Region 10 and Northern California Diving Associations. Professional diving referee, judge and meet director including U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, National Qualifying events and Division I collegiate events including the 2010 Men's NCAA Division I Diving Championships. Head Referee for the Big 12 and ACC Conference Diving Championships.Competition Director for past NCAA Men's Division I Nationals and numerous Pac 10 Conference Championships.In 2010, attended the FINA Junior Olympic World Diving Championships to take the International Judging Certification Class which was successfull completed.


U.S. Diving. AAU Diving. Professional Diving Coaches Association. FINA.


B.S. in Recreation and California Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Aquatics. U.S. Diving Safety Certified Coach.

Awards and Honors

U.S. Diving National Award of Excellence. Northern California Diving Association Coach of the Year. U.S. Diving Region 10 Coach of the Year

What do you like about this subject?

Success is a journey and when you are involved as a coach and official, it is a never ending journey of learning on how to be better.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To be chosen as a judge or selection committee member for the US Olympic Team.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Diving is a very misunderstood sport. It takes a lot of knowledge about physics, anatomy, physiology, kiniesiology and sports psychology to figure out how to dive the right way.You also have to understand how the springboard/tower works as most of diving the correct way is what happens before you leave the board or platform

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There is not a coach, diver or official alive who can say that they have learned everything you need to know about this sport. It is a never ending learning experience.

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2017-02-13 Beginner diving lessons:

Kay - You can find out if there is diving in your area by using the following websites:    www.usadiving.com    www.aaudiving.com    www.divemeets.com - this site has the largest data base of diving teams

2016-12-16 Springboard Diving 1 M distance problem:

Bailey - It is hard to coach diving over the internet so I will do my best. All divers go through this problem at some point in their career. Here are a few suggestions.     On the two dives you mention

2016-11-29 Gymnastics to diving part II platform training:

The area that you live (the greater northeast) is not know for having very many platforms so the Boston area is going to be the closest I believe. I would suggest going to divemeets.com, click on Find

2016-11-03 olympic diving:

Hi Aviva - I am going to give you some short answers to yo questions and then give you links to several websites that can help you with your project. The difference between men and women in diving is that

2016-10-20 looking for Pool and Trampoline Practice:

Miguel - The only program I know of in the Sacramento area is the Capital Divers in Rio Linda. The head coaches are DeDe Crayne and Phil Tonne. DeDe has a diving pool/trampoline in her backyard. Phil is


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