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Carolina Dive Academy





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Program Director

  • Head Coach / Program Director – Carolina Diving Academy – 2007 – present
  • Head Diving Coach – Davidson College, Davidson, NC– 2007 to 2015
  • Diving Coach – Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois – 2003-2006
  • Head Coach – Daredevil Diving, Noblesville, Indiana – 1998-2003
  • Asst. Coach – Tualatin Hills Dive Club, Beaverton, Oregon – 1994-1997
  • Diving Coach – Coe College (Div. III), Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 1990-1992

Aaron Hintz reorganized the diving program at HFFA into the Carolina Diving Academy in 2007. His experience with diving programs of every level has enabled him to build a cohesive program from entry-level lessons to national championship finalists. Hintz supervises all facets of the CDA curriculum and coaches the Elite Team.


The lessons program is divided into two departments: 13-Under and 13-Older or High School/ Middle School. They both develop flexibility, strength, and discipline. Both train each diver in the basic skills of tumbling, trampoline, dry board, deck drills, 5-meter platform, 1-meter springboard and 3-meter springboard.

Workouts are kept as energetic and fun as possible while introducing and perfecting basic diving skills. Once the diver achieves all of the necessary skills, he or she is promoted to the next level. Practices end with a period of “free time“ when divers have the opportunity to revisit what they have learned and explore new skills under their own terms.

Participants may choose to have lessons one or two days per week.



This is a pre-lessons class for children ages 5-7 that focuses on coordination, fitness, flexibility and basic tumbling to cultivate a skill set conducive to diving. The class is divided into two sections. The first is approximately 60-75 minutes of training on mats, trampoline, dry-mounted spring board and “crash” mat and belt systems. The second is 15-30 minutes is in the water becoming comfortable with height and familiar with jumping positions.

**Swimming is required for participation in this class.

Beginning Lessons

There are two sets of times with each available for one or two-day participation. The curriculum focuses on front and inward rotation.

Upon graduation, divers will at least be able perform:
• Forward dives off the side of the pool, on 1-meter and 3-meter
• Inward dives off the side of the pool, on 1-meter and 3-meter
• Forward somersaults off the side of the pool and on 1-meter
• Forward line-ups on 1-meter and 3-meter
• Backward line-ups on 1-meter and 3-meter

Advanced Lessons

This level focuses on front and inward somersaulting and backward dives.

Upon graduation, divers will at least be able to perform:
• Forward 1 ½ somersaults on 1-meter and 3-meter
• Inward somersaults on 1-meter; back dives on 1-meter and 3-meter
• Backward somersaults on 1-meter;
• Forward line-ups on 5-meter platform.

Once all of the lessons skills are mastered, divers are ready to move up to the Developmental Team where they learn the remaining dives required for their respective age-groups and are introduced to competition.

High School/Middle School Lessons (14+)

This group of recreational athletes enjoys all of the benefits of learning new dives and staying fit in a low-impact environment focused on high school competitions but is eligible to attend AAU invitational and championship meets.


CDA Summer Dive Camp at HFFA

CDA offers dive camps all summer long. These camps are a great way to gain an introduction to the sport of diving, or to practice beginner and intermediate skills. Camp sessions run in the morning from 9:00am-11:30am and in the afternoon from 12:30pm-3:00pm. All-day campers can stay for a lunch and recreation hour between 11:30am-12:30pm. The available weeks for summer 2023 are listed below. Availability is limited so please register as soon as possible!

Summer Camp 2023


This group of athletes is open to former divers looking to regain some championship form, beginner divers who always wanted to try diving, and people looking for some purpose for their fitness regimens. There are numerous USD Masters competitions including two national championships positioned in the Spring and Summer. There is nothing like a Master’s Diving meet or Master’s divers for that perfect combination of fitness and fun.


Master’s practices take place over the lunch hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45-1:15.


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Teams require a yearlong commitment with training goals established at the beginning of each season. Movement up in the team levels is determined by the coaching staff, but generally follows USA Diving’s championship format – those divers who qualify for the Regional and Zone level meets are on the age-group team, those who qualify for National preliminaries are on Pre-Elite team and Junior National Semi-finalists and finalists are on the Elite Team.

All team members receive dry-land training in our belt systems over the dry-board or trampoline, water training on 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and platforms, and a structured conditioning program with our strength and conditioning coach.

Team participation is by invitation only. Those with advanced relevant experience may apply for team membership.

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