St. Olaf Diving Camp is designed for boys and girls ages 13-17 who have been diving competitively in an association or school program for at least one season. The camp’s comprehensive approach utilizes pool time, dry-land and weight training, dry-board practice, video review and classroom sessions to improve all aspects of your diving. Training activities are balanced with recreational activities and are supervised by camp coaches and counselors.
- Professional, individualized coaching
- Instruction on one-meter boards
- Low athlete-to-coach ratio
- Training on required and optional dives
- Daily pool sessions
- Develop an understanding of dive mechanics and meet preparation through classroom discussion
- Dry-board and trampoline training
- Supervised recreational activities
- Final dive exhibition
Camp begins with check-in from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday and concludes with a final exhibition at 2 p.m. Thursday. Coaches divide divers into multiple groups based on age and ability. The instructional part of each day features 1-meter board, trampoline, and dry board.Recreational activities in cooperation with the St. Olaf Swim Camp, led by the coaches and counselors, include kickball games, a bonfire, a dance, movie night, and pizza night.
Gabe Kortuem is in his 12th year as diving coach at St. Olaf College and Carleton College. While a student at St. Olaf, Gabe made four national appearances and earned seven All-American honors. He finished his college career in 2002 as a national champion and set the Division III national record. Since Gabe became the diving coach at St. Olaf, five student athletes have qualified for the Division III national meet and many have earned All-American honors. Recently, Gabe coached the men and women at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet held in February.He was voted the MIAC Diving Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Each summer Coach Kortuem surrounds himself with top diving coaches to complete his staff. Past coaches have included:
Jeremiah Jackson is in his seventh season as the mens’ and womens’ diving coach at St. Mary’s University and his ninth season at Winona High School. Jackson also spends his summers coaching summer dive programs in the Rochester area.
Gregg Rappe has coached high school, college, and club diving for more than 30 seasons. His athletes have gone on to become state champions at the high school level, and many have earned All-State honors. Rappe also has coached many college athletes to All-American honors and one to a national championship.
Reuben Rappe is the head diving coach at Binghamton University. A 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he led the UMass swimming and diving squad to two Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships. Rappe was the Atlantic 10 Conference one-meter diving champion all four of his collegiate years. He concluded his career with four university records and two Atlantic 10 conference records. Rappe was also named the A-10 Most Outstanding Diver in 2008.
Kris Jorgensen is in his third season as the assistant diving coach at St. Catherine University. He was a three-year letter winner at the University of Minnesota where he currently holds the school record in men’s platform diving. Being a Norwegian native, he has won 12 national championships with the Norwegian national team from 2004 – 2012.
Jake Dunn is in his fifth season as the head diving coach at Macalester College. Before his college coaching career began, he coached at the high school level for several seasons. During that time, he coached a Minnesota State Class AA champion and was named Section 1 AA Diving Coach of the year for Lakeville High School (boy’s season) in 2006 and Section 5AA Diving Coach of the year for Minneapolis South (girl’s season) in 2006. He is also an Ole alum who swam and dove for St. Olaf, was all-conference in 2002, and earning All-America honors on the 1-meter at the national championships in his senior season.
- $515 if registered by May 1
- $565 if registered after May 1
The fee includes lodging Sunday through Wednesday nights with bedding and a bath towel, meals from Sunday dinner through the Thursday lunch, and a t-shirt.
Rooms and Roommates
Divers are housed two or three to a room in a comfortable student residence hall. You may request a roommate. Roommates must request each other and register at the same time.
Best Campus Food
Stav Hall offers plentiful and healthful choices that include a salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, hot entrées, deli station, soup, and the popular dessert station.
Safety and Supervision
Coaches and counselors live in the residence hall and provide 24-hour supervision of divers and their activities. The college also employs a security staff that operates 24/7 year-round.
Written cancellations received by May 1 are eligible for a full refund minus a $100 deposit. No refunds will be issued after May 1. Substitutions are accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many divers attend camp?
Approximately 30 divers the camp attend each year.
Does your camp fill?
Yes. We will maintain a wait list when camp fills.
My child is one year too young for camp. Can she still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Contact the Camps Office (507-786-3031).
May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online?
No. In order to meet regulations we can only take credit cards using our online form.