Diving Camps

Diving Camps:

Session 1:  July 22-26, 2018
Session 2: July 29 – August 2, 2018

Learn-to-Dive Camp:

July 29 – August 2, 2018
Runs in conjunction with the St. Olaf Dive Camp

If you desired session is full, please email the camp office to be placed on the waitlist.

St. Olaf diving camps 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. This camp is designed for divers who have been diving competitively in an association or school program for at least one season. Training activities are balanced with recreational activities and are supervised by camp coaches and counselors.

St. Olaf learn-to-dive camp is designed to teach the basics of springboard diving in a fun, supportive, and SAFE environment.  Especially, for those interested in joining their local middle or high school teams.

These camps provide a complete experience on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.

Diving Camps – Session, Fees, and Registrations 

Diving Camps: $525
Session 1:  July 22-26
Session 2: July 29 – August 2

For boys and girls ages 13-17

Camp Features:

  • 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

Roommates:
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.

Camp fee includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt.  Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls.  Bedding and bath towel are provided. Coaches and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision.  St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Register Today:
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached.  When completing the online form please see options below.

Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information.  Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window.  The registration form is still saved and submitted.  Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your swimmer’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day.  Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Learn-to-Dive Camp – Session, Fees, and Registrations 

Learn-to-Dive Camp:  $460
July 29 – August 2

For boys and girls entering 5th – 10th grade.
Diving is a mentally challenging sport which involves risks, so those who are wanting to pursue diving must be willing and prepared to take these risks (meaning a willingness to try something new and challenging).  The athletes who are willing to do so will achieve more success.

Camp Features:
There are 4 basic skills and dives that will be taught at the camp.

Skills                                                                                   Dives
Front Jump with One Step Approach                      Front Dive Tuck
Back Jump                                                                      Back Dive Tuck
Front Line Up                                                               Reverse Dive Tuck
Back Line Up                                                                 Inward Dive Tuck

Prerequisites:
All Learn to Dive campers must know how to swim.  Each inspiring diver must be able to complete a swimming test the first day of camp, which consists of a 50-yard swim without stopping, kneeling, or standing dive from the edge, deep water entry, and swim to bottom (7′) and back up.  If an athlete cannot pass this test he or she will be removed from camp and no refund will be provided.  

Recommended Experiences:
The following items will increase the likelihood of a successful camp experience.

  • Past recreational diving experience
  • Past gymnastics/tumbling experience
  • Trampoline experience
  • Snowboarding/wake-boarding/skateboarding or other aerial sports

Amenities:
St. Olaf Learn to Dive camp has (2) one-meter springboards and a separate dryland diving facility.  The dryland facility has a dryboard and trampoline with an overhead spotting rig, and other gym equipment used to aid in the instruction of basic and advanced dives.

Assessment of Skills:
The Learn to Dive camp coaches will use a complete progression of skills and drills to assess each athlete in whether they are ready to proceed to the next level.  Therefore, if the diver achieves each goal during the pool sessions, the diver will end camp with 8 new skills/techniques.  For the divers that do not meet each goal during the scheduled pool sessions, they will be given extra time outside the regular schedule to achieve each goal prior to leaving camp.

A diver that achieves most, or all of the skills, will be ready to join their local dive club or local school team.

Goal Progression

  • Front Line-Up
  • Front Jump Tuck
  • Front Dive Tuck
  • Back Line-Up
  • Back Jump
  • Back Dive Tuck
  • Inward Dive Tuck
  • Reverse Dive Tuck

Items Campers Should Bring:

  • Swimsuit(s), Pool towel(s), Athletic shoes (tennis shoes), Water bottle, Sports bag or backpack to carry items to and from the pool.
  • This is camp, so just bring old clothes, and be ready for any type of weather. Be sure to have a sweatshirt or jacket for cool nights. Bring personal care items such as shampoo and toothpaste.
  • If you forget anything, the bookstore will be open on Monday and they stock most essentials.
  • Medications or inhalers if you need them. You can keep these with the counselors if you wish. Refrigeration is available.
  • Optional: Spending the money for snacks, pizzas, vending machines or bookstore items.
  • Optional: a fan, a reading light, your own pillow.

Roommates:
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.

Camp fee includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt.  Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls.  Bedding and bath towel are provided. Coaches and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision.  St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Register Today:
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached.  When completing the online form please see options below.

Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information.  Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window.  The registration form is still saved and submitted.  Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your swimmer’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day.  Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Meet the Coaches 

Gabe Kortuem coached the St. Olaf and Carleton College teams from 2002–2017. While a student at St. Olaf, he made four national appearances and earned seven All-American honors.  In 2002 he was a national champion and set the Division III national record.  Since Kortuem became the diving coach at St. Olaf, five divers have qualified for the Division III national meet and many have earned All-American honors. He was voted the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Diving Coach six times of the last ten seasons.

Jeremiah Jackson is currently coaching the St. Mary’s University swimming and diving team since the 2005 season. He has coached the Winona High School boys and girls dive teams for the past 16 years and has been involved with the Rochester Orcas Swim Club for the past seven seasons.

 Kris Jorgensen is currently in his second season as the University of South Dakota diving coach.  Jorgensen spent three years from 2012-15 as the head diving coach at St. Catherine University. He coached several all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorees, including a two-time all-MIAC Diver of the Year. Beyond the collegiate realm, Jorgensen also coached at the Minnesota Diving Academy for three years and founded the Highland Diving Club 2014. He dove for the University of MN and won 12 national championships with the Norwegian national team from 2004-2012.

Jake Dunn is currently in his third season coaching the St. Catherine University swimming and diving team.  Prior to this, he coached the swimming and diving team at Macalester College for five years and is a St. Olaf alumnus. He has a national championship in the 1 meter and is a two-time MIAC coach of the year.

Andy Scott is in his sixth season as the Kenyon College men and women’s diving coach.  Prior to here, he spent many seasons in San Antonio, TX at the University of Incarnate Word, an NCAA Division II Institution and gained extensive experience coaching at Duke University and Springfield College.

Camp Schedule 

St. Olaf Diving Camps 
Camp begins Sunday with check-in from 12:00 pm noon to 1:00 pm. Sunday and concludes with a final exhibition at 2:00 pm 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.

St. Olaf Learn-to-Dive Camp
Camp begins Sunday with check-in from 12:00 pm noon to 1:00 pm at the Skoglund Pool where divers will take the swim test. After successful completion of the swim test, campers will move into their residence hall room from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.  Camp concludes Thursday with a final exhibition at 2:00 pm. The instructional part of each day features 1-meter board, trampoline, and dry board.

At St. Olaf we approach camp as both work and play.  Coaches and counselors lead recreational activities including softball games, a bonfire, a dance, movie and pizza night, and more.

Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall  

Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station.  There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs.  However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.

Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do you get on our mailing list to receive open registration updates and brochure?
E-mail us to get added to our list.

How many divers attend camp?
Approximately 30 divers attend the camp each year.

Does your camp fill?
Yes. We will maintain a wait list when camp fills.

Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone? 
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.

What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy? 
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.

If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want? 
No, at check in the driver’s keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp.  If they wish to leave, a note must be provided from their guardian in advance.

Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can he 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. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

What if my child is on medication?
Although camp counselors can hold the medication in a locked room, counselors cannot administer the medication to the camper.
All campers must be able to administer their own medications.

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.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of the camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.

What if you need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted.  Once received and confirmed,  refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent.  Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.

Where is St. Olaf College located at?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and/or refer to our website for further information.