Signups and information will begin at 3:15 on Aug. 20

Taft Diving Team, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Diving team, is forming at the Taft Union High School beginning Aug. 20 at 3:15 pm. Coach Abbe Gore a was former Junior Olympic Champion, collegiate diver for the University of Arizona as well as a professional high diver with the U.S. High Diving Team. She will be signing up interested children through high school age students for the Taft Diving Team. Divers must be able to swim 2 laps in the deep water proficiently.

Gore is a certified AAU coach and has coached U.S. National finalists at CSUB and assisted coaching Bakersfield area high school divers in the past. Her love of the sport has inspired her to begin a program here in Taft. Last school year her daughter Melissa won the Div. 2 CIF Championship.

The facility at Taft High is a wonderful pool and now it can be used for a club team. She hopes this will help feed the high school diving program and get kids interested in the sport of competitive diving. As an Olympic sport, diving is one of the most popular sports on television. The U.S. earned a total of 4 medals in the diving events this summer.

Diving is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn self-confidence and have fun challenging their acrobatic and athletic abilities. The basics will be taught first such as the proper approach and hurdle then the five basic diving groups on springboard will be introduced. Those being forward, backward, reverse, inward and twisting groups.

Anyone interested in joining the team should come to the pool Aug. 20th at 3:15pm to find out more information and sign up for the team.

There will be a $25 trial membership fee that will allow participants to begin diving from the 21st till the 31st. Forms will be available at the first meeting and as soon as the fee and membership are complete the children can begin the program. This will also allow participants to dive through the end of August.

Then beginning September 1, there will be a one time annual membership fee of $25 and $40 per month coaching fee due on the first practice of every month. For further information you can email or find us on Facebook “Taft Diving Team”, or call 661-205-1534.