Our Philosophy

There is no diving gene. Some people learn more quickly, but everyone can learn. We have targeted our progressions and training cycles to enable everyone to learn as quickly as they are able.

Coaching Staff

Aaron Hintz, Head Coachaaron

Experience Summary:

  • 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.

John Sirmon, High School/Middle School Managerjohn-sirmon

Experience Summary:

  • Head Diving Coach – Hoover Dive Club in Hoover, Alabama - 2014-2016
  • Diving Coach – Birmingham-Southern College (Div. III) in Birmingham, Alabama - 2014-2015
  • Diving Coach – The County Club of Birmingham in Mountain Brook, Alabama - 2015
  • President – The Jefferson County Dive Council in Birmingham, Alabama - 2015
  • Associate Head Diving Coach – Port City Diving in Mobile, Alabama - 2012-2014
  • Diving Coach – Springhill Swim Club in Mobile, Alabama - 2002-2008 and 2013

Brian McRae, Lessons Manager

Experience Summary:

  • Lessons Manager – Carolina Diving Academy – 2014-Present
  • Diving Coach – Davidson Swimming Hole – 2014
  • 3-year varsity diver Davidson College 2010-2014 – 2-time Conference runner-up 1-meter, 3-meter
  • 2-time Maine State Champion, Deering High School, Portland Maine



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 while training each diver in the basic skills of tumbling, trampoline, dry board, deck drills, 5-meter platform, and 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

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 one or two days per week.

Huntersville residents who wish to participate in lessons, but have challenges with transportation can arrange to be picked up from school in conjunction with the HFFA afterschool program (additional fees may apply).


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 flights of times with each available for one or two day participation. The curriculum focuses on front and inward rotation. Upon graduation, divers will be able perform among other skills: 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; and 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 be able to perform among other skills: 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; and 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.


This is the final level of lessons and focuses on preparation for age-group competition. Divers participating at this level will be preparing age-appropriate skills minimally required for competition. Quality will be emphasized over quantity or difficulty. This is a crucial step in preparing our divers for national level success. Participants will be introduced to completion at the local and regional level. Once skills are mastered, divers are eligible to move up to Team participation where they train in earnest for their respective age-groups.

High School / Middle School Lessons (13-Older)

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.


diveKIDS/Beginner Lessons 1 Day:
Member – $75 per month
Non-Member – $90 per month

diveKIDS/Beginner Lessons 2 Day:
Member – $130 per month
Non-Member – $155 per month

Advanced Lessons:
Member – $130 per month
Non-Member – $155 per month 

Pre-Team (3-day)
Member — $200
Non-Member – 230

High School/Middle School Lessons:
1 Day – $90 per month
2 Day – $155 per month
2 Day – $190 per month

13 & Under Lessons

Fall 2017 – 13 & Under Lessons Schedule
2017-18 – 13 & Under Lessons Registration

Dive Kids

2017-18 complete diveKIDS registration


14 & Over Lessons (HS / MS) Registration & Schedule

Complete Ages 14 & Over (HS-MS) Lessons Registration
2017-18  Ages 14 & Over (HS-MS) Lessons Schedule

Completed forms can be turned in to Member Services during normal business hours.

For inquiries about the lessons program please contact Brian McRae at 704-766-2222 or bmccrae@huntersville.org for assistance.


This group of athletes is open to former divers looking to regain some championship form, the beginner who always wanted to try diving or the person 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.

$50/ $70 per month (HFFA members/ non-members)

2016-17 complete Masters registration

Competitive Teams

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.

Please inquire for pricing

Completed forms can be turned in to Member Services during normal business hours.

All CAROLINA DIVING ACADEMY members receive discounted rates on a HFFA family membership. Financial Aid available for those who qualify.

Summer Camp


The DiveKIDS summer camp is a diving oriented day camp for children ages 6 -12. You may sign-up by the day or opt for the entire week. Camps will start the week following CMS dismissal. Participation must be reserved 1-week in advance and all attendants must be able to swim.

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Monday through Friday

Middle School / High School Camp

This day camp is for older and/or more experienced divers and accommodates a wide range of skill levels and athletes: from those who wish to learn new dives for high school competitions and stay fit to those who are more focused on gaining the skills necessary to become eligible for our team level of training. 

6/12 – 6/16               7/17 – 7/21
6/19 – 6/23               7/31 – 8/4
7/5 – 7/7*                   8/7 – 8/11
7/10 – 7/14                8/14 – 8/18

*Short week for July 4th

Price: Week  – $200 / Day – $40 / Half day – $25

Needed to bring:

  • 1-2 towels (and a shammy if you have one)
  • 1-2 swimsuits (one-piece for girls)
  • dryland (athletic) clothes
  • tennis shoes/sneakers
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle
  • lunch (full-day only), and a snack

Camps will close when full. If available, participation must be reserved at least one week in advance.

Download the 2017 Summer Day Camp Registration Form


Please contact Aaron Hintz at 704-766-2222 or ahintz@huntersville.org for assistance.