About Us

Dive Calgary has a proud, thirty-nine year history in Calgary providing excellence in training to elite, high performance junior and senior national level divers.

 

Our Vision Dive Calgary is focused on developing strong Age Group National and Senior National competitive teams. We are committed to being an innovative and flexible organization that contributes to the personal achievement of excellence and community development through the sport of diving at provincial, national, international and Olympic levels.
Our History Dive Calgary began in 1973 as the University of Calgary Diving Club. In 1980, Olympian Ken Armstrong assumed the duties of head coach and in 1982 lead the diving team to win its first Canadian National team pennant. Team Members Kathy Keleman and Mike Morant joined the rest of Team Canada, bound for the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984. That same year, Don McGavern was hired as the first general manager of the newly formed Dive Calgary, who initiated a talent identification program attracting over 1000 participants between the ages of eight and twelve. Many of these young divers became Canadian National champions. Don was the former Technical Director of Canada Diving and a National Team Coach and is currently a Professor at the University of Calgary. Glen Music and Allison Godfrey assumed coaching responsibilities from Don and in 1990,  Tong Hui came aboard, a 2-time World Cup champion who placed fourth at the Olympics in 1984 in Los Angeles, and was the 1988 Men’s World Platform Champion. In the years 1995 – 2001, Dive Calgary became home to many of Canada’s national team members under the coaching of Tong Hui. With half of the National Team training in Calgary, Dive Calgary was the second largest training center for National Diving Team Athletes, behind CAMO in Montreal, presently the top training center for the Canadian National Diving Team. Dive Calgary welcomed Scott Cranham as head coach in 2002. Scott is Canada’s top male diver of all time, holding 28 Canadian national titles, and has represented Canada three times at the Olympic Games. In 2007 Igor Kopecky took over as head coach and is working towards making Dive Calgary the premier place to train in Canada if not the world.
 Our Success Dive Calgary is proud to be home to many elite springboard and platform divers. Dive Calgary is currently home of Blythe Hartley, Mandy Moran and Erik Petursson, Canadian National Team member; and former home to:

  • Blythe Hartley: 16 Canadian national titles; Pan Am and Commonwealth Games medalist; 2000 Olympic finalist; World Aquatic Championship gold medalist on one meter springboard; 1999 Junior Female Athlete of the Year; Olympic bronze medalist in synchro diving in Athens 2004; 2005 World Aquatics Champion on 3 meter springboard.
  • Eryn Bulmer Barrett: 15 Canadian national titles; 21 international medals; 1996 & 2000 Olympian; 1998 Commonwealth Games & 1999 Pan-Am Games three meter Champion; World Cup Champion; 1997 and 1998 Aquatic Federation of Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Jeff Liberty: 2000 Olympian; recipient of the Calgary EMS Foundation Award for diving into the Bow River to pull an unconscious, pregnant woman out of her submerged vehicle
  • Current National Team members: Caeli McKay (Sr. Team); Margo Erlam (Jr. Team); Tatiana Conn (Jr. Team)
  • Dive Calgary Athletes to be awarded full US scholarships: Barbara Gorst (Louisiana State University 04, Baton Rouge); Katherine Bortenlanger (University of Alabama 03, Tuscalosa); TaNeisha Verley (University of Arkansas 01, Fayetteville); Christa Hykaway (University of Arkansas 01, Fayetteville); Erik Petursson (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge); Blythe Hartley (University of Southern California 06, Los Angeles); Tori Kennedy (University of Arkansas 2011); Erin Hobbs (Arizona State University 09, Tempe); Ashley McCool (Arizona State University, 2017)
  • International divers have also chosen to improve their skills training here with Dive Calgary. Mark Shipman (Great Britain), Satomi Morishita (Japan) Juan Uran, Victor Ortega, Diana Pineda (Colombia) and Simon Sarabura (USA) are a few of our international guests.
 Our Programs Dive Calgary is currently home to several veteran Senior National divers, aged fourteen to nineteen, who have represented Dive Calgary at national and international competitions; as well as home to a strong contingent of Age Group National divers, aged eight to sixteen who are hoping to join the ranks of our senior divers.
 Our Facilities Dive Calgary training is conducted at Repsol Sport Centre (formerly as Talisman Centre), a world-class public sports facility, home to many of Calgary’s elite athletic teams. This facility features a five meters deep diving tank with four one meter and four three meter springboards as well as three, five, seven and ten meter platforms. Dive Calgary features a one meter dry board with surrounding pit mats, gymnastic trampolines with safety rig and spotting belts, mirrors, exercise stations and mats and a bubble machine (to soften new dive entries).