Summer Diving Information

General Information

For the past 37 years, the Clayton Diving Alliance has provided expert diving instruction to boys and girls, young and old, at the outdoor Shaw Park Pool in downtown Clayton, Missouri.  At Clayton Diving, we coach complete beginners, intermediate divers, and advanced divers.  Our younger athletes learn the proper fundamentals of diving; many of our older athletes excel at diving at the high-school level; our best divers compete on a national level against the top divers in the country.  The bottom line, however, is that anyone interested in the sport of diving can participate in, and benefit from, Clayton Diving’s Summer Program.

This year’s 10-week Summer Program runs from June 1 – August 9.  There are many different practices available each week. Please explore this website for more information regarding the Clayton Diving Summer Program.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact coach Ron Hobbs at, or at 314.308.5525.

When you are ready to register for summer practices with Clayton Diving, please note the following.  Those divers who are already on the Travel Team should register for summer diving practices under the “Team Registration” link on this website.  We also have a separate registration link for college divers.  All other divers should register for the Summer Program using the “Lessons and New Diver” link on this website.

We hope you will come enjoy a fantastic summer of outdoor springboard and platform diving at Clayton Shaw Park!


Practice Dates & Times

Clayton Diving Alliance’s 2017 Summer Diving Program will run from June 1 to August 9.  All practices are outdoors at Clayton Shaw Park.

All of our summer practices are held from Monday through Friday, and most of the practice times are in the morning.  We do have an afternoon practice available from 3:45 – 5:15 every weekday afternoon, but that practice is generally for divers who are learning 3-meter springboard in addition to the 1-meter springboard.

Our available morning practice time at the Shaw Park Pool is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  In this four-hour timeframe, we run two different sessions of practices – an early-morning session, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a late-morning session, from 10:00/10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  During the morning practice time, we do not restrict either practice session to a certain group of divers.  In other words, both the early-morning session and the late-morning session are available to beginner or intermediate divers, as well to as advanced Team or college divers.  There will be different coaches on deck during each session to instruct different groups of divers.  The Shaw Park Pool, with 4 diving springboards and 3 diving platforms, is big enough to accommodate a large group of divers; by allowing different groups with different skill levels to practice at the same time (with different coaches), we maximize the practice options available for our divers.

All of our specific practice times are listed under the REGISTRATION links on this website.  Team divers are expected to practice five days/week.  We strongly recommend a twice/day practice schedule for any Team divers over the age of 12.  College divers pay one set fee for the summer, and then can dive as much as they want.  For all other divers, we ask that they sign up for a minimum of 2 practices/week.

FINALLY PLEASE NOTE: This summer we will be adding to the schedule various weeknight practices and lessons at the PATTONVILLE POOL.  We are still working out the details, but practices would likely start at 6:00 or later, Monday – Thursday. If you have any interest in such practices (in addition to or instead of practices outside at Clayton Shaw Park), please email Ron Hobbs ( to let him know.



All of our practice-specific cost information is listed under the REGISTRATION links on this website.  Note that there is a discount for families with multiple divers – a second child enrolled in the program gets a 20% discount; a third child enrolled gets a 30% discount, and so on.





Michele has coached for Clayton Diving for several years. In fact, Michele grew up diving in the Clayton Diving program when it was just beginning. As a diver, Michele was a Missouri High School State Champion, and in college she was an NCAA finalist, earning All-American Diver recognition at the University of Illinois. As a coach, Michele has not only been a Clayton Diving coach, but she has also served as the coach for Washington University, and for 10 years she was the coach for Clayton High School.


Cortney has coached for Clayton Diving since 2009.  She grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and was a four-time, All-State diver for Hickman High School, also earning a scholarship to dive for the University of Missouri.  After college, Cortney ran the Columbia club team for four years and also coached the Hickman and Rock Bridge high-school teams.  Cortney moved to St. Louis and took a break from coaching to get married and raise her two kids. She returned to coaching in 2014, to work with the Clayton Diving Travel Team.


The Shaw Park Pool

All of our summer practices are held at the beautiful Clayton Shaw Park Pool, which is an outdoor pool located in the middle of the Shaw Park, in the heart of downtown Clayton, Missouri.  The Shaw Park Pool has a separate 48 x 75 foot diving well equipped with two 3-meter springboards and two 1-meter springboards, all on concrete stands, and with 5, 7.5, and 10-meter platforms. Plenty of deck space provides for excellent stretching, dryland, and exercise areas.  There are many restaurants, shops, and hotels within easy walking distance of the pool.



Every diver in Clayton Diving’s Summer Program will have the opportunity to compete.  For the beginner, intermediate, and high-school divers, we will host one or more small competitions at Shaw Park or Pattonville this summer. For our Team divers, we will be competing in the Zone Meet in June and, for those who qualify, the Nationals in August.

Directions and Parking

The Clayton Shaw Park Pool is located on Brentwood Boulevard, in Clayton, one mile north of the St. Louis Galleria.  The address of the pool is 111 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, Missouri 63105. The pool is easy to get to from Highway 170, from Ladue Road, from Clayton Road, and from Highway 40 or Highway 44.

There is metered parking on Brentwood Boulevard, in front of the pool.  There is also free parking behind the pool, in the park.  To get to the free parking, take Forsyth west from Brentwood Boulevard, and follow it behind the park and towards Clayton High School.




If you are interested in a carpool to/from Shaw Park this summer, we are putting together a list of divers who want to carpool – please send an email to Ron Hobbs at

Clayton’s Municipal Team

The City of Clayton runs a “municipal diving team” primarily, but not exclusively, for residents of Clayton.  This team is coached by members of our coaching staff, and will compete against other municipal teams in the area. Because this team practices in the afternoons (through mid-July), municipal team members will also be able to dive with Clayton Diving in the morning.  Please contact Ron Hobbs if you would like more information about this municipal team.



Team Registration
College Diver Registration
Summer Lessons and New Diver Registration