Nobody knows you like your own family! Check out these helpful insights from some of ZAP's own…


​"Unlike other sports, diving is as much a mental sport as it is physical. This is what I personally have the hardest time with. I struggled to learn a reverse dive for about a year, fearing the outcome if something went wrong. Mary Ellen was able to help me where other coaches couldn't. She changed the way I practiced to slowly give me the confidence to do this dive. This is one of the best things about practicing with Mary Ellen, She creates a unique experience for each team member. For me, she was able to take the time I needed to talk about fear and how to overcome it. I learned so much from the journey it took to get to where I am. Mary Ellen was with me every step of the way, giving me expert advice and a comforting hand."
– Willow , 14

"This team is one big, happy family and always welcomes in new people as if we’ve known them for years!"
– Elisabeth, 18

"I like being on this team because whenever I am scared, Mary Ellen helps me overcome my fear!"
– Mason, 9

"ZAP is like a second family to me. Whenever I am struggling with something — a dive, or something out of the pool — my teammates and Mary Ellen always know how to make me smile." 
– Annie, 11

"Being captain of this team is such an honor. They are my family and I love them!
– Elisabeth, 18

"ZAP Diving is an upbeat, fun, hardworking, supportive environment!"
– George, 17

"Mary Ellen is a great coach who not only has an enthusiasm for diving, but also a dedication to the team and each individual athlete. Mary Ellen and the Zap Diving program have been a great transition for me coming from many years as a competitive gymnast."
– Maddie, 15

“Zap has been a part of my life for years now, and has become a part of who I am. Zap has taught me valuable lessons in overcoming fears and accomplishing goals. I was at one point, afraid of double front flips, but after a lot encouragement from Mary Ellen, I decided to try it and now it's one of my strongest dives."
– Sam, 14

"For the past 10 years, Zap has helped me grow not only as an athlete, but as a person!"
– Elisabeth, 18

"For someone who'd never stepped off a diving board, walking into the "Olympic Dreams Clinic"  was intimidating for me. But MaryEllen provided the support and encouragement I needed to succeed. With her determined yet positive style of coaching, I was successful in making my high school dive team, which opened up many new opportunities for me. I would not have had these wonderful experiences if it were not for MaryEllen and the ZAP Diving Team.
– Alexa, 15

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