Greetings from the deep end of the pool at Army West Point!
My name is Chris Waters and I am the diving coach at the US Military Academy. I do hope everything is going well for you in this new COVID-19 era! It’s definitely an interesting time to say the least.
I am reaching out today as I’ve been tasked with the mission of contacting as many club coaches as I can to get the word out about West Point and the opportunities available to our cadets. So, with that in mind, here are some basics for you about the Academy and our diving program:
We compete at the Division I level in the Patriot League Conference which has been well represented at the NCAA Championships in recent years. As you likely know, our biggest rival is within our conference as well ... those midshipmen of Navy.
This fall, we will have Six divers on the team ... three women and three men. My goal is to keep growing the team and do everything I can to beat Navy! So I am definitely looking to add divers. I don’t have to deal with scholarships either - everyone is on a full ride - so that is not an issue at all.
The swimming and diving team is very tight and the much more connected than at any other university I’ve worked. They eat together as a team, help each other academically, plebes (freshman) even attend study hall together, upperclassmen serve as mentors and there is just a great deal of comradery!
Diving well consists of two 1m and two 3m boards. We also have 1m, 3m, 6m + 10m towers as well as trampoline and two dry boards. (Note: - not a typo on the 6m either – it’s an interesting set up). In March, we will start lifting in a brand new strength training facility as well.
Weights … 3x / week typically at 0530
Dryland … every afternoon + Saturday morning for approximately 1.0 hour
Water … every afternoon and Saturday morning for approximately 1.5-2.0 hours
Education is free with 5 year commitment to the US Army following graduation. Cadets do receive stipends during their time at the academy too and when they graduate from USMA, they enter the Army as 2nd Lieutenants with pay being approx.. $50,000/year. Over 80% of our cadets go onto grad school some time during their first 5 years out of the Academy as well. That grad school is mostly (if not all) paid for too as is their housing and they continue to receive their commission (pay) at the same time. Please know the bulk (85% or more of the positions our cadets go into are in the support fields; the majority of cadets never get near the fronts lines unless they choose to do so).
#1 Top Public School in US (US News + World Report), #1 Most Accessible Professors in the Nation (Princeton Review), #4 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (US News + World Report).
Best part to me is classes are small … gov’t mandates that there is no more than 18 cadets per instructor and the majority of our profs live on post and are super accessible to meet anytime, even on weekends! We also have profs travel with us on the road to meets as well.
Academy Site: https://www.westpoint.edu/
Athletic Site: https://goarmywestpoint.com/
I hope this gives you a little feel for what we’re about and hope you’ll keep us in mind when speaking with your divers about their college search. Hope you all stay safe and healthy too. Hang tough!
Christopher A. Waters
Head Diving Coach
Army West Point
639 Howard Road
West Point, NY 10996