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Mesa Aquatics Diving

Helping Divers Become Their Best!


Head Coach Rory Russell has been coaching since 1978. He has coached many divers on different levels, from novices to collegiate divers.

About Coach Russell!

Coach Russell has helped produce 24 state champions and the 2012 5a division 1 Girls State Champion. He’s coached five regional champions! Several of his divers have made it to Junior Olympic Nationals and Senior Nationals, placing as high as second, and 4th and 5th at the 2003 winter West Coast Nationals. to 2015 zone F Championships.

Nikole also, placed 5th and 12th at the 2015 AAU Nationals. 2016 AAU RedWhite and Blue Nationals 5th 1 Meter, 13th 3 Meter and 8th on 5 Meter, 5th at the 2018 AAU Nationals.

Rachel Streiff - Placed 1st on the 1 meter, 3 meter, and tower at the 2017 MASTERS DIVING SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wesley Hansen - Placed 2nd on the 1 meter and 8th on 3 meter at the AAU Nation Championships and Qualified for the 2019 USA National Campionships.


Wesley Hansen getting 2nd Place
Gage Sprint wins 3rd Place

We invite all of you who have a dream of higher grandeur in the sport of diving to come and join us!

For Kino Aquatic Center Contact Coach Russell at 602-448-0118 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About Us!

Mesa Aquatics Diving is 501c3 through AAU. We are geared to helping your diver reach their goals. Whether that goal is to simply improving their diving skills, or make it to the State Championship in High School, Nationals, or obtaining a College Scholarship.

To help accomplish these goals, we have at a great expense, purchased a dry board set-up, which will help the diver practice their take-offs with a lot of repetitions to learn them correctly, and safely.

We’ve also purchased an overhead spotting rig for the dry board and trampoline thus making it possible for the divers to learn how to do new dives and orientate themselves in the air.

And finally, we have an underwater sparger (or bubbler). This apparatus reduces the impact a diver receives while entering the water short or over by breaking up the water with a huge amount of air.


More To Know!

During the summer, our workout schedule at Kino Aquatic Center is typically:

Typical Schedule:

  • Monday 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • Thrusday 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • Friday 4:30 - 6:00pm

Note: Practices may be moved from Kino Aquatic Center due to summer recreation meets. Contact Coach Russell for more info.

To participate with Mesa Aquatics Divers, you must be registered with AAU added benefits $16.00. Their calendar year is September 1st through August 31st.

For most competition we are also registered with USA Diving, which has more than one option. The fees are as follows:

  • Athlete: $22.95 allows divers to practice and participate in all non qualifying meets
  • Competition Athlete: $77.95 allows a diver to compete in all Meets and to qualify for Zones and Nationals
  • Membership is from January 1 through December 31.

Coaching Fees:

  • Once a week: $65/mo.
  • Twice a week: $85/mo.
  • Three times a week: $100/mo.
  • Four times a week: $125/mo.
  • Five times a week: $150/mo.

Coaching fees non-refundable