Meet the Coaches
We know at DuDive, to make great divers, you first need great coaches. We strongly believe that this starts at the grass roots. Between us, we have over a centuries worth of experience in the sport of diving, and do you know why we do it? Because we love it!
DuDive Managing Director
Tom founded DuDive after moving to Dubai in January 2012. After a career as an elite level gymnast he transferred to the sport of diving due to a series of injuries and was quickly persuaded to get involved in teaching the sport. Alongside the diving, Tom launched and ran a Free Running Gymnastics Club in the Rhonda Valley. The Free Running Gymnastics Club was tasked with the main aim of getting young people off the streets and using their talents in a safe environment.
Once taking the decision to move on to his next project in Dubai, he quickly saw the opportunity for the sport of diving at the Hamdan Sports Complex and recognised it as the perfect accompaniment to his work assisting the teaching of elite gymnastics with DuGym. His main goal in life is to provide the best opportunities to everyone in the sports and create memories that will last a lifetime.
DuDive Head Coach
Nigel started diving at 12 years old and now has 15+ years of coaching experience. He was the previous managing director, business manager and assistant head coach of Sheffield Diving based in the UK.
Nigel is one of the very few coaches to have completed Level 3 in dive coaching, which is the highest head coach certification in the UK. He is also a qualified coach in gymnastics, trampolining and completed multiple strength and conditioning courses.
Nigel has worked with a range of athletes from complete beginners, to developing international athletes that competed at the European Junior Championships, as well as Gary Hunt to a Silver medal in the FINA Cliff Diving World Championships in Barcelona 2013.
His goals are to continue finding and creating talent to develop and nurture them to be the best they can be, whilst having the chance to represent their home nation and achieve their goals.
Senor Athlete and Red Bull Cliff Diver
Catalin started diving at 8 years old and now with a career path of 20+ years in the sport it took him from representing Romania and competing at an elite international level to diving in front of HRH Queen Elizabeth; and from performing in a $250million artistic and acrobatic production in China, and now competing at a world-class level in the RedBull Cliff Diving World Series.
He is a Journalism & Media graduate, certified diving coach, personal trainer and yoga teacher. He is always finding new ways to challenge himself to keep developing new skills and open himself to new environments and opportunities to learn and grow.
One of His biggest sources of motivation and inspiration has been counselling and supporting young talent to unearth their true potential, implement and optimize a winning mindset, as well as assisting with setting and achieving goals that reflect the best versions of themselves.
Originally from Lithuania, Vilte started gymnastics when she was 8 years old. She joined the DuDive coaching team in early 2019 as a volunteer and very quickly showed her ability and passion for coaching. Vilte is now a lead coach on our lessons programme and loves working with all range of abilities and overcoming the challenges that arise.
Elite Athlete and Assistant Coach
Cooper is one of DuDive’s longest training athlete, starting his diving career in 2014. He is now performing dives of great degree of difficulty such as, Forward three and a half somersaults from 10m, Inward two and a half somersaults 3m and Back one and a half somersaults two and a half twists 3m.
Cooper came on board as a volunteer and very quickly built up the skills required to coach and is now one of our assistant coaches. He loves sharing his knowledge that he has built up through training the sport with all the divers he gets to work with.
Eve started gymnastics at the early age of 4, training for 12 years and competing in many national competitions. Alongside her gymnastics Eve is an extremely competitive Rugby player and in May 2021 was selected to represent for the UAE.
Eve joined the DuDive coaching team in 2018 and strives to improving her knowledge and professional development within the sport.
DuDive offers diving lessons for all ages. We hold diving lessons for children from 4 years and up, with the ability to swim in deep water.
DuDive also offers adult diving lessons because we believe there should be no age limit on when you can learn something new!
PAY N PLAY
Pay N Play runs every Saturday from 12.00 - 12.55. Pay N Play is a great chance to play on the boards with expert guidance.
Book on, turn up, pay and play!
DuDive runs the only diving holiday camps in Dubai. Our childrens holiday camps run throughout all school holidays.
The DuDive holiday camps provide a great introduction to diving. The camps run for 2 hours, Sunday to Wednesday.
DuDive offers classes for children age 3 and up!
Tumble-Tots classes are gym based lessons that introduce children to shapes, movements and skills for basic diving.