Diving coaching is run by Active Luton under the leadership of the Diving Development Officer (Stephen Hewat) and two Diving Development Coaches (Kirsteen Mitchell and Ben Carman).
Stephen has been coaching for 16 years and before joining Luton he was the Head coach of Star Diving Club in Guildford for 8 years. Under his leadership the club prospered going from a small Novice level club to become one of the top 5m facilities in the country.
Stephen has made National Champions at every level of junior diving from Skills to Junior Elite and had 4 divers selected to join the England Pathway Squads whist at Star. He has coached the England Junior Diving Team at international level and had divers selected to represent England and go on to represent GB. Stephen was the first coach of a diver who went on to competed at the commonwealth games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Kirsteen started diving when she was 12 at Star Diving Club and went onto compete at age groups.
After diving Kirsteen transferred her skills and love of going upside down to Cable wakeboarding. Within a year of starting to wakeboard she competed at British Nationals and came 2nd. This was the start of Kirsteen dominating the British Woman’s wakeboarding scene for a number of years. Kirsteen’s most notable achievements are Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard World Champion, Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard 2nd Place (with ACL damage), Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard European Champion, 2x Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard European 2nd place, 5x Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard British Champion.
Kirsteen has coached many divers to national medals however her focus lies on talent identification and starting a diver off the right way. In this way when they move on, and upwards, they have a fantastic skill foundation.
Relocated to Hemel Hempstead Diving, which is now Dacorum Diving Club, Ben stayed there for around a year and then moved to Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield.
Ben has won medals at National Skills & Age groups between 2012-2014 and has also dived abroad in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and training in America.
Made it to Elite Juniors and 2015 which was Ben’s last national event as a diver.
Ben was selected to the AASE program for Swim England and had a Croatia training camp as part of the program which was fantastic as he got to train along side the following divers, Matty Lee, Ross Haslam, Jorden Houlden and Gemma McArthur.
At the end of 2016, Ben stopped diving and decided to take his coaching certificates.
Ben started coaching at Beaumont Diving Academy and was there for a year before he moved to Plymouth in 2017, where he obtained a degree in Psychology whilst coaching a mix of diving abilities from Lessons to Elite and Performance athletes.
After University he moved and stated coaching a full time role in Corby in Jan 2012 where he was building the program from the grass routes level up to skills level divers.
Now he is at Luton Diving Club!