Indiana Diving Academy
The Rich History of the Indiana Diving Academy
The Indiana Diving Academy was founded by legendary diving coach Hobie Billingsley in 1968. Billingsley started the camp as a way to teach high school and middle school aged kids the fundamentals of diving. Being head coach for Indiana University's diving program at the time, Billingsley would use the facilities on campus. Sessions were two-weeks long and camp would run for 10 weeks. It was the first summer camp in the country solely devoted to the instruction of competitive diving.
The Indiana Diving Academy, and Billingsley, are the subject of an award-winning and widely-televised documentary entitled Hobie's Heroes. The documentary tells the story of young divers and the struggles and lessons learned while attending the academy. It has aired on PBS, USA Network, and Nickelodeon.
Billingsley ran the academy until he retired as head coach at Indiana in 1989. Current IU Head Coach and 3-time US Olympic Coach, Jeff Huber, took over after Billingsley and still runs the academy today.
The Indiana Diving Academy now instructs several hundred young divers and guest coaches from nearly every state and several different countries including Egypt, Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, England, and Denmark.