The Head Coach and founder of Optimal Diving, Alex Povzner is a fully NCCP Level II-certified and Level III-trained competitive coach. Alex was trained and certified as a diving instructor and subsequently as a competitive diving coach through the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). As part of his NCCP training, Alex developed knowledge in all the major coaching skill areas, such as practice planning, sports program development, mental preparation, nutrition, ethics, bio-mechanics, safety management, teaching and learning methods. Alex is trained and certified to coach competitive diving skills at competitions, pool practices and on dry-land trampoline/dry-board spotting rigs.
Over a decade of his diving coaching and instruction, Alex has developed international/national and provincial level junior and senior medalists. Alex has also taught hundreds of young athletes both basic and advanced diving skills. In 2017 Alex was recognized for his achievements in athlete development by Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti.
Originally, Alex developed his passion for the sport of diving in his thirties and learned many exciting diving skills on 1M/3M springboards and 5M/7M/10M platform towers. Back at that time he trained side-by-side with some of the best divers in the province and was learning the coaching techniques from the best provincial and national coaches.