Boston Area Diving, New England’s Most Successful Diving Program

About Us

Boston Area Diving is better known as BAD! Our team has a proud forty-year history and has produced more State and National Champions than any other springboard diving program in New England. BAD Team Members receive excellent training from committed, national level coaches. Divers learn solid basic skills to build upon throughout their diving career. Divers are assigned to the Gold Team, the Silver Team or the Bronze Team based on age and skill level.

Our Diving Team Practices are held at the Beede Center in Concord, which is conveniently located in Boston’s western suburbs with ample, free parking. Practices are held on weekday evenings. The Diving Team also practices at the Zesiger Sports Center at MIT on Sundays. You can check out the practice schedule for practice times and directions. We have an open practice policy – in other words, divers do not have to commit to particular days, but may adjust those days as their own schedules require.

BAD had an amazing year at the 2017 AAU Nationals. At this meet, our divers took eight first place medals, with several others making the podium. The women’s team team finished third overall in the nation. In addition three BAD divers competed at the US Diving Nationals, and two divers were high school state champions. BAD divers travelled throughout North America, competing in San Antonio, TX Charlotte, NC; Columbus, Ohio; Rochester NY and Greenwich, CT.

BAD offers several off-site clinics for team members and other local teams each year. These clinics offer intensive training and are staffed by national and international level guest coaches. Typically, BAD travels to Montreal in October to train at the Olympic facilities there, and has an intensive camp in June when school is out, to prepare for summer nationals. All BAD team members will compete in meets held throughout New England. As divers progress, they will be invited to attend other competitions throughout the northeast and on the National level.

Finally, BAD divers find that their participation with the team provides unique access to admission in many of the country's best colleges with many receiving DI scholarships. BAD divers are currently attending schools including Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and Middlebury with several scholarship recipients at UConn, Northeastern and other great schools.

BAD has a proud Team History, as one of the most dominant New England Junior Olympic Team for almost four decades. BAD team members regularly qualify for the AAU Nationals and U.S. Diving Nationals and several have gone on to compete internationally. BAD Diver have have great success getting into and diving in college.

To contact BAD, you may reach Joe Chirico at 617-233-4837 or send an email to




Key Features

  • College-Level Coaches (or better)
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Lessons for Divers of all Levels
  • Three Locations
  • National and International Competitions
  • A Future and College Diving

At Boston area diving you can start lessons anytime. Our program is nationally recognized, With many of our divers leaving to become top College divers.

State & National Level Champions

Team History

BAD has a proud Team History, as one of the most dominant New England Junior Team for the past three decades - amassing many New England Championship titles. Members of the team regularly qualify for the AAU Nationals and U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, and several have gone on to compete internationally. BAD Divers have great success getting into and diving in college.

The BAD Coaches

The BAD coaches Joe Chirico and Jim Brainerd, each have at least 30 years of age group and college coaching experience. In addition to their time on the deck, both Joe and Jim have received the following training and certifications: United States Diving Safety Certification, First Aid, Deep Water Rescue and Back Board Safety Training, and CPR. All coaches are coach members of AAU ( Amateur Athletic Union) Joe is also an EMT.

Our Website

Our Website,, is designed to help parents and divers understand what our diving program is all about and it contains everything you need to know about the team: news, program descriptions, practice and meet schedules, rules and regulations and lots of useful articles. We will update it regularly with schedule changes, meet entry information, results, team photos and articles of interest.