Who we are

Masters diving is an organized program of Diving for adults. U.S. Masters Diving, founded in 1974 by John Deininger, a former professional diver, it is a nonprofit membership national governing body. The program began when the first National Masters Diving Championships were held on June 14-14, 1974 in San Angelo, TX. Nate Holt was the meet director.

There were very few competitors at the first meet, but over the past 40 years it has grown so that there are now thousands of masters divers worldwide.

Masters divers come from varied backgrounds. Some are former competitive, national, and international divers including some former Olympians. For others, Masters is their first time diving competitively. Masters Diving not only is a competitive group, it is also a social group.

Meet the Team

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Gerry Dunn


Gerry is based in the Washington, D.C. area and trains with Montgomery Dive Club. He is a real estate broker by trade and has been very active with all aspects of Masters diving since his return to the boards in 2012. He currently dives in the 55-59 age group. Feel free to reach out with questions regarding our programs.



Ron Kontura

Vice Chairman

Ron is a long time member of US Masters. He served as Chairman for two terms - before taking the reign at Co-Chair in 2016. Currently he is the diving coach at Kenyon University in Ohio. He is consistently on the medal stand at world championships - and is one of Master Diving's biggest supporters. He currently dives in the 50-54 age group.


Lisa Meller

Vice Chairman

Lisa currently represents Mission Viejo Nadadores out of CA. A former UCLA Bruin diver, she also dove age-groups at MVN, where she now serves on the MVN Foundation board. She coached lessons, masters and junior college diving. A huge advocate for diving, she is also a FINA women’s masters world record holder. Lisa owns her own business in corporate meeting and event planning. Reach her at LisaM@mellerperformanceevents.com