Albatross Diving Club

Readings Diving Club Nurturing National Champions

Albatross Diving Club is a springboard and high diving club based in Reading. We are proud of our local 40 year history and the success of our divers at Junior International, National, Regional and Local competitions.

About Albatross Diving

As a community inclusive diving club we work hard to nurture and identify local diving talent and are especially proud that Albatross nurtured the early talent of Chris Mears, 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist.

We run a vibrant Learn to Dive Programme alongside our competitive squad sessions so if you think you would like to give diving a try please do get in touch. Everyone is welcome! Fees start from £33 pcm for half hour learn to dive sessions that run throughout the year.

We run community junior lessons Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and daytime Saturdays and Sundays at Rivermead Leisure Centre.

We have adult diving on a Thursday evening at Rivermead 7:45-8:45pm

Following our move from The Abbey School, where we have been training for the past 6 years, to our new home at Rivermead we are expanding our capacity with more sessions, particularly at weekends.

Competitive squads enjoy additional training sessions which incorporate dry training at our Rivermead facility and highboard training in Southampton. We compete at Regional and National Level from Skills through to GB Junior Elite. Divers meeting competition conditions will also be offered the opportunity to compete in international events.

We are part of the Southeast Regional Network of clubs who support diver and coach development from grass roots diving to talent selection and training. All coaches are fully qualified (Swim England Assistant Dive Coach and Dive Coach) with some having additional qualifications in lifesaving gymnastics, trampolines & rig work.


Swim England National Skills Finals

Swim England National Skills Finals

Good Luck! Wishing the very best of luck to our 7 National Skills divers competing this weekend, 13-14 July, at the Swim England National Skills Finals in Southend-on-Sea.

National Age Group Championships

National Age Group Championships

Albatross Age Group divers can be proud of their achievements and look forward to starting the new season having enjoyed a successful and well run Swim England National Age Groups Championships 2024 at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre in Birmingham. A fabulous 4 days of...



Thank You! This evening we said a sad goodbye and a massive thank you to Bernie, a committee stalwart and coach since 1994 when his daughter, Michelle, joined the club. As a parent Bernie did what many in the club have done before and since, he joined the Committee...

Dive Safe

We take our commitment to child safety extremely seriously. All coaches are DBS checked and have attended workshops on safeguarding & protecting children in sport. Albatross Diving Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and abuse.

Active Squad

We have approximately 25 competitive squad members and around 75 more members involved in Learn to Dive and Masters Diving.

Our squad divers are aged from 5 years and train up to 5 times a week.


Albatross Diving Club was founded in Reading in 1978 by Anne Green Jessel, our current Club President.

With over 45 years experience the club has attracted divers onto its community Learn to Dive programme who have gone on to become National divers and remain engaged in the club as members of the coaching team.

Diving club winners

Albatross Diving Club of Reading is dedicated to the advancement of excellence in diving and the personal fulfilment and achievement of all those involved with the sport.

We are a competitive diving club and believe that the enjoyment of diving is primarily attained through the achievement of personal and team goals. It is the clubs aim to identify and nurture talent though the provision of a high quality programme of learning and training opportunities.

Albatross Diving Club has been awarded SwimMark accreditation which enhances these values. SwimMark is Swim Englands ‘quality mark’ in recognition of our commitment to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of all our members.

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