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 Swim England Diving Development Centre we work hard to spot local diving talent and are especially proud that Albatross nurtured the early talent of Chris Mears, current GB Senior Dive Team Member and 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist.
We run START Diving sessions alongside our competitive squad programme so if you think you would like to give diving a try please do get in touch. Everyone is welcome! Fees start from £30 pcm for half hour learn to dive sessions that run throughout the year.
We offer community learn to dive sessions Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Abbey School.
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.
Unfortunately we do not have adult diving at this time but this should be available from May 2023.
Armada Cup in Plymouth
Armada Cup The Albatross Elite and Age Group team with coaches Malcolm Green and Chris Beal are looking forward to joining their peers from across the country at the 4 day 2023 Armada Cup in Plymouth hosted by Plymouth Diving from 11-14 February. Whilst our younger...
Surrey Skills event
Surrey Skills Event Saturday 21st January saw Albatross skills divers in their first competition of 2023 as we headed to the Spectrum Centre in Guildford for the Surrey Skills event. The event was well attended by clubs from across the south with a high standard of...
2022 Reading Sports Personality of the Year Awards
2022 Reading Sports Personality of the Year Awards Albatross Diving Club swapped the boards for the stage at the 2022 Reading Sports Personality of the Year Awards with representatives winning 3 of this events prestigious trophies: Junior Team of the Year, Coach of...
All coaches are fully qualified (Swim England L1/L2 QFC) with some having additional qualifications in lifesaving gymnastics, trampolines & rig work.
We take our commitment to child safety extremely seriously. All adult coaches are DBS checked and have attended workshops on safeguarding & protecting children in sport. The club has been awarded Swim Mark accreditation from Swim England
We have approximately 30 competitive squad members and around 40 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 40 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.
Armada Cup 2023 Day 3
A final day of competition for this group of Albatross divers with PB’s from Naya and Meah on 3m, and Meah reaching finals coming 6th.
Both Joe and Fin also reached the platform final with Joe achieving bronze and Fin 6th place.
Todays results also saw Maya, Meah & Joe obtaining their qualifying points for National Age Groups this summer.
A big well done to Hannah and Naya in their first Armada Cup competition and Hernán in his first Elite competition.
Molly qualified on 1m and platform, though has decided to hang up her cozzy and retire from competitive diving. We’re sorry to see you go but look forward to welcoming you back after your A levels to join our coaching team!
A massive thanks to Malcolm and Chris and well done parents for supporting all the divers. Our thanks go too to Plymouth Diving for once again hosting this enjoyable event which allows divers to compete against their peers in preparation for the seasons national excitement.
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.