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 £28 pcm for half hour learn to dive sessions that run throughout the year.

We offer community learn to dive sessions Monday-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.

News

Age Group and Elite Training Camp Southend

Age Group and Elite Training Camp Southend

Thank you so much Southend Diving for an excellent weekend  Age Group & Elite Squad Training Camp! Last training weekend before national lockdown From left: Molly Lefever, Chris Beal (coach), Maya Peche, Matt Pipe (coach) Hernan Mosqueso-Jolly, Meah Thorngate, Joe...

Albatross Armada Cup 2020

Albatross Armada Cup 2020

Albatross Armada Cup 2020 A huge weekend of success for the ADCR Armada Cup team with multiple PB’s, finalists, medals, and divers achieving the qualification score for their respective National finals this year.  The competition conditions were changed this year to...

British Diving Championships 2020

British Diving Championships 2020

Congratulations to 15-year-old James West and Quinn Shaw after competing in their first senior event at the British diving championships in Plymouth. In the 1m event, James and Quinn finished in 11th and 13th place & 6th & 8th place in the Junior category. In...

Dive Safe

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

Active Squad

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.

Experienced

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.

Albatross Diving Club - Reading is at The Quays Leisure Centre.

2 weeks 6 days ago

After a busy weekend for the club at the Swim England SouthEast Age Group Qualifiers hosted by The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton our Age Group divers have come away with a clutch of medals and some memorable diving ready to enter the National Age Group championships in Plymouth at the end of June.

Albatross had 4 divers competing: Joe, Harry, Maya and Finlay with Meah and Hernan having to withdraw following injury. Divers from across the Southern clubs of Southampton, Star, Plymouth, Dive London, Crystal Palace, Luton and Aberdare vied for points and placings at this busy event with all looking to gain sufficient points to attend their first national event since 2019. Whilst Harry, Maya and Joe have some experience at this level, for Finlay it was a new experience. All put in strong performances with regional golds for Finlay on 1m and 3m springboard, gold for Maya on all 3 boards, silver for Joe on 3m and Harry on platform and bronze for Harry on 1m. The divers were supported by coaches Malcolm Green and Chris Beal with club judges Charlotte and James West also on the judging panels.

We look forward to seeing them and fellow teammates Hernan and Meah at this years National Age Groups in Plymouth 30 June-3 July.

Well done to all.

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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