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 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 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 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.
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 diving demonstrated by all these young divers.
First up were the Group E and D events in which we had 7 divers.
Alice dived well to collect the Silver medal in Girls E with Millan, in his first competition, collecting the Gold medal following his impressive performance in Boys E
In Girls D Poppy finished 8th in a larger event with some very high standard skills diving and Ellie just missed out on a medal coming 4th.
These were followed by the Boys D where Thomas collected the Silver medal, Sam R collected the Bronze Medal and Makar finished in 4th place just a point behind.
In Girls C2, Ariana dived consistently to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in what, too, was very large event
The final session of the competition saw Sam L compete in the Boys C event, in which he put in a strong performance to also finish just outside the medals in 4th place
Well done to all and a great way to start the new year 🥇🥈🥈🥉 our thanks to Star Diving Club for hosting
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.