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, 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.


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....

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.


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

2 weeks 1 day ago

Three fabulous days of competition came to a close today with all our divers executing some superb performances at the 2022 Southampton Invitationals.

Day 2 saw Naya with another PB on 1m to go with Day 1s PB on 3m, Meah took a PB on platform and Amelia a PB on 3m. Days 3 saw PBs from Amelia and Maya on 1m and a third PB for Naya on platform.

Day 2 saw Molly and Maya on 3m executing some impressive dives and Fin, Joe, Lauren and Hernán making their respective finals. Hernán dived superbly taking the gold medal for 3m.

Today again saw some lovely dives from Molly, Meah and Hannah with Lauren, Maya, Hernán and Joe making their respective finals. As the event came to a close Lauren took gold on 3m and Joe and Hernan took silver and gold respectively on 1m.

An amazing weekend of achievements for everyone, especially for the new divers - Evie, Hannah and Ryan who have successfully made the transition from Skills to Age Group divers.

Special thanks to the coaches - Malcolm, Chris, Lizzie and Matt and to Charlotte for judging. Our thanks go to Southampton Diving Academy for another hugely enjoyable and well run Invitationals.

Go Team Albatross! 👏👏👏🥇🥈🥉

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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