Learn to Dive

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We run sessions for all ages and abilities, if you would like to try diving please contact us to arrange a taster session.

Diving facilities

Brand new diving facility

Albatross START diving is now based at our brand new diving facility at the Abbey School. With brand new boards this fully refurbished modern pool has everything you need to start diving.

Albatross run START Diving programs for children of all ages and abilities. Our START Diving scheme has been developed to teach children to dive in ways that are both safe and fun without the pressure of competitive squad training. As children develop their diving skills they have the opportunity to progress through the Swim England START Diving Badge Scheme (levels 1-7) and will be awarded a certificate and pin badge to mark each achievement. The START Diving program is open to all; the only requirement is that children must be to able to swim in deep water without goggles and climb out of the pool without the use of steps.

Diving at Rivermead Leisure Centre coming soon!

From May 2023 we will have a brand new facility at Rivermead Leasure Centre. This will have 1m, 3m and 5m boards perfect for learning to dive and club training. We are looking forward to using the new facility! You can see more about the new pool here.

Learn to dive in Reading
Learn to dive in Reading

Training sessions start from 30 minutes pool training.

Sessions now run throughout the year including school holidays. Fees start from £30 pcm for half hour learn to dive sessions.

Choice if session times on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday weeknights after school – please email our learn to dive coordinator to find out which sessions would be best for you.

We believe diving can be enjoyed at all levels; both recreationally and competitively. When divers on the START Diving program reach a certain level they may be invited to try out for the Right Track competitive squad if they are interested in exploring competitive diving.

In accordance with the club’s governance fees are set to ensure we are accessible to as many members as possible whilst ensuring that all divers are able to realise their potential within the sport of diving through effective and appropriate training provision.

Fees are used in the following key areas

  • Facility hire – pool and dry training
  • Capital investment and maintenance – boards/training equipment/video capture
  • Coach attendance at competitions (when not covered by Swim England subsidy)
  • Swim England membership for coaches and divers
  • Insurance for Albatross Diving Club, members and coaches
  • Essential Club Administration
  • Coach Training & Development

All expenditure is recorded and audited annually in accordance with UK legal requirements.

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