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.
Elite Diving Training Elite Squad: Malcolm Green (coach), Lizzie Cullen, Lauren Saunders, Quinn Shaw, James West Our thanks go to Southend Diving for giving our elite divers a weekends dive training this past weekend and for inviting us to your awards celebration...
Maya Pech & Alexei along with coach Chris Beal attended the ESSA finals today as part of the South East regional team representing their respective schools. Alexei finished 10th in the Primary Boys event with Maya taking 6th in the Junior Girls! Well done both....
Two Albatross members scooped awards at this year's Reading Sports Personality of the Year Congratulations to Albatross coach Jeff Pearce who, along with Reading Cygnets Gordon Dart, won Reading Sports Personality Clubmen of the Year. And further congratulations to...
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.
And finally our congratulations go to Albatross coach and ex diver James West who was awarded Readings Junior Sports Personality of the Year. We wish James well as he heads for Poland this week to represent GB at the European Powerlifting Championships. Thank you to all involved in the awards evening, such an inspiring event for all involved in the towns sporting community.
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.