Squad Training

Within the competitive part of Albatross Diving Club divers are appointed, by the coaching team, to one of six squads:

  • Right Track
  • Junior Skills (12 yrs & under)
  • Senior Skills (13 yrs & over)
  • Age Group
  • Junior Elite
  • Masters

These squads are largely based on competitition skill levels. A diver diving in skills squad will have the dry and wet dive skills to compete in skills levels competions appropriate to their age. Similarly a diver in age group squad will have achieved a level of competence in diving that allows them to meet the conditions of age group competitions.

We have recently moved to our new training pool at The Abbey School Reading & dry-gym at Rivermead Leisure Centre Reading.  The times listed below are guidelines.  Please confirm your precise session times with your coach

Right Track Squad

Coaches: Chris Beal, Sheila Kirrane, Jeff Pearce

  • Monday 19.15 – 20.30 The Abbey school
  • Wednesday 17.30-19.00 Rivermead & 19.15-20.30 The Abbey School
  • Thursday 17.30-19.00 Rivermead

Right Track will have occasional pool time at weekends. Your coach will give plenty of notice for these training sessions.

Junior & Senior Skills Squads – you will NOT train all sessions!

Your coach will advise personal session times

Coaches: Bernie Bicknell, Matt Pipe, Chris Beal, Nicki Allsop, Malcolm Green

  • Monday 17.30-19.00 Rivermead
  • Monday 19.15-20.30 The Abbey School
  • Tuesday 17.30-19.30 Rivermead
  • Tuesday 17.30-19.00 (session one) The Abbey School
  • Tuesday  20.00-21.30 (session two). The Abbey School
  • Wednesday 17.30-19.00 Rivermead
  • Wednesday 19.15-20.30 The Abbey School
  • Saturday Hemel Hempstead 14.00-15.30 (session 2)
  • Sunday Woodford Park and Southampton the Quays – alternate weeks
    • Woodford Park – 15.30-17.30 (precise times to be confirmed by your coach)
    • Southampton  –  15.00-18.00

Age Group & Junior Elite Squads

Coaches: Nicki Allsop, Malcolm Green

  • Monday 17.30-19.00 Rivermead
  • Tuesday 17.30-19.30 Rivermead
  • Tuesday 20.00-21.30 The Abbey
  • Thursday 18.00-19.30 The Abbey
  • Saturday 12.30-14.00 Hemel Hempstead (session 1)
  • Sunday Woodford Park and Southampton the Quays – alternate weeks
    • Woodford Park – 15.30-17.30 or 17.00-18.45 (precise times to be confirmed by your coach)
    • Southampton  –  15.00-18.00 

Masters & Adult Diving

Coaches: Matt Pipe, Chris Beal

To be advised

*Your coach will let you know which session you are training in. If you have any doubts, then please email the lead coach Malcolm Green.

Why a squad system?

A squad system ensures effective coaching for all divers as coaches train divers of similar ability, attitude and commitment together. The coach is able to give more individual attention to a diver’s specific needs and provide suitable levels of support and encouragement.

A squad system, based on achievement and attitude, motivates and encourages divers. It promotes an appropriately challenging environment whereby divers want to achieve and attain goals and are directly rewarded for doing so. Divers enjoy training and are spurred on not only by their own success, but also from that of their peers.

A squad system ensures everyone realises their own potential in diving.